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Race Report: Oxford Half Marathon

By Charlie Merton
Sales & Marketing at Let’s Do This

Race obsessed. Passionate about all sports. Have been running as long as I can remember and more recently have fallen in love with cycling. Booked onto my first Half Ironman later this year which I can’t wait for!

Overall race rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Race organisation?  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Race course?  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Medal?  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Facilities?  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It was an absolutely awesome race day. The weather was stunning so I cycled down to the event village which was in the middle of University Parks. The event village had just about everything would want, from shoe shops to coffee carts. I ended up going round getting as many freebies as possible. We were then herded across the park towards the start line. There was quite a wait for the start but the sun was out so no one seemed to mind – more time to warm up!

Raceday logistics:

✓  Race pack sent out before the race

✓  No parking close to the start (within 500m)

✓  Bag drop covered from rain

The pre-race experience

The race itself was epic. The atmosphere was incredible, with people cheering you on the ENTIRE way around the course. There wasn’t a single bit of the race where there wasn’t someone shouting you on. The entire course was closed and very clearly marked so there was no way you could have got lost either. All the marshals were incredibly friendly, cheering on every single runner.

Course details

✓ Flat
✓ Closed roads

The race itself was epic. The atmosphere was incredible, with people cheering you on the ENTIRE way around the course. There wasn’t a single bit of the race where there wasn’t someone shouting you on. The entire course was closed and very clearly marked so there was no way you could have got lost either. All the marshals were incredibly friendly, cheering on every single runner.

Post race

After the race, the race volunteers were great at making sure that everyone got a medal, something to drink and something to eat as soon as you cross the finish line. The medal was really high quality with an awesome design that would make me want to run the race again!

Top tips

I can’t really think of anything since the organisers were so great at making sure that all the runners knew exactly when and where to go.

The event in 3 words

Epic, scenic, busy

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