Local club, amateur and fun runners are being encouraged to sign up for the 2015 Retford Half Marathon.
The annual event, which will take place on Sunday 8th March, is organised by Retford Athletic and Running Club, and includes a popular Fun Run.
Around 700 runners flock to the race each year, with entrants from across Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and further afield.
The half marathon is a regular fixture for many seasoned runners, and is also popular amongst those wanting to get in shape to take part in, and to complete their first half marathon.
In response to feedback from the 2013 event, the 2014 event saw a new base of Retford Oaks Academy on Babworth Road in Retford being introduced and a number of improvements made to the course route.
David Corbett, race director for the event, said: “Securing Retford Oaks Academy as the base for the 2014 event proved extremely popular with the venue offering excellent facilities for runners and their supporters including indoor registration, changing rooms, showers, indoor bag store, outdoor cycle store, hot & cold refreshments, waiting areas and ample car parking.
“It also enabled us to hold the entire fun run in a safe and secure traffic free environment.
We are delighted to confirm that we will be using Retford Oaks again for the 2015 event.”
“Through the support of our main sponsor Jones & Co Solicitors of Retford, in addition to the new facilities we were also able to introduce professional chip timing, and to make some improvements to the half marathon course, with a number of new traffic management controls, which made the race more enjoyable, and safer for the runners, whilst still making the event one of the cheapest half marathons to enter.”
Emma Thomson, partner at Jones & Co Solicitors added: “We are delighted to once again be the main sponsor for the Retford Half Marathon and Family Fun Run and to support this local and popular event which encourages local amateur and fun runners to take part.”
A lot of runners also use the event to raise money for a variety of good causes. This year the organisers have teamed up with Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, who will be the main charity partner.
As well as many entrants to the half marathon and fun run running on behalf of Bluebell Wood, each entry fee includes a donation to the charity.
With almost 400 entrants signed up already, the 2015 is set to be the biggest and best yet and the organisers are encouraging runners to sign up as soon as possible as the race is expected sell out again well before the day.
Links to online and postal entry is available on the Retford AC website www.retfordac.co.uk
The website and the event facebook page www.retfordac.co.uk/retfordhalf also include more information on the event including course maps, results and photos from previous races and example training plans.
The entry fee for the half marathon is just £16 for UKA Affiliated runners, and £18 for Un-affiliated runners. (£2 extra on the day if places available).
The fun run entry fee is £3.
The start time for the half marathon is 10am, with the fun run starting at approximately 10.15am.