The sun was shining on Spiceball Park on Sunday as team runners gathered for this year’s Banbury 15 and Paul Bithell Memorial Fun Run.
The popular event is organised by Banbury Harriers Athletics Club and more than 200 runners from teams across the country set off through the Banburyshire countryside, with Ollie Garrod the first person to cross the finish line in a time of 1:22:53.
Taking part in his first Banbury 15, the Epson and Ewell runner said: “I felt really good about the race. I was feeling it a bit at the seven to eight-mile mark but I am doing the London Marathon in April so this has been a good way to prepare for it.
“It was a tough route with lots of hills but going through the villages there was a lot of support, which was awesome.”
After the main 15-mile event, there was a chance for the youngsters to run in a shorter 2.5-mile course and a one-mile fun run around the park. Both events were in aid of Katharine House Hospice and in memory of former Banbury Guardian editor Paul Bithell. Mr Bithell’s wife Nikki said: “The weather was perfect and it is great to see the event still recognises Paul’s name.”