Helping you go TheExtraMile

at the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon

Over 10,000 runners entered in 2016!

As proud sponsors of the Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon, we wanted to see as many people as possible from the East Midlands take part on 25 September 2016. And you didn’t disappoint!

From seasoned runners wanting to beat their personal best to those who’d never run before... we saw thousands of you get involved!

Whatever your goals ahead of the race, we teamed up with Paralympic gold medalist and local legend Richard Whitehead MBE to give some help and advice. He offered:

  • top tips
  • training guides
  • and competitions to help everyone go TheExtraMile.

Plus there were competitions to win:

  • race gear
  • a training experience with Richard Whitehead MBE
  • or an invite to our Pasta Party to carb-load the night before the race.

The biggest marathon year for Ikano Bank

It was our most successful marathon year to-date with over 300 Ikano Bank runners taking part, covering a total of 2,528.7 miles.

To boot, our co-workers raised a mammoth £91,500 for Rainbows hospice during ‘Ikano Health Week’, which took place the week of the marathon (19-26 September). Throughout Health Week Ikano donated €10 for every kilometre run, walked or cycled by co-workers and 734 Ikano co-workers clocked up 6,347 miles.

Thinking about taking part in 2017? Take a look at our 14-week guide to getting in shape for a half marathon!

14-week guide

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).

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.

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.