Oxford marathon route change

This year's Oxford Marathon will take a more scenic route

New route for Oxford race

Oxford half marathon
Runners in last year's Oxford half marathon Credit: ITV Meridian

The route of the Oxford Half Marathon has been changed for the 2012 race to make it more appealing for runners.

Two thousand people took part in the inaugural event last September, which started and finished at the Kassam Stadium.

Organisers said when it returned on October 14 it would take in Christ Church Meadow, the Thames Towpath and the Cowley Mini plant.

Up to 6,000 people will be able to take part. Race organisers have also promised to sort problems with parking and traffic which delayed the race last year.

By holding it in October rather than September they hope to attract more students. The 2011 half marathon raised £16,000 for Helen and Douglas House charity.