Join the Oriel Team for the Oxford Town and Gown 10k

  • Oriel Town and Gown runners
13 February, 2017

All members of the Oriel community are invited to join the Oriel team in this year's Oxford Town and Gown 10k in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, which will take place in May.

The Oxford Town and Gown is a 10 km fun run through the streets of Oxford, and this year it will take place on the morning of Sunday 14th May. It’s a great day with over 3000 runners participating, and spectators lining the route as it winds through the town. There is always a strong contingent from Oriel, and last year the College won a trophy as the largest team in the whole race with over 90 people from across the Oriel community taking part!

In what is fast becoming Oriel tradition, there will be a College team again this year and all members of the College community are welcome to join. All runners are welcome, from first timers to experienced athletes. The link for information and registration is  http://www.townandgown10k.com/oxford/ - when you register select the box marked “join a team” and enter “Oriel College”. Once you have registered on-line, please send an email to Andrew Boothroyd so that he can see who is part of the Oriel team and keep you in touch with plans for the day.

As usual, everyone is encouraged to run in their Oriel T shirts (see photo above) and these will be the same as last year so you can wear them again with pride. If you are a new member or need a new T-shirt, then one can be provided: please send Andrew your shirt size after you have registered (all T-shirts are unisex: sizes are small = 36" chest, medium = 38", large = 40", XL = 42", XXL = 46"). Everyone who finishes the race also gets a Town & Gown finishers T-shirt included with the price of the entry fee, which is £25.

If you haven’t done an event like this before you will find the whole experience very empowering,  and being part of the College team makes it even more enjoyable. The event supports Muscular Dystrophy research, so just by entering you will be supporting a good cause. Most people just run for fun, but every participant is individually timed so if you want to challenge yourself you can. There are fitness tips on the event website, and it is a good idea to do some training even if you are only running to take in the atmosphere.