Organisers of the Robin Hood Half Marathon have taken on runners’ feedback and have announced a change to the 2022 half marathon course, taking place on Sunday 25th September. The well-established picturesque half marathon route still includes many of Nottingham’s famous landmarks and with the new elements; runners will once again be inspired by the iconic attractions and scenery.
The feedback from last year’s route was overwhelmingly positive, but runners commented that they didn’t like the switch back on Derby Road and the top of Castle Road was a pinch point early in the race. Acting on this feedback, the organisers have designed a new route to replace both of these elements, which will see runners’ using part of Maid Marian Way for the first time and a new loop inside the Nottingham University Jubilee Campus, whilst still retaining some of Nottingham’s favourite landmarks, including Nottingham Castle, The Park Estate, Trent Bridge and Wollaton Deer Park.
Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning said, “The Robin Hood Half Marathon has become a popular fixture in Nottingham’s busy events calendar, and the city looks forward to welcoming runners and supporters from Nottingham and beyond to the 41st event. The City Council has been working with the organisers to ensure a successful event for participants and spectators.“
Judith Manson, Race Director, comments: “We’ve really listened to our runners and we understand why they didn’t like the switch back on Derby Road or the tight turn before mile 2 on the half marathon route, so we’ve removed both. These small changes will make a big difference and of course we’ve worked hard to ensure the route still captures the iconic sights of Nottingham, and builds on this extremely popular course. The route still includes the much-loved Victoria Embankment start and the Race Village finish so the atmosphere will be fantastic.”
Manson added “We love the route so much we have featured it in words on the 2022 Half Marathon medal, unveiled recently the Half Marathon medal celebrates not only our runners achievement on the day but also the City itself by highlighting some of the fantastic areas of the route. Printed around the edge of the medal starting with Trent Bridge, runners can follow the arrows around the medal to see where the route will take them – even the soon to be rejuvenated Broad Marsh makes an appearance. Nottingham is a fantastic City and I’d really encourage anyone who doesn’t live here to make the Robin Hood Half Marathon one of their destination half’s.
Now in its 41st 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.
To secure your place or find out more information about the event, visit: www.robinhoodhalfmarathon.co.uk