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  • Sun 21 Jul 2024

Half Marathon


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Age 17 & over


Join the first-ever Rasselbock Marathon or Half Marathon this summer in the stunning home grounds of Sherwood Pines.

It’s sure to be an incredible day in the forest as runners from all walks of life are invited to hit their goals. Be it your first-ever marathon, trying for a new PB, or just wanting to be in the forest with friends, this event has you covered. 


  • Brand new trail challenge for this year
  • Incredible day in the stunning Sherwood Pines forest
  • Gorgeous mixed-terrain looped route
  • Ideal first marathon or half marathon
  • Frequent, well-stocked checkpoints
  • Go for a new trail PB
  • Very generous cut off times
  • Fun and free Event Village for all
  • Entry includes tree planting and plastic removal
  • Top runner reviews

This event is part of Rasselbock Marathon and Half Marathon.

  • Event village
  • Spectators
  • Traders at event


  • 08:00 | Event Village opens to the public
  • 09:40 | Marathon warm-ups begin
  • 10:00 | Marathon begins
  • 10:10 | Half Marathon warm-up begins
  • 10:30 | Half Marathon begins
  • 12:00 | First finishers expected
  • 13:00-15:00 | Large groups of finishers expected
  • 13:15 | Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 13:45 | Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 18:00 | Cut off for final runner
  • 19:30 | Close of food and drinks service
  • 20:00 | Event venue closes

Event Village

Entry into the Event Village is free - even for spectators! There will be:

  • Bag drop
  • Information tent
  • Medic area
  • Local food vendors
  • Bar
  • Local running businesses
  • Games area
  • Missing children's point
  • Space to relax whilst you wait for your friends and family members to finish their run
  • Music playing throughout the day
  • MC calling runners over the line
event village

Shoe type

Trail shoes, or road shoes.

The terrain of the route is classed as mixed, as you’ll encounter forest paths, compact fire roads, as well as a slight bit of sand. The route is very achievable in road shoes but trail shoes are also usable on the route.

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Music
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Sherwood Pines
NG21 9JL

Sherwood Pines is located just east of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. It is a stunning 3,300-acre forest with multiple activities to keep families and adrenaline junkies entertained.

Sat nav

The full address for the venue is Sherwood Pines, Edwinstowe, Mansfield NG21 9JL.

If you are using a SatNav for directions then please make sure it is taking you to the main center of the forest and not to an entrance on the south side of the forest.

Half price parking

There is ample parking available in the forest's car parking area which is located just a few minutes walk from the event village. Parking is charged at £10 for the day, but runners will receive a half-price discount code in the event booklet that will be emailed out to you prior to event day. You will need to pay for parking at a kiosk just before you leave.


Unfortunately, neither the half or full marathon routes are suitable for wheelchairs due to it taking part in a forest, through trails and firetracks. The event village is accessible during dry periods but please be aware that it is based on a large grassed area which can become muddy in bad weather.

Public transport

The nearest train stations are Mansfield and Retford.

Mansfield has a public bus to the county park roughly every 15 minutes (Bus No. 14, 15 or 15A to Archway Road or Sherwood Pines). This does vary at the weekend and it is always best to check the timetables before booking. After the bus, there is around a 1-mile walk into the forest to the start line.

It is best to pre-book a taxi to the start line. If you are staying overnight before the event and using public transport, look at places to stay in Edwinstone, Clipstone, or Ollerton.


  • Cabins and camping spots - Sherwood Pines Forest
  • Hotels include Bridleways Guesthouse, Sherwood Forest Lodge, numerous options in Edwinsone and Ollerton, Travelodge in Mansfield.
  • Just off the M1 at J28 there's a Holiday Inn and Premier Inn, which are around a 30-minute drive from the forest.

  • 1 lap
  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Single start
  • Undulating
  • Way markers


The half marathon will be a beautiful 13.1-mile loop around the Sherwood Pines forest.



The start and finish line will be located in the area of the forest called the arena, and in the center will be the event village. When you return to the arena at the end of your run (and halfway through if your taking on the marathon), you will run a loop around the full event village where you can expect support from everyone watching and waiting, as well as the event MC and DJ.

The trails and fire roads will take you around all areas of the forest, from those teaming with life to areas of blissful quiet. The official route will be announced closer to the event but you can expect roughly 250m of elevation on each loop.


provisional route
One lap is half marathon distance and goes through the beautiful Sherwood Pines.

Cut off time

5 hours.

The event has a very generous cut off time of 5 hours. People of all abilities are encouraged to come and complete the challenge!

Aid stations

Aid stations throughout the course will be roughly at miles 2, 6, 9, 10. These will range from just water and sports drink to fruit, sweets, and pretzels.

Way markers

The course will be fully signed in bright yellow reflective arrows so that you always know the route.

  • Carbon offset
  • Sustainability policy
  • Trees not tees

By taking part, you're helping to save the planet.

This event believes in helping the environment as much as possible. This is why it uses fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging, plants trees for every person who signs up, as well as funds plastic removal from the world’s waterways. 

Your entry includes

  • 1 tree planted
  • 1kg of ocean-bound plastic recycled
  • Your CO2 emissions for the day offset
  • E goody bag instead of physical goody bag

Stats so far

  • 22,194 trees planted
  • 84.93 tonnes of carbon offset
  • 250,175 bottles saved from entering the ocean
  • 2,844kg plastic removed from waterways

  • Chip timing
  • Map
  • Medal


  • Full chip timing
  • Unique finishers medal designed just for this event
  • 4 x aid stations on the route offering water, sports drink, fruit, sweets and other goodies
  • Dedicated first aiders on site for the full event in the village and on the route
  • Transfer back to the event village from certain points on the route if you cannot continue
  • 1 tree planted, 1kg of ocean-bound plastic recycled, and your CO2 emissions for the day offset
  • E-goody bag after the event containing discounts and offers from sponsors and local businesses
  • Amazing support from the Rasselbock Family throughout the whole day!


Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for both the male and female categories.

  • Age 17 & over
  • 499 places
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available

Entries on the day

If the event has not sold out by race day then you will be able to sign up at the Information Tent on the day.

This event is new however here are some reviews from its sister events by the same organiser:

I can't recommend these guys highly enough - I've done their virtual events back in Covid, I've done their in-person events since, and I've bought several items of merch. All top quality, and they're the friendliest bunch of people. They combine that great personal touch, with the excellent organisation of a much more experienced company.

Excellent organisation, very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, friendly and supportive marshals and runners and great snacks. Course was very nice, lovely location and the wooden medal is amazingly detailed and really nice. My first event with them, and I will be back! Graham

My first event with Rasselbock Running. Very enjoyable experience. Great venue, great support from the organisers and marshalls and fantastic medal and goodybag. Looking forward to my next event. Would definitely recommend. Shaun

Absolutely loved this event - a very friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the format was superb. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be back! James

Loved the Rasselbock Spring run at Sherwood Pines. The route was great and the marshals were amazing, very encouraging and friendly. An amazing, relaxed event where it was so easy to exceed what I expected to achieve. Hats off to Eric and his team for a fabulous event. Really special medal too. Laura

I love their live events and have ran in 4 so far and plan to run in many more. Chris