Posted on 16/04/2019
There are few better places for running than a riverside. Being close to the water feels good, courses are flat and towpaths tend to offer good running conditions, plus there is a complete lack of cars, making it safe as well as satisfying. One of many annual competitive running events taking place along our network, the Robin Hood Half Marathon journeys around the city of Nottingham, including parts of the River Trent.
The various Robin Hood events take place on at the end of September 2019, and feature a number of different races – the Mile Challenge on 28 Sept and the Half Marathon, Mini Marathon and Corporate Challenge on 29 Sept. The start and finish line is at the Race Village on the Victoria Embankment Recreation Ground by the Trent and the course follows the Trent as far as Trent Bridge before heading into the city. The race was established in 1980 and so is now a significant event in the local calendar. All competitors receive a finishing medal and are also encouraged to sign up to run for charities, while non-runners are more than welcome to volunteer.
If you’re not up for a run, the large landscaped park opened in 1901, Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment is a popular spot with walkers and joggers at all times of the year. It’s also excellent for spotting wildlife, and there are a number of fine pubs and restaurants in the area, plus a children’s playground. It incorporates Trent Bridge (the multi-span Edwardian bridge rather than the cricket ground, although that isn’t too far away). You can run along the Trent to the Notts-Beeston Canal or detour onto the Grantham Canal, a lovely rural canal that is slowly being restored after decades of neglect.