Oxford City Race
Thanks to OUOC for organising a great Oxford City Race 2015. The “long sprint” race format, with many tricky technical legs rather than long (and boring) route choice sections, really enhanced the race, as did the variety of terrain – with four distinct sections: science campus, housing estates, college gardens and parkland. Runners got to access several colleges and also the newly reconstructed Radcliffe Observatory old hospital site. St Hugh’s College proved to have the trickiest sections before, the optimum routes requiring leaving and reentering the college several times (see map extract below, from the race’s Routegadget page). Warm and sunny weather also helped raise the atmosphere, as did having the start, finish and race assembly in the same area, with good views over to runners finishing their last few legs. One slight issue, with a control being marked on the map in an area behind locked gates, resulted in a couple of legs being knocked out on of the results on the longest courses. With a huge number of controls, such an eventuality is tricky to avoid. Thanks Oxford and looking forward to Cambridge’s reply in October.
The photo above shows a runner existing the science campus by the Clarendon Physics Laboratory.