Organisers of the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon have announced a series of changes for the 2015 course. The event, scheduled for Sunday 27 September, has been modified to include more of Nottingham’s landmarks, including the city’s medieval castle, and the university Jubilee campus.
The 2014 edition saw more than 11,000 runners compete across all three distances. Kenyan athletes Matthew Kimutai and Gladys Kwambai headed the half marathon field, with the former securing victory in 1:04:21, more than three minutes ahead of second placed Alastair Watson (1:07:21). Kwambai's victory was similarly comfortable, with the Kenyan athlete (1:14:22) around seven minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Schuck (1:21:21).
After the recent changes, the upcoming event will see competitors start as usual at Victoria Embankment with a festival of medieval folklore, but new for 2015, runners will pass the city’s 17th century medieval castle on Castle Road as they approach the second mile marker.
After passing the Castle, runners will continue into The Park via Lenton Road, passing the two mile mark, moving into the attractive setting of Nottingham University’s Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Park, before passing through Old Market Square and on towards the finish point at the race village, where they will be roared in by the crowd.
Vivienne Saunders, communications manager at Ikano, adds: “With its picturesque and stunning parkland, the new route is the perfect platform for so many runners, be it seasoned racers looking for a change of scenery or for newcomers. The sight of thousands of runners passing through Nottingham is spectacular and I can’t wait to experience the thrilling event again this year.”
Entries for both races are still open; registration details, plus detailed maps of both events, are available here.