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Robin Hood 100

15-Sep-2018 Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, UK (England)

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161KM / 100Miles
1 Day - 100 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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Noah2003

08:08 19-11-17

A great mix of canal and trails of clumber and sherwood. Ronnie has thought of it all and although I failed to finish 53m this was still a super event. Not my day but really well organised, great support, fairly easy to navigate, more chairs at cp4, practice the dark runs as it can catch you out I thought I had done enough. Don’t set to high a target for self as once Home you will realise you had bags of time left!!!!

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blackdeathcrew

03:12 05-10-17

I've participated in the RH100 for the past 2 years. Is superbly organised by Ronnie. The route is well signed, and it's definitely a great route for either your first 100-miler, or a fast PB. Checkpoints well stocked, with super friendly marshalls. And a great medal at the end too.

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livtadream

11:07 21-09-16

Legends of Sherwood – Robin Hood 100 – HoboPace Events

Early morning on Saturday 17th February an intrepid band of merry men and women had descended upon South Wheatley in Nottinghamshire to take on the inaugural Robin Hood 100 Ultra marathon.
The registration process was swift and we were all huddled in the village hall for our pre-race brief by the race director, Ultra runner and coach Ronnie Staton. The weather was set for a cloudy but dry day and conditions were good.
8am sharp we set off under the sound of the claxon. A few twists and turns through the local fields before eventually we found our way onto the picturesque Chesterfield Canal. The towpath was a mix of hard ground and natural grassy terrain, which certainly took its toll on the quads and ankles after 10 miles to CP1.
After CP2 the course led onto trails, forest plantations, maize fields, through Clumber Park and ended up in the iconic Sherwood Forest for the first of two ten mile loops. I quickly realised that getting as much of the course completed at least once in the daylight would prove invaluable when it came to the night section. There were a few cheeky hill sections even though the race was described as flat, but they are runnable at least on the 1st leg and they are a welcome natural break for the 2nd section.
Night came around extremely quickly and I was running strong, with help from an amazing array of support crew at every aid station throughout the course. The course is nicely spread out and there are only three instances where you actually run ten miles between a checkpoint, all other checkpoints are separated by less than ten miles so it’s not too far to go if you are having a mare of a race.
Going through Sherwood Forest at night was easy to navigate as there was plenty of marker tape hanging from trees, and where it didn’t seem apparent if you took stock and had a look around for a few seconds it became clear which direction to head in.

An interesting interlude to my event was myself and another runner being stopped and questioned by a police officer as to what we were doing at 2300hrs running around in the dark. Joking aside they had had reports of a crime in the area so took our details and let us carry on, adding 15 minutes to race time, I think he got the message as we both kept checking our watches.

Once the forest section is clear it’s a case of doubling back onto the canal path and heading for home. I personally hit the penultimate checkpoint at around 0230 am on the Sunday morning and was on target for a sub 24 hour finish.
The canal path was misty and damp in the early hours of the morning which made running at pace a daunting task with little sleep, but if you get your head down and dig in you can push a good pace to the finish, providing you took note of where to turn off the canal, which is what I hadn’t done.

I pushed on past the 95 mile checkpoint, where I should have left the canal path, and kept running and it wasn’t until I reached the end of the canal at a place called Drakeholes I realised I was lost.

The only solution was to double back, turn off the canal and complete the last 5 mile loop. This time wasn’t a race victory for me but it was a personal one. I had pushed hard throughout the race as it was my first 100 mile event, I couldn’t push any harder to get to the end and I wasn’t even sure where I was going back to.
I set out with a goal to complete 100 miles in sub 24 hours and after some manual confirmation of my time and the added distance I had reached my goal so in my opinion I did DNF, but DNF to me means Did Not Fail. At final count it was 21hrs 52 mins for me to complete an unofficial 100 mile.

Overall it is a great adventurous course and a fantastic first 100 miler.

The winning time was 16:34 ran by Nathan Flear much respect.

Thanks to Ronnie and the crew, I may return but I feel there are bigger fish to fry.

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