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Live Blog from today's Oxford Half Marathon
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We'll be calling it an evening but here is our Half Marathon picture gallery.
We'll have the results as supplied to us in a special souvenir supplement in tomorrow's Oxford Mail as well, while pictures of runners coming across the line will be available to buy from Tuesday.
Finally, well done to all the runners and also the volunteers and organisers, who helped put on the event. And a special thank you to the crowds who braved the rain to encourage the runners - that helped get a lot of people around the course.
Here's one of our favourite pictures, courtesy @domsdads from Twitter
Here's your chance to listen winner Anuradha Cooray again
@running_dan_w @MrsTWymer @oxfordhalf it was a rather orange puddley affair in Christchurch. Good fun though.— @domsdads 13 October 2013
Tough ask in the wind and rain for @oxfordhalf marathon this morning. Unbelievable run from @themarkbodle getting sub 90, maximum respect!— @petedurrant 13 October 2013
Attention!!!! New PB recorded this morning at the @oxfordhalf A time of 1 hr 47 mins 54 sec.. 3 mins knocked off @cardiffhalf last week!! :)— @DarrenCass11 13 October 2013
@TheOxfordMail The two Laura Coffeys ran again and both beat their pb finishing in under two hours :-)— @dibdob22 13 October 2013
Surprised myself with a time of 1:36.59! Very happy indeed. @oxfordhalf @archwaycharity Still time: http://t.co/foBs5LUo6f— @TheRestIs_ 13 October 2013
Big wet PB at @oxfordhalf marathon today. 1:44:13 Garmin time. Well chuffed with that. Nicely organised event, BTW.— @fishyweb 13 October 2013
@upandrunninguk @oxfordhalf I was pacing Team 1:50, incredible group of runners! They deserve the biggest congrats, lots of PBs hopefully!— @NickiPetitt 13 October 2013
Took a while queuing out of the car park @oxfordhalf - only 1 thing for it, @fireflyrecovery time! Very tired legs! http://t.co/c1ma1wKREH— @NickiPetitt 13 October 2013
RT @trainingthame: @upandrunninguk A privilege and a pleasure to pacemake the 1hr 40 gang @oxfordhalf marathon today. It was wet but you gu…— @upandrunninguk 13 October 2013
@KeithC43 @oxfordhalf well done Keith!!! Proud to call to you my friend— @jimmymannswin 13 October 2013
Born in Oxford! Run in Oxford! Very wet in Oxford! @oxfordhalf #HomeRun— @HenryHamilton 13 October 2013
@oxfordtimes @oxfordhalf Brilliant! Well done @MarkLygo :)— @ladylauraprice 13 October 2013
Oxford Half Marathon organiser Andy Heyes talks about this year's event
Most of the runners are through now, and medals have been presented to the winners. Organiser Andy Heyes said it has been a great day despite the weather.
Claire Bond was the fastest woman in just over 1 hour 22 minutes.
Well done runners @oxfordhalf. We got seriously wet. A huge tip of my cap to all supporters and volunteers! #oxfordhalfmarathon #spongefeet— @mcglynnship 13 October 2013
Congrats to @PaulHilliar, champion of the @oxfordhalf and of my heart!— @FreddyCarter1 13 October 2013
Post half marathon traffic very heavy Eastern Bypass and southern ring road
Mark Lygo and CLaire Thompson from Oxford Half Marathon are delighted to have finished
Video of the finishing line. Everyone a hero in this weather
More than 3,000 have now passed the finish line. Some cheered, some swore and others fell to the ground.
Oxford city council officer Claire Thompson and councillor Mark Lygo have just crossed the line. Mr Lygo said it was a "good run". They did it for Dance for Parkinson's.
Oxford Mail reporter Emma Harrison has just crossed the line after just over two hours. She said it was "very wet".
Not a sight you see every day
Our own Emma Harrison having completed the course
Here's an audio interview with the winner Anuradha Cooray
Just over 2,000 runners have crossed the finish line so far.
Runners coming in thick and fast now. First female runner crossed the line about 5mins ago.
Anuradha Cooray moments after his win
Anuradha Cooray, from Wendover is the winner in a cracking 1hour 6mins 56secs.
