Sun 9th March 2014 / 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 race has a new venue for 2014 - the 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.