Up to 12,000 runners are expected at Nottingham this Sunday (28 September) for the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon, Half Marathon and Mini Marathon. Due to such an overwhelming demand for this year’s race, organisers closed entries at the beginning of the month - the fast, flat course a big draw for competitors.
The half marathon moves down the tree-lined University Boulevard, around Highfields Lake and through the Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham, one of the most iconic buildings in the city. The final 400m of the race sees a new finish – the field will run up over the new flood defence cycle track looking down on the heritage race village, which will feature a feast of family entertainment in an area where runners, spectators, families and friends can meet to celebrate race day and everyone's achievements.
Following the same route as the Half Marathon until mile 11 this fast and flat course takes you around the City Centre. From there the course heads back towards the City Centre and Trent Bridge, where you will proceed towards Colwick Country Park and the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont Country Park before winding your way along the river to the finish at Victoria Embankment.
Last year’s event saw Neil Renault, winner at last weekend’s Dumfries Half Marathon, take first in the 26.2 mile race, finishing in 2:27:08. Melissa Pritchard secured top in the female competition in 2:59:13. In the half, Notts AC pair Aaron Scott and Alastair Watson fought out a close contest, with Scott finishing four seconds ahead of his club-mate in 1:06:54. Run Fast’s Polline Wanjiku Njeru lead the female field home in 1:16:10.