HUNDREDS of dedicated fundraisers are gearing up to walk, jog or run round Blenheim Palace tomorrow to support some of the county's youngest and most poorly children.

More than 1, 200 people have signed up to take on this year's Oxford Mail OX5 Run in aid of Oxford Children's Hospital.

The five-mile fundraiser will take in the sights of Blenheim Palace grounds as competitors are taken round on a scenic route round the lakes, past great park and round past High Park.

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  • 8:30am: Blenheim Palace will open its gates for runners
  • 8.45am to 9.45am: Number collection for runners who have received theirs yet (red tent)
  • 9am: Live JACK FM broadcast will commence
  • 10am Zumba warm-up for competitors led by instructor George Martini
  • 10.15am Runners to begin making their way to the start line
  • 10.30am Klaxon sounds to start the race!


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Oxford Children's Hospital Charity has urged people to come out for the day and support runners as the weather looks set to be perfect for event.

The MetOffice is currently predicting a bright morning with the sun making an appearance throughout, and temperatures up to 11C predicted.

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The times to beat

For those looking to get a personal best for the occasion the first runner is expected to cross the finish line by 11am.

The time to beat from last year's winner Owen Stepney, who was 23 years old at the time, is 27 minutes and 26 seconds.

The first female runner across the line was Sarah Rendell, 45 years old at the time, who completed the course in 35 minutes and seven seconds.

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What it is all about

The run will mark the 17th year it has taken competitors round Blenheim Palace's ground, all in aid of Oxford Children's Hospital.

Last year's event helped surpass the magic million for the totalled raised in OX5 history which has funded vital support and monitoring equipment for the Oxford Children's hospital, Horton General Hospital, and Paediatric Critical Care Unit.

Allen Associates sponsor Oxford Mail OX5 Run for the tenth year, and thanks also go to Blenheim Palace and Oxford Event Hire.

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