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Oxford Half Marathon

Run the Oxford Half Marathon and raise vital funds for Christians in sub-Saharan Africa

On Sunday 15 October, a group of Open Doors supporters will be running the Oxford Half Marathon, aiming to raise a minimum target of £200 each for Christians suffering persecution in sub-Saharan Africa. Will you join them?

When Islamic militants Boko Haram invaded Ayuba’s* village in Nigeria, they captured his father and asked if he was a Muslim or Christian. “Christian,” he said. The militants killed him on the spot.

Ayuba discovered that a local man had helped Boko Haram identify their targets, and Ayuba was determined to kill him. But after attending a trauma centre run by Open Doors local partners, a remarkable transformation happened. “Now I have forgiven totally,” he says. “I have learned to leave everything at the feet of Jesus.”

The money you raise will help provide trauma care and emergency relief for Christians like Ayuba facing rising violence in sub-Saharan Africa.

Just follow these 4 simple steps to get involved:

  1. Sign up using the link above.
  2. Complete your registration by claiming your spot via the link sent by the official Oxford Half Marathon organisers.
  3. Set up your fundraising page.
  4. Get training!

I had such fun doing the Oxford Half Marathon! The route is mostly flat and there are crowds on pretty much every road, so there's no shortage of encouragement. And to complete the race passing some of Oxford's most beautiful and famous landmarks was a real treat and the perfect impetus to finish well!

- Tim Bechervaise

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Your support helps persecuted Christians continue to courageously follow Jesus.
Together, we can reach those where persecution hits hardest.