Well done to IWCA AC runners David Craft and Peter Brackett for completing the Oxford Half Marathon in good times.
Competing in the Veteran 50 category, Peter completed the course in very respectable time of 1:38:22 while David, running in the V40 category, managed to knock 17 minutes and 19 seconds off his time from last year to cross the line in 1:56:41.
Park run PB
David topped his improved half marathon time the following week with his personal best time of 25:39 at the Oxford Parkrun 5k time trials, Cutteslowe Park.
Half Marathon entry fee ‘extortionate’
Peter and David had entered this year's Oxford Half Marathon individually before we took the decision to boycott the event due to the excessive entry cost of £31 (£33 unaffiliated) so of course, a strong IWCA delegation turned out to lend them our support.
While it was great to see so many runners and volunteers taking part in the half marathon and to see such a high level of local support for the event, we feel compelled to take issue with the organisers decision to charge so much to take part in this year's event.
IWCA AC coach, David Troth, explains: ‘After some discussion we felt that the organisers were being too greedy asking for such an excessive entry fee and that we did not feel that we should be encouraging them by taking part’.
Fellow coach, Stuart Craft, takes up the theme: ‘£31 to run around our own streets is taking the p----. With corporate sponsorship to cover the medals, water etc, there was absolutely no justification for charging such an extortionate entrance fee’.
The IWCA Athletics Club is the only club based on Blackbird Leys - the area that borders the Kassam Stadium where the Oxford Half Marathon starts and finishes, so it says much about the elitist nature of the organisers that our members were priced out of an event held in our own back yard.
David Troth concludes; ‘Unfortunately the increased turnout this year will probably only encourage the organisers to keep upping the price, so we may be wasting our time, but unless the cost for taking part is dropped next year we shall continue to stay away and to encourage others to do so too’.