Nottingham hope to ‘spend up’ as Robin Hood Half Marathon sets for record year

This year’s Robin Hood Half Marathon is on track to be the biggest ever. The countdown is on officially until the race returns to Nottingham on Sunday 29 September for its 43rd year.

With just under five months to go, more than 5,000 runners have signed up for the event, the most entries ever seen and more than double the number of pre-pandemic entries. It is hoped that this increase in participation means that this year’s race could be the most attended event in its history.

Judith Manson, race director, commented: “Following last year’s outstanding turnout, enthusiasm for this staple in the running community has reached new heights. We are currently seeing entry numbers more than double pre-pandemic, prompting discussions about closing entries early to ensure a smooth race day experience for every runner.”

This year’s event also saw an increase in charity partnerships, with Cancer Research UK returning as lead charity and one of 18 charity partners. Many of this year’s charities have a strong local focus and will help strengthen the role of the Robin Hood Half Marathon as a major community and fundraising event.

Ms Manson continued: “This race is a celebration of both the spirit of the runners and the solidarity of the Nottingham community. It’s about inspiring people of all ages and abilities to embrace running, while highlighting the extraordinary impact our charity partners have on the lives of so many people nationally and locally.”

Reflecting on the impact the half marathon has on the city, East Midlands Chamber’s head of special projects, Richard Blackmore, said: “Filling the city center with so many runners and raising money for charity is always a great sight every year. cheering on their friends and family, taking photos and videos can only be good for the city.

“When you consider how many tourist attractions, shops and parks Nottingham has in abundance, it means you’ll also get a spending spree. Hotels and hospitality will see an influx of visitors and more people will be able to see places like the castle and the Trent and that will make people plan more visits to the centre.”

The race team will be closely monitoring entries over the next 60 days and those wishing to participate are encouraged to enter early to avoid disappointment. This is because the limits of potential participants are announced to accommodate the unprecedented interest. Runners interested in the event can register now by visiting the Robin Hood Half Marathon website here.

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