Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run


Sunday 1 October 2017


Blenheim Palace Estate, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Head to Oxfordshire in October 2017 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.

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When: Sunday 1 October 2017

Where: Blenheim Palace Estate, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The beautiful grounds of the historic Blenheim Palace play host to this unique event once again in 2017. 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 is a truly standout event. 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


 Standard Entry    Under 18
 Half Marathon  £30  £30 (17+) - download entry form (pdf)
10K   £22       £22 (16+)- download entry form (pdf)
Family Fun Run
 £10  £5 - download entry form (pdf)

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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 running 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
  • Car parking 
  • A medal for all finishers

Spectator Fees

Those who are coming to visit the grounds of Blenheim Palace on the day of the event can purchase their spectator tickets from the Blenheim Palace Website.

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.

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Raise money to power our research

We want to put a stop to the devastation caused by heart disease, through our life saving research. We rely on your fundraising to ensure this vital work can continue. Together we will improve the lives of babies born with heart defects, find the genes that cause inherited heart conditions and one day find a cure for heart failure and heart disease.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, so we ask our heart runners to set themselves a target of at least £130 – just £10 for every mile they will accomplish. For those of you taking on a 10k, we ask you to set yourself a target of at least £50.

Create an online fundraising page

Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can then be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email. Remember, you're taking part in an amazing challenge - people will want to support you. 

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. Don't forget to use #Heartrunners and connect with others taking part.

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.

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. 


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. Information about spectator tickets will be available soon.


Event times

 08.00  Event village and car park opens
 08.30  Half marathon info desk and baggage drop open
 08:30  10K and fun run registration open
 09:25  Racing Wheelchair Half Marathon starts
 09.30  Half marathon start
 09:45  Standard wheelchair Half Marathon starts
 11:00   10K run start
 12.30  Family Fun Run start
 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 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 

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. Information about the tickets will be available soon. 

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

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Welcome to the club

New for 2017 is our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

Your fundraising will make a significant difference to the BHF as we continue our fight against heart disease. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by cardiovascular disease, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart disease and to the devastation it causes.  

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

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