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Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile

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One of the best weekend events in the calendar. The Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile Challenge is for runners of all abilities - the perfect family event. The atmosphere is unrivalled, the organisation is perfect and the participants will have all the amenities they need.

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Sean H
"Its a well organised friendly and scenic route round town. The Nottingham half..."


Jacqui W
"A tough course but really well set up and organised - the support en route was..."


"Only very small amounts of hill, great way of seeing the city and great for a..."
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How to enter the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. Mini Marathon

    Run 2.5km
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  3. The Nottingham Mile Challenge

    Run 1mi
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Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile routes


Nottingham Mile Challenge (Saturday)

Join family, friends or colleagues for a fun and inclusive series of Mile Races for all abilities and ages on Victoria Embankment. Set to the back drop of the spectacular River Trent, Trent Bridge and Race Village the Nottingham Mile Challenge is a fully accessible fun run with free family entertainment. Whether you're new to exercise, sport or running this event is for everyone – fun or club runners, families, restricted mobility, amputees, impairments and wheelchair users are all encouraged to take part together – everyone side by side.

You can run or walk the flat 1 mile road course which starts and finishes on Victoria Embankment under Sunday's impressive start line structure. And don't worry if you need a helping hand on the course, friends or family members to accompany, guide or push you can be entered free of charge.

There are no cut-off times. Everyone will be given the time they need to finish the race.

The minimum age to enter is 4 years old. Younger children pushed by a paying adult in a buggy, pushchair or wheelchair can take part and must be accompanied at all times in any category. Children under 11 years must have an accompanying paying adult with them at all times. All participants under age 11 must have an accompanying paying adult with them at all times.

If a Category is not sold out – you can enter on the day at the Help Desk in the Race Village before 10.00am. Please note the cost to enter on the day will be £15.00 per participant.

Half Marathon (Sunday)

Head through the streets of Nottingham on an undulating course. This is a closed roads event and a definite highlight is the finish line being on the Recreation ground. There is huge support on the recreation ground that will be cheering you all the way to the finish.

Mini Marathon (Sunday)

You can run or walk the 1.5 mile (2.5km) route in a fun community focused race with parents, friends, siblings, teachers or anyone else that you can persuade. The route largely follows the beautiful river Trent and finishes in front of huge crowds in the race village.

This year the Ikano Bank Mini Marathon will once again be chip timed. This means each child will get an accurate finishing time, have access to purchase race day photographs and be able to download a finisher's certificate.


Drink/Energy Stations
There will be four Water and two Lucozade Sport stations on the route at regular intervals. It is important to know what your body needs, practise/train using hydration so you know what to do to keep hydrated during the race. Everyone is different, not everyone needs to take on water and/or energy at each station so please practise this in advance on your training runs.

There will be a small number of toilets at each drink station,
as well as lots of toilets in the Race Village. With over 12,000
runners getting ready to go to the start line, please expect
queues for the toilet facilities in the Race Village.

Lead Car & Sweep Vehicle
Both races will be led by a lead car, which drives in front of the lead runners ensuring a clean running line. There is also a sweep vehicle on the Half Marathon, which is located at the rear of the Half Marathon to support anyone who may be struggling. The sweep vehicle will only carry those in need and will not leave its position at the rear of the race, unless there is an emergency.

Once the sweep vehicle has gone past, roads may begin to re-open in accordance with timings agreed with Nottingham City Council. If the sweep vehicle goes past you, you may be asked to continue on the pavement.

Tail Walker
Every participant in the Half Marathon is important, whether you are a super-fast elite or slower ‘party at the back’ kind of person. We can’t guarantee that a lot of spectators will still be out there to cheer our last runners on but we can guarantee that as long as we are still
legally allowed to keep the roads closed you’ll be able to complete your race on closed roads and will have a drinks station open when you get to it. For the second year there will be a tail walker at the back of the race, she is very friendly and has offered her services to stay with the last runner/walker to ensure the last person across the finish line has a great experience.

Crowd Participation & Entertainment
The route will be lined with spectators, entertainment acts, live music, charity cheering points and cheerleaders! To keep those legs pumping when the going gets tough.

Medical Assistance
If you require medical attention on the day please alert a Route Marshal who will be lining the route wearing a yellow high visibility bib, they will be able to call for further medical assistance. There are trained medics positioned strategically around the route, ready to react
if needed. Please ensure you have filled in the medical section on the back of your race number.

