Blenheim Palace Half Marathon and 10k


Sunday 2 October 2016


Blenheim Palace Estate, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Head to Oxfordshire this autumn and take your place on the start line of one of the UK’s most beautiful running events. 

Fit for runners of all ages and abilities, choose from a half marathon, 10k or 2k fun run and get ready to conquer the grounds of the Blenheim Palace Estate.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register for 10k and Family Fun Run on event day

More event details

When: Sunday 2 October 2016

Where: Blenheim Palace Estate, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The beautiful grounds of the historic Blenheim Palace play host to this unique event once again in 2016. With a range of distances on offer this event is ideal for runners of all ages and abilities – and offers a great day out for the entire family. All distances are completely wheelchair friendly. 

With a route that is packed full of stunning scenery and jaw dropping views, this really is an event not to be missed. With an ideal location easily accessible from Oxford and close to the M40 motorway, transport won't be an issue. So whether you’re a keen runner looking to make your next challenge a memorable one, or a complete beginner keen to find that first, unforgettable event – what are you waiting for? Get your place and start raising money to power life saving heart research today. 

Entry fees

Online registration is now closed, but you can register for the 10k and 2k Family Fun Run on-the-day. Registration will open from 10.30am. There will be no on-the-day registration facility for the Half Marathon event. 

On-the-day Entry Fees


 Adult   Under 18
10K   £25
 £25 (16+)
Family Fun Run
 £10  £5 

You must be at least 17 years old to take part in the half marathon and 16 years of age to take part in the 10K event. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

 Doing the event with your family, friends or colleagues? Enter your team name and team leader's name when you sign up.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event. It's the money you raise that we rely upon to keep up our fight against heart disease.

Your entry includes

  • BHF technical t-shirt (given out on the day)
  • Water at the finish and at waterstops along the route
  • Timing Chip
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage and marshalling 
  • Access to Blenheim Palace grounds for the day
  • A medal for all finishers

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 will 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: 0845 130 8663
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.

For detailed directions visit the Blenheim Palace website.

Sign up

Raise money to power our research

Your fundraising helps our researchers to make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating.

Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you. 

You can also download our running poster. Share the reason you are taking on this challenge with your family, friends, work colleagues etc

Create an online fundraising page

Take a look at our fundraising tips for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising total.

Get fit for your challenge

This is a challenging run and you'll need to have a good level of fitness to take part. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our training zone.

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

Make sure you have the right kit

Take a look at our recommended kit list on what to wear on the day and what to take with you.

Get your family and friends involved

Invite your family and friends to get involved too. Why not get them to take part with you, ask them to come cheer you on the day or to volunteer on the day.

Our volunteers are vital in making our events a success, helping with cheering, handing our medals and setting up.


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. Tickets can be purchased online before the event at a discounted rate. Those who are looking for entry into the Palace building will need to upgrade their ticket on the day.

Event times

 08.00  Event village and car park opens
 08.30  Half marathon info desk and baggage drop open
 10.30   10K and fun run registration open
 10.30  Half marathon start
 10.50   Half marathon start for wheelchair users
 12.45   10K run start
 14.00  Family Fun Run start
 16.00  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 Blenheim Palace, 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 5km 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 perfect 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.

Download the route map

Find out about road closures 

Join us on Facebook

Join the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon & 10k Facebook page for event updates and to share your stories with other runners 

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. Tickets can be purchased online before the event at a discounted rate. 

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


To get a look and feel for what to expect on the day, check out our Facebook page from last year's event.

Our video

The venue

Standing proudly in the town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire - Blenheim Palace is a pillar of English history. Built in the 18th century and now listed as a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill is regarded as one of England's largest houses.

More recently the stunning grounds have been used as a filming location, with motion pictures such as Harry Potter, Disney's Cinderella and James Bond's latest adventure, Spectre, all having scenes shot here. And now you have an opportunity to run and bask in the splendor of this iconic location. 

Spread the word

Help us promote this event and download a poster, that you can put up in your workplace, school or local community centre and encourage family and friends to sign up too.


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