The organisers of the Oxford Half Marathon have announced that registration is opening today (20 December 2012) for the 2013 race, which takes place on Sunday 13 October 2013.
The new route introduced for 2012 received some great feedback from the runners and will remain the same for 2013, starting near the Kassam Stadium and finishing inside the stadium in front of roaring supporting crowds. Some of the route’s highlights include running through the impressive MINI Plant Oxford, past the Iffley Road Track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile on 6 May 1954 and the city’s iconic dreaming spires and world famous university college grounds. After crossing Folly Bridge the runners will head south onto the scenic Thames Path before joining Oxford Road and crossing the finish line in the Kassam Stadium.
MINI Plant Oxford has been confirmed as the Headline Sponsor for the 3rd year, and with the route going through the iconic MINI Plant.
Erich Thanner from MINI Plant Oxford commented: “We are delighted to be supporting this event for the third year running. It is good to see that in such a short time it has become so popular with runners and is already a fixture in the Oxford calendar. The plant is proud to play its part in the half marathon by forming part of the route.”
Registration for the Oxford Half Marathon 2013 is now open, with entry fees remaining the same at £29 for affiliated runners and £31 non-affiliated runners, including a medal, goodie bag and a Brooks technical t-shirt for all finishers. A limited number of 1,500 early bird places are available, offering runners a 10% discount off the entry fee and priority parking on race day.
The UKA licensed route can accommodate up to 6,000 runners, and entries will close as soon as the race limit is reached.
Race Director Andy Heyes commented: “We are very excited to launch the Oxford Half Marathon 2013 and to open registration. The 2012 race was hailed a great success and we have taken all feedback on board. Improvements to some areas including baggage storage and parking will be made for 2013, with new systems already put in place. I am pleased to confirm that Sir Roger Bannister has pledged his support for the Oxford Half Marathon 2013 too.”
The Corporate Challenge will take place again and run alongside the Oxford Half Marathon, with further details revealed and registration for corporate teams opening in March.
Following the success of the en route music and entertainment in the 2012 race the organisers will also invite local bands again to play on race day and to contribute to the inspiring race day atmosphere, the application process for which will be unveiled shortly.
Go to www.oxfordhalfmarathon.com for further details about the race and to secure your place now. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/OxfordHalfMarathon and follow @oxfordhalf on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest happenings and announcements.