Calling all runners - Adoption UK needs you!

Published: 14.07.15

Adoption UK is calling on all runners out there to help them enter a team of more than 20 runners into this year’s Oxford Half Marathon which takes competitors on a new route around the city.
Calling all runners - Adoption UK needs you!

Famed for its university and stunning architecture, Oxford will once again open its streets to thousands of runners on Sunday 11th October.

Runners will experience Oxford's stunning sights on the 13.1 mile route around the 'City of Dreaming Spires' as the streets echo with thousands of cheering supporters.

The half marathon starts on St Giles and takes in the iconic Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library and many of University of Oxford's prestigious colleges.

Andy Wilkinson, Adoption UK's Director of Finance and Business Support, will be donning the distinct orange Adoption UK vest for the second time having competed in last year's event. Another member of staff taking part will be Elaine Kristan, the new Human Resources Manager.

Elaine, from Daventry, Northants, is the first to admit she never thought she would be running a half marathon.

She said: "When I used to see people running in the street I'd think 'Oh, their car must have broken-down' but since catching the running bug from a friend a few years ago I now wonder what trainers they're wearing."

Elaine entered last year's Great North Run with three aims – to survive, finish the race without stopping and to complete it within three hours.

"I was dreading the race but on the day I loved it and finished in two-and-a-half hours," Elaine said.

Elaine will be running the Great North Run again this year on the 13th September – less than a month before the Oxford Half Marathon.

"I'll have four weeks to recuperate before the Oxford Half Marathon and I'm currently running nine miles a week so I'm hoping I won't be destroyed afterwards," she added.

Andy is a different kettle of fish to Elaine having competed in the 100m, 110m hurdles and 100m relay at county level for Warwickshire as a schoolboy.

He said: "I was in the British Army from '84 to '89 so I kept my running up although it dropped off when I had young children. I got back into it about six years ago and last year was my first half marathon.

"I completed it in a time of one hour and 57 minutes so I'm hoping to shave a couple of minutes off this year."

Andy from Hinckley, Leicestershire, added: "I'd encourage anyone thinking of running a half marathon to go for it – it's not as bad as one would imagine and if you're running with a group you get swept away with the occasion."

If you would like to be part of our team please email fundraising@adoptionuk.org.uk and we will provide you with all of the necessary details to obtain a place. As well as support from the fundraising team, before the event and on the day, we will also provide you with a fundraising pack and running vest for the event.

There is a registration fee of £20 and each runner must have a minimum sponsorship of £150.

Places are expected to go fast so don't miss out, book your place today!