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New start line for Oxford Half!

by Press Release
Monday 25th July 2016
Organisers of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon are pleased to announce that the start line for the 2016 event will move from St Giles to Broad Street, further enhancing its spectacular city start and finish, while still taking in the many historical sights of Oxford!
The 13.1-mile route will see competitors run from Broad Street and onto Magdalen Street, St Giles, Parks Road, South Parks Road, Mansfield Road, Jowett Walk, and St Cross Road.  Running almost the full length of Banbury Road, they’ll turn around at Carlton Road, running back down Banbury Road and heading into Marston Ferry Road.
Runners will then head onto Cherwell Drive through Elms Drive, Marsh Lane, Elsfield Road and Oxford Road before heading back along Marston Ferry Road and turning left onto Banbury Road.  Competitors will then turn left onto Bell Broughton Road, Charlbury Road, Bardwell Road with a short section back on Banbury Road before they turn onto Norham Road, Fyfield Road and Norham Gardens and enter University Parks. The final mile in the city centre takes in Holywell Street, Catte Street and the iconic Radcliffe Square and Turl Street before runners enter Broad Street again for a hero’s welcome home!
Peter McQuitty, Oxford City Council’s Head of Culture, said: “The city and county councils are working with organisers to make the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon a world-class event that will be enjoyed equally by runners, onlookers and local residents. With its iconic backdrop and flat route, there is no reason why the half marathon cannot be one of the best half marathons in the world.”
Jamie Warren, Head of Marketing at race organiser GO2 Events, said: “The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon is a race full of character, taking in the famous sights of Oxford. The fast and flat course welcomes runners of all ages and abilities, from elite international athletes to first-time runners. The enhanced city centre start allows runners to find a good rhythm and really get into their stride, and also a great opportunity for spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of friends and family taking part in the race.
“So whether you’re looking for a goal to help you get fit, an Autumn challenge to raise money for charity, a PB on a great course or simply to have fun as you run, this is the race for you! You can expect huge local support, along with live entertainment, free finishers technical t-shirt from race partner, Brooks, a fantastic medal and goody bag!”
Nick Read, Commercial Director of Vitality, the title sponsor of the Vitality Run Series said: "We are delighted to announce the return of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon in October 2016 for Year Three of the Vitality Run Series. We’re really looking forward to seeing the runners take part on the new and exciting course."
Entries are now open at www.oxfordhalf.co.uk!

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