Race photohraphy
On the day MarathonPhotos will be present to make sure they capture your best moments. All race photos will be displayed within 48 hours of the race. To make sure they don’t miss you please make sure your race number is clearly identifiable on the front of your T-shirt.

Once all the half marathon runners have passed Bunbury Street the Mini Marathon Race will start at 10am, please note that due to the new location of the start line your coloured start zones will not be accessible until 9.40am.

Listen to the PA in the Race Village for instructions. The Mini Marathon will begin in 3 waves, pink, purple and black. The waves have been allocated by the following age groups:

Any runner under the age of 11 must be with their accompanying adult at all times.
Please note you cannot move forward into a different zone.

First Wave – Pink Age 11 and over. Plus Corporate Challenge Mini Marathon runners

Second Wave – Purple Age 8, 9 and 10 years. Plus all allocated accompanying adults

Third Wave – Black Age 7 and under. Plus all allocated accompanying adults

Please make sure you start in your allocated zone, failure to do this will result in disqualification from the Schools Challenge Results and Awards.

Please note unlike the Half Marathon the Mini Marathon and Schools Challenge results will be based on your Chip Time.

For the first time this year Race Angels will be located around a mile away from the finish line. They are there to help on your last mile, if you need an extra buddy to get you to the finish line they will run or walk with you. Look out for the purple T-shirts and Race Angel bibs. You can ask one of them to run or walk with you if you feel like you need the company, or they may start to run next to you and ask if you are okay and want a buddy. A big thank you
to Notts Women Runners who will be your Race Angels for the day.

We have a great team of pacers, who will each be wearing a flag with their allocated time. Please allow plenty of time at the start line to find your pacer. Please note that all pacers will be running to their own chip time, not gun time therefore if your need to clarify what splits they are doing, just ask them.

We take the provision of medical care very seriously. There is a First Aid tent in the Race Village managed by crews from St John Ambulance and East Midlands Ambulance
Services; they will also be located along the route. We will be in constant contact with the medical teams so we can react quickly to any medical situation that arises. If you require medical attention on the day, please alert a member of the race team or a Route Marshal.

Your Race number will record two times, your chip time and your gun time. Your chip time starts when you pass over the start line, whilst your gun time will start when the first start gun is fired. Your timing device is attached to your race bib therefore please do not remove or tamper with it. Please note all Half Marathon competition results are based on gun time, not chip time.

Bikes, stilts, roller skates, skate boards, buggies, etc.

Participants are not permitted to use any of the above or similar in the event and those attempting to do so will be prohibited from starting and may be forcibly removed from the course mid-race where necessary. Likewise, anyone attempting to start or join the race in any outfit that we, in our absolute discretion, deem unsuitable and/or dangerous to other competitors or spectators, will not be allowed to start the event or, if on the course, may be forcibly removed from the event.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Half Marathon Race Entry
  • Official VIP Race t-shirt
  • VIP Tent
  • VIP Bag Drop
  • Free Race Photograph
  • Post-Race Massage
  • Post-Race Meal and Refreshments.
  • Chip timing
  • Marshal's
  • Aid stations
  • Pacers
  • Drink/Energy stations
  • Toilets
  • Lead Car & Sweep Vehicle
  • Tail Walker
  • Crowd participation and entertainment
  • Medical Assistance
  • Results
  • Prizes
Raceday Logistics

When you entered online, you had the choice of either having your race bib posted to you (for a small postage fee) or you could collect it free of charge from the Race Village.

Please ensure you complete your medical information on the reverse of your Race Bib.

Race pack collection timings from Race Village:
Friday: 15:30 - 18:30
Saturday: 09:30 - 16:00

What to bring:
Please bring a copy of your booking confirmation email (on your phone is fine) and some form of ID – e.g. driving licence or bankcard.

Collecting another persons pack:

Yes, please bring proof that your friend/family member has asked you to collect their bib (text etc.). You will be asked to sign for it.

Can you collect on Sunday (Race Day):

No, unfortunately the Race Pack Collection area will transform into the Baggage Tent on Saturday night ready for thousands of runners bags!

Please check your race number matches the number on the race pack envelope. If not
contact the race helpline on 0778 813 7117 or email [email protected] Please do not
worry that your chip number is different from your race number.

Your race bib contains your timing chip; please do not attempt to remove this. Race numbers
must be worn, unaltered, on the front of your running top. Your race number is unique to
you. In the event of an emergency, we use race numbers to identify individuals.

