Up to 13,000 runners are expected to make their way to Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment on Sunday (27 September) to embark on their marathon or half marathon journey. The races will see competitors tackle a new course, which has been modified to include more of Nottingham’s landmarks, including the city’s medieval castle, and the university Jubilee campus.
Runners taking part in the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon can expect close to perfect racing conditions with temperatures around 15°C, light winds and a strong prospect of it staying dry for the duration of the day.
With the route modifications, the upcoming event will see competitors start as usual at Victoria Embankment with a festival of medieval folklore, but new for 2015, runners will pass the city’s 17th century medieval castle on Castle Road as they approach the second mile marker.
After passing the Castle, runners will continue into The Park via Lenton Road, passing the two mile mark, moving into the attractive setting of Nottingham University’s Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Park, before passing through Old Market Square and on towards the finish point at the race village, where they will be roared in by the crowd.
The 2014 edition saw more than 11,000 runners compete across all three distances. Kenyan athletes Matthew Kimutai and Gladys Kwambai headed the half marathon field, with the former securing victory in 1:04:21, more than three minutes ahead of second placed Alastair Watson (1:07:21). Kwambai's victory was similarly comfortable, with the Kenyan athlete (1:14:22) around seven minutes ahead of runner-up Emma Schuck (1:21:21).