Ready, racers? Here's everything you need to know about the Oxford Half 2019 ballot process.
7 Jan 2019
Ballot applications are opened to the public! Register now to be in with a chance of securing your place in the Oxford Half on 13th October 2019.
1 March 2019
Last chance! Public ballot applications close today.
First Round Invites
4 March 2019
Stay tuned - the first round of invitations will be sent to successful ballot applicants today.
8 March 2019
In order to secure your place, successful applicants in the first round will need to complete registration and payment by today.
Second Round Invites
11 March 2019
Stay tuned - the second round of invitations will be sent to successful ballot applicants today.
15 March 2019
In order to secure your place, successful applicants in the second round will need to complete registration and payment by today.
The two key reasons as to why we’ve chosen to use a ballot system for this year’s race entries:
- Charitable Impact: The ballot will result in a longer period of time for our charity partners to recruit runners and for charity runners to fundraise for causes that move them. Increasing the amount of funds that are raised for charity, particularly local organisations, is a key priority for Virgin Sport.
- Limited Course Capacity / Experience: Due to space and course constraints in central Oxford, we’ve made the decision not to grow the event and risk crowding which would negatively impact the runner experience. Going forward the ballot will give everyone a fair chance to enter the event.
Entries will be randomly allocated with no weighting.
Yes, you can secure places through one of our charity partners.
Run clubs are extremely important to us, and we want to make sure that you can easily plan your club calendar. With that said, we will be allowing run clubs to bypass the ballot and secure guaranteed entries. If you or your run club teammates would like to run the Oxford Half, please email us at [email protected] and let us know how many places you'd like for your club.
Unsuccessful ballot applicants can secure places through one of our charity partners.
We can defer race entries up until 1 month before the event, to use at a future Virgin Sport race within 12 months. So, if you can’t make the event, you won’t lose your race entry!
We also have ticket protection offered through our insurance partner, Booking Protect, who can cover your race entry fee in case of injury, illness and other reasons. More information here.
We're here to help! Get in touch if you have any further questions about the ballot process.
Email is required
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