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Record breaking Oxford Half!

by Press Release
Monday 10th October 2016
 
 
Thousands of runners today took to the start line of this year’s Vitality Oxford Half Marathon! Southend AC runner Paul Whittaker raced home to glory on Broad Street, with a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 18 seconds, cheered on by a city centre packed with supporters! The first female over the finish line was Molly Browne, from BRAT Club in 1 hour 21 minutes and 14 seconds.

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In second place came Alex Milne, from Enfield & Haringey AC, in 1 hour 7 minutes and 41 seconds followed by Eoghan Totten, from Serpentine in 1 hour 7 minutes and 51 seconds. Second place female was Kate Neihaus finishing in second in 1 hour 23 minutes and 54 seconds, and Victoria Briggs in 1 hour 23 minutes and 1 seconds taking third.
 
Charleen Cannone, Managing Director from race organiser GO2, said: “Since relocating the main elements of the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon to the city centre, we have seen the race grow at a phenomenal rate year on year. Oxford is a stunning city and the course has a relatively flat profile, making it perfect for both PB hunters and those new to running. Congratulations to everyone that took part!”
 
The half marathon saw hundreds of incredible fundraisers take on the challenge for official charity partners Macmillan Cancer Support and Oxford United Community Trust, alongside those that chose to run for other charities represented by a cause close to their heart.
 
A spokesperson from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are thrilled to be the lead national charity for the 2016 Vitality Oxford Half Marathon. An incredible 400 runners have taken part for us today and we are expecting to raise £70,000 from the event to support people affected by cancer. We would like to congratulate all the runners on what has been a wonderful day!’

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In addition to the main race, over 450 primary school children ran their final mile as part of the Schools' Challenge, helping to raise money for local charity partner Oxford United Community Trust. The Schools’ Challenge was sponsored by The School Lunch Company.
 
Neville Koopowitz, CEO of Vitality commented, “We are delighted to see so many runners take part in today’s Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, it was a superb turnout and we look forward to our next event - The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 26th February.”
 
If you’ve caught the running bug, or maybe you fancy taking on the challenge for the first time in 2017, you can pre-register now at www.oxfordhalf.co.uk to be the first to hear when entries open!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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