The race director of this year's Robin Hood marathon and half-marathon has praised the people of Nottinghamshire for keeping the event going.
The annual charity fundraiser attracts around 12,000 people a year, and has been held every year since 1981.
Race director Nick Pearson said it demonstrated the "unique" nature of people in the region, and thanked runners, the council and sponsors for supporting the event.
Thousands of people have donned their running shoes for the annual fundraising Robin Hood marathon and half-marathon through Nottingham.
Both races start and finish at the Victoria Embankment.
This year's event will raise cash for four charities - Maggies, Treetops Hospice, Age Concern and Nottinghamshire Hospice.
Nottinghamshire's 29th annual Robin Hood Festival got underway today.
The week-long festival began earlier with hundreds of people being transported back to medieval times, thanks to the performers, entertainers and of course Robin Hood.
Among the visitors, Joe and Debbie Tencza who have travelled all the way from New Jersey in America for the event.
The 29th annual Robin Hood Festival begins today. Around 30,000 people are expected to attend the free festival which runs until Sunday 11th August.
The week long program of events organised by Nottinghamshire County Council will feature medieval musicians, stunt fighting, and a story walk through Sherwood Forest.
Two Robin Hood fans Joe and Debbie Tencza renewed their vows at Sherwood Forest Visitors Centre yesterday as part of the annual festival.
Robin Hood fans Debbie and Joe Tencza celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary today by renewing their vows at Sherwood Forest.Read the full story ›
A Robin Hood fan has travelled to Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, from her American home to renew her wedding vows today after her winning her battle with cancer.
Debbie Tencza, 56, will wear a purple dress bought for the ceremony while her husband Joe, 50, will wear a Robin Hood outfit.
Mrs Tencza underwent a number of operations last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
When given the all clear they decided to travel from New Jersey to Nottingham to renew their vows for their 15th wedding anniversary.
The couple have attended Robin Hood events across the USA and even named their dog Robin of Loxley.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, says the planned development of Nottingham Castle will create jobs and boost tourism to the city.
“We know it’s been a fiercely competitive process this time around and it’s not unusual for bids like ours to have to undertake further work and development prior to achieving such a large award.
We will be shortly be talking to the Heritage Lottery Fund and looking to see how we can make Nottingham’s bid even better in partnership with the Castle Working Group who have worked so hard to put in place the exciting vision for the Castle.
Our ambition remains to create a world-class visitor attraction at the Castle which would also bring the additional benefits of regenerating the surrounding area, bringing major investment into our city and creating and sustaining hundreds of jobs”.
Plans to develop Nottingham Castle as a world class heritage attraction are being stepped up.
The Castle Working Group says it is disappointed the castle was not selected for this year's Heritage Lottery funding but it is planning to resubmit for the next round.
The grant of £15 million would be part of an overall cost of £26 million to develop the Castle.
Plans include a new "Robin and the Rebels" discovery centre, telling the story of the legend of Robin Hood.