Thousands of runners take to a sunny Victoria Embankment for the city's iconic Ikano Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon
Over 11,000 runners took to the streets of Nottingham in the 34th Ikano Robin Hood Half, Full and Mini Marathons, with many hoping to beat their personal best race time and raise thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.
The new look race village provided an excellent base for runners and their families and friends. Robin Hood and Maid Marian set the runners on their way, with 7,246 people taking on the 13.1 mile half marathon route. Crossing the finish line first was Matthew Kimutai from Kenya who completed the course in a fantastic time of 64 minutes and 21 seconds. In the women's event the winner was Gladys Kwambai, also from Kenya who finished in 74 minutes and 22 seconds.
17-year old, Olivia Dadge, a student at Nottingham High School for Girls was this year's youngest half marathon entrant and was running in aid of partner charity Maggie's. Olivia comments: "It felt fantastic to complete my first half marathon and I am very pleased with my time. The best part of the race for me was overtaking my PE teacher on my way around the course!"
The costumes out on the course were certainly not to be missed they included 50-year old Nick Holloway from Rothley, Leicestershire who completed his half marathon in a full wedding dress and veil. Nick comments: "As part of convincing my friend, Joanna Eaton to accompany me for her first half marathon, I agreed to put on this classic outfit!" Joanna adds: "This time last year I couldn't even run a mile, I can't wait to return next year and give the full marathon a go!"
The full marathon saw 1,495 tackle the 26.2 mile route, which took in a number of iconic Nottingham landmarks including Colwick Country Park, Holme Pierrepoint and Nottingham Castle. The first place finisher in the men's event was Pere Capdevila who crossed the line in 2 hours 28 minutes and 33 seconds accompanied by rapturous support across the Victoria Embankment. The women's marathon was won by Kay Walsha in a time of 2 hours 54 minutes and 06 seconds.
The 1.5 mile Ikano Robin Hood Mini Marathon was the perfect opportunity for 2,303 children and their families to run together along the river course. The fastest finisher of the race was 15-year old Adam Ward of Carlton le Willows Academy who finished in 7 minutes and 15 seconds. The girls' event saw Lily Winfield, 12, of John Flamsteed School in Denby, Derbyshire cross the line first in a winning time of 7 minutes and 53 seconds. Nine-year old Charlotte Mitchell from Eskdale Junior School in Beeston completed her first Ikano Robin Hood Mini Marathon with her Mum, Dad and little sister, Jennifer. Charlotte says: "The race was really hard towards the end but was lots of fun at the same time. It felt fantastic crossing the line and receiving my medal!"
Vivienne Saunders, from headline sponsor Ikano says: "The event was fantastic, it really highlighted the spirit of the running community and Nottingham as a city. At Ikano we feel extremely privileged to sponsor this event and look forward to doing so for years to come!" Nick Pearson, Managing Director of Sweatshop comments: "Once again the city of Nottingham has demonstrated how to host such a tremendous event and I'd like to congratulate all the volunteers, spectators and runners themselves for contributing to such an exciting day.
We would also like to thank all of our event partners and sponsors who without them such an event would not be possible. We cannot wait to return to Nottingham in 2015 where we hope the event can go from strength to strength."