The Retford Half Marathon is organised by Retford Athletic Club - it is a low key, friendly race with a 900 runner limit. 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 and cold food and drink. The race is also chip timed.
The 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 runners head down Billy Button lane which is characterised by several twists and turns. Runners then head towards Blyth for approx a mile before doubling back towards Barnby Moor.
Runners tackle an undulating country road (Old London Road) before heading back out to the main Worksop road at around the 11 mile point. A steady downhill slope takes runners to a short sharp hill at 12.5 miles before the finish at Retford Oaks.