Sweatshop, the organisers of the Experian Robin Hood Festival of Running Marathon; Nottingham's biggest mass participation sporting event, which took place on Sunday 12 September, have said that a record 2,376 people entered the full marathon and confirmed that 500 more runners took part than in the 2009 Marathon, while 7,395 runners entered the half marathon.  A total of almost 11,000 participants ran in the event, including 1,145 in the mini-marathon.

 

The Experian Robin Hood Festival of Running is the largest full and half marathon combined event in the UK.  It was originally set up for serious runners only but has since grown to include a series of different runs including the full and half marathons, the Fun Run, The Don Scott Mini Marathon for school, the Cooper Parry Corporate Challenge for businesses and the Hoofers Relay for groups.


Northern Ireland runner Tommy Hughes, 49, who trains in Leicester, won the 30th Robin Hood marathon in 2 hours 29 minutes and 14 seconds.  The Ulsterman was almost 6 minutes ahead of second place runner Stewart Spencer of Loughborough.


The winner of the women's full marathon was Sarah Jeriwoi Kiptoo of Kenya.


Gordon Mugi, of Kenya, won the men's half marathon in 1 hour 4 minutes 47 seconds - one second ahead of fellow Kenyan Ewin Kidyego.

 

Richard Whitehead, Nottinghamshire paralympian and double amputee, completed the half marathon in 1 hour 25 minutes and 14 seconds.

 

The 2010 Robin Hood Festival of Running was launched by Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell.  Mr Chittell, who has played Eric Pollard since 1986, is a keen runner but did not be take part in this year's event.


The charities supported by the event this year were Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Treetops Hospice.


www.experianfestivalofrunning.co.uk

 

 

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