The Rules and Guides referred to below are have now all been updated. Please make sure those documents are read.
In addition, please also note the new directions provided owing the A4421 road closure and make sure everyone keeps out of the taped–off Out of Bounds areas marked on the course map.
In order to ensure safe race starts all athletes should congregate at the start line in club bubbles allowing 2 metres of distance between each club bubble.
Participating clubs may enter runners prior to the season and in accordance with the updated Rules on the website also included in the Team Managers’ Guide, and will issue a number to their runners.
Runners may not enter as individuals.
Guest runners may be permitted, but again only in accordance with the updated Rules as well as included in the Team Managers’ Guide.
The races are being held on private land with the kind permission of the owner. Please treat all areas with the utmost respect as we would like to be invited back in future years.
NO DOGS – No dogs are permitted at this venue.
NO ACCESS is permitted within any Out Of Bounds Zones.
Catering will be organised by the venue. We would grateful if you could please support this.
Attention All Athletes: As per the League Rules:
(See Rule 31): Any runners wearing headphones will be disqualified from the race.
(See Rule 4 (Race Numbers)): Any runner seen wearing a race number for another event in an OXL race will automatically be disqualified from the race.
Race Location – Bicester Heritage, Bicester:
Map of Immediate Vicinity
Nearest Postcode: OX26 5HA
Grid Reference: SP 59294 24944
Grid Reference (6 figure): SP592249
X (Eastings) & Y (Northings) Coordinates: 459294 224944
Latitude, Longitude (Fixture Venue): 51.919875,-1.139251
New Directions for Bicester Heritage 2021 (due to closure of Charbridge Lane A4421)
Northbound (A34) traffic: Follow the A34 northbound to junction 9 of the M40; at the junction roundabout take the second exit (straight on) and follow the A41 towards Bicester; at the second roundabout keep left take second exit onto Vendee Drive, at next roundabout take second exit (straight on) onto Howes Lane A4095, continue straight at the traffic lights, at the junction turn left then at the roundabout take second exit (right) towards Buckingham A4421, at the next roundabout take second exit (straight oni>), at the next roundabout take First exit A4421 Buckingham, travel on the A4421 for approximately 500m past the main entrance; the entrance to venue is on the right.
Northbound (M40) traffic: Exit the motorway at Junction 9 and follow the A41 towards Bicester; at the roundabout keep left take second exit onto Vendee Drive, at next roundabout take second exit (straight on) onto Howes Lane A4095, continue straight at the traffic lights, at the junction turn left then at the roundabout take second exit (right) towards Buckingham A4421, at the next roundabout take second exit (straight on), at the next roundabout take First exit A4421 Buckingham, travel on the A4421 for approximately 500m past the main entrance; the entrance to venue is on the right.
Southbound (M40) traffic: Exit the motorway at Junction 10 and take the first exit at the roundabout towards Baynards Green (A43); follow the A43 to the next roundabout and take the third exit towards Bicester (B4100); then follow the B4100 (southeastwards) for approximately 6km until reaching the roundabout junction on the outskirts of Bicester with the A4095; at that roundabout take the first exit onto the A4095 eastwards and continue to the next roundabout; at that roundabout take the first exit onto the A4421 Buckingham; continue on the A4421 for approximately 500m past the main entrance; the entrance to venue is on the right.
From that point onwards follow the signs and marshal directions to the parking facility at the venue.
Please Note: The car parking will be arranged by the hosts. There is ample parking at the venue but entry/exit is via a single narrow road with limited passing points. We therefore encourage you to car–share wherever possible to avoid congestion, and please be patient if there are any delays.
The standard car parking fee for this 2021–22 OXL fixture is £4.00 per vehicle to cover the costs of running the fixture, as agreed at the 2017 OXL AGM.
Please Also Note: Further notices and updates relating to any restrictions will be posted here as the date of the fixture approaches and as is required. Please ensure you revisit this page and re–check for any updates/changes before the date of the fixture.
Race Timetable for 2021–22 Round 1
Important Note: Following the vote to implement equal gender race distances at the 2021 AGM and the sebsequent Team Competitions Survey, the race start times and formats for the fixture are as follows.
Race Start Time Age Group(s) Target distance
Note: The race distances for the men’s and women’s races will be the same as determined and set by the host club(s) within the above parameters.
1 09:55 U9 Girls and Boys 1200m
2 10:00 U11 Girls 1500m
3 10:10 U11 Boys 1500m
4 10:20 U13 Girls 3000m
5 10:30 U13 Boys 3000m
6 10:45 U15 Girls and Boys 4500m
7 11:00 U17 Girls and Boys 6000m
8 11:20 U20/Sen/Vet Men 7-9000m
9 12:00 U20/Sen/Vet Women 7-9000m
2021 Bicester Heritage XC Course Maps will be made available here at the beginning of the week before the fixture.
Important Note: Please can everyone remember to keep out of the areas marked OUT OF BOUNDS.
Age Groups for 2021–22 season
These are all according to age at midnight on the age date (31 August 2021), except for U9s – see below.
U9 are age 8 on the age date or, if age 7 on the age date, must be age 8 on the day of the event;
U11 are age 9 or 10 on the age date;
U13 are age 11 or 12 on the age date;
U15 are age 13 or 14 on the age date;
U17 are age 15 or 16 on the age date;
U20 are age 17, 18 or 19 on the age date;
Senior Women are age 20 to 34 on the age date;
Vet Women V1 are age 35 to 44; V2 are age 45 to 54; V3 are 55 to 64; V4 are 65 or over on the age date;
Senior Men are age 20 to 39 on the age date;
Vet Men V1 are age 40 to 49; V2 are age 50 to 59; V3 are age 60 to 69; V4 are 70 or over on the age date.