@oxfordhalf organisers are expecting the first runners in next five minutes. Well you'd run quick in this rain!!
Our first wrap-up story
More than 5,000 runners have left the Kassam Stadium this morning to take part in the third Oxford Half Marathon.
The wet weather wasn't enough to put off the 5,500 people who lined up ahead of a gruelling 13-mile race around Oxford city centre.
Race officials said the leading runners would start to arrive back at the stadium by 10.30am, but others are expected to take several hours to complete the challenge.
Supporters are currently waiting expectantly in the stalls at the football stadium, braving the wind and rain to cheer their loved-ones on as they return.
Spectators have also lined the route, particularly in the city centre, where Magdalen Bridge is a popular spot for crowds.
Two minutes to go, according to the tannoy. Rain getting heavy now.
@domsdads @TheOxfordMail Good luck mate.— @teamella1 13 October 2013
@TheOxfordMail I'm running today's #oxfordhalf The rain won't get me down.— @domsdads 13 October 2013
Good luck to everyone running the @oxfordhalf #marathon today...make sure to get snapped by @TheOxfordMail photographers on your way round!— @OPlews 13 October 2013
Runners now making their way to the start line. Lots of people are already lining the route, particularly in the city centre.
Lots of comments flying around about the weather. One runner says he's expecting the rain to get heavy at about 10am.
Thousands of runners now gathering outside the Kassam Stadium. I cycled a large chunk of the route to get here and It's very wet underfoot and a lot of leaves on the ground. Traffic is stretching back onto the eastern bypass and Grenoble Road very busy.
@oxfordhalf big shout to Gina Girvan & Ella Weston played hockey yesterday and running today. Nutters!— @BicesterHC 13 October 2013
En route to the Kassam Stadium to partake in the Oxford Half Marathon! (@oxfordhalf) Wish me luck!!! #OxfordHalfMarathon— @DJChurch94 13 October 2013
Good luck to @shazza2910 and everyone running the @oxfordhalf today, http://t.co/fmzaNoMFOo Running for Marley— @cbosisio 13 October 2013
OSARCC supporters will be cheering on @oxfordhalf runners at mile 6 (by The Magdalen Arms on Iffley Rd). Give us a wave as you run by!— @OSARCC 13 October 2013
Good luck to Fixtures Secretary Sarah & other #KYFC members running @oxfordhalf today. #Greenarmy— @Kidlingtonythfc 13 October 2013
RT @kylarai: In Oxford with my nephew to support his mummy as she runs the @oxfordhalf - her 3rd #halfmarathon and her 3rd in 6 months :)— @TheOxfordMail 13 October 2013
@TheOxfordMail good luck to everyone running oxford half marathon especially my amazing mum @shazza2910— @ellaarrrxo 13 October 2013
@TheOxfordMail Good luck @simonmunday65 & Russell Forster - looks like it'll be a wet @oxfordhalf - "run like the ... er rain"— @YellowAL 13 October 2013
RT @GrundyOxford: @TheOxfordMail Help get everyone out to support us runners at the @oxfordhalf tomorrow! We're gonna need it in the rain!— @TheOxfordMail 12 October 2013
Eastern Bypass reported to be very busy
Road closures from Oxfordshire County Council: A4142 Littlemore Rbt to Garsington Rbt lane closures; A4158 from The Plain to Donnington Bridge closed; B480 from Cuddeston Way to Grenoble Rd closed. Grenoble Rd closed to Kassam Stadium. Other local restrictions & road closures in South & East Oxford
Good morning. It's the Oxford Half Marathon this morning, starting about 9.30am from just outside the Kassam Stadium and then wending its way through our beautiful city.
We can't lie and say it's a beautiful day but it's still a great achievement for the 5,500 odd runners who will be completing the course today.
And if the weather is putting a doubt in your mind about going out to watch, just remember that your encouragement on the course is a massive boon to the runners.
Traffic-wise we're hearing it is a bit sticky on the route into the stadium area from Sandford and the A4074 but that's not unexpected.
So stick with us this morning for updates and information from the start and throughout today's race.
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