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Oxford Half Marathon: Record numbers of competitors take part

Oxford Half Marathon 2017 Image copyright Virgin Sport
Image caption The 13.1 mile event saw runners pass many of the city's landmarks

A record 8,357 people have taken part in Oxford's latest half marathon.

The seventh annual event had a 13.1 mile (21km) route, starting at 09:30 BST on Broad Street and finishing in Parks Road.

The first to cross the finish line was Joe Morwood, with a time of one hour, seven minutes and 52 seconds.

Oxford City Council warned motorists of numerous roads closures in the city centre from 06:00, with diversions in place.

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The fastest woman was Kim Horner, at one hour, 18 minutes and 34 seconds, and the fastest wheelchair athlete was Gary Cooper with one hour, nine minutes and 24 seconds.

The route though the city took in many landmarks, including the Clarendon Building, Old Marston and the Radcliffe Camera.

Organisers said roads were expected to reopen as runners completed each section of the route, with all routes reopened by 18:00 BST.

Image caption A record 8,357 runners took part in the event
Image caption Banbury Road was closed from the Cutteslowe Roundabout into the city
Image copyright Virgin Sport
Image caption Gary Cooper was the fastest wheelchair athlete
Image caption The run started at 09:30 BST on Broad Street...
Image caption ...and ended in Parks Road
Image caption Roads in the city centre were shut from 06:00 BST

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