James Trickey Run 2018

On Sunday 6th May members of Christ Church, including both staff and students, braved the Bank Holiday heat and took part in the annual James Trickey Run, held each year in memory of a Christ Church alumnus who passed away in 2014.

Participants have the choice of entering either a 5K or 10K race, which takes place around Christ Church Meadow.

Prior to the start of the race, James’ mother gave a short speech, after which the 10K was started, followed by the 5K. After running down the Broad Walk in Christ Church Meadow, participants crossed over the bridge to the college sports ground, came back down the Iffley Road, before crossing the river and returning to Christ Church Meadow along the towpath and St Aldate’s. The race finished with a sprint down the tree-lined New Walk. The winners of each of the races were presented with a copy of James’ book, ‘A Teenager, a Bike and a Camera’, and following the run there was a welfare picnic in the Masters Garden.

Through donations to take part in the race, around £900 was raised, over double what was achieved in 2017. Of this, £100 goes towards the churchyard where James is buried, at St Laurence Church in Taynton, with the rest of the money being split between the RAG charities.

James studied Geography at Christ Church, graduating in 2013, and was also a Choral Scholar in the Cathedral alongside his studies. After university, he lived in Peterborough for 18 months, working as a Lay Clerk (professional singer) in the Cathedral there. He also enjoyed cycling and photography, which he combined in 2010 on a solo bike tour to Scotland, covering a distance of 1784 miles, and about which he wrote a book, ‘A Teenager, a Bike and a Camera’, featuring many of the stunning photographs he took whilst on his travels. In 2012 he raised more than £1000 for the Stroke Association by riding to Southern Italy.

Congratulations to all who took part for completing the race, and for raising so much money for such worthy causes!


Header photo by Xue Xian Lee.