Olympic silver medallist women’s eight rowing cox, Zoe De Toledo, will be the official race starter for the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday (9 October). Zoe will be cheering for her Rio Olympic crew-mate Katie Greves, along with more than 10,000 elite, club and charity runners in the annual 13.1 race in the City of Dreaming Spires.
Starting on Broad Street, the course has been designed to incorporate the city’s major sights and history, making this the perfect place to soak up the excitement on race day.
A spokesperson for race organiser GO2, said: “This year’s race has hit a record level of entries and we are delighted it has proved so popular. We have more runners than ever that need your support and we are encouraging everyone to come out for the day and cheer on the runners as spectators play a big role in creating the race day atmosphere!”
Zoe De Toledo, who has local ties with the Oxford area, said: “I'm really excited to be starting the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon, it’s a fantastic course that takes in all the beautiful sights of the city and I’m secretly a little jealous of the runners.
“As a sportswoman myself I can’t express enough how much difference the crowds and supporters make on race day so I would really encourage everyone to come down and inspire the runners on Sunday”.
The official race charity partners are Macmillan Cancer Support and Oxford United Community Trust and if you feel inspired by Zoe and Britain’s summer of sport you can still get involved by running for a charity.