TIME is running out for runners, walkers and joggers to sign up to this year's Oxford Mail OX5 Run.

More than 1,000 fundraisers are expected to power off the startline at Blenheim Palace on Sunday.

The race, sponsored by Allen Associates, will return for its 17th year as competitors take on the five-mile fundraiser for Oxford Children's Hospital Charity.

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Among those taking part in Sunday's race will be a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, consultants, and play specialists at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

The team are among the medical staff who dedicate their lives to treating our county's youngest and most poorly patients.


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For the past 16 years, the OX5 Run has raised more than £1million pounds for the Oxford Children's Hospital Charity which helps Oxford Children's Hospital, Horton General Hospital, and Paediatric Critical Care Unit.

The funds have gone towards vital support and monitoring equipment for children's care in the county, as well as towards the current build of a 62-bedroom house for parents to stay close to their poorly children in hospital.

There are currently close to 1,200 fundraisers signed up to help raise funds in the OX5 and will be ready to run from 10.30am.

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There will also be a group zumba warm up for everyone to get ready and raring ahead of the race.

Fundraisers can still sign up for the event and have until midnight tonight to do so.

To sign up go online to ox5run.co.uk and enter your details as an individual or as a team.

For more details contact charity@ouh.nhs.uk or call 01865 743444