Oxford Town and Gown 10k and 3k race
On Sunday 14th May, Team Headington came together for the Oxford Town & Gown, bringing together pupils, staff, parents and Headingtonians for a very warm run around the City of Oxford and University Parks, all in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK.
This year was Team Headington’s biggest year yet with over 110 Team Headington runners across the Junior 3k and Adult 10k run. The team were also delighted to be joined by Headington Parents and Osteopaths from Iffley Turn Practice who provided much-appreciated post race sports massages.
A special shout out goes to Headington alumna, Sue Glazer (1968 leaver). As she was visiting Oxford for the weekend and had run the London Marathon three weeks prior, she decided to join Team Headington on the startline. Sue achieved a new PB (personal best) and came first in her age category! She said: “I think it’s good to have a go at things whatever advanced age we are!” First across the line among the students racing the 10k was Emily in the fantastic time of 47:20, making her 90th woman across the line – a huge achievement out of over 1,800 female runners.
Another special mention goes to Flo (L5) who ran the Junior Town and Gown and finished the first female overall. This was following her finishing 13th in the Llanelli Super Series Triathlon the day before.
The team of runners included 31 girls from Headington Prep. Their event started with a mass warm up and then they lined up at a very busy start line with 470 runners in the Junior race alone. The emphasis of the day was on a run, rather than a race however we had some great results in the 9-11 category. Emma T (Year 5) was the first Headington Prep runner home in third place, Jenna K (Year 5) in ninth, Lily M (Year 6) in 11th, Audrey F (Year 6) in 12th and Nayla C (Year 6) in 19th.
Miss Laura Smith, Head of Sport at the Prep School, said: “All the runners really enjoyed the event and it has been lovely to see the girls medals and hear their stories from the day. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Thank you to all the parents and staff who came to support the event.”
First across the line for Team Headington in the 10k was PE teacher, Hockey specialist and Head of Year Mr Alex Williams who crossed the line in an impressive 40:08. Hot on his heels was Biology teacher Dr Emma Coleman-Jones in an amazing 40:18 – putting her first in her age group category and 11th woman across the line.
Mrs Alice Abbott, Development Manager at Headington School said: “The atmosphere was very vibrant and we want to say a big thank you to all the spectators who came along and cheered on our runners along the route. It was a brilliant community event and a fantastic way to spend a Sunday morning and we are already looking forward to next year!”
Congratulations to all those taking part!