An astonishing 13,000 runners took to the streets in Nottingham today, for the 37th Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon events, where Cristobal Ortigosa was crowned champion of the men’s Full Marathon.
Spanish athlete Cristobal Ortigosa finished in 2:31:50 in his first Nottingham marathon. Sonka Reimers, originally from Germany, but now Nottingham based won the elite women’s race with a time of 2:55:05.
Winner Cristobal Ortigosa said, “I feel very good because it was amazing coming in first, as this was one of my objectives this year. The first part of the course is a little bit hilly and the second half is flat. I’m happy with my time because it was a tough course, it’s not my best which is 2:24 but I’m happy! The atmosphere was amazing, great people and the crowd were brilliant. It’s a festival here!”
Meanwhile Women’s race winner Sonka Reimers commented, “I didn’t expect to win because I’m running with elite runners and I thought I had no chance of winning. I’m more than happy with my time, I wanted to do sub 3 hours this year and I was hoping to get close to that today. This was a test to see how much I needed to train to do sub 3 because I’m running in Frankfurt soon and I got 2.56 which is amazing and 70 seconds better than my PB. It was amazing to take the gold, thanks to everyone who supported me today. “
A spirited crowd cheered home Chris Thompson who took the title of the men’s half marathon with a time of 1:04:58 whilst Emily Waugh recorded an extraordinary win for the women’s half, completing the race in 1:18:01. Both British runners also claimed the prestigious British Athletics championship medals with their highly respective race times.
Post-race, Chris Thompson said. “I felt relieved crossing the finish line, I wanted to run exactly how I ran. I got to 10 miles and felt comfortable, then I got confused with the pace I was running and with a mile to go I needed to run a 4.49 mile and I thought I haven’t come all this way not to get the time I wanted. I managed to run in 64 minutes 58 seconds, sneaking under my target which was great. It was a tough course. I’m really pleased to have run like that, I felt strong.”
Newly crowned female British Champion, Emily Waugh said, “It was amazing to cross the finish line in 1st place. It’s my first ever time doing the British Championships and I only did my first half marathon this year. I never expected to be in the top 3 let alone win it!” She added, “The crowd were amazing through the whole course. Even the people running the marathon were so supportive, such a great atmosphere. To become a British champion means everything.”
This year’s Mini Marathon victor was Conner Bilner, aged 16 from Ipswich, who recorded a smashing time of 8:56 – a rising star of the future!
Men’s Full Marathon:
2:31:50, 2:39:38, 2:45:55 – 1, 2 and 3
Participants: Cristobal Ortigosa, Benjamin Harris, Marcin Soszka
Women’s Full Marathon:
2:55:05, 2:55:38, 3:12:41 – 1, 2 and 3
Participants: Sonka Reimers, Julie Warner, Kirsty Malone
Men’s Half Marathon:
1:04:58; 1:07:38; 1:07:57 – 1, 2 and 3
Participants: Chris Thompson, Richard Horton, Alastair Watson
Women’s Half Marathon:
1:18:01; 1:21:09; 1:22:44 – 1, 2 and 3
Participants: Emily Waugh, Juliet Potter, Michelle Clarke
Winning Participant: Conner Bilner
Judith Manson, Race Director, said: “I would like to thank the city and the people of Nottingham, who have hosted such a fantastic event and raised thousands of pounds for charity. I’d like to congratulate all of our winners but more importantly all of the volunteers, who contributed massively to such an exhilarating day!
“We would also like to thank all of our event partners and sponsors, who without them such an event would not be possible. We wish to see everybody back next year, where we believe the event will continue to go from strength to strength.”
In 2017, the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events’ headline charity partner is Cancer Research UK and donations will help fund continued research into a cure for this devastating disease. A host of local charities will also benefit from the efforts of hundreds of seasoned club runners and amateur athletes taking part on their behalf. This year’s local charity partners include the Children’s Brain Tumour Trust and Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
Entries for 2018 are now open, participants can take advantage of the early bird discount by signing up before 31st October through the website: www.robinhoodhalfmarathon.co.uk.