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Now in it’s 4th year the Oxford Half Marathon is one of the most popular road races in the south east, attracting over 6,000 entrants and one of the largest charity fundraisers in the county.

For the safety of competitors and spectators, road closures, parking suspensions and footpath closures will operate on a number of streets, so we appreciate all your support and patience. Warning signs will be put up on affected streets two weeks before the race, and further signage will be erected on designated diversion routes around the city on race day itself.

For more detailed information on the road closures and parking suspensions please see Residents & Businesses Leaflet

For live coverage and race day traffic updates tune in to BBC Radio Oxford 92.5 FM

For further information or specific advice about disabled or carers access please contact the race enquiry line :

By email:

By phone: 01225 422255 (during working hours – and on race day)


Times stated below are the maximum times permitted by Oxfordshire County Council. However, we will endeavour to close the roads for as short a period of time as possible to minimise disruption, so in many cases the roads will be reopened earlier than the time stated.

Road Closures & Parking Suspensions

Road closures and parking suspensions will apply on designated streets and parts of streets at the advertised times. Road closures apply to all vehicles and cyclists, except emergency services.  Where parking suspensions are in force they will apply to all vehicles including residents parking permits, parking meter and disabled (‘Blue Badge’) parking.  Where parking is not suspended, but the road itself is closed, parked vehicles must not be moved during the closure period.

Please note the effected section of the Thames Trail path will be closed to both pedestrians and cyclists during the times stated below.


Road closures – Sunday 12th March 2014 Closure time
Grenoble Road (between Watlington Road & Guelder Road) 8.30 – 10.00am
B480 Watlington Road (between Grenoble Road & Cuddesdon Way) 9.00 – 10.00am
A4142 Eastern By-Pass footpath, cyclepath & underpass 9.00 – 10.45am
Long Lane & Newman Road 9.30 – 11.00am
A4158 Iffley Road (southbound between A4142 Eastern By-Pass & Fairacres Road and in both directions between Fairacres Road & The Plain 9.30 – 11.45am
Jackdaw Lane, Magdalen Bridge (westbound cycle lane and footpath) & Rose Lane 9.30am – 12.00pm
St Aldates (southbound cycle lane and footpath) 9.30am – 12.30pm
Abingdon Road (southbound) 10.00am – 12.30pm
Thames Path National Trail footpath, A423 Southern By-Pass cycle path & Littlemore underpass, Oxford Road (Littlemore), Sandford Road & Henley Rd (southbound), Brick Kiln Lane and Grenoble Road (eastbound from Brick Kiln Lane to Kassam Stadium) 10.00am – 1.00pm



Diversion routes will be signposted for local routes around the road closures on race day.  For details see Local Diversions Map.


Temporary footpath closures will also be introduced at a number of locations to ensure the safety of competitors and public, and signposted footpath diversions will be in place. Exemption will be given for pedestrians needing to access their own properties within these streets. To ensure the safety of competitors and spectators pedestrian crossing points on the course route will be controlled by race marshals, and in some cases pedestrians may be asked to wait 5-10 mins before being directed by marshals to cross the road in gaps between runners. The road closures on the carriageway apply equally to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists will be asked to dismount and walk their cycles on the footpath where roads are closed.