Oriel Fields Largest Town and Gown Team for Third Year Running
For the third year in a row, Oriel fielded the largest team in the annual Oxford Town and Gown 10k run, in support of Muscular Dystrophy UK.
The run took place on Sunday 13th May, and 4,500 runners took to the streets of Oxford to help raise tens of thousands of pounds to support research into muscular dystrophy.
On the morning of the race, the Oriel team gathered on the steps of the Hall for the traditional pre-race photo before they headed off to the starting area on South Parks Road. The race takes a winding route around some of the most famously picturesque areas of Oxford, and the team were cheered on by a strong contingent of Oriel supporters along the way.
In the end 82 Oriel runners crossed the finish line in University Parks (two more finishers than the second-place team), and they were greeted by the Provost, who handed out some well-deserved snacks. The Oriel team was made up of undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, Fellows, alumni and friends of the College. A number of people had travelled to Oxford for the day just to take part, and it was wonderful to see all of the different members of the Oriel community come together.
Although the race is over for another year, you can still donate to Muscular Dystrophy UK and support the Oriel team via their fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/orielcollege2018.
We're already looking forward to seeing if Oriel can field an even larger team next year!