Council workers laced up for a Christmas fun run yesterday.

People took part in Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council's annual run around Christ Church Meadow, with some competitors dressed-up in fun costumes.

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Councillor John Howson, Chair of Oxfordshire County Council, had the job of picking who was best dressed.

One of the six runners he awarded was Ben Rout from Oxford University Press who dressed up as an LTN.

Ben, who is 26, said: "It was great. I first did the council fun run in 2019 dressed as the X90, which was a discontinued bus service. This year I wanted to pick another local issue to dress as and LTNs seemed like the obvious choice.

Oxford Mail: Ben Rout and Councillor John Howson. Pic by Harriet Brinton Ben Rout and Councillor John Howson. Pic by Harriet Brinton

"The run itself is pretty informal, two laps of Christchurch Meadow with a wide range of abilities. I like to run in my spare time but wearing a giant box makes it much more challenging, but I muddled through and kept up with the pack."

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Mr Howson said despite the weather impacting on people's race times 'it was a geat day' and 'there was a great spirit amongst the runners'.

The race was first held in 1979.

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