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The EMGP Banbury 5 Mile Road Race

Banbury 5 - 2022 results

Full results available on the EMGP website here

Tuesday 24 May 2022

This race is part of a series of races across the East Midlands Grand Prix and will be held under Runbritain guidelines, which may change at any time.  Race Licence: 2022-42180.  Course Measurement Certificate: 21/173

Organisers: Banbury Harriers AC

Venue/HQ: Parking at Wykham Park Academy, Ruskin Road, Banbury, OX16 9HY

Route: One lap on road and pavement on the outskirts of Banbury. Includes three moderate hills.

Race Record: Barney O'Connor (Massey Fergusson) 23.35, 1988

Prizes: At least the first three men and three women, plus first in all male and female veteran categories and junior category. Runners can only win one individual prize.  Also, male and female team prizes.  Cash prizes will be paid by BACS transfer shortly after the event,

Entries: Online entries via the RunBritain website with limited entries on the night. If you have entered the full series, use your series number. Otherwise your number will be available for collection on the day at the Race Headquarters.  For entry to the full series: EMGP series entry

Race Limit:  400 Runners

Entry Fee: £10 attached /£12 unattached. £3 supplement for both categories on the day.

Closing date for on line entries: 20th May 2022

On the night: Do not race if you have been unwell. Specifically, do not attend the race if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to race day or have any of the Covid-19 symptoms on race day. Always follow Marshal’s instructions. It is the runner’s responsibility to provide his/her own water or refreshments during the race. Bottled water available at the finish.

Registration: Use series number if appropriate. Otherwise collect on-line race numbers from HQ prior to the event.

Start: The race starts at 7.45pm in Browning Road. Allow ten minutes to get to the start from the school. 

Facilities/Presentation: Parking, Registration (number collection and late entry), toilets and changing facilities will be provided at the race HQ but please note that we no longer have shower facilities at the venue. As there are no catering facilities on site, we will not hold a prize presentation on the evening. As detailed above, cash prizes will be transferred by BACS shortly after the event.

Results: Results will be posted on the EMGP website soon after the race and on this website within 24 hours.

2021 The 2021 race was won by Skip Snelson from Banbury Harriers in a time of 25.47.  The ladies race was won by Hayley Munn from Rugby & Northampton in 30.25.

Full results can be found here:

2021 prize winners here: Ban5_2021prizewinners

The race was held under covid restrictions, so thank you to all runners for their support and co-operation and a massive thank you to our team of volunteers for upholding Banbury's reputation of staging safe, successful and  well-organised events.

Race Record: Barney O'Connor (Massey Fergusson) 23.35, 1988

Photographs: As in previous years, Barry Cornelius took photographs for publication on his website  and for possible use by the press. You will be able to download his photos free of charge.   


The 2020 race has been CANCELLED (as has the whole 2020 East Midland Grand Prix series).

The course was re-measured in 2021 

Thanks to Barry Cornelius for providing photographs over the years 

for publication on his website and for possible use by the press, and by running you accept this. You will be able to download his photos free of charge.

The Banbury 5 is a scenic one-lap course and is part of the East Midlands Grand Prix Series. For all information on the Banbury 5 including entry forms for any of the races in the grand prix series go to EMGP. Where you will find the results after the race. This is a link to the course map Banbury 5 map. The venue is Wykham Park Academy, Ruskin Road, Banbury OX16 9HY.

All races are run under UK Athletics Rules. 

  • THE WEARING OF PERSONAL STEREOS IS NOT PERMITTED IN ANY RACE IN THE SERIES. YOU RUN THE RISK OF DISQUALIFICATION. Note that this includes all forms of ear equipment that may be judged to reduce your ability to hear traffic and instructions. The only exceptions being medically supplied items such as hearing aids.
  • WHEELCHAIRS / HANDCYCLES – Silverstone 10k is the only race in the series that is suitable for Wheelchair / Handcycle athletes

 If you have any questions on the Banbury 5 not answered above please mail us Email link

 Follow this link for full results of the 2018 race.

 Barry Cornelius took 1461 photos so follow this link to view them. 

Follow this link to a report by the Banbury Guardian written by Warren Harrison. 

 Go to  2015 report for a report on the 2015 race

The report for the 2014 race is here 

Notable performances by our athletes in the 2013 race were:- Tom Offord 13th overall, Catlin Bradley 2nd lady, Ros Kelling 1st W50 and Glyn Pritchard 2nd V65. The first ladies team prize was won by Catlin, Ros and Patricia Duffy.

Archive results/History

The Banbury 5 is thought to have started in the 1970's and was held on a Saturday, with shorter, junior races too. There are records of Peter Flavel (Oxford City) winning in 1977 in a time of 20.15 which suggest that it may have been a bit shorter than 5 miles!       

In the early 1980's the race was moved to a Tuesday evening, and was properly measured.  The current men's course record is Barney O'Connor (Massey Ferguson) in a time of 23.35 from 1988.  The fastest womens time we have recorded is Eileen McKenzie (Massey Ferguson) in 27.39 (year unknown).

Probably the most notable athlete to run was John Mutai (Kenya / Bromsgrove & Redditch) in 1997 in a time of 23.57. over a minute clear of 2nd place.  




1981- no results, but there is a YouTube video!

List of race winners Banbury5racewinners1983-1993.pdf












Past results from 2000 onwards are on the EMGP web site. 

If anyone has any of the missing results i.e. 1978, 1980-1983, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1996 & 1999 please let me know. 

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