About 4,000 people are expected to take part in the event and raise tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes.

And this year’s run boasts a new-look city centre start and finish. It gets underway in Iron Gate close to Derby Cathedral and takes the field through the city centre, including historic Market Place. Then it’s out on London Road and Shardlow Road to Elvaston Castle Country Park, through Alvaston Park, past Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium and back to the city centre and the big finish in Iron Gate.

Last year was the first time that the not-for-profit company, Run For All, had organised the event – formerly called Ramathon – and it proved a popular addition to the organisation’s stable of events.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Run For All’s head of events, said: “There was a real buzz about last year’s event and we are really looking forward to returning to Derby on June 9th.”

Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation coordinator, said: “The Derby Half Marathon already enjoys a vibrant atmosphere and
I’m sure that will be enhanced even further by the new city centre start and finish.
“Good luck to everyone taking part. It promises to be a great day.”

The event also features the Timms Solicitors Family Fun Run, a 2km course suitable for all ages and abilities, with medals and goody bags for the finishers.

Runners in the half marathon are invited to raise money for the event’s partner charities which this year are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Canaan Trust, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Annabel’s Angels, Childrenfirst Derby and First Steps ED.

The Derby Half Marathon is supported by Asda Foundation, Derby City Council, Active Derbyshire, Gem Radio, Timms Solicitors, Motorpoint, High5, Arla Protein, Runderwear, The Derby Runner, Aftershokz and Bananakick.