Organisers of the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham have announced the event will not go ahead this year for the first time in its 32 year history. The race, scheduled to take place in September, has been postponed due to an increase of traffic around the route.
The half marathon event, which follows a similar route to the longer race, is expected to go ahead but there has yet to be confirmation of the course. The proposed date for the half marathon is September 30.
Part of the Robin Hood Festival of Running, over 1400 participants completed last year's marathon. Issues with the route are said to be the congestion around Holme Pierrepont. Chris Sumner, director of race organisers Sweatshop, commented: "Up until now we have been able to run on quiet roads around it but we can no longer do that as it has become busier."
There is hope, however, that organisers can implement a new course by next year. Chris Sumner continued: "We have been working closely with Nottingham City Council to try and establish a new route in order to deliver a better, safer race experience for the marathon and we are committed to re-establishing a full marathon in future years."