The Course

The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is at Langford Fields, Langford Village, Bicester. The course is run on a mixture of grass , tarmac paths and hoggin paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Bicester parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are also welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
  • While rare, Lyme Disease is present in areas where deer live, and occasionally passed to human's through infected ticks. See NHS Choices website for more about Lyme Disease, and how to deal with ticks.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Bicester parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

The Summer route course is a two-lap, clockwise loop around the parkland between Langford Village and central Bicester. Starting and finishing by the middle bridge in the centre of the park with not a hill in sight.

Over the Winter we use an alternative course which consist of a two-lap course utilising the tarmac paths to avoid all grassed (muddy) areas. It is envisaged it will remain in place between approximately November to March, however the meeting point for the start is exactly the same.

The postcode for the start is OX26 6SX ? please see parking instructions below.

Facilities

Toilets - Claremont car park about 12 minutes walk. Local parking is restricted use Claremont car park in Victoria Road. Children’s play area 25 metres from start/finish area.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts by the middle bridge in the centre of the park.

Getting there by public transport

The area is served by Thames Travel buses 22 & 23 and Stagecoach’s S5 service. Get off at the stop by the medical centre on Peregrine Way which is a three minute walk from the start. The nearest train station is Bicester Village (formerly Bicester Town) station on the Chiltern line which is a five minute walk from the start.

Getting there on foot

The start is in the centre of Langford Fields (100m down the footpath opposite Langford Village school).

Getting there by road

Please note: Please do not park in Mallards Way or any residential areas. Use the Langford Village School car park.

The parkrun can be found at OX26 6SX (Peregrine Way, Langford Village, Bicester) where there is car parking at the school between 8.15 ? 10.15am.
There is also limited parking at the nearby shopping centre. We would encourage as many people as possible to make their way by public transport or by foot/bike. Cars can also be parked in the public Claremont car park off Victoria Road about 12 minutes walk from the start line, there is a pay & display charge.Public toilets are also available here

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Savoir Fare, Garth Park, Bicester, OX26 6PS - please come and join us!