Join Team Oriel in This Year's Town & Gown 10k

  • Team Oriel in Oxford Town and Gown 10k
24 January, 2018

This year's Oxford Town and Gown 10k in support of Muscular Dystrophy UK will take place on Sunday 13th May and students, staff and alumni are encouraged to put their running (or walking) shoes on and join Team Oriel!

Oriel has won the event's 'largest team' trophy for the past two years, with over 100 people from across the College community taking part in the run last year. It’s a great day with over 3000 runners participating, and spectators lining the route to cheer runners on as it winds through the town.

All runners are welcome to join the team, from first timers to experienced athletes. To join the Oriel Team, register for the race at: www.townandgown10k.com/oxford and make sure you select the box marked “join a team” and select “Oriel College” from the Find your Team pull-down menu. Once you have registered online, send an email to Andrew Boothroyd (andrew.boothroyd@oriel.ox.ac.uk) so he can see who has entered as part of the Oriel team and keep you in touch with plans for the day.

As usual everyone is encouraged to run in Oriel t-shirts. These will be the same as last year so you can wear them again with pride. If you are a new team member or need a new t-shirt, 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 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, running alongside friends, makes it even more enjoyable. The event supports Muscular Dystrophy research, so just by entering you will be supporting a very 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.