Last year’s Endure24 saw over 500 runners take on the 24 hour challenge, either as a member of a team or as a solo runner. This year over 1500 runners are expected to take part in one of the most exciting and unusual running races in the UK.


Endure 24 is a twenty four hour race run over a 5 mile loop of woodland trails. It takes place in the scenic Wasing Park Estate, Aldermaston near Reading. Free camping, showers, 24 hour catering, 24 hour massage, entertainment and beautiful surroundings give it an exciting festival feel.

 

The campsite opens on Friday morning and runners from around the country will assemble for the mass start at 12.00pm Saturday. The solo runners will be pacing themselves carefully with the final mileage total being more important than the speed they run at; they eventually cover up to 150 miles. Team runners are not so cautions, their first lap is usually their quickest as they challenge each other for the fastest lap time. 

 

 

At night the race takes on a completely different feel.  When darkness falls the runners use head torches to light the forest as they follow the glow stick markers round the route. Dawn breaks around 5.00am and the race continues until 12.00pm Sunday lunchtime. The final laps are celebrated by the team competitors joining their final runner for a mass charge over the line and the solos receiving the support and respect they deserve from all the competitors.  

 

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a 5 minute miler or 15 minute miler everyone is welcome - compete as an individual, pair or team of 3 to 8 runners in mixed, male or female categories, compete to win or just for fun. It's up to you how many laps you complete, when you rest and how fast you run.


Its open to individuals, clubs, corporate teams, charities; in fact anyone who wants a new challenge. Experienced ultra runners and endurance virgins are equally welcome. There is plenty of advice available on the website for newcomers to the Ultra marathon scene see www.endure24.co.uk

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After a successful 2012 event the Oxford Half Marathon is back for 2013, taking place on Sunday 13th October.

 

Starting and finishing from the Kassam Stadium, the superb UKA-licensed route introduced last year and started by Sir Roger Bannister, which will accommodate up to 6,000 runners.

 

The route goes through the impressive MINI Plant and past the Iffley Road Track, known as the Roger Bannister running track, where Sir Roger Bannister ran a mile in under four minutes for the first time ever on 6 May 1954. Runners will be passing the official blue plaque, which records the event on their way towards the city centre, with Oxford’s iconic dreaming spires and world famous university college grounds coming into sight as they enter the fabulous grounds of Christ Church Meadow. After crossing Folly Bridge the route heads south along the banks of the River Thames to finish in the Kassam Stadium, home of Oxford United Football Club.  Bands will be positioned along the route to cheer on the runners and to create an inspiring carnival atmosphere.    

 

Registration for the Oxford Half Marathon 2013 is now open, with 1500 limited early bird prices available that include a 10% reduction from the affiliated runner’s entry fee of £29, which also includes priority on-site parking. All finishers receive a bespoke medal, a goodie bag and a fantastic Brooks technical t-shirt. 

 

 

The organisers commented: “We are excited to bring the Oxford Half Marathon back for 2013 and would like to express a big thank you for all the support we have received so far”. David Bruce won the 2012 event in 68:35 with Sophie Carter taking the ladies title in 79:45.

 

MINI Plant Oxford has been announced as the official Main Sponsor of the Oxford Half Marathon for the 3rd year, whilst Brooks Running continue as the Official Sports Apparel Sponsor. BBC Radio Oxford will again be the Official Broadcasting Partner for the Oxford Half Marathon 2013 and the Oxford Mail continue as Media Partner, with Marathon Photos confirmed as the official race photographer.

 

See the website www.oxfordhalfmarathon.com for further details and entry information.

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