Smiles as the Robin Hood Half Marathon returns in 2021

40th anniversary Robin Hood Marathon is a big hit!

Around 5,000 runners had an unforgettable day.

Sunshine and smiles along with the miles as the Robin Hood Half Marathon (26 September) returned after a year’s absence due to Covid-19. There was a lively atmosphere in Nottingham city centre with runners delighted to be part of this popular race again.

The big 40 was a milestone for the Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon in partnership with Ikano Bank and Nottingham Post Corporate Challenge. It signified life getting back to normal and their 40th anniversary – making it two reasons to celebrate. Organisers Goldline Events delivered an enjoyable and Covid-safe experience for everyone and the weather was kind too, adding to the occasion. 

The Half Marathon started at 9.30am from Victoria Embankment that also acted as the finish. The people of Nottingham lent their support to the event, applauding runners of all abilities – many of whom were taking part on behalf of a charity, as they wound their merry way around an attractive and undulating course that included Nottingham Castle and a statue of the city’s favourite son - Robin Hood.

Will Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC) was the winner in 1:07:41. Ben Kruze (Stratford-upon-Avon AC) was second in 1:11:39 and Chris McGurk (Notts AC) third in 1:12:31. 

Megan Rosier was the women’s winner in 1:25:49 followed by Beatrice Munro in 1:26:51. Stephanie Ainley (Thames Valley Harriers) was third in 1:29:00. 

A full set of results from this and the Mini Marathon can be found at the RunABC Midlands Race Listings page.  

It was a day to savour for Goldline Events as Judith Manson, Race Director expounds, saying: “To see families, friends, newcomers to running and our world class runners lace up and take part in our 40th celebrations, was an emotional watch for all involved. We are proud of our runners, volunteers, race team and Nottingham as a whole for showing strength, determination, love and energy in support of each other and our partner charities.”

Entries have opened for next year’s event on 25 September 2022. Sign up now and take advantage of the Early Bird price at the Robin Hood Marathon Events website.

Image courtesy of Nicki Petitt.

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