Mt Oxford Odyssey

​15km Trail Run or Tramp


This is a true mountain event so you are exposed to the elements, changing conditions and unstable terrain at any time of year. We will be gear checking EVERY competitor at registration. Be prepared to unpack your bag at the gear check. There may be random gear checks at marshal points along the track.

Do not take any gear out between gear check inspection and the race start. This is for your own safety!! 

You MUST carry the following with you in your pack:

•        at least 1.5  litres of fluid
•        survival blanket
•        whistle
•        thermal or woolen hat and gloves
•        thermal long sleeve top and leggings 
•        wind and waterproof jacket – seam sealed stitched.
•        basic first aid kit
(The first aid kit must contain as a minimum : adhesive strapping tape, 4 band aids, 2 gauze pads, a crepe bandage and some panadol)
•        enough food for up to 2 - 4 hours
•        Any medication you will need for while out on the trail eg. Inhaler, antihistamine

CHANGING FACILITIES & TOILETS: All amenities are available at the start/finish area at Coopers Creek.

You are able to leave your personal belongings in the marquee at the start/finish area. Please name your belongings clearly.

PRIZE GIVING: The Prize Giving will take place at approximately 2pm at the start/finish area.

CAR PARKING: There is car parking along the side of Mountain Road about 500m from the start/finish area. Please park your car ‘nose in’ to the hedge. Please DO NOT park your car at the Coopers Creek carpark at the end of Mountain Road. This needs to be kept clear for other track users.

Please look out for CAR PARKING signs.

REFRESHMENTS: Oxford Lions will be providing all competitors in the marathon some food and a drink at the completion of your race. They will also be selling their scrumptious food to any of your supporters throughout the day.

MASSAGE: The team from Head2Toe Massage Therapy will be on site ready to ease away any aches and pains after your accomplishment at the Finish Line. You will be able to pre-book when you enter online. $20 for 15 minutes of pure bliss. 

FIRST AID: The OxfordSAR team will be on hand throughout the race in the unlikely event of an emergency and first aid will be located at the START / FINISH area.

WASTE: Please dispose of any waste in the rubbish bins provided. Do not litter on the course – what goes in must go out!

DIDYMO: We need all competitors to be vigilant and ensure that the Oxford Conservation Area remains Didymo free. Please ensure that your shoes have been thoroughly cleaned and dried before using them on race day if you have been anywhere near any Didymo affected areas.​​

A large percentage of your entry fee goes towards OxfordSAR and DOC. Without them we could not hold this event. 
If you would like to donate to the Oxford Search and Rescue Team
please indicate the amount you are donating on your entry form.
Add this to your entry fee total and the donation will be given to
the OxfordSAR after the event. It is great to support a valuable
There are no aid stations on the course. You must carry what you will need on the course.

We recommend that you wear trail running shoes with a good grip on them as the trail is technical.


Late entries will be taken up until Tuesday May 15th at an additional cost of $15. 


To be confirmed 

When:  To be confirmed

If you are staying in Oxford for race weekend you will be able to collect your race pack and have your gear checked on the morning of the race between 7:00am and 8:30am at the start/finish area.


​The 15km Trail event allows you to experience one of Canterbury's most beautiful trails. The trail is at the base of the mountain so is perfect for those of you not wanting to head up and over Mt Oxford but still want to explore this special part of the country.


​The course starts and finishes in Coopers Creek and takes you on an undulating loop at the base of the mountain. Competitors head along Link Track before joining up with the Wharfedale Track for a short section. There you turn on to the Ryde Falls Track and head back towards the finish line.

​The trail is fairly technical with lots of tree roots and rocks to keep an eye on. A few small creek crossings along the way add to the fun and if you like to get down and dirty when you head outdoors there might just be some mud for you.

​2017 saw the event being moved to the new date in Autumn which meant the trail became a true 'mudfest' in sections. Competitors came across the finish line with a good ol' splattering up their legs and shoes and huge smiles on their faces. There was even a wee sprinkling of snow at the highest point of the course. Seems that trail runners like a bit of a challenge!

​The 15km distance is a nice step up from the usual 10km races and with the stunning scenery and ever-changing conditions underfoot it truly is a wonderful race. If you love being out in New Zealand's stunning native bush and want some fun while you do it, then the 15km event is perfect for you.

​You can choose to Tramp or Run the distance - if you think you would like to run and walk it please enter the Run section. ​​

RACE DATE     ​Back in 2020

RACE ENTRY    ​$45 includes post race nourishment

RACE START            Tramp      8:30am

​                                         Run          9:00am

RACE BRIEFING          ​Tramp      8:15am 

​                                               Run          8:45am