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.

This year’s Great Court Race will be held on Wednesday 23 May. Headlined by the blue ribbon Men's and Women's Great Court Races, the event also includes 70m Sprint races, as well as College, Club and Staff Relays.

Before the starter’s gun fires, enjoy a FREE Sausage Sizzle and Lawn Games, with the feast and festivities taking place inside the Great Court from 12:30pm until 2pm!

2018 EVENT SCHEDULE

Please note, this schedule is subject to change.

Free Sausage Sizzle & Lawn Games

12:30PM

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

EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

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.

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; time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

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 Clubs, each team consists of two male and two female student runners (competitors must be a registered member of the respective club). Spikes are not permitted; time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

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; time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

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; time trials will be used to determine race entry in the event more than four entries are received.

PAST RACE RESULTS

2017 results
2016 results
2015 results
2014 results
2013 results


View all the previous winners of the Great Court Race

Great Court Race Partners

 

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