Supported by SantanderBlenheim Palace Half Marathon

with 10k, and Family Fun Run

Sunday 4 October 2015

Blenheim Palace half marathon

Update: Registration is now open for 2015, don't miss out - sign up today

The historic Blenheim Palace provides the stunning backdrop to this challenging run again in 2015. Choose from either the Half Marathon, 10k or 2k Family Fun Run and join us in the fight against heart disease.

RegistrationLocation and transport | Event times | Fundraising | TrainingEquipmentSpectators

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Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run event information

2015 marks the fifth year of the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run and we would love you to join us.

Starting and finishing from Blenheim Palace, all routes are entirely traffic free and on tarmac paths. The Half Marathon route will take you out to the picturesque village of Coombe whilst the 10k follows a shorter loop within the Blenheim Estate grounds.

We'll be with you every step of the way with full event marshaling, first aid cover, water, event t-shirt and finishers medal all provided as part of entry.

The 2k Family Fun Run starts a little later allowing Half Marathon and 10K participants to join in with their friends and family for no additional charge - this is the perfect run for littler legs!

Feel the buzz from last year's event

Registration and fees for 2015

Registration for the Half Marathon & 10k 2015 is now open. Places are limited so book yours to avoid missing out.

Sign up for your chosen distance below

Entry fees Adult Child
Half Marathon entry (17+) £26 - Sign up today NA
10k Entry (15+) £19 - Sign up today NA
2k Family Fun run £10 - Sign up today £5 - Download an entry form (pdf)

Note that children must be at least 17 years old to take part in the Half Marathon.

Under 16's taking part in the 10k and Family Fun Run must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Participants taking part in the Half Marathon or 10k are welcome to join the Family Fun Fun for no extra cost.

Take part as a team

Online registration - Each team member can register and pay individually online using the links above, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Pay for your whole team - Online registration is quick and easy, but if you'd like to register and pay collectively, you can use this registration form (pdf).

Your entry includes

  • Route map
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Timing chip for all Half Marathon and 10k runners - sent with your event pack
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage   
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing a sponsorship form, which will be sent to you before the event
  • Water available en route and at the finish 
  • Thank you certificate


Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help us continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating.

Location and transport

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX

There is plenty of free parking at Blenheim Palace. The car park will open at 8am.

Travel and parking

Please allow plenty of time to arrive and park at the Palace (at least one hour) as there will be several thousand runners arriving at the same time and we want to avoid queues and congestion where possible. Please follow BHF Event car parking signs on arrival to Woodstock.

Before 9.30am If you are approaching the Palace on the A44 from the south please use the main visitor gate. If you are travelling on the A44 from the north please use the Woodstock gate.

After 9.30am All entry into the Palace grounds will use the main entrance on the A44. When leaving please follow the exit signs to leave through the Lower Park, the usual exit point.

For detailed directions visit the Blenheim Palace website


For guaranteed hotel rates for our participants the BHF Blenheim Half Marathon has again linked with the Holt Hotel situated close to the event venue – Click here for booking information

On the day

As long as you have your participant number, you don't need to register when you arrive, but there will be an information point if you need any help.

There will be toilets at the start and finish and en route and there is plenty of catering outlets on site

A baggage service will be available in the Event Village along with changing facilities. When dropping off items you will be issued with a wrist band. All items are left at the owner's risk.

Don't forget to pick up your free event t-shirt when you arrive, so you can run in it - we'd love to see a convey of red running through the Blenheim Estate.

Water will be available at the start and finish. There will also be water stations at the following distances for the half marathon:
         3 miles                           5 miles                                  8 miles                             11 miles

With one water station at the 5k point (approx.) for the 10k event

The emergency event contact number is 07775 763 481. Please add this number to your phone to call in case of an incident during the event.

Event times

Event date Sunday 4 October 2015
Car park opens 8am
Registration open 8am - you can only register for the Family Fun Run on the day
Warm-up 9.50am
Event starts

10.30am - Half Marathon

10.50am- Half Marathon Wheelchair users

11.00am - 10k Run

1.30pm - Family Fun Run

Event finishes 4pm

Wheelchair access

The route is all on tarmac and therefore perfect for participants in wheelchairs. Please contact us in advance to arrange easy access to the start line. 

Equipment and what to wear

Please see the kit list for recommended clothing and equipment. Remember to collect your t-shirt from the registration point when you arrive - we want a colourful convoy of red running through Blenheim Palace estate.


This is a challenging run and you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part.

For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.

Keeping you safe

This event is fully marshaled for your safety, with first aid support provided.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Your friends are family are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line, however they need to buy a ticket in order to gain entry to the Palace and Gardens. More information on ticket prices and how to purchase them will be available soon.

Dogs are not allowed on route but are welcome to accompany spectators (just remember your pooper scooper).

We need volunteers for this event, so please register with us if you'd like to help.

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the customer services team Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm on 0845 130 8663 or email


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