In short: Not as hilly as I thought In full: A great race. Shame about the muddy start from the park but the rest was on decent roads nicely blocked off from traffic. I was told there were "hills" towards the end but to be honest I'd describe it more as "undulating" Great organisation although there were a couple of bottlenecks for T-shirts etc but nothing major. Would definately do it again and not save anything for the hills at the end. Date of review: November 26, 2014
In short: Friendly, scenic race. My first 10k and I would definitely do it again. The mixed terrain made the race more interesting, but wasn't particularly challenging, though the woods were a little boggy and slippy. Date of review: November 26, 2014
In short: A mixed terrain race starting off on the race course then running out on the road into a wooded area and back again. Nice race for all abilities of runner/walkers. Good T-Shirt In full: Despite the heavy rain which made parts of the course very boggy and slippy this was another great Market Rasen 10k, starting off on the racecourse itself you complete one lap of the track before heading out of the racecourse up Legsby Road into Dog Kennel Woods and then back again. The mixed terrain makes the course more challenging but also more memorable. Only one very small niggle would be that the goody bag at the end was a bit light as there was only a T-Shirt (which was very nice), a bottle of water and a voucher for rental of sports equipment, some extra goodies i.e. snack, race memento would have been the icing on the cake . I am not sure what the people who entered on the day would receive in theirs as the T-shirts were only for people who pre-entered the race. Date of review: November 26, 2014
In short: My god... I just love this race In full: My 4th year doing this race, hopefully uninjured for next year... It's the most fun, mud, hills and lots of friendly people, a fantastic course and very well organised. You will not regret running this awesome race! :) Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: As always a very well organised Half Marathon In full: City of Norwich AC and their band of volunteers as always organised another smoothly run half marathon in very difficult weather conditions. The course reverted back to a course last used in 2008, although 75% of the course remains the same as previous years. This race always offers a nice goody bag, clean toilets / showers, one of the best bespoke medals you will receive and excellent value for money compared to other half marathons throughout the UK. Special mention to all volunteers and marshals throughout the course, really appreciated all your efforts standing out in the very heavy rain for hours and your efforts prior to race day. All had words of encouragement. Thankyou. Roll on next year..... Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Friendly race in most challenging weather conditions In full: This was my 4th time running Norwich Half. It is and remains a very friendly race and is well organised with a good goody bag and again a very nice medal!! Love the stripes!
There was nothing anyone could do about the weather - the showground being the showground meant that by the second lap there was great potential for a free full body mud bath and the puddles on the narrow lanes were almost impossible to avoid... don't think many runners tried to by the second round...
I got very cold myself despite running it faster than planned... but yes, I would do it again in better weather conditions - the whole atmosphere is very friendly and this makes this race very special to me despite it being a two lap course - thanks to all the marshalls and the few supporters who braved the rain with us crasy lot running in these conditions... - a special 'thank you shout out' to the two teenage girls singing to us (the eye of the tiger!!) to cheer us up - that was lovely - thank you girls! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Mud, rain, run - what more could you want? In full: Well organised event with added mud and rain. The people of Market Rasen also turned out in good support. Really good to see this local race grow! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: This is my third year and I always look forward to this race. It is interesting and challenging with the different terrain. Always friendly atmosphere and PB again this year!!! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Could be better, more signage and catering needed In full: Once again complete lack of signage for toilets, refreshments etc. This venue puts on massive race meetings, so why weren't more catering facilities opened up inside, especially on a wet and cold day. There was a small mobile stall with 2 people serving, we gave up queuing in the end. Lack of signs to alternate toilets etc once again. Number collection needs improving, it should be in the big hall with letters such as A-F with people manning them, people were still collecting numbers 10 minutes before the start.
In short: Great course, awful weather, a bit different! In full: Really like this race with its multi terrain course, the weather was cold and very wet which made for tough going round the racecourse and in the woods.
Improvements are needed though - the queue for number collection was long, would be better relocated in the bar area, better signage needed for toilet facilities, and more than one small coffee wagon would be good as there was only one which an endless queue! Snipping cable ties off chips at the end with freezing hands and tired legs is not ideal, a different chip provider would be good for next year. Despite these gripes, I loved the race and will definitely do next year's event.