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Forest trails, scenic country parks and a compact city centre all make Nottinghamshire a joy for runners. Whether you are training for your next race or simply enjoy a leisurely jog through the countryside, we have plenty of ways to get you up and running.
If you’re staying in the city then why not start your day with an early morning run? Take advantage of the quiet streets and discover attractions such as Nottingham Contemporary, the Galleries of Justice and Nottingham Castle. It’s also the ideal time to scout out that all-important coffee shop for your post-run breakfast.
Nottinghamshire also has many trails with varied terrain for those who want to avoid the roads. Run among the trees at Sherwood Pines or explore acres of beautiful parkland at Clumber. There are also landscaped paths at Rushcliffe Country Park, Bestwood Park, Wollaton Park and Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Throughout the year Nottinghamshire plays host to numerous running events, including the famous Ikano Robin Hood Marathon, Half and Mini Marathon which is held every September. The race attracts more than 10,000 people, from elite athletes to fun runners, and takes in some of the city’s most impressive sights such as the University of Nottingham campus and Victoria Embankment.
For those who are looking for a shorter distance – or want something a bit different – try the 10k Spooky Sprint, an evening race which takes place around Halloween at the National Watersports Centre.
Runners of all abilities can also take part in one of the county’s Park Runs, a free 5k race which takes place every Saturday morning. There are currently Park Runs at Colwick Country Park, Forest Recreation Ground and Rushcliffe Country Park, Mansfield, Clumber Park, Beeston and Newark – and ‘tourists’ from other parts of the country are welcome to join in. Visit the Forest Recreation Ground and you can reward yourself with a delicious breakfast at Homemade Pavillion afterwards.