RUNNERS in the Oxford Mail OX5 Run have smashed records by raising £112,000 for the Oxford Children’s Hospital.
More people than ever took part in the five-mile fundraising event on March 30, with 1,200 runners crossing the finishing line after completing the five-mile course in the park at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.
Organisers hope the total will continue to grow as the last few runners send in their sponsorship money.
The previous record for the OX5 Run was £98,000 raised last year.
Oxford Mail promotions manager Jo Coady said: “It’s amazing. We think it’s a mix of more people entering the race and people being more generous with their money than before.”
All of the money raised will go to the Children’s Hospital to provide extra facilities for Oxfordshire’s sick youngsters.
Nine-year-old patient Finlay White has been having chemotherapy for bone cancer and fired the starting gun for the race with friend, Zac Durkin, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.
Children's Hospital patient Finlay White, from Witney, with his mother Suzanne
Finlay, of Deer Park, Witney, said: “I’m so glad lots of people ran to help the sick children.”
Hospital development officer Penny Hambridge said: “This really will make a huge difference to all our young patients and their families who use the Children’s Hospital every year.
“This amazing sum will help us provide enhanced equipment and facilities for children and their families beyond what the NHS alone can fund.
“The stories of courage we share to encourage people to take part in the fun run never cease to inspire us. We are very grateful to everyone who was happy to share theirs.”
The men’s winner, for the second year running, was Les Newell, 38, head of the sports centre at Radley College.
He said: “That’s a fantastic amount to raise, that’s an amazing total.
“Hopefully we can built on that year-on-year.”
The award for first woman across the finish line went to Megan Roberts, 23, from Abingdon, who finished in 33 minutes.
- To submit any outstanding money raised from the OX5 Run, send it to Charitable Funds Department, Manor House, Headley Way, Oxford, OX3 9DZ.
Our top stories
UPDATED: Fifty homes affected as burst water main causes significant flooding in Normandy Crescent in Oxford
7:37am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A WATER main has burst in an Oxford street causing significant flooding this morning.
1:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A MAN has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Headington over the weekend.
Police force will not lose 400 officers says chief constable despite police and crime commissioner claim
12:32pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
THE Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police has said the force is not set to lost 400 officers despite claims made by Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld at the weekend.
UPDATE: Delays on rail services between Oxford and London after two killed by train in "suspicious incident"
9:55am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
There are delays on rail services to London after a two people were killed when they were hit by a train in Slough.
11:10am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A MAN has been charged after a woman was raped in a flat in Headington on Saturday and another woman attacked in South Park on Sunday.
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
A ROAD shut after a car was engulfed in flames has now fully reopened.