I wanted to run the Oxford Half marathon for the amazing SpecialEffect charity and as preparation for the Athens Marathon. It was also a great opportunity to do some sightseeing and photograph this beautiful city.
I took the train on Saturday morning from London Paddington and in less than an hour I was in Oxford. I started my by walking the path by the Castle Mill Stream. The weather was great with a clear sky and a refreshing autumn breeze.
After an hour of being lost in the suburbs of Oxford, I finally found my way back to the centre and to the Ashmolean Museum. They had an amazing collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts amongst everything else which I found intriguing .
My next stop was the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to see some awesome dinosaur fossils. I spent half an hour feeling like a kid again before it was time to get back on the streets.
Like Venice, Oxford has its own Bridge of Sighs which joins two parts of Hertford College and its quite the sight. Another great building nearby is the Radcliffe Camera, a gorgeous neo-classical style round building that houses the Radcliffe Science Library.
Inside the famous Christ Church College is the impressive Great Hall that we see in the Harry Potter Movies, however the part I enjoyed most was the nearby Christ Church Meadow. A beautiful dirt path with tall trees and green grass all around leading to River Thames, makes for a great walk when the weather permits.
Sunday was race day, so I made my way to Kassam Stadium early in the morning. Running with six thousand people for 21.1 kilometres is different and interesting way to experience the city. The race went smoothly and after a couple of hours I was back to where I started.
The SpecialEffect team celebrated our accomplishment with tea, biscuits and a nice long rest. Once my legs worked again I made my way to the train station and back to London.
Oxford is definitely a place I want to revisit and explore in more depth.
(Photo of me during the race by Barry Cornelius)