Entries for next year’s RAMathon are now open with up to 5,000 runners expected to toe the line at the iPro Stadium on Sunday 5 June. The news comes shortly after organisers announced that they would increase the field size from 4 to 5,000 for 2016.
The decision to expand Derby Half Marathon has been due to the event’s popularity after returning from an 18 year absence in 2014, with 4,000 runners competing, making it a stand out race on the Midlands circuit.
Part of this popularity has been down to the course, which, with a thrilling start and finish point at the iPro Stadium, and a seriously flat profile throughout, has become a major point of attraction for competitors.
Race director Richard Kay said: "After just two years, the Ramathon has firmly established itself as one of the leading regional running events. It is very rewarding to provide so many people with the opportunity to achieve their goals and raise money for charity. I’m privileged to be involved with a dedicated team of people who work tirelessly to make the event bigger and better each year.
On the direction of the event, Richard hopes to eventually be in charge of a race that draws in around 8,000 participants: "We'll be aiming for 5,000 next year and we'll be doing a bit more marketing and promotion to achieve that. In the next year or two, we'd like to be the same size as the Robin Hood Half.”
Runners can take advantage of early bird entry until Sunday 8 November, with registration priced at just £24, or £23 for affiliated members. Further registration details are available here.