In short: Cold! Muddy! But a PB for me, so who cares? In full: I'd really worked hard for this one, thanks to a new "virtual coach"! (Thanks, PB!)I'm happy with the time of year - too many stories of hospital admissions from the June races of the past. Lovely medal, but rubbish goodie bag! Date of review: December 3, 2008
In short: Enjoyable race, hopefully see you next year. In full: Why is this race getting so much criticism?
I live in West Yorkshire [among the lovely, runner-friendly hills], but stay in Norfolk regularly and always fit in a local race if possible. I entered this one months ago, knew it was November so didn't expect it to be tropical [still ok in just vest and shorts though]. I have 5 races before Jan 2nd, expect each one to be cold [2 are off road and will be done in snow or whatever]
Read the bit about no ipods in the advance info booklet, "who cares?", ipods are ok for long lonely solitary winter training runs, not for racing.
Also read the route before I entered so didn't expect to go near the city centre [believe there is a race in summer which does], but this was a good fast, flatish course.
Only slight moan was access on and off car park, needs more gates open if poss, but I think this race may have grown quicker than the organisers thought it would.
It's a massive task for a local club to organise a race on this scale, and City of Norwich AC did a brilliant job - well organised, well marshalled, adequate drinks stations, good information and communication before the day, [nice touch, announcing the finishers by name]
Some improvements may be needed to get cars in and out of the showground more quickly, but I can't see why the race is attracting any other criticism. I travelled 200 miles and will do it again next year.
All in all, as a club runner doing 40 or so races a year, I think the organisers did a great job and would like to see this one go from strength to strength.
In short: Thank you for an excellent day In full: I just can't believe how some people come on here and moan about the slightest thing. I bet they've never organised a race themselves. It's no surprise that this race attracted over 2,500 (I think) entries and is BARR gold graded. The medal and t-shirt were excellent, the chip timing arrangements were really impressive, the marshals and people at the water stations were just so encouraging. And you can't blame Norwich AC for the soggy car parks. Just lighten up and give credit where it's due, please!! Date of review: December 2, 2008
In short: Brrrr! I'm getting the feeling I must be a fair-weather racer, and am running our of supporters who are prepared to brave 2-3 hours without a warm pub to retreat to!! In full: "City of Norwich", eh? I think not! Norwich is an atractive city, but we saw none of it, as the closest we got was several miles to the west of it, beyond the bypass. Instead, just a cold, desolate showground, followed by featureless country lanes full of puddles, and an anti-climactic finish to look forward to. After a delayed start I was losing the will to bother come the second lap. Worst time by a long way. And what was there for supporters? Why call it a City race when it isn't? I wonder Norwich - any chance we can try running through the centre, where I'm sure the local support would be fantastic, and help motivate those of us daft enough to run at this time of year? (Start and finish at Carrow Road, perhaps? Just a thought....?) Date of review: December 2, 2008
In short: Good atmosphere the hill wasn't any less steep this year In full: Much better than last years's due to weather the hill was still hideous it's nice to be made not to wear an i pod as everyone chatted. Rubbish time though. Date of review: December 2, 2008
In short: Lovely race, shame about delayed start In full: Well organised except for that delay at the start. The cold really got into me. I'm sure that's why I didn't do a PB - nothing to do with that hill that was much steeper on the second lap. Would love to do it again at a slightly warmer time of year. Well done to all the organisers, marshalls and the race director. Date of review: December 2, 2008
In short: Good course with a tough hill at the end. In full: Enjoy this course and chose to travel 3 hours to have another go at it. Beat last years time by 5 minutes so I've got to be happy with that. I agree with the previous comments about the goody bags being a little minimal but the t shirt is the best one I think I've had from a race. Only real complaint is one that happens all over. Why, when there are estimated finish time markers, do people start in the wrong section. I spent the first mile stop-starting because of this. It's not exclusive to this race and I praise the organisation otherwise. Special thanks to the runner who gave my car a little shove out of the mud on the way out. Date of review: December 2, 2008