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The EMGP Banbury 5 Mile Road Race

Tuesday 13 July 2021 - 7.45pm

UKA Race licence: 2021-41661

For full details of the East Midlands Grand Prix series, and each race, including course maps and race/series entry, please follow:     

This race will be held under covid-19 restrictions according to government advice and Runbritain guidelines, which may change at any time. QR codes will be available at the Race HQ and Race Start for those using the NHS test and trace app.

Organisers: Banbury Harriers AC

Venue: Parking at Wykham Park Academy (formerly Banbury School), 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. Also, male and female team prizes.  Vets can only win one individual prize.

Entries: Online entries only via the Results Base website – no entries on the night – use your series number if you have one; otherwise your number will be sent by post.

Race Limit: 375 Runners

Entry Fee: £15 (£17 unattached); if the event has to be cancelled due to covid-19 restrictions, 90% of your race fee will be refunded.

Closing date: 6 July 2021

Further information: David Drummond ( or Mobile: 07721-756203). 

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. Social distancing must always be maintained particularly at the start and finish – always follow the marshals’ instructions. Hand sanitiser will be available at the Race HQ, start and finish. It is the runner’s responsibility to provide his/her own water or refreshments.

Registration: No entry or registration on the night – replacement numbers (if required) from Results Base at the Race HQ.

Start: The race starts at 7.45pm in Browning Road. Allow ten minutes to get to the start from the school. The start will be in waves of 30 every 30 seconds. Do not enter the sanitised start area until your wave number is called.

Spectators are discouraged this year

Refreshments: no refreshments this year.

Presentation: no presentations this year – awards will be sent by post after the race.

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

Photographs: As in previous years, Barry Cornelius plans to take photographs at some of the races for publication on his website  and for possible use by the press. You will be able to download his photos free of charge. If you (or your parent/carer if you are under 18) do not wish your image to appear as a significant part of any photograph that he publishes on the web or provides to the press, you should put a large thick red cross across your race number.   


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

The course was re-measured in 2014 and the 2019 measurement certificate is here  

The full 2019 race licence is HERE

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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