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Merry men and women take on Robin Hood Half Marathon

18 September 2012

Merry men and women take on Robin Hood Half Marathon

  • Brand new course for 2012 race
  • Virgin Money Giving is the official fund raising partner for 2nd year

The 2012 Robin Hood Half Marathon will be run on a brand new route when it takes place on Sunday 30 September.

The new course, which promises to be faster and flatter, will take runners down the tree-lined University Boulevard, around Highfields Lake and through the Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham, one of the most iconic buildings in Nottingham. The good road surface will provide runners with a fast, flat and flowing course with a view of the castle as they run down Castle Boulevard. They will also pass the famous Trent Bridge cricket ground and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground as they wind along the river towards the finish line at Victoria Embankment.

In the final 400 metres of the new route, runners will head up over the new flood defence cycle track looking down on the heritage race village. The race village will feature a feast of family entertainment in an area where runners, spectators, families and friends can meet to celebrate their achievements.

Charity fundraising is an important part of the Robin Hood Half Marathon for many of those taking part. Virgin Money Giving is in its second year as the official fundraising partner for the newly designed Robin Hood Half Marathon, providing free access to the secure online portal which enables people to set up a fundraising page and keep track of how much they are on track to raise.

Virgin Money Giving has an excellent track record of supporting half marathons in the UK. In addition to Nottingham’s Robin Hood Half Marathon, Virgin Money Giving is the official fundraising partner of other major half marathons across the country, including the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London and the Cardiff Half Marathon. In 2011 nearly £3 million was raised through Virgin Money Giving by fundraisers competing in half marathons alone. In the country’s largest half marathon which was run on Sunday 16 September – The Great North Run – competitors raised over £1 million in this event alone through Virgin Money Giving.

Alex Heasley, Head of Virgin Money Giving said: “Virgin Money Giving is proud to support the wonderful Robin Hood Half Marathon. It’s been a fantastic event in the past and the new course looks brilliant. The event is an excellent platform for people to raise money for charity, and we wish all those taking part the best of luck.”

Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon route

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  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising arm of Virgin Money and was established in 2009. Virgin Money uses its infrastructure and expertise as a financial services business to ensure that Virgin Money Giving is efficient, secure and offers a high quality service to all fundraisers, charities and those wanting to donate to charity online.
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  • Virgin Money Giving charges charities the minimum fees needed to cover the running costs of the site. Any money left over after covering operating costs will go towards reducing fees further or improving services for fundraisers and charities.
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