March 2015 / Date TBC / Ordsall, Nottinghamshire / DN22 7PW
Retford Half Marathon
The Retford half marathon is organised by Retford Athletic Club - a low key, friendly race with a 600 runner limit. There are a couple of course records that havn't been broken in a few years - maybe you could be the chap or gal to do it! Andrew Akhed holds the male record with a time of 1hr 8 mins and 8 secs with speedy Helen Cawthorne having bragging rights to the female course record of 1 hr 21 secs dead.
The venue for the race is Retford Oaks Academy which offers lots of great facilities for runners including indoor registration, showers, bag store, cycle store, waiting areas and hot & cold food & drink. Chip timing has also been introduced for the 2014 event.
The new course offers plenty of PB potential, with an almost completely flat first 5 miles from the start at Retford Oaks Academy on Babworth Road heading out of Retford along North Road towards Barnby Moor. A small hill from Barnby Moor than flattens again for approximately a mile, before a left turn onto Billy Button lane with some winding turns before bringing the runners onto Blyth Road where they turn right towards Blyth for approx a mile before doubling back towards Barnby Moor.
From this point the course is mostly downhill back to Barnby Moor (9mile point), before the runners head right to join a long undulating country road (Old London Road) heading back out to the main Worksop road (11 mile point) where they turn left. A steady downhill slope takes the runners to a short sharp hill at 12.5 miles before heading back to the finish at Retford Oaks.