IMAGE: preparation before the race

Nottingham’s Christmas half marathon made a return this weekend, welcoming 815 runners to the Holme Pierriepont National Watersports Centre.

On Sunday 1st December, runners braved the cold with friends and family to take on the four full laps and part lap, in the outskirts of Nottingham.

The race started just after 11:30am and those taking part were seen off by music and motivation from the organisers.

“I learnt a lot about my mental strengths…pushed through the thoughts of giving in and the importance of having fun.”
Alison Fox, 32

Friends and family lined the route as they watched their loved ones begin their challenge.

Participants beginning their run

One participant, 32-year-old Alison Fox said: “I learnt a lot about my mental strengths to endure, push through the thoughts of giving in and the importance of having fun.”

The Christmas run has been going for three years and is hosted by Time2Run Events.

On this festive morning, there was also a 5k and one mile race available making it suitable for runners of all abilities.

Another entrant, Peter Fullham, also described his experience: “I was absolutely delighted to achieve a sub two hour half marathon and beat my personal best by eight minutes.”

See runners tackling the marathon below:

Congratulations to the top three placed runners:

  •  Matthew Craig with a time of 1:12:45
  •  Simon Croft with a time of 1:13:12
  •  Anthony Bailey with a time of 1:15:04