With clear blue skies and the weather topping 19°C for an autumn afternoon, 13,000 people, including 33 supporters of Football in the Community, descended on Nottingham’s Embankment for the 2017 Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon.
With FITC supporters running across all three marathon lengths – a 1.5 mile mini marathon for children aged 4 and above, a 16 mile marathon and a 26.5 mile marathon that stretched across the city – that challenged and tested all competitors. Former Notts County Football Club Captain and Manager turned FITC Activities Manager, Ian Richardson raised funds for FITC alongside colleagues Shamas Mohammed, James Lake and Josh Stevenson. “Over the years, the gang and I at FITC have fundraised multiple times, but this one pushed me like never before. For all the aches and pains I felt the morning after, the money our runners raised has gone to support projects I manage and the community I represented as a player and now as an FITC manager. Will I run again? Ask me next year when I stop aching!”
Aaron Singh and Laura Keasly from Nelson’s Law, based on Stanford Street in Nottingham, enjoyed their day fundraising for FITC and taking in the sun, adding “With this being our first ever fundraising event for a sport charity we both didn’t know what to really expect. After signing up and working with James and the FITC team we could see exactly how our fundraising was being put to fantastic use. We look forward to working with them in the future and everyone at Nelsons Law would just like to say thank you and well done!”
Partnership and Events Executive and event organiser James Bromley reflected upon the event – “Robin Hood Marathon 2017 was a fantastic day for all! We doubled the amount of runners we had this time last year and have gone on to raise £3000 and counting. To see our Football in the Community shirts strolling across the race village and across the city is fantastic, there is a real buzz around our work and it is fantastic to work with people who are passionate to represent us. To anyone thinking about raising money for us, I would say three simple words. Just do it!”
FITC would like to thank Robin Hood Marathon event organisers and FITC supporters Nuffield Gym who provided free recovery massages to all FITC runners. If you would like to find out how you can fundraise for Notts County Football in the Community, or how your organisation can support the charity’s programmes, please CLICK HERE or contact our Partnership and Events Executive James Bromley: firstname.lastname@example.org call 0115 955 7216.