Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run


Sunday 30 September 2018


Blenheim Palace Estate, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Head to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Sunday 30 September 2018 and join us at the start line of one of the most beautiful running events in the UK.

Fit for runners of all ages and abilities, choose from a Half Marathon, 10k or 2k Fun Run and conquer the iconic Blenheim Palace Estate.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still sign up on the day!

More event details

When: Sunday 30 September 2018

Where: Blenheim Palace Estate, Woodstock, Oxfordshire


Heart Runners unite and join us in September 2018 at Blenheim Palace, for one of the UK's most beautiful running events.

Choose from 13.1 miles, 10k Run or 2K Family Fun Run. Online registration is now closed but you can still sign up on event day.

Registration for 10K will open at 8am, 9.30am for the Half Marathon and 11am for the 2K Family Fun Run.

Half Marathon & 10k Registration

  On-the-day entry 
 Half Marathon (17 yrs +)  £35
 10k (16 yrs +)   £25

2k Family Fun Run Registration

 Adult Entry   £10
 Child Entry (under 18)  £5 

Please note all Half Marathon and 10k entrants automatically get free entry into the 2k Family Run Run. Family and friends will need to purchase a spectator ticket if they are planning to come and watch you take part - check Get Ready tab for more information. 

Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult at all times at the event.

Your entry includes

  • An exclusive Blenheim Heart Runner technical t-shirt
  • A free downloadable photograph by
  • Timing chip (for Half Marathon & 10K) 
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Entry into Blenheim Palace grounds
  • Parking at Blenheim Palace
  • Water stops en route and at the finish line
  • Access to luggage stores
  • Post-event massage
  • Full route signage and marshalling 
  • Downloadable map
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • All Half Marathon and 10k Runners get automatic free entry into 2k Family Fun Run

Got a question?

Need to know more before signing up? Got a burning question about event day? Well our handy frequently asked questions should provide the answer. You can also post questions and chat with other Heart Runners on our Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k & 2k Family Fun Run Facebook page.

Volunteer for us 

Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we'll send you more information. 

Contact us

If you would like more information on this or any of our other events, get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

The start


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX

Getting there by car

Blenheim Palace is a 20-minute drive from Oxford on the edge of Woodstock; about an hour and a half from London and Birmingham.

There is plenty of free parking at the palace. To avoid queues and congestion, please allow at least one hour to arrive and park at the Palace as there will be several thousand runners arriving at the same time. 

Follow the British Heart Foundation 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.

Getting there by bus

There will be public buses available from Oxford centre. Please check the Stagecoach website for information on times.

For detailed directions visit the Blenheim Palace website.

Raise money to power our research

Your entry fee only covers the cost of organising the event, such as venue hire, toilets and medical cover.

This run is a fundraising event, it is the money you raise that powers our life saving research. We ask that you raise £10 for every mile you'll accomplish. The minimum sponsorship target is £130 for the Half Marathon, and £60 for the 10k.

If you raise over £500 you'll be eligible to join our exclusive 500 Club, you can find out more on the tab above.

Create an online fundraising page


We're really excited to be working with the running coaching company, Full Potential on helping you prepare for the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon & 10K. In video 1, trainer Keith looks at how to get ready for your challenge and look at areas of training and nutrition to focus on. In video 2 Keith talks over the key sessions within the training plans.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips

Running Training Zone

Join us on Facebook

Join the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and 2k Family Fun Run Facebook page and get the latest event information, as well as sharing hints and tips about the big day with fellow Heartrunners.


If family or friends are coming to support you on the day, they'll need to purchase spectator tickets from Blenheim Palace which are available at a 25% discount,  at £12 for adults, £5.55 for children and £9.75 for concessions, which give access to the Palace grounds. Purchase your tickets using the discount code BHF2018

Alternatively they can gain entry by signing up for the Family Fun Run, where you can walk, run or jog 2k. Entry is £10 per adult and £5 for children, with a BHF technical t-shirt and medal also included with entry. 


Event times

We've listened to your feedback and have changed times for the Half Marathon and 10k. This is to avoid congestion on the course and make your event experience more enjoyable.

 08.00  Event village and car park opens
 08.00  10K registration & queries desk and baggage drop open
 09.30  10K Run start
 09.30  Half Marathon registration & queries desk open
 10.20  Racing Wheelchair Half Marathon starts
 10.30  Half Marathon start
 10.40  Standard wheelchair Half Marathon starts
 11.00   Family Fun Run registration & queries desk open
 13.00    Family Fun Run start
 14:00  Cut-off time for all runners to reach finish line
 15.00  Event finishes

Make sure you arrive at least an hour before the start to collect your t-shirt from the registration desk.

Do give yourself plenty of time to travel, park and arrive at the event village, as routes into Blenheim Palace will be busy on event day. Please be patient arriving and departing the venue, and follow the advice of traffic management marshals at all times.


There will be:

  • Toilets at the start and finish and along the route. 
  • Water at the finish line and the water stops (located at 3 mile intervals along the half marathon route and at the 5K mark of the 10K route)
  • A luggage store in the Event Village 
  • Changing facilities in the Event Village.
  • Plenty of catering outlets on site.
  • Sports massages

The route

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

There will be marshals, first aiders and support along the routes.

Spectators and pets

If you have anyone coming to support you on the day they will need to purchase an entry ticket in order to access the grounds of Blenheim Palace.

Dogs are not allowed on the route but are welcome to accompany spectators, and must be kept on a lead at all times.


Welcome to the club

Back for 2018 is our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page firstly congratulations you are amazing! You'll now be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive your exclusive BHF jersey

For teams to be eligible there must be at least £500 or more (excluding Gift Aid) pledged per person, along with the names of all eligible entrants showing on the team fundraising page and each individual needs to fill in a separate form in each case to claim the 500 club jersey.

(E.g A team of 4 would need a minimum of £2000 (exc Gift Aid) pledged on their team page)

How do I claim?

Complete our form to request your jersey

Size Chart

Size XS  XL  XXL 
Chest Size (In)  33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41


Chest Size (Cm)  84-89  89-94  94-99  99-104  104-109  109-114 

Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

Terms and Conditions

Other useful information