Ready, racers? Here's everything you need to know about the Oxford Half 2019 ballot process.
7 Jan 2019
Ballot applications are opened to the public! Register now to be in with a chance of securing your place in the Oxford Half on 13th October 2019.
1 March 2019
Last chance! Public ballot applications close today.
First Round Invites
4 March 2019
Stay tuned - the first round of invitations will be sent to successful ballot applicants today.
8 March 2019
In order to secure your place, successful applicants in the first round will need to complete registration and payment by today.
Second Round Invites
11 March 2019
Stay tuned - the second round of invitations will be sent to successful ballot applicants today.
15 March 2019
In order to secure your place, successful applicants in the second round will need to complete registration and payment by today.
The two key reasons as to why we’ve chosen to use a ballot system for this year’s race entries:
- Charitable Impact: The ballot will result in a longer period of time for our charity partners to recruit runners and for charity runners to fundraise for causes that move them. Increasing the amount of funds that are raised for charity, particularly local organisations, is a key priority for Virgin Sport.
- Limited Course Capacity / Experience: Due to space and course constraints in central Oxford, we’ve made the decision not to grow the event and risk crowding which would negatively impact the runner experience. Going forward the ballot will give everyone a fair chance to enter the event.
Entries will be randomly allocated with no weighting.
Yes, you can secure places through one of our charity partners.
We’ll be soon announcing a process for local clubs to obtain an allotment of guaranteed entries so club runners and those planning their club calendars can be assured they’ll have guaranteed entry. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] for your club allocation or for more information.
Unsuccessful ballot applicants can secure places through one of our charity partners.
We can defer race entries up until 1 month before the event, to use at a future Virgin Sport race within 12 months. So, if you can’t make the event, you won’t lose your race entry!
We also have ticket protection offered through our insurance partner, Booking Protect, who can cover your race entry fee in case of injury, illness and other reasons. More information here.
There is no fee to enter the ballot. Standard race entries are £49, and include free race photos, a technical finisher tee, a medal and goody bag full of swag.
Yes, you must be at least 17 years old to participate in the Oxford Half Marathon.
Yes – we have a limited number of Elite Entries available. To enter as an elite, these are the qualifying 13.1 mile times: Male: sub 70 mins, Females: sub 80 mins.
If that's you - please send us your Power of 10 profile details to [email protected] and we'll get back to you.
Yes! At registration checkout, simply tick the wheelchair participant box and we'll be in touch to coordinate. Hand cycles, however, are not permitted. For further questions, please contact [email protected]
You have 3 hours and 30 minutes to walk, jog, race, prance, skip or dance through the course and cross the finish line.
We're here to help! Get in touch if you have any further questions about the ballot process.
Email is required
Woohoo – you’re in!
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