After making a successful return last year, organisers of the Ramathon are once again anticipating that this Sunday’s half marathon will be one of the standout events in the Midlands race calendar in 2015. The race is expected to attract up to 4000 runners with the 2014 winner, Luke Gunn, a confirmed participant and favourite to lead the men’s field.
Starting and finishing at Derby’s iProStadium, runners will be able to enjoy a newly designed 13.1 mile course, which still includes the villages of Shardlow, Ambaston, Elvaston and the Castle Grounds. The route is said to be ideal for PBs with just 18 metres between the highest and lowest points on the course.
Last year’s race saw Derby AC’s Gunn take top place in a time of 1:08:53, with Alastair Watson of Notts AC second in 1:09:45, while Lisa Palmer led the female field home in 1:22:57, followed by Hannah Oldroyd 1:27:09.
Ramathon race director Richard Kay said: "The team has been working hard on pulling a great event together since last July. The route is one of the flattest in the country, so not only is it good for a personal best for experienced runners, it's also a perfect way to get your half marathon journey under way."
Look out for our race report next week!