Who Won the Race – the Recycling Bin or the Christmas Pudding?

Back in December, members of staff from Oxfordshire County Council got into the festive spirit to take part in the annual Christmas Fun Run.

In partnership with Oxford City Council and local running clubs and businesses, participants took part in a 2.5 mile run around the beautiful setting of Christchurch Meadow – all while in fancy dress.

The year marked the 40th anniversary of the race, sponsored by Unison and Fit 2 Run. There was an amazing atmosphere before the race, which was started by the Lord Mayor and Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council.

Traditionally used as a team building event, it’s also used to promote healthy activity, community engagement and a chance to get out of the office for some friendly competition. There were over 150 runners, dressed as elves, snowmen, Santa, Christmas pudding and even a recycling bin! Despite the cold weather, the majority were able to complete the two laps of the meadow – with Aaron Burgess from Oxford City Athletics Club winning the overall race.

High achievers saw Julian Richardson from county council win as the fastest male and Lydia Swinn from the city council achieved the fastest time of females. John Exley, who inaugurated the first run in 1978 competed this year and beat the over 70 course record!

The individual prizes and trophies have either been given to the appropriate recipients or will be on their way soon (you all know who you are). The winning overall team of four was Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service once again. Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health team have finally been vanquished as female team shield holders so congratulations to the aptly-named City Active Communities Team who took the title.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that took part and made it an event to remember!

At Oxfordshire County Council, we have a core focus on wellbeing in the workplace and a work/life balance. Because of this, we offer a range of physical or group activities to promote healthy engagement.

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