15 May

No Clowning Around At Town & Gown

Oxford Town and Gown 10k

There was a strong international flavour to the 36th Muscular Dystrophy UK Town and Gown 10K at Oxford on Sunday (14 May) as local character Paul Fernandez (M40, 32:36) turned over a field of 3,665 finishers. The Oxford-based teacher is probably better known as the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest marathon dressed as a clown (2:50:44).

Fernandez is an England international ultra-distance runner and current GB Trail Running champion as well as the third best all-time British runner over six hours. So 10k in the Abingdon Ambler's home city centre was a mere bagatelle to this accomplished endurance athlete. 
The nearest opposition came in the form of Oxford City's Jonathan Holmans (33:05) and Jose Bilbao (33:12), of Spanish club Oriente Atletismo based in the Asturian seaside resort of Llanes. 
Gus Greenstein (33:41), James Eve (M40 Headington Road Runners, 34:08) and Rahil Sachak-Patwa (Oxford University, 34:13) completed the top six as an impressive 140 athletes finished inside 40 minutes.
The women's leader board also included athletes from overseas with a narrow win for Karolina Wasniewska (37:38), of Biegiem Radom in Poland, from Jessica Webb (Woodstock Harriers, 37:47) and Gwyneth Everson (38:40). Quality running from local athlete Martha Lloyd (Oxford City, 38:47) just missed out on a podium place.
The Town and Gown 10K series is a great way of supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK and raising much needed funds to fight against muscle-wasting conditions, which affect over 70,000 people in the UK. Town and Gown 10K races have raised over £1.9 million through the efforts of participants who sign up to the events and fundraise for the charity.
The next race will be held at Cambridge (22 October) with full details at the series website.

Full results are available on our race listings page.