About the Run

The 2018 Checkendon 5k and 10k and children’s races are at 10.00am on Sunday 17th June 2018.

List of events

10km: f/m all ages over 15

5km: f/m all ages over 10

100m: Age 5 and under

1 km: Age 8 and under

2km: Age 11 and under

Please click here to register


Checkendon 10k is set within countryside north of the village of Checkendon, Oxfordshire. The course is multi-terrain and includes a mixture of quiet roads, farm tracks and footpaths. Starting in a beautiful pasture field it descends within the Chilterns, climbing back to the village via an off-road route.   The full route is shown as a purple line on the map below. Checkendon 5k is shown by the orange line.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each category.

The children’s course is set within the pasture field and enclosed farm tracks. There will be a variety of distances available – entries on the day.


Photographs will be taken on the day by our excellent local photographer, Charlotte Snowden, and be available to purchase through her website after the event.”

Race location:

Take turning signposted Checkendon from A4074, past turning to Exlade Street on right hand side, past left turn to Hammonds Farm, and take next field gate entrance adjacent to the dead oak tree.

The closest railway station is Goring on Thames. There are buses from Oxford and Reading that run to Woodcote, however, there is no direct link to Checkendon.

Course Map: We will do our best to make the run as free flowing as possible however there are some narrower sections and the odd gateway on the course.

Logistics: The run starts and finishes in the field at Hammonds Farm. On the day the site will open at 8.30am, and there will ancillary attractions such as cake stalls and refreshments available.

Race start: Will be a funnel start with a gun. We are using individual chip timing this year and the results will be available on the website later in the day.

Water:  Cups of water will be available at the finish and bottles after 5k for those participating in the 10k.

Race finish: After crossing the finish line please keep moving to the finish area where you are welcome to collapse in a heap.


09.00 – Gates open

09.30 – Race number collection and on the day registration opens

10.00 – Children races

10.15 – Baggage drop open (please present your race number to drop and collect)

10.45 – Final call for 10 km Run and briefing from the Race Start Co-ordinator

11.00 – Checkendon 10k starts. Please line up in order of expected time

11.00 – Final call for 5km Run and briefing from the Race Start Co-ordinator

11.15 – Checkendon 5k starts. Please line up in order of expected time

13.00 – Course clean up commences

14.00 – Event ends and site is closed

Toilets & changing: We regret that there are no changing facilities. There are portable toilets. Toilets are positioned near to the start line. They will get busy just before the run starts so please be patient!

Refreshments/attractions: As usual we will be providing refreshments which include tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes. There will also be a BBQ to fill that gap after your exertions.

Volunteers: We welcome volunteers to help either marshalling or in the start and finish areas. If you have a friend/family member that would like to help, please email committee1checkendonpreschool@gmail.com.

Fundraising: Your registration fee is used to cover the costs of putting on the event and to support Checkendon Preschool CIO. If you wish to support your own choice of charity you are welcome to raise as much money as possible in personal sponsorship.

Condition of the course and race cancellation: In the extreme event that the wet weather route is also considered by the race committee to be unsafe or flooded then we reserve the right to cancel the race at up to 24-hours from the race start time. Should this occur notification will be sent by email to your race entry email address. We regret that we cannot offer refunds if the race is cancelled due to extreme conditions as we will have already incurred all our running costs. As we organise the race to support the local preschool we ask for your understanding and support.

Feedback: We welcome feedback after the event – good or bad! Please send your comments to committee1checkendonpreschool@gmail.com Please also contact us if you’d like to help next year…

Site map:

Map showing marking, secretary tent and drop off, children’s course etc

First Aid: provided by ABC Medical Services (Reading) Ltd Tel: 08452 300 999 Ext: 231


Hot food and drinks by Blue Tin Produce

Cakes will be by the local mothers of the Checkendon Preschool

Bottled water available for volunteers and participants

Spectators and family:

The run route provides much opportunity for support and it is encouraged. The land has plenty of space for children to run around but obviously with parental supervision we ask that the actual route is given the respect the runners require.

Checkendon Pre School CIO is a long-established preschool helping children from 2 years of age (including those in nappies) to learn, develop and make friends. A safe, secure and stimulating environment for your child, where we will help and advise you on how your child can grow; offering OFSTED approved, high quality early years education from 7.30am to 3.30pm, five days a week. It welcomes new members and if you would like to find out more about the preschool please look at our website www.checkendonpreschool.co.uk

Family entertainment:

There will be lots to do for families whether entering the family run or supporting other runners.  For younger children, there will be face painting and a BOUNCY CASTLE.

Children’s races:

Age 5 and under to run 100m

Age 8 and under to run 1km

Age 11 and under to run 2km

Supporters and spectators:

Please bring along your family and friends to support you – there will be activities and entertainment for all the family.

A safe race:

Emergency Mobile Number for the day is 07772 328422.

The course shall be marked and maps will be available in the registration tent. Please also see attached map.

Runners are advised to allow plenty of time to warm up.

Runners are required to write details of any medical conditions on the reverse of their race number.  You will have told us about any pre-existing medical conditions when you registered and asked to confirm that to their knowledge they are medically fit to take part, but if you have any new conditions please let us know.

All road crossings will be stewarded by stewards equipped with Hi Viz clothing. Warning signs will be erected either side of the crossing to warn oncoming traffic.

All medical facilities shall be onsite and available to support anyone during the event.

Runners advised to:

* Run responsibly

* Leave adequate space between themselves and other runners

* Overtake only when safe to do so

* Please ensure that you are wearing appropriate footwear.

* Runners should walk if coming across a hazard and inform other runners of the hazard.

* During wet weather and as a result in the build-up of mud, ground conditions may deteriorate and become slippery. The event stewards and safety officer shall monitor the ground conditions and make a dynamic assessment of the need for further controls/cancellation of the event as appropriate.

* All persons are advised to wear clothing appropriate to weather conditions.

* Any persons coming into contact with any wild or domestic animals should walk calmly passed the animal and make no attempt to interact with the animal in any way. Remember animals, especially wild animals can become startled and behave in an unpredictable manner.

Route Map