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OSS Event January 2011 (Botley)

25th January 2011 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The fourth race of the Oxford Street-O series will be around the streets of Botley and is being planned by Heather Walton with help from Liz Cross. If you are planning to come, please send me an email by Sunday evening (to saying whether or not you would like food afterwards (see the Social section below).

Event centre

The Event Centre will be at 11, The Garth, Botley, Oxford OX2 9AL. Note that there is pedestrian but not vehicle access from Westminster Way to Montagu Road. Parking is limited in The Garth so it is better to park in Montagu Road or Finmore Road or even better cycle or come on the bus. The 4A bus from Rose Hill and Iffley via the city centre stops in Finmore Road and the U1 from Headington and the city centre stops just after turning into Westminster Way. Many more buses from the city centre stop at Elms Parade on West Way (S1, X30, 4, 4B, 4C and probably others) at least every 10 minutes during the day; slightly less frequently later in the evening. Although the map shows that Church Way does not connect, you can just go through the car park to the west of the shops.

Race Format

60 minute score (visit as many controls as you can and return within 60 minutes). There is a penalty of 10 points for every minute or part minute that you are late. Remember to bring a watch and a pen! A head torch is recommended – streetlights are a bit more intermittent on roads as well as paths as you get further out. Start times are between 7pm and 8pm, starting whenever you’re ready. See About Street-O for a more detailed description.


Tarmac roads and paths. Most but not all of the map is steep. Unlit paths are not mapped, and are out of bounds if you happen to know where they are. Alleys between housing are marked when lit. These do not necessarily have a high frequency of streetlights so may appear unlit at first! Due to the steepness and lack of short cuts between different areas of the map, the speedy amongst you may also have to make tactical decisions about which areas to head for, like the rest of us usually have to do.

The A34 and dual carriageway sections of the A420 can only be crossed at the subways and bridges marked as crossing points on the map. Take care when crossing the Botley Road – you can take advantage of the many traffic lights and street bollards part way across the road. Other roads are reasonably quiet. It is a condition of our insurance that children under 16 do not do a course which involves crossing busy roads unless accompanied by a parent.


If you can, please stay after you have run to discuss routes, mistakes, the weather or anything else that takes your fancy. Food will be provided by the organiser – cost defined by the shopping bill divided by the number of people eating (probably around £3). It would be useful to know who wants food by Sunday 23rd January.


Results will appear here soon after the event.


25th January 2011
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm