HANNAH England will make a guest appearance at Oxford’s most famous athletics venue to start the Teddy Hall Relays on Wednesday.

The world 1,500m silver medallist and Oxford City athlete is the official starter for the event at Iffley Road.

England, who competed in the relays as a teenager, is looking forward to her role.

“It is the day after my 25th birthday and I will be at home to celebrate,” she added.

The Teddy Hall Relays has been a well-established event for more than 45 years, but 2012 sees a few changes.

Racing as part of teams of four, or three for women, runners will now carry batons with electronic timing chips inside.

The course has also been reversed to head down Meadow Lane after leaving the stadium and lengthened to 4.4 miles by taking in most of a lap round Christ Church Meadow.