The Otmoor Challenge




Under the current circumstances, we are unable to make definite plans for the 2021 Otmoor Challenge which would normally take place in June 2021.

We have, therefore, decided to postpone the event, in the anticipation that the situation will improve and allow us to promote the event, in safe and enjoyable conditions, later in the year.

We hope, therefore, to be able to run the event in September or early October 2021.

Please check this website for further announcements

Watch the 2018 Video


The half-marathon route consists of 6 miles of quiet country roads and just over 7 miles of off-road sections including stiles, fields, footpaths and bridleways, and one demanding hill at the 10 mile point at Beckley. The route circumnavigates Otmoor, a large RSPB conservation area, via 7 villages - historically described as "The Seven Towns of Otmoor".
The course is well marked with direction signs throughout.

Click here to download a map of the course. Printed maps are also available at the start..

Water Stations
At intervals around the course are 4 checkpoints providing water, first aid and communications back to the control centre at the start.

First Aid
Mobile, well-equipped first aiders patrol the course, and a fully equipped paramedic with vehicle is also available on course. In case of injury between checkpoints, a "Last Runner Marshal" on a bicycle sweeps behind the runners.

Runners and walkers should note that the road sections, although not busy, are not closed to vehicular traffic during the event, and they must follow the rules of the road and take due care. Course marshals provide direction at entrances and exits from roads. There are signs warning motorists of the event and an escort vehicle leads the way on roads. We recommend that no headphones/earpieces be worn by runners while on the road sections of the race, so that they can hear approaching traffic and instructions from marshalls.

The Otmoor Challenge, The Millennium Hall, The Straight Mile, Horton Cum Studley, Oxon OX33 1AD
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