Helping you go The Extra Mile at the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon

Show Nottingham you can go the distance!

Will it be keeping fit with your family, raising money for charity or simply ticking it off your bucket list? As proud sponsors of the Robin Hood Full, Half and Mini Marathon we want as many people as possible to go The Extra Mile this year!

Whatever your inspiration, we’ve teamed up once again with Paralympic gold medallist and world record holder Richard Whitehead MBE, to bring you top tips and a full training guide taking you up to race day.

Don’t just run… go The Extra Mile

Over 300 Ikano Bank runners covered 2,528 miles last year.

An amazing 734 of our co-workers worldwide went The Extra Mile for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. They clocked up 6,347 miles in their own physical challenges, raising a huge £88,000. That’s about 900 hours’ worth of care team work. Their collective efforts won Fundraising Week’s Best Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year.

It just goes to show what you can achieve when you go The Extra Mile.

If you’re thinking of running in this year’s Robin Hood Marathon Events, take a look at our guide to getting into shape!

Top Tip - Fartlek Training

A fartlek session can be either the easiest or hardest thing you do all week. It's a Swedish term meaning 'speed play', and consists of fast, medium and slow running over a variety of distances.

After a steady warm-up, simply pick a landmark - for example a tree, lamp-post or a post box and run to it at speed, then jog (slowly!) until you've recovered and repeat over and over.

We promise you it works (we're not full of hot air).

Read Richard top tips

Richard Whitehead, MBE

We’re proud to partner with Paralympian and world record holder Richard Whitehead – he knows a thing or two about distance running, holding the world record in his class for both full and half marathons.

In 2013, he took on the challenge of a lifetime, running 40 marathons in 40 days. He covered the length of Great Britain and raised £1,000,000 for charities, including Sarcoma UK of which Richard is patron. Richard is also the Paralympic and World T42 200m sprint champion and won gold medals at London 2012 (in a world record time of 24.38 seconds) and Rio 2016 (beating his own record with a new world record time of 23.03 seconds). He also took silver in the T42 100m in 12.32 seconds.

In 2013 Richard received an MBE for services to athletics and he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Nottingham Post Sports Awards.

Richard holds a firm belief that disability should be no barrier to achieving your goals. His mantra? To live life without limits, accept who you are and push the barriers as far as they’ll go.

To find out more about Richard Whitehead MBE you can visit his website.