Do not swap race numbers with another runner or allow anyone to use your race number if you are unable to run; a situation of mistaken identity can be very distressing for all involved and can lead to prosecution under UK rules.

Please be sure to write your emergency contact details on the back in the space provided.


Unless you have ordered postage your Race Bib and T-shirt (if ordered or free with event) will be ready to collect from the Baggage Tent in the Race Village from 15.30 - 18:30 on Friday or Saturday 09.30 - 16:00.

Exchanging Race T-shirt:

T-shirt exchanges and general queries are all at the Help Desk. However, please note there will be limited stock available.

You will find a baggage label as a separate tag, this will be the same number as your race
number. Be sure to keep this tag safe.. Loss of your tag will delay your start and collection of
your bag. Place your tag in a prominent position on your bag and head to the Baggage Tent.

Please note, bags must not be left unattended under any circumstances and could result in the event being delayed. It is your responsibility to make sure your bag is in the baggage tent, even if you are in a hurry. Organisers cannot be held responsible for any losses. At peak times, you may experience queues

The experience you have is important to us and the day has been designed to try to give you the best possible racing experience. If this is your First Half Marathon then please make sure to read all information provided in this race guide. On the day, be sure to follow instructions
provided by marshals & the commentary team via the PA.


Arrive Early – the Race Village and Baggage Tent open at 8.30am on Saturday and 7am on Sunday. Both days will be busy, but especially Sunday with over 12,000 runners attending, allow plenty of time to drop off your bag and make your way to your start zone.


Saturday (Nottingham Mile Challenge)

10.30 - Mascot Challenge

10.50 - Age 4-10 years Mile

11.10 - Age 11-16 years Mile

11.30 - Fancy Dress Mile

11.50 - Age 17 and over Mile

12.10 - V50 & V60 Mile

12.30 - Men Only Mile

12.50 - Women Only Mile

13.10 - Running Clubs Mile


07.00 - Race Village opens

08.30 – 09.15 - Half Marathon runners should be in their start zone

09.25 - Wheelchair Race Starts

09.30 - Half Marathon Race Starts

09.40 - Mini Marathon runners enter their start zone

10.00 - Mini Marathon Race Starts

10.30 - First Elite Wheelchair Finisher

10.30 - First Elite Half Marathon Runner Finish

16.00 - Race Village Closes

With over 12,000 entries on race day we want to ensure the start of your race is safe and you have the best possible experience:

  • Please make sure you are in your start zone in plenty of time, the race cannot be delayed for anyone.
  • Your race bib is a colour coded race number; you should only start in your allocated colour/start zone. This will help prevent you going too quickly or slowly at the start.

If your entry has already been downloaded, we cannot change your start zone. Please note you can only start in your allocated start zone, these have been determined by the estimated time you input on your entry. The start will be released in waves one colour at a time.

White - Elite
Yellow - Sub 1.40
Red - Sub 1.55
Blue - Sub 2.05
Gold - Charity
Green - Sub 2.30
Orange - 2.30.00 Plus


The race results we produce will show two times, your chip time and your gun time. Your gun time is your official Half Marathon race time in accordance with UKA rules.

You will receive an email on the evening of race day to confirm your provisional finish time and place. You can search the full list of provisional results on the race website on the evening of the race.

Please note that some results must be verified before being made official. It can take up to 5 days for the results to be listed as official, this is due to any queries runners may have about their result or timing. We appreciate your patience if there is a slight delay, we will work as quickly as we can to verify the results.

If you have any queries about your result or chip timing then please get in touch with our timing providers as soon as possible so they can look into this effectively

We have some great prizes available at this year’s event. If you are a prize winner you will be contacted directly by a member of the events team, roughly 7-10 days after the event. Please note all Half Marathon and Corporate Challenge competition prizes are awarded by gun time,
not chip time.


Free family entertainment and fun activities will be on the Embankment and in the Race Village, where you can also enjoy a selection of tasty food from one of the catering units or a drink at the bar.

Facilities on the day will include a bag drop in the main baggage tent, accessible spectator/viewing area and parking. There's also medical facilities on site just in case and plenty of toilets including disabled. The Help Desk will be open where you can enter a Mile Run on the day.

If you have already entered the Half Marathon, Mini Marathon, Schools or Corporate Challenge? Why not take part as a pre- warm up to your Sunday race and let's make a weekend of it!

