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The next Oxford City Race is tentatively scheduled for the 27th of October 2024 - please check back here for more details nearer the time. We hope to see you there!

Every year OUOC and CUOC (Cambridge) alternate organising a city race in their respective universities. This is a standard urban event with the extra wrinkle that the courses go through college grounds so you not only get to run around a beautiful city but you get to see places usually off limits too! You can find an archive of the previous city race at the bottom of this page and our next one is scheduled to be held on the 27th of Octoberr 2024.

Running the event requires a large number of marshals to stand at entrances to colleges. If you would like free entry and are willing to help marshal for the other half of the day then please contact us at cityrace@ouoc.org.uk and we will be very glad of your assisstance! If you have any queries please feel free to contact us on this email too.

Organiser: Harry Stuart
Planner: Jean-Luc Portner
Controller: Ben Green, TVOC


Results now available: results; winsplits; routegadget.

Final details now available here.

Start lists now available: Start Lists by Course; Start Lists by Name.

Oxford University Orienteering Club are delighted to once again be hosting the Oxford City orienteering race. It offers an opportunity for orienteers to experience high quality orienteering around the serene university environment of Oxford. This is a regional level event.

The event will be held in a COVID-secure manner in accordance with British Orienteering’s operational guidance. It is really important that all participants read the COVID-19 Code of Conduct and abide by it before, during and after competing. It has recently been updated so please click the link above to read the latest version.

This event will be SIAC enabled.

Enter here.


The assembly will be right in the heart of the city, located in the University Parks, providing a great opportunity for any tourist activities or simply lunch in one of Oxford’s traditional old pubs following the event.

Parking in the centre of Oxford is difficult to find, and expensive (nearest post code is OX2 6PS). If coming by car, we strongly recommend you use Park & Ride. Watch for signs to Park & Ride locations as you approach the Oxford Ring Road. Even better, come by public transport.

Oxford is well served by rail and coach links from most major cities. The rail and coach stations are both about 15 minutes walk from University Parks.

Terrain Description

An urban style race, in line with British Orienteering’s urban event guidelines, providing winning times longer than traditional sprint races. The race will feature navigation through technical housing estates and and enjoyable scenery as you race along the streets of Oxford’s serene colleges.

The map has scale 1:4000 (tbc). Recently updated by Bob and Pattie Beresford, TVOC.


Usual range of UK Urban courses and classes (provisional course lengths now listed alongside class below):

1. MO (Men's Open); - 8.1km
2. WO (Women's Open); M40+ (Men's Vet, 40+); - 7.1km
3. W40+ (Women's Vet, 40+); M55+ (Men's Super Vet, 55+); - 5.5km
4. W55+ (Women's Super Vet, 55+); M65+ (Men's Ultra Vet, 65+); - 3.9km
5. W65+ (Women's Ultra Vet, 65+); W75+ (Women's Hyper Vet, 75+); M75+ (Men's Hyper Vet, 75+); - 3.8km
6. M/W16- (Men/ Women Junior, 16-); - 3.1km
7. M/W12- (Men/Women Young Junior, 12-); - 1.7km

Please note that all distances quoted are straight line distances, the actual distance run will be further than this.

Courses 6 and 7 will be entirely within the confines of the University Parks and the Chemistry campus, so will not cross any roads. Competitors who are under 16 on 12th February may enter only classes M/W16- and M/W12-.

Older competitors may enter whichever classes they like. However, to score points in the South of England Orienteering Urban league, they must enter the class for their age or run up.

Start times from 10:30 to 13:00.
Courses close at 14:30.

How to Enter

Pre-entry only through SiEntries - enter here.
Under 16s may only enter courses 6 and 7.

Entry Cost: Seniors £15 (£13 up to 9th January); Juniors and students £5 (£4 up to 9th January); SIAC hire £2.


Public toilets 200m from Assembly.


Organiser: Colm Moran - colm.moran15@yahoo.co.uk
Planner: Zac Hudd
Controller: Neville Baker, TVOC

For results from previous city races go to the old website linked at the bottom of this page and navigate to the city races section