How to enter the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon, Mini Marathon & Nottingham Mile
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 2.5km
- Run 1mi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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