Great Court Race

The Great Court Race is one of The University of Queensland’s proudest traditions, and is a bucket list event for competitors, and must-see spectacle!

Inspired by the film ‘Chariots of Fire’, the event was first held in 1985 to celebrate the University’s 75th anniversary, with races taking place around the state heritage-listed Great Court at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Headlined by the blue ribbon Men's and Women's Great Court Race, the event also includes 70m sprint races, as well as College, club and staff relays.

And if the prestige of winning a coveted Great Court Race trophy wasn't enough, there's also cash prizes and Gold Memberships up for grabs for winners and placegetters, thanks to the generosity of Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland and event partners. 

Check out the Great Court Race 2017 Winners here.

See our 2016 champions to discover the times to beat for this year's race!

2017 GREAT COURT RACE - EVENTS

Men’s & Women’s Great Court Race

The Great Court Race is the event’s signature sprint – a 636m lap of UQ St Lucia’s iconic Great Court. Open only to UQ undergraduate students, four competitors race through the Great Court’s historic cloisters to the sound of chiming bells, with the aim to complete the lap before the 12th chime. Spikes are not permitted; pre-event time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

Prizes:

1st - $1,000 prize money & Great Court Race sandstone trophy ($1,000 bursary donated by Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland) 

2nd - $150 prize money & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

3rd - $50 prize money & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

Men’s & Women’s College Relays

Bragging rights will be on the line when UQ’s Colleges go head-to-head in the always competitive Men’s and Women’s Relays! Open only to students who reside at a UQ College, each relay involves four irregular legs (145m, 156m, 155m, and 180m) due to the Great Court’s unique layout.

Spikes are not permitted; pre-event time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

Prizes:

1st - $160 prize money per team & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

2nd - $120 prize money per team & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

3rd - $80 prize money per team & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

Mixed Staff Relay

It’s faculty vs faculty in the Mixed Staff Relay, with both full and part-time UQ staff eligible to compete. Each four-person team must consist of two male and two female runners.

Spikes are not permitted; pre-event time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

Prizes:

1st – One (1) month Gold Membership per person & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

2nd - One (1) month Gold Membership per person & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

3rd - One (1) month Gold Membership per person & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

Mixed Club Relay

There’ll be no love lost when UQ’s clubs battle to the finish in the Mixed Club Relay! Open to all UQ-affiliated clubs – including UQ Sport and UQ Union clubs – each team consists of two male and two female runners (competitors must be current UQ students, as well as registered members of the respective club).

Spikes are not permitted; pre-event time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

Prizes:

1st – One (1) month Gold Membership per person & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

2nd - One (1) month Gold Membership per person & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

3rd - One (1) month Gold Membership per person & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

Men’s & Women’s 70m Sprint

Raced on the grassed area inside the Great Court, the Men’s and Women’s 70m Sprint is a handicap race, similar in format to the Stawell Gift. A maximum of six runners can compete in each sprint, with nominations open to all current UQ students (undergraduate and postgraduate). Handicap distances will be determined by time trial results. Starting blocks are provided to all participants, and spikes may be worn.

Prizes:

1st – $75 prize money & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

2nd - $40 prize money & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

3rd - $20 prize money & Great Court Race sandstone trophy

TIME TRIALS

Due to lane restrictions – Great Court events: maximum four (4) lanes; 70m Sprint: maximum six (6) lanes – participants may be required to participate in a time trial in order to gain entry to their selected event.

Time trials will be held at Field 6 (situated between the UQ Sport Athletics and Tennis Centres) on Wednesday 10 May 2017, with sessions taking place between 7am-9am and 1:30pm-3pm.

Time trials are compulsory for all participants wishing to compete in Men’s and Women’s 70m Sprint races, in order to determine starting handicaps.

Time trials for Great Court events (Great Court Race; College, Club & Staff Relays) will only proceed if registrations exceed lane capacity (4), otherwise, entrants and/or teams will automatically qualify to race in their selected event.

Entrants will be notified by email if they are required to compete in a time trial.

2017 Great Court Race partners:

2017 Event Schedule

Please note: This schedule is subject to change

Welcome

1:00PM

Women's 70m Sprint

1:05PM

Men's 70m Sprint

1:10PM

Sprint Presentations

1:15PM

Mixed Staff Relay

1:20PM

Mixed Club Relay

1:25PM

Mixed Staff & Club Relay Presentation

1:30PM

Women's Great Court Race

1:35PM

Men's Great Court Race

1:40PM

Great Court Race Presentations

1:45PM

Women's College Relay

1:50PM

Men's College Relay

1:55PM

College Relay Presentation

2:00PM

 

RACE RESULTS

2016 results
2015 results
2014 results
2013 results
View all the previous winners of the race

 

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