Record numbers of runners take part in the Oxford half marathon, but are disappointed not to receive a medal at the finish line

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A record number of runners took part in the Oxford half marathon on Sunday, with more than 8,600 people taking part in the annual 13.1 mile race, which starts on Broad Street and finishes on Parks Road.

The fastest man on the course was Ben Cole, who finished in a time of 1:08:39, whilst Sarah van der Wielen won the women’s race in 1:12:04.

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Unfortunately, runners will have to wait to receive their medals, due to the shipment being delayed by Storm Ali. Organisers were emailed before the race explaining that the medals had not arrived, and would be posted to finishers instead.

The letter read: “You will receive a finisher shirt and goody bag, and we’ll mail finishers a well-deserved medal as soon as we can.” A few runners took to Twitter to voice their disappointment:

Well done to all the runners who took part.   

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