Thousands of people have taken part in the 2008 Experian Robin Hood Festival of Running in Nottingham. About 8,000 runners tackled the full and half-marathon courses while about 2,000 others took part in a 2.5 mile (4km) fun run. COBA Plastics were delighted to have been invited to enter a team into the Cooper Parry Corporate Challenge which consisted of a relay half marathon. COBA’s team comprised Ian Jarrams (Speedy!), Barrie Dowsett, Sam Elliott, Mark Cooke and Kim Frith running the anchor leg. The team finished with a time 1 hour 37 minutes and 48 seconds, putting the team fifth over the line out of a totally tally of 80 teams which took part. Barrie Dowsett commented ” On hindsight we set ourselves too low a target – when Speedy came around the last corner of that first leg on 16 minutes, I knew he had given us a great start – next year we will do the event more professionally and we might even do some training beforehand.”
The team would like to thank all the sponsors of the COBA team who pledged money to the various charitable causes which included Caring for Children with Cancer, the Brain Injury Association, the Fire Services Benevolent Fund and Alzheimer’s Society. In total COBA raised £1000 as part of the overall event which raised over £40,000.
The event is one of the largest full and half-marathon combined events.
First across the line in the full marathon was Pumlani Bangani of Greater Manchester. He also won in 2005 and 2006.
The course began and ended at the Victoria Embankment and runners ran past many of Nottingham’s historic landmarks and local attractions.