Merton College


Bannister Miles 70th Anniversary Garden Party 

We cordially invite you to our alumni garden party on Sunday 5th May 2024. The event forms part of a broader celebration of 70 years since Sir Roger Bannister ran 3.59.4 for the mile at Iffley Road Track. The garden party will take place in the Fellows Garden, Merton College (one of Sir Roger’s alma maters).

In attendance shall be the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, members of the Bannister family and alumni stretching back to the 1950s. There will be food, drinks, music, and photography, nestled within the historic gardens of Merton College. With alumni from the last 70 years attending, it promises to be an enjoyable and historic gathering, celebrating Sir Roger’s life, as well as the sport and clubs for which we all share a passion.


Sunday 5th May 2024

2.30pm - 5.30pm


Merton College, Oxford

South Park

Cross Country Cuppers - Alumni Race 

It was cross country running that brought us all together initially. So what better way to reconvene than a free, alumni cross country race in Oxford’s beautiful South Park as part of Cross Country Cuppers. 

Race details:

  • Cost: FREE.
  • Distance: Approximately four miles.
  • Prizes: Overall and age category.

To get to South Park, there are a variety of public transport options, including the X7 bus from the train station. If driving, nearby carparks include St Clement’s and Union Street while there are a small number of spaces at the entrance to Headington Hill Park. If not racing, the course and venue also provide great opportunities for spectating while marshals are appreciated. Both club tents will be erected, in which personal belongings can be stored and kept dry. All ages and speeds are welcome!

Post-race, there will be an opportunity to wash and change at Iffley Road Sports Centre.


Saturday 26th October - approx. 10.00am


South Park, Oxford

Vincent's Club

Alumni Lunch & 150th Anniversary Campaign Launch 

Following on from Cuppers, join us in Vincent's Club for an informal lunch and the launch of the 150th Anniversary Campaign. Lunch will be served in the upstairs dining room, in which the campaign launch will also take place. 

Please let us know your meal preferences by signing up via the linked form. There is no dress code. 


Saturday 26th October - 12.30pm


Vincent's Club, Oxford

St Edmund Hall

Annual Dinner 2025

Annual dinner will follow on from Teddy Hall Relays, for which entries will be open on Opentrack. It is a highlight of the calendar, where we celebrate achievements and look forward to the year ahead.


The dinner will entail a three course meal with wine. Continuing tradition, there will be speeches by the Captains and an awards presentation. After the dinner, we will head to Vincent’s Club for drinks.


Wednesday 12th March 2025


St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Dress code

Black tie (Blues blazers encouraged)

Iffley Road

Teddy Hall Relays

The format remains unchanged from previous years, comprising a relay of 4 x 4.35 mile (7km) scenic legs around the centre of Oxford, with races starting and finishing at the iconic Iffley Road Track.

There will be a wide range of category prizes as well as tea served afterwards in Cricket Schools.


Wednesday 12th March 2025


11.30am (registration opens)

1.30pm (race start)

Entries close