40 Years Of The Robin Hood Marathon

After unprecedented covid related absence in 2020 the Robin Hood Marathon is back this weekend in what is the 40th year of the usual yearly Trent-side competition first taking place.

Back in 1981 Richard Milne became the first ever men’s winner whilst Cherry Hanson ran home fastest in the women’s half marathon event and ever-since, the annual comp has been a favourite for runners up and down the county and beyond no matter how experienced they are.

This year, sponsored by Ikano Bank, the route, as ever starts and finishes at the Victoria Embankment, taking along sites such as Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Hall and Trent Bridge.

The half marathon has taken place every year bar last and between 1982 and 2017 the competition included a full run over 26 miles for men and women.

Six-time women’s winner Eleanor Robinson and four time men’s champ Trevor Hawes are already in Nottingham history for the cities full marathon honours but looking to get their names in the half-distance records books along with the likes of 4 time winner David Lewis and 3 time champ Linda Rushmere, many will be competing this Sunday and as well as those vying for gold, they’ll be many more looking to help raise charities in excess of over a quarter of a million pounds.

In 2019 the competition raised over £320,000 for charities up and down the country and although the city might see some gridlock and road diversions this weekend down to the marathon taking place Sunday am, those stuck in traffic should consider the worthy causes benefitting of such an emphatic event taking place.

With charity cheering points dotted along the route, you’ll be able to capture all the runners in action across various locations throughout the city.

The Half Marathon event starts at 9:30am after the wheelchair race which is 9:25am thereafter the mini marathon starts at 10am with children aged between 4-17 also taking part.

For details of previous winners and times click here and visit our race archives.

*Main image @RobinHoodHalf this years event takes place on Sunday 26th September.

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