After a successful pilot event in 2011 the Oxford Half Marathon is back for 2012, taking place on Sunday 14th October 2012.
Starting and finishing at the Kassam Stadium, a new UKA (UK Athletics) licensed route has been introduced for 2012 which can accommodate up to 6,000 runners.
Registration for the Oxford Half Marathon 2012 is now open, with limited early bird places available at £26 for affiliated runners or £28 for non-affiliated runners. On top of the £3 discount, early bird entrants will benefit from preferential priority parking on site. Race numbers are limited to 6,000 and all finishers receive a medal, a goodie bag and a Brooks technical t-shirt.
James Bellwood from Crawley AC won the 2011 race in a personal best time of 71 minutes with Great Britain Olympian Liz Yelling taking the ladies’ title in 74 minutes as part of her training for the 2012 London Olympics.
MINI Plant Oxford has been announced as the Headline Sponsor for the Oxford Half Marathon for the 2nd year, whilst Brooks Sports is the Sports Brand Partner, Up and Running the Sports Retail Partner and BBC Radio Oxford the Broadcasting Partner for the Oxford Half Marathon 2012. Oxford based charity Helen & Douglas House, a hospice providing care for children and young adults, has been confirmed as the Official Charity Partner for 2012.
The marathon starts in the city centre and soon crosses the 1026m Tromso bridge to the mainland. At 44m above sea level, the bridge is the highest point of the course.
After about 20km on the mainland, runners head back across the bridge, pass through the city centre and round the southern part of the island, before finishing back at the start line.
Tromso is regarded as the unofficial capital of northern Norway. The sun doesn’t set for two months from the middle of May till mid-July. For this reason, the marathon starts at 8.30pm and the half marathon at 10.30pm and both are run in broad daylight.
After the run, check out the other attractions of Tromso - the Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø Museum, Polar Museum, cable car and Polaria, an exhibition presenting arctic life in northern Norway.
Would you like to combine running with something exotic and at the same time experience the Arctic? Then the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso is for you.
At almost 70° N you can run in broad daylight in the middle of the night. On the programme is a marathon, half marathon, 10km run, mini marathon (4.2km) and a special children’s race. This makes it an event for all runners.