About Alchester Running Club

We are a small(ish) and friendly running club, based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, which was formed in 1999 and named after the old Roman town and fort of Alchester just to the west of modern day Bicester. Some of the older members claim to have fond memories of the Roman occupation!

Club members compete in road races, ranging from 5k to marathons and beyond, multi-terrain races cross country league's and Trail running. We have a club championship series which encompasses both road running and multi-terrain events. We hold regular social evenings and annually organise 3 of our own races - The Cottisford 5k, The 'ladies only' Candleford Canter 10k, and, jointly with Bicester AC The Andy Reading Memorial 10k road race.

The club's logo is a Phoenix, the mythical bird which rose from the flames of its own death. Clubs, like all organisations, evolve and mature and we are no different. As those who were involved with the club's formation will testify, its birth was difficult. That was now 18 years ago and the club has moved on greatly since then with the ever changing running community and its popularity. We have a steadily growing membership, and as hoped last year we are now able to provide some coaching advice to members. We have a thriving series of internal club championships, are competitive at club level in the county, successfully organise our own race events, and provide a social framework which we hope members will enjoy alongside their running.

Our Mission Statement is:

'To be recognised as a local centre of excellence and support for the promotion of running as a sport to all comers over the age of 18, at all levels of ability'.

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