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The Wallingford Thames Run

For years, the Wallingford Thames Run delighted runners across Oxfordshire and beyond, even in a county famed for its diverse races.


This unique, multi-terrain 5k and 10k course takes runners from the start line at the school gates through the peaceful meadows of Crowmarsh, over the Thames, and then along the river’s scenic banks. From here, runners make their way into Wallingford town centre, before crossing the historic and breathtaking Wallingford Bridge. Next, they head back to Crowmarsh and the finish line!


The course’s mostly flat profile has always made for a thrilling – and very competitive – race.


However, after a successful race in May 2019, the coronavirus pandemic struck. The 2020 event was cancelled, following government guidelines. And subsequent efforts to return the Thames Run to runners’ diaries were all unsuccessful.


After seemingly endless pleas to reinstate the race, the Crowmarsh Gifford Primary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was finally able to take the steps required to get the event back on track for 2024.


Josie Brettell, Race Director and Crowmarsh Gifford Primary School PTA member.


“The PTA has been trying to get the Wallingford Thames Run back onto the calendar for     several years. Now, finally, we’ve managed to mobilise enough support to restore the event    to its rightful place.”

Runners and volunteers across the county heeded the call with hundreds of runners of all abilities – and a small army of marshals and volunteers – all preparing for the big day: June 9, 2024.

The event is the PTA’s flagship fundraiser, with the money raised going to help the school. A share of the proceeds also goes to support Style Acre, a Crowmarsh-based charity that enhances the lives of Oxfordshire-based people with learning disabilities and autism.


Vania Eaglen, Headteacher of Crowmarsh Gifford Primary School, said:


“I’m delighted that we have been able to bring the Wallingford Thames Run back to the      running calendar. The Pupil School Council has asked for the school toilets to be     refurbished, as well as several outdoor areas. The money raised will help us to fulfil the      children’s requests!”


The event unfailingly attracts runners of all abilities: From beginners to seasoned athletes looking for a new PB.


This year, for the first time, a new team award will be presented to the fastest team. That means that the running club or running collective whose fastest three runners have the lowest combined time will walk away with the inaugural Team Trophy.


Businesses from Wallingford and beyond have provided generous support – pledging everything from financial assistance to prizes and discounts for runners.


A full schedule of events has also been planned for the day: By the time runners cross the finishing line, a fun-packed school fete will be underway, ensuring the excitement continues for runners, their supporters and the entire community.


Children will also be getting their running shoes on, and will be vying for glory at a Colour Run to be held on school grounds after the main race.


Vania Eaglen, Headteacher of Crowmarsh Gifford Primary School, said:


“The generosity of runners, sponsors and volunteers will help us provide the children with   much-needed facilities which improve the quality of their school life. I can’t wait to cheer on the runners as they take on this challenge!”


The PTA has launched a new website for the event (, and you can also follow the Thames Run on Facebook ( On the big day, the starting pistol set to fire at 9:30 am. On your marks…!