The Rules and Guides referred to below are have now all been updated. Please make sure those documents are read.
Participating clubs may enter runners prior to the season or on-the-day, and will issue
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.
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.
NO SPIKES OR MUDDY FOOTWEAR TO BE WORN IN THE CLUBHOUSE & CAFÉ.
NO SPITTING – Please refer to the OXL – Spitting Notice.
PLEASE USE THE TOILET FACILITIES PROVIDED – Anyone identified defecating or urinating in public at any OXL venue will receive an outright 12–month ban from the League with immediate effect.
Lyme Disease Notice
When running through woodlands there is always a risk of being bitten by tick’s etc. and therefore insect repellent containing DEET is advisable.
Unfortunately, if a tick is infected with Lyme disease there is a possibility of it passing on the disease to runners.
If after having run through woodlands or long grass you notice a red circular rash around a bite mark, it would be advisable to get it checked out sooner rather than later. Further details can be found on this NHS Lyme Disease webpage.
Race Location – Shotover Park, Horspath, Oxford:
Map of Immediate Vicinity
Nearest Postcode (Horspath Sports Ground, Oxford): OX4 2RR
Grid Reference: SP 56164 04623
Grid Reference (6 figure): SP561046
X (Eastings) & Y (Northings) Coordinates: 456164 204623
Latitude, Longitude (Stadium Offices): 51.737276, -1.1881194
Latitude, Longitude (Overflow Parking Entrance): 51.736657, -1.1943260
Latitude, Longitude (Fixture Venue): 51.736933, -1.1888060
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Please note: Round 3 of the Oxfordshire XC League will be run in conjunction with the 2023 Oxfordshire County XC Championships (entry details will be made available on the Oxon AA website in due course). All runners who enter the 2023 Oxfordshire County XC Championships will need to wear their assigned race number and Tyvek wristband (– – to be issued before the start of each race) as directed according to the instructions that will be published on the Oxon AA website in advance. Any Championship entrant crossing the finish line without their Tyvek wristband will be disqualified.
Important Notes: All parking will be in the main BMW MINI Plant Car Park (see directions above) with the exception of officials, club tents, disabled and U11 athletes and parents who may park at the track. Please treat the car park with respect and walk to the venue. Cross the road with care as traffic approaches quickly in both directions.
There is strictly NO Parking on the Horspath Road or the entrance to the track.
Directions to MINI Plant Oxford Car Park – see map
Southbound (M40) traffic: Follow the M40 south and turn off at junction 8a towards Oxford (A40). At the Headington roundabout take the first exit south onto the A4142 (Eastern By–Pass Road). Continue straight on along the A4142 to the third set of traffic lights. Turn left onto Horspath Road (the car park will be visible across the road to your right). Enter the main car park via Gate 7.
Westbound traffic: Follow the M40 west and turn off at junction 8 towards Oxford (A40). At the Headington roundabout take the first exit south onto the A4142 (Eastern By–Pass Road). Continue straight on along the A4142 to the third set of traffic lights. Turn left onto Horspath Road (the car park will be visible across the road to your right). Enter the main car park via Gate 7.
Northbound (from M4) traffic: Exit the M4 at junction 13. Take the A34 northwards to Oxford. At the junction with the Southern By–Pass Road follow the directions for the M40 (A40). After crossing three roundabouts the MINI Plant will be see on the right as you pass over the flyover at Cowley. Turn right onto Horspath Road at the next set of traffic lights. Enter the main car park via Gate 7.
Please Note: Please ensure you revisit this page and re–check for any updates/changes before the date of the fixture.
As part of the Future League Funding Proposal voted for at the 2022 AGM no car parking fees will be levied.
Please ensure the directions of the car parking marshals are adhered to when parking your vehicle.
Please Also Note: Further notices and updates relating to any restrictions will be posted here as the date of the fixture approaches and is required. Please ensure you revisit this page and re–check for any updates/changes before the date of the fixture.
Race Timetable for 2022–23 Round 3
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
2023 Shotover Park Venue & Courses Map.
Oxfordshire Cross Country Championships Presentations
A decision as to whether or not to proceed with presentations on the day of the Championships will be taken in the week before the fixture depending upon current Covid infection rates.
If the decision is taken to go ahead with the presentations, the timings will be as follows:
10:45 hrs (or as close as possible) – U9 and U11 Girls & Boys.
11:45 hrs (or as close as possible) – U13, U15 and U17 Girls & Boys.
13:15 hrs (or as close as possible) – U20, Senior and Veteran Men & Women. This ceremony will include an announcement of the top 3 individuals in the U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 Girls & Boys categories.
Arrangements will be made for the collection of trophies and medals (not collected on the day) will in the week following the completion of the Championships.
Age Groups for 2022–23 season
These are all according to age at midnight on the age date (31 August 2022), 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.