In short: Pricey but probably worth it In full: I last ran this race on the 'old' course in 2004. The new route is not as scenic but at the end of the day it's a race not a stroll so I'm pleased with the new route as it's flatter.
Organisation was generally excellent and I thought the water pouches were a nice idea though a few people were a bit too heavy handed and ended up soaking fellow runners!
The only issues I had were runners repeatedly cutting corners which should have been taped off. Also I'm pretty sure that the end of the out-and-back section by the river between 12 and 13 miles was taped incorrectly
For £30 the goody bag was less than generous and should really have included a t-shirt. Medals were nice though. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Fab ! In full: Having been at this event for the past few years i have never been disappointed with this race. The change in the course was fine and yes the Boots bit is a bit dull but at least its flat. The race village atmosphere was brilliant and it was nice to see so many people dressed up as Robin Hood. Lots of criticism over cost of entry fee but given all the road closures, pouches/ bottles of water/ Lucozade (better than plastic cups that you cant run and drink from)and a decent medal and goody bag and an excellent family atmosphere i think it was good value for money. Royal parks and Run to the beat/ Great North all charge around £50. Excellent day out and no doubt will be back next year :-) Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Nice Medal In full: Fairly flat course, not completely flat. Agree with others about the lack of support through the boots plant. The last loop did me in, didn't like passing the finish area to then go and do another 2 miles, I need more mental preparation! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: New quick route but takes away the nicer parts of Nottingham In full: This was my third Robin Hood and by far the quickest but obviously a better class of runner out there as nearly 400 places lower than the previous year!
The new route certainly delivered on times with the majority of people I know running quickly but it was pretty dull with the exception of the University and the Embankment.
It was a shame to take out Wollaton Park as this is a good spectator point and helps spur on the runners. I can understand the Castle being taken out because of the bottleneck but running under a concrete flyover and round Industrial Estates, not exactly selling Nottingham!
I'll be back as it is my nearest half with the disappearance of smaller races. Shame about the route not being more memorable! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: £30 is not cheap, but just about worth turning up for. In full: At nearly £30 this race wasn't cheap, but I think it was just about worth the money...
Firstly, trying to get into Car Park A was not enjoyable. Living in Birmingham and no trains going to Nottingham this early on a Sunday meant I had to drive and park. I left around 7am and eventually parked at 9:00am (I just made it in) - which shows how bad the traffic was.
There were only the toilets in the pavillion available and an enormous queue of over 100 blokes when I arrived. Luckily I met up with a friend who lives 5 minutes away, so used their facilities, otherwise I would have definitely poohed and wet myself. There really should have been some portaloos.
The race started on time to a great atmosphere and the pace setters were a very nice touch.
This was indeed a new flatter course, but there were still some climbs. If this is the same course next year, don't think it's going to be as flat as say Bath - you still have a good few miles of steady (some not so steady) gradients. The run itself was very scenice in parts - especially through the University campus.
The attitude of the marshalls and drinks staff was excellent - very encouraging. This made up for a lack of any support for most of the first 10 miles. Once you got back into the City Centre and along the riverbank, the atmosphere picked up again - and the finishing section at the Race Village was just what was needed after the run.
The goody bags were nothing special - a Mars bar and a Lucozade bar, along with Maggi's cispy chicken coating, which was a bit weird. The medal was nice though - substantial. Not all goody bags were the same however, and a friend received two goody bags - neither had a Mars bar, only one had a Lucozade bar, but both had some Coffee sweets, which I didn't receive in mine.
If the price stayed the same I think I would do this again, but if it went up - I probably wouldn't. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Very flat, well organised race In full: This was one of the flattest races I have done and I enjoyed every minute of it. I thought the atmosphere was really good and it was very well organised. The new style water pouches created a few comedy moments. They were very good and much better than cups or bottles but runners hadn't quite got to grips with how they worked. The instructions shouted of 'just squeeze' caused a few runners to squeeze too hard and they got an unexpected shower! The drummers at the university were excellent and very motivating. Just a couple of little things to report - one being that having the photo shoot for the runners going for the Robin Hood record was too early. We tried to get there for 8am but missed it by 10 minutes or so due to getting a bit lost in Nottingham. It would have been nice if this could have been done a bit later. Also it was a real shame that several boxes of medals were allegedly stolen. I ended up getting a Mini Marathon one instead of a Half Marathon one. Otherwise I thought the organisers did a great job. I also liked the goody bag, the chicken coating stuff was a strange item but the mars bar was welcome at the end. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Well organised, fun race, nice flat course In full: A good, well-organised race throughout. The finish through the park with big crowds made for a rewarding end to the race. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: New Sponsor and a New Course In full: I live about 10 minutes away so it's an easy one to get to and I've run the 1/2 or the full marathon since 2005.
A new sponsor and a new course. The irony is, the original 1/2 was a nice scenic route around the nice parts of Nottingham, like Wollaton Park and the castle. It didn't need to be changed from a scenery point of view. It was the second part of the full that was so bad.
The stewards, water station personnel did a great job. A big thank you to them. The atmosphere was great.
What I didn't like was the so-called goody bag. A Mars bar (yuck), crappy chemical filled flapjack, a packet soup (I think), ready salted crisps and some coffee flavoured sweets aren't really adequate for the £30 or so.
The medal was nice.
Did anyone get a radically different chip time to their official time?! My chip time was 5 minutes less! :)
I'd also like to know where the money goes on all of this. Date of review: September 30, 2012
In short: All new Half Marathon course should attract PB Chasers In full: I last took part in the Robin Hood Half Marathon back in 2003 - I enjoyed the event but like many others didn't make it a priority to return because the course was just a little too hilly to make it a quick course. With the promise of an all new flat PB course for 2012 I took the plunge and paid the not cheap entry fee. For the asking price you expect quite a lot and thankfully the organisers didn't disappoint. Parking was exactly as it was described in the info pack - I went for the large car park close to the village - which was a 20 minute queue away as the pack described it may be, but easy enough to get into. I would say there were not quite enough portaloos judging by the long queues with 5 minutes to the start. Certainly there should be some male portable urinals as the numbers who had to resort to watering the local shrubbery was unacceptable. As for the race and course itself: The race started dead on 9:30 according to my GPS so no idea why a previous poster thinks the race started early. My yellow bib gave me priority to start near the front which was a welcome touch. Some early rain and a headwind made going a little gloomy in the opening miles, especially when running through the near deserted Boots HQ - which was a little dull but was at least flat. The run through the university was uplifting with the drummers and supporters (Who increased in numbers as the race progressed and were very supportive) and saw most of the undulations during the race - and these were barely noticeable. The return back to the start was really fast thanks to a tailwind - only the last couple of miles was spoiled by the blustery wind, but the course was flat and fast enough to minimise this problem. All in all a very well organised race which should attract those looking for a fast half marathon. Still undecided as to whether the new water pouches worked - struggled at times to actually get the water out, but when I did they were easy to drink from on the run. The goody bag was well packed with food and the medal pleasingly chunky. The technical T-shirt was overpriced and for the cost of the race could have been thrown in free, but I'd give up the T-shirt for the quick course and the totally closed roads. Date of review: September 30, 2012