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Sun shines for Oxford Children's Hospital fun run

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A perfect spring day greeted over 1,100 runners at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 24 March 2019, all coming together in support of local children in hospital.

The Oxford Mail OX5RUN, organised by Oxford Hospitals Charity and sponsored by Allen Associates, is now in its 17th year. The event raises funds to make a difference to children looked after by the Oxford Children's Hospital, Horton Children's Ward, Children's Critical Care and all areas in our local hospitals where children receive treatment.

2019's five mile event has already raised close to £130,000 and organisers hope it may break last year's record of £150,000.

Many of the runners were families grateful for the care their children receive, with friends and colleagues showing their support too.

Teams of hospital staff also took part alongside members of the Oxfordshire business community.

A special mention to our top fundraising teams Penny and Sinclair, Kamran's Fighters, Leafield Primary School and an amazing mum Claire Boulter, whose son is currently being treated at the hospital.

The event was won by Luke Grenfell-Shaw (27m 09s) and Sarah Greene (34m 28s).

Event Manager, Gail Williams said: "It has been a privilege to work on an event which has been in the hearts and minds of patients, staff and supporters of the children's hospital for so many years.

"After all the hard work and planning it was wonderful to see everything come together on Sunday - and the sunshine was a real bonus!

"This is a true community event with runners of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes united in one thing - their affection for our amazing children's hospital.

"We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part, the Oxford Mail and Allen Associates for their ongoing support, the amazing George Martini for getting everyone warmed up and Jack FM for keeping the tunes pumping."

Photos from the day can be found on the Oxford Hospitals Charity Facebook page.

There is still time to donate to the hospital on behalf of any of the runners or teams.