Blenheim Palace 5K and 10K Races – helping out for the day

Five club members and three Rotary Scholars joined the members of Woodstock and Kidlington Rotary on Sunday 21st October to help out at the Blenheim Palace run. The palace grounds are frequently used for charity runs and although the lake is being drained at the moment, the grounds and views are magnificent and I was keen to show the Rotary Scholars that the Palace is well worth another visit later in the year. The Scholars have just arrived in Oxford for graduate studies and had not yet ventured as far as Woodstock and Blenheim. Unfortunately the dense fog hid the palace and the trees until just before the race started at 10.30 and our high vis tabards were essential for traffic and parking duties. However when the sky cleared we had a lovely day. Runners had the option of a 5K lap of the lake or a 10K lap of the lake plus much of the grounds. There was no avoiding the hills but the runners kept smiling and all received their medals for finishing.

The event raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Care and the Woodstock and Kidlington Rotary Club. It’s always fun to help out at events run by other clubs, without taking on the stress of organising anything, so thanks for letting us join in!