Kenyan athletes Matthew Kimutai and Gladys Kwambai headed a field of 7,246 runners to secure victory at Sunday's Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon. The half marathon, celebrating its 34th year, was part of a day of events that included the full and mini marathon, with more than 11,000 competing across all three disciplines.
Kenyans Dominate At Robin Hood
With Robin Hood and Maid Marian setting the half-marathoners on their way, runners moved down the tree-lined University Boulevard, around Highfields Lake and through the Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham, one of the most famous buildings in the city.
2014’s new look race village at Victoria Embankment provided an outstanding spectacle for runners and spectators alike. A sea of green runners took to the course donning the famous Robin Hood hat and cape to complete their race. The newly routed home straight provided the perfect cheering point for families, cheerleaders, stilt walkers and Robin Hood.
Kimutai recorded a comprehensive victory in 1:04:21, more than three minutes ahead of second placed Alastair Watson (1:07:21), with Rob Keal in third (1:09:35). 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).
The marathon, which followed a similar route as the half until mile 11, saw an upturn in entries with almost 1,500 runners taking part. Pere Capdevila crossed the line first in 2:28:33, with Kay Walsha securing first position in the women's field in a time of 2:58:07.
Vivienne Saunders, from headline sponsor Ikano said: “What a fantastic advert for running yesterday’s event was. The race village was buzzing as families and friends cheered home their loved ones as they accomplished their personal goals. We at Ikano feel extremely privileged to sponsor this event and look forward to doing so for years to come!”