If running is one of your resolutions for 2020 or if you’re partial to a bit of exercise, why not sign up to be a hero in the Oxford Half for Oxford Health team.

We’re on the hunt to find participants in this year’s iconic half marathon, scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 11.

Last year, in monsoon-like conditions, our OH4OH team valiantly pounded the streets of Oxford on a 13.1-mile mission to raise funds for an outdoor gym for patients and staff at Littlemore.

Our dashing dozen were among the near 8,000 runners competing in the city’s big event. Our team was led by Emma Croft, Oxford Health’s forensic allied health professional lead, who splashed across the finishing line in an impressive 1hr 43mins 19 sec.

She was joined by – among others – Vanessa Odlin, service director for Oxfordshire and BSW mental health services; Andrea Davis, social care lead; Vicky Drew, apprenticeships lead; Julian Ellis, forensic music therapist; Darren Davies, forensic health and fitness instructor;  Martyn Smith, Wenric ward manager; Kirsty Smith, PEACE coordinator and David Allison, forensic service manager.

Their valiant efforts meant they surpassed their £3,000 fundraising target for the gym.

Five people have already signed up for the 2020 race.

Why not join them and help raise money for a cause close to your heart.

We are still raising money for the outdoor gym but if you have another project in mind then please just let us know.  Each runner is asked to raise at least £120 (double the entry fee which will be paid by the charity) and we will support you through our fundraising pages, social media and promotion.

Oxford Health staff can register their interest, please email charity@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.