Join Team Oriel in the Town and Gown 10k!

  • Town & Gown
27 February, 2020

This year's Town and Gown 10k in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK will take place on Sunday 3rd May - join Team Oriel and help support this great cause!

Calling all students, staff and alumni! Join a crowd from Oriel in this year's Oxford Town & Gown 10k, a fun run through the streets of Oxford. It’s a great day with nearly 5000 runners participating, and spectators lining the route as it winds through Oxford. There is always a strong contingent from right across the college, forming the official Oriel College team for the event (with College-branded t-shirts provided).

Oriel has strong form in this event, fielding the largest team of any Oxford college for three consecutive years from 2016-2018. Your participation can help us achieve this feat again, in addition to raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity which brings individuals, families and professionals together to fight more than 60 muscle-weakening and wasting conditions.

If you haven’t done an event like this before, you will find it an incredible experience, and being part of Team Oriel makes it even more special. The event supports Muscular Dystrophy research, so just by entering you will be contributing to a good cause. Most people just run for fun, but every participant is individually timed, so if you want to challenge yourself you can. There are fitness tips on the event website, and it is definitely a good idea to do some training even if you are only running to take in the atmosphere. Don't be nervous about signing up - the beauty of being part of a team is that you can guarantee vociferous support from college members as you make your way around the course.

How to Register

All runners are welcome, from first-timers to experienced athletes. The link for information and registration is here - when you register (which costs £30) please select the box marked “join a group” and search for “Oriel College”. Once you have registered online, please send an email to Andrew Boothroyd ( so he can keep you in touch with plans for the day. The team usually congregates in Front Quad for a photo before heading off to the start line.

As usual, we encourage everyone to run in Oriel T shirts. If you have one from a previous event please wear that. If you are a new member we will provide a shirt free of charge: please send Andrew your shirt size after you have registered (all T-shirts are unisex: sizes are small = 36" chest, medium = 38", large = 40", XL = 42", XXL = 46").