Organisers of the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon have announced exciting changes to the 2016 course, taking place on Sunday 25th September. Last year’s picturesque route included more of Nottingham’s landmarks than ever before and with new and improved elements, runners will be inspired by additional iconic attractions and scenery.
Now in its 36th year, the event is predicted to welcome up to 10,000 runners to the half marathon and up to 2,000 runners to line up for the full marathon. The 1.5 mile mini marathon also provides the perfect option to run together with children and family.
So what’s new for 2016?
Holme Pierrepont Country Park
Home of the National Water Sports Centre, this 270-acre park is well known for its beautiful backdrop. Popular with canoeists, this formed part of the course in 2014. This year Marathon runners will take a shorter route through the park to join the riverbank as they approach the 21 mile mark.
The new route continues to impress with runners passing through the 500 acre Wollaton Park. With company of the resident deer, this is a great spot for spectators and runners alike to soak up one of the most beautiful green spaces in Nottingham and one of the highlights of 2015.
The River Trent is the third-longest river in the UK and you can soak up the atmosphere as Marathon runners cross the historic iron and stone river crossing on their final approach to Victoria Embankment at mile 25.5.
Ideal for top athletes and beginners alike, the updated route of the Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon will also combine the British and English Half Marathon Championships for the first time in a number of years, welcoming elite athletes from across the country.
Judith Manson, Race Director, comments: “We’ve worked really hard alongside Nottingham City Council to ensure this route is superior to last year’s extremely popular route. We’re very excited about the changes as it allows runners to take in even more of what Nottingham has to offer as well as increased opportunity for spectator support. The route still includes the much-loved Victoria Embankment start and the Race Village finish so the atmosphere will be fantastic – we can’t wait to welcome you all.”
Entries are selling fast for the 2016 Ikano Robin Hood Marathon & Half Marathon – secure your spot now at www.robinhoodhalfmarathon.co.uk