In short: Lonely at the front end and a challenging hill to contend with-not that fast In full: It was an OK race. I needed to do it to try and get a qualifying time for London and this was the only one that fitted my various committments.
It is a 2 lap cpourse and the first three miles were honest flat miles. Then this nice downhill section allows you to pick up the pace. After that you have an undulating section and then just before you get to the 6 mile point this very steep hill confronts you. First time around it slows you down but when you meet it for a second time it is real make or break stuff and unfortunately it broke me. I was about 20 seconds slower than my average pace on the second time I tackled the hill.
The course is also very rural and therefore there are not as many spectators as you would get at a more urban event. If you are running on your own (as I was) most of the race felt like a very long time trial!
Marshalling, organisation and car parking were all good though i think when the front runners started to meet the runners at the tailend a bit more could have been done to warn the runners that were being overtaken to be aware of the faster runners.
All that said the race was OK and I would say that whereas it was a very fast course it wasnt slow either. Date of review: December 1, 2008
In short: A good challenge course on 2 laps. In full: As it is on two laps you know where you more challenging bits of the course are. They only had water at the aid stations so I carried my own drink and gels. Date of review: December 1, 2008
In short: A good rather than great race around undulating course, couple of good downhillss make up for nasty little slope right at the end. Organisation badly affected by traffic issues. Who pinched the contents of my goody bag?f Date of review: December 1, 2008
In short: Good event In full: My 2nd Norwich half, illness put payed to any thoughts of a pb but beat last years time by 5mins.Water stations well manned, a well organised race all round. Regarding the goody bag as long as there's a fruit bar, drink, fresh fruit I'am happy. As for car parking, don't think we can blame the organisers for pre-race weather, credit to the stewards for allowing an organised departure.My only gripe was not being able to purchase a t shirt on the day, I know people pre-ordered,so I left it until I was leaving (2pm)only to be told they were not allowed to sell them till later. Date of review: December 1, 2008
In short: An OK race In full: I'd consider doing the Norwich half marathon again, but I just thought it lacked that little something to make it memorable. Also, the slope coming back into the showground is a killer at the end! Date of review: December 1, 2008
In short: Well done yet again! In full: Since Larking and Gowen came on board this race has really come on! Good organisation pre race and on the day. Car park problem is not really solvable unless people turn up earlier, I cant see what the organisers can do about that! Great T-shirt, as for the goody bag, well the bag was good but the contents (what contents!) was not. Finally big thanks to the marshalls and volunteers. Date of review: December 1, 2008