Volunteering at Oxford parkrun from 24th July 2021

Thanks for volunteering at our returning Oxford parkrun events, starting on the 24th July 2021.

As you know, parkrun's return in England is based on the framework provided to us by HQ, and for volunteers, this follows the points listed here (click for a larger image):


 Hand sanitizer will be available as you arrive.


Return of Oxford parkrun

This Saturday, 24th July 2021, will be our first event back after a 16-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although many restrictions have been lifted in England since earlier this week, parkrun's return is subject to us following a framework that HQ have provided us with as volunteer organizers of this event.

This is explained in simplified form here (click to get a larger image):


Please help us to ensure a successful return by following the points shown above.

Some things are new - we will be using the Virtual Volunteer smartphone app to scan athlete and position barcodes.

Some things stay the same - please remember to bring your printed barcode, and please return your position token once it has been scanned (there will be a container to drop it in after scanning).

See you on Saturday!

Oxford parkrun Event Team


Work begins on a new path in Cutteslowe Park

We are delighted to share news of (what we think) is a wonderful course improvement…

Your core team have had a long-held vision that it would be great to have a path running across the field next to the A40 car park and where we pass the volleyball courts…

Cast your minds back to the wet winter of 2019/20 (I know it feels like a million years ago and it was a different world) – this area turned into a mud ridden quagmire and we had to cancel week after week due to concerns about wear and tear on the grass. Well, those days are no more – hoorah!

Just before lockdown, we (jointly with the wonderful folk at Oxford City Council) were successful in securing grant funding for the balance of funds needed to turn our dream into a reality - we were so excited! The construction phase has taken somewhat longer than expected due to all of the difficulties over the past 15 months, but work started last week; as you can see below our amazing new path is taking shape and is due to be in place for parkrun's reopening.

The project, which is being funded in part by a grant from FCC Communities
Foundation, will provide a winter course that is run entirely on paths and tracks, so it will be more accessable and much less susceptible to the wet. Equally importantly, we hope this new path will encourage people to explore some of the glorious, but more distant areas of the park.

Many people have helped us in this venture - we are extremely grateful for the generous support of some special Oxford parkruners, many friends at Oxford City Council and the FCC Communities Foundation Ltd, all of whom have helped make our dreams come true and improve Oxford parkrun forever!


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Materials turn this into the new hoggin path:


Finally a reminder of what it was like before...

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International Women’s Day parkrun – 7th March 2020


Oxford parkrun will be joining parkruns worldwide in a celebration of female participation.

It will be a female-focused parkrun celebration and will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by parkrun's partner Sport England.

We're hoping to fill the roster with an all-female cast, so please let us know if you'd like to be involved!

Men are still most welcome to join in as usual!

Find out more by clicking this link.

The Oxford parkrun Team



Run Report: Event #420 – 01-02-20

This weekend was my first visit to Oxford parkrun. It was a special weekend as my sister was getting married but it was made extra special with a visit to Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park. As a core volunteer at my local event, Great Lines in Kent, it was great to have a bit of a lie in and arrive just in time for the first timers briefing. It was nice to receive a warm welcome from the Run Director and the volunteer team.

It’s always good to celebrate milestones and this week saw Jacob notch up his 50th volunteering stint. Think he was a little shocked and suitably embarrassed when his Dad gave a speech and expressed how proud he was of him. Well done Jacob. If you haven’t volunteered yet then get involved and give it a go.  Full training is given and it is also fun.

516 amazing people ran, walked or jogged at the 420th event. This week the course was the winter route which is 3 laps.  Underfoot conditions were good, even on the grass, and the rain did hold off for most of the run. It is a lovely flat course which is a pleasant change from Great Lines where we have a hill which is affectionately known as “The Alps” that we have to scale twice. Great post run coffee in The San Remo cafe. Unfortunately time was tight so couldn't try out the bacon sandwich.  Must especially thank all of the marshals out on the course for all of their encouragement to all participants.

Thanks to the whole team at Oxford parkrun for making me feel welcome. Hope to be back again sometime soon.

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