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Over 100,000 raised at Oxford Mail OX5RUN

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A sunny Spring morning at Blenheim Palace greeted around 1,000 runners and walkers on Sunday 26 March 2017, as they tackled a five mile course in support of the Oxford Children's Hospital.

The Oxford Mail OX5RUN was celebrating its 15th year, and is already being hailed as one of the best yet.

Head of Fundraising Eleanor Jones said: "We are all still smiling after Sunday's OX5RUN - what a fantastic day. We were blessed with perfect spring weather and Blenheim Palace looked absolutely beautiful, but the best part was our amazing runners and walkers, many in fancy dress, who took part with big smiles on their faces and the Oxford Children's Hospital in their hearts.

"This is such a community event, where parents of young patients mingle with hospital staff, local businesses, police officers, and even a minion and a man on crutches dressed as a bee - all taking part to support the Oxford Children's Hospital.

"Over £100,000 has already been raised from Sunday's run, with sponsorship still coming in, so we hope - in the year when we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Children's Hospital - that this will be a record-breaker."

2017 also marks another important milestone, as the fun run is now close to reaching the amazing £1 million total raised across its 15 year history.

Paul Hughes crossed the line first in a time of in 28 minutes and 57 seconds. He was closely followed by Adam Ede with a time of 30 minutes and 23 seconds.

The first woman across line was Hannah Hale, joining us again this year to defend her title, who finished in 32 minutes and 9 seconds.

The overall team winner was Siemens Magnet Technology, the Corporate Cup was won by Nicholsons and the Community Cup was won by a family team called Good Green Glenn.

A huge thank you to all our runners, volunteers, including Zumba warm up George Martini and the Kidlington Army Cadets, Blenheim Palace, our sponsors Allen Associates, and of course the Oxford Mail.

See pictures from the day on our website and Facebook page