Oxford Half organisers plan to slash event’s plastic use

The Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon returns on Sunday 13 October, and this year its organisers are doing their best to reduce the event’s environmental impact.

They plan to replace 65,000 plastic bottles with more environmentally-friendly alternatives, and to substitute long-life cotton totes for the plastic bags that finisher kits have previously been given out in.

This year’s event also has the highest-ever proportion of runners raising money for charity; more than 78 local and national charities will benefit.

The 13.1 mile route goes through the University Parks, which will as usual hold the race village for the event. The main ballot for places in the race is over but there are still places to run for one of Virgin Sport’s charity partners – these include Cancer Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Children with Cancer UK, as well as local charities including Sobell House Hospice, SSNAP and Oxfordshire Mind. See the Oxford Half website to find out more.

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