Oxford City Race

Saturday 31st October 2009

City Race maps from 2007


These are the final results. However if there has been a mistype with your name, or you would prefer a different club to be shown please do email.
Results by class
Split times by class
Route Gadget is also avalible here

The third Oxford City Race, organised by OUOC, will offer a chance to test your orienteering skills once again against ancient cobbled streets and complex passageways amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford in one of the biggest races of its kind in the country. After the success of the inaugural City Race and the 2007 City Race, this year's event will once again take you through the heart of Oxford past the dreaming spires. We will be providing a range of courses for new and improving orienteers - scroll down to "New to Orienteering?" for further details.

Final Details and Start List

The Start list is now up on the Fabian website.
Final details are now up here.


Online entries have closed. No more advance entries will be accepted, there may be a few extra maps, and entries will be accepted on the day on a first come first served basis until all the maps have gone.

Entry fees:
up to 18th October
after 18th October
Senior with BOF membership�8�10
Junior Colour Coded�4�6
Senior Colour Coded�6�8
Junior ECard hireFreeFree
Senior ECard hire�1�1

The colour coded courses will be avialible for on the day entry untill the maps run out. These will be charged at the same price entries after 18th October.

Start Times
The starts will be between 11:30 and 14:30.

Runners in the 2007 event

New to Orienteering?

A range of courses aimed at new and improving orienteers will be available. Entry for these courses will take place on the day. The entry will include a map, race bib and hire of an electronic card for recording your visit to each control point.

Four courses will be available, in three different levels of difficulty: one aimed at young children (aged 10 and under), one for children aged 10-12, and two for teenagers and adults (one shorter in length and one a bit longer). If you're not sure which course is right for you, or are new to the sport and would like some help or advice, come along on the day to the enquiries desk and we will be more than happy to help you out.

Event Information

Events on Sunday & Other Attractions
If you're considering travelling a long way to take part in the City Race, why not make a weekend of it? The City Race on the Saturday can be combined with the November Classic organised by SOC

Those of a less energetic bent may instead be interested in the dinosaurs and dodos at the University Museum of Natural History (open 10am-5pm) or the shrunken heads and spears at the Pitt Rivers Museum (open 10am-4.30pm), both of which are located approximately 200m from the assembly area.

Post-run refreshments may be purchased in the Parks from mobile cr�perie Cr�pes 'O' Mania, which will be open from 10am-5pm, or from any of Oxford's numerous pubs and hostelries.

Assembly Area and Parking
As previously, assembly will be in the
University Parks, located to the north of Oxford city centre, as shown on this map. There will be an area for club tents and banners in the Old Parks - the central of the three orange areas on this map. To increase the presence of the sport and the let the locals and tourists know that there's something interesting going on, all clubs are urged to bring along their flags or banners.

Parking in central Oxford is extremely limited, and so all competitors are strongly encouraged to use Oxford's excellent Park & Ride system from Water Eaton. Parking is free; return tickets cost �2.20 per adult or �4 for two adults travelling together, with accompanied children under 16 travelling free. Buses are at least every 15 minutes on Saturdays, and estimated journey times are up to 10-15 minutes. Get off at the Keble Road stop, cross Banbury Road and walk east along Keble Road to enter the Parks through the Keble gate, opposite the east end of Keble Road. This route will be signed on the day.

All courses will use a 1:5000 map drawn to sprint specifications. For those unfamiliar with sprint maps, details can be found in this article.

Runners in the 2007 event

Course MenWomenColour Coded Approximate Straight-Line Length Entries
updated 26th October
1Open Men 6km102
2Vet M40+Open Women 5km123
3Super Vet M55+Vet W40+ 4km107
4Junior City Race M/W16-18 Super Vet W55+  3km44
5Junior M14-16Junior W14-16Orange3km36
6Mini M10-12Mini W10-12Yellow2km8
7 White1.5km5
8 Red4km2

Due to the nature of urban orienteering, the straight-line lengths given are significantly shorter than the shortest feasible route. This is particularly true on courses 1-4, so that the shortest feasible route on course 4 will in fact be longer than that on course 5. It is expected that both the Men's and Women's Open courses will have a winning time of around 35 minutes.

Those wishing to score points in the Nopesport Urban League should enter the courses labelled with their category (e.g. Veteran Men on course 2, Supervet Women on course 4). Points in the Junior category will be allocated on course 4, continued onto course 5 for M/W14 and below.

Please note: Courses 1-4 and 8 will cross numerous unmarshalled public roads, some of them quite busy, and competitors will be responsible for their own safety when crossing them. For this reason, M/W16s should only enter courses 1-4 or 8 with parental permission, and M/W14s and below will not be permitted on these courses.

A free string course will also be available.

SI punching will be used.

Please address all entry-related queries to entries@cityrace.org.uk, whilst all other queries should be sent to Jenn Thornton.

City Race 2009 Organisation

OrganiserJenn ThorntonOUOC
PlannerChris EmbreyOUOC
ControllerColin DuckworthTVOC

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