Oxford Half runners raise funds for Adoption UK
Published: 13.10.15A team of runners has raised nearly £3,000 for Adoption UK after completing the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 11 October.
Six supporters were joined by Adoption UK staff Andy Wilkinson-Sharpe and Elaine Kristan to complete the 13.1-mile route around Oxford.
James Tillcock, who was running a half marathon for the first time and finished in one hour, 34 minutes and 50 seconds, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The training and the build up to the day flew by and the day itself was incredible. The crowds and support are fantastic and really help to keep you going when things get tough. The feeling as you cross the finish line is of great achievement and pride.
"Running on behalf of, raising money for and generating awareness of Adoption UK was a privilege and I hope the sponsorships I collected help to support and continue the amazing work that the charity does."
This year's event started on St. Giles and a new route took in the famous Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library and many of Oxford University's world-famous colleges.
Adoptive parent Gavin Shoesmith took on the race as part of a bigger challenge. He has pledged to run a gruelling 2,000km (1,243 miles) in a year to raise funds for Adoption UK.
Gavin, who travelled from his home in Yorkshire to run the Oxford event for the second year, said: "It was great for it to start in the centre of Oxford - there was a lot more support all across the course. I loved running through Summertown and also finishing along St Giles was great! It was the first time I've run with my name on my vest and it certainly makes a difference when everyone shouts your name!"
To sponsor Gavin click here.
Anyone wishing to support Adoption UK at a similar event can find out how to get involved here.