MORE than 1,000 runners took part in the 40th anniversary of Abingdon Marathon, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The event, on Sunday, saw runners leaving Tilsley Park, passing through the centre of Abingdon and the villages of Drayton, Milton and Sutton Courtenay along with Milton Park along the way.

The marathon was first held in 1982 but was cancelled three times – including last year – meaning the event was actually the 38th event.

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Although it has grown over the years, it has an entry limit of 1,200 runners.

It was organised by a committee of volunteers from clubs across the county, this year's being Abingdon AC, Headington Road Runners and White Horse Harriers AC.

The clubs raised money for several charities including Helen & Douglas House hospice in East Oxford, Maggie's Centres, SeeSaw, The Abingdon Bridge and The Archway Foundation.

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This year's nominated charity was Stormbreak, a charity which aims to improve children's mental health through movement by teaching them skills to be able to adapt and cope.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

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