The Experian Robin Hood Marathon will take place on 13 September 2009.

There are several races to chose from which suit all running levels and the first three winners in the marathon, half marathon, wheelchair race and fun run will receive prizes. The marathon and half marathon will be timed using the ChampionChip timing method, regarded as the most accurate and reliable timing method available.

The full marathon runs along the same scenic course as the half marathon for the first 12.5 miles and is a flat course thereafter.

The half marathon is considered to be one of the most scenic courses in the country, taking in the city centre and then venturing past Robin Hood and into Wollaton Deer Park and past the Elizabethan splendour of Wollaton Hall, which is a Grade One Listed building.

Two types of relay race support the marathons. The Cooper Parry Corporate Challenge has been running for the last six years and has raised almost £160,000 for charity in that time.

For those who would like to experience a marathon without the endurance, there is Hoofers Marathon Relay Challenge, which follows the course of the full marathon with the five members of the relay team each taking five to six miles of the marathon.

Next event date:
2009: 13 September

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Website:
www.experianfestivalofrunning.co.uk

The EDF Energy Birmingham Half Marathon, sponsored by EDF Energy and organised by Birmingham City Council, will take place on 11 October 2009.

The course is primarily straight and flat with its start and finish points being in the city centre. The start is at Cambridge Street near Paradise Forum and the finish is at Broad Street near Centenary Square. The route takes in some of Birmingham's famous landmarks including the award winning Brindleyplace canalside development of restaurants, bars and galleries, and the International Convention Centre, once host to the World Leaders during the G8 Summit of 1998. Runners will be taken past Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club and finally, they will do a lap of the picturesque Cannon Hill Park.

This year's event is known as the 'Race Against Climate Change'. Participants will undergo dual training, both for the physical challenges of running and to learn how to reduce their carbon footprint.

Next Event:
2009: 11 October

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Website:
www.birminghamhalfmarathon.com

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