Free family activities for 2019 include
  • Mini tennis nets, rackets and balls
  • Fun bikes and helmets from RideWise
  • Soft archery sets, boards and soft arrows
  • Hula hoops, mini hurdles and soft balls for multiply activities
  • Table tennis outdoor tables by GOGA
Kit List

Normal running gear is perfect for this event. Please make sure you have suitable running shoes and depending on the weather it is advised your bring some warm clothes for after the race.


Spectators are very welcome! You are the guys who create that buzzing atmosphere and so help carry a friend or family member and everyone else from the start line to the finish line.


Become an Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events 'Race Maker'.
Want to be part of the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events on Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th September 2019 but don't want to run? Then become part of our dedicated volunteering team and be one of the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events 'Race Makers'.

Being a volunteer 'Race Maker' will be extremely rewarding, it's a chance to meet new friends and like minded people but it is not for the faint hearted. It can be a long, tiring day and come rain or shine we will need your support to help make this fabulous event happen.

On Saturday and Sunday thousands of runners of runners will take part in this iconic event, taking in the sights of Nottingham's historic and beautiful City, as well as raising thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities and we need you to help them on their journey.

There are a number of different roles that we will be looking to fill for Race Day and the week leading up to the race. If you are keen to become a 'Race Maker' along the course, in the Race Village or at the start/finish line, we want to hear from you.

Here is an example of just some of the roles on the day:

- Volunteer Team Leader
- Route Marshal
- Kit Tent team member
- Finish Line assistant
- Route Water Station team member

Please note: Volunteer Race Makers must be a minimum of 16yrs of age on Race Day.

Your Commitment
In signing up to become a 'Race Maker' you must be available for the whole day on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th September 2018 and at least one training session prior to Race day. The Race Maker training session will take place in the beginning of September, dates to be confirmed. Team Leaders will be required to attend two briefing sessions and participate as a Leader in the second session.

Our Commitment
Goldline Events is committed to 'Helping Runners Be The Best They Can Be', giving them access to the best equipment and creating the best runner experience in all of our events – as a volunteer 'Race Maker' you can expect the same commitment: we will train you to be the best you can be in your role, provide you with the equipment you need to fulfil your role and ensure you have the best experience of the day. We are looking for long term commitment and that means we want to see you next year!

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my race pack for the Robin Hood Half Marathon?
You can collect your race pack (including a tshirt if you ordered it) from the race village at Victoria Embankment Recreation Ground, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2JY, between 3.30pm-6.30pm on Friday 27th September or between 9.30am-4pm on Saturday 28th. Alternatively, you can have it delivered to a UK address for a postage fee of £1.50, in which case it should arrive at least 10 days before race day.
At what time does the Robin Hood Half Marathon start?
The Half Marathon starts at 9.30am. The Mini Marathon starts at 10am. Your race number is colour-coded and will correspond to a colour-coded start zone, based on your estimated finish time. You will start with runners of a similar pace to you.
Is the Robin Hood Half Marathon family-friendly?
Yes! The Mini Marathon is open to children as young as 4. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult who has also paid to enter the race.
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Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile weather forecast

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Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile reviews (6)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A tough course but really well set up and organised - the support en route was really motivating. Was a bit difficult to get to the correct pen but the facilities at the event were really good
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    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Only very small amounts of hill, great way of seeing the city and great for a fast half. Could have been improved by a goody bag
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was 2nd time at the Robin Hood and I love it, the course has some tough hills in the 1st half and flattens out during the 2nd half, a good challenge and a fantastic route
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Excellent event .well organised and brilliantly marshalled.
    Challenging course, plenty of hills at the beginning. Closed roads. Will be back in 2020
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Its a well organised friendly and scenic route round town. The Nottingham half is a bit tougher than the other half's I have done because its a bit hilly the run up to the castle and through the Park is pretty steep and there's run through Wollaton Park too, so maintaining a steady pace is much more difficult. I think the weather forecast kept the crowd numbers down this year, I remember many more in previous years.
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    Linda h

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    The event itself was fantastic but the issue with the race packs was beyond ridiculous. We thought we had signed up for them to be posted out as we live miles away in Yorkshire, it then transpired that the rider had gone through without postage added. We tried to contact organisers but nothing could be done in time. We therefore had to travel down the day before to pick them up, incurring overnight accommodation costs. Simply not good enough!