Local club, amateur and fun runners are being encouraged to sign up for the 2018 Retford Half Marathon which is taking place on Sunday 11th March.
The annual event which is organised by Retford Athletic and Running Club and also includes a popular family fun run, attracts around 1,000 entrants each year including local runners, and many from across Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and further afield.
The half marathon, which is supported by a number of local firms including Jones and Co Solicitors, is also 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.
Due to growing demand, which saw the 2016 and 2017 events sell out in January, for the 2018 event the race organisers have increased the entry cap to 1,200.
David Corbett, Race Director for Retford Half Marathon, said: “The event has grown extremely well over the last few years, increasing from just over 300 runners in 2013, to 1,000 in 2017, and for the 2018 event we’re expecting a bumper turn-out of around 1,200 runners.
“Securing Retford Oaks Academy as the base for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 events is partly down to the success, as the venue offers excellent facilities for runners and their supporters including indoor registration, changing rooms, showers, indoor bag store, outdoor cycle store, hot and cold refreshments, waiting areas and ample car parking. It’s also enabled us to hold the entire fun run in a safe and secure traffic free environment. We are delighted that we will be using Retford Oaks again for the 2018 event.”
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 half marathon entry fee includes a donation to the charity.
With almost 700 entrants signed up already, the 2018 event 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 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 £18.00 for UKA affiliated runners, and £20.00 for un-affiliated runners (£2.00 extra on the day if places available). The fun run is £3.00 to enter but each entrant must complete an online or offline entry form. The start time for the half marathon is 10.00am, with the fun run starting at approximately 10.15am.