With two months to go the organisers of The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon have announced a new start and finish and enhanced course for the race on Sunday, 9 October 2016. More than 6,000 runners will now have more room to stretch their legs on appropriately named Broad Street, while still taking in the many historical sights of Oxford such as the popular spectator point, Radcliffe Camera (pictured).
Last year’s race saw 6,216 runners finish in 4:15:50 as wins were recorded by Steve Naylor (Bedford and County, 1:10:24) and W35 Rebecca Hilland (Team Bath, 1:15:55), who was 15th overall.
In an unusual twist the club team results are based on the joint efforts of two men and two women and the 2015 winners were Oxford City AC. There is also a Company Challenge, won by Mercedes AMG Petronas, and University Challenge, held by the team from OutriC.
The spectacular course takes in the University Parks, Old Marston and the theatre district before the final mile in the city centre through iconic Radcliffe Square and Turl Street and back to Broad Street 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.”
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 the Vitality Oxford Half Marathon website.