In short: Good race despite the wind; but pedestrian access issue In full: I enjoyed my run despite the gusty wind. It was at least dry! I was disappointed that 2 gates onto the Showground that I tried were closed to pedestrian access, one opposite the Premier Inn (unlike in March 2011). This was not great just ahead of the race. The map for entrants shows lots of gates and those closed should be marked. Date of review: November 29, 2011
In short: Enjoyable course, fab goody bag and LOVED the purple medal ribbon In full: Two lap course starting from Norwich Showground around the surrounding countryside. You don't actually go anywhere near the City of Norwich itself. One very shallow, long hill and one slightly steeper one through the college campus, but still great potential for a PB. The goody bag was generous and I loved the medal - purple ribbon and just a little bit different. The day was fairly windy but added to the challenge, boy was it good to turn a corner and feel it behind you for a change! Toilet queue must have been one of the fastest moving I'd ever stood in....so well done on the organisation and facilities. Date of review: November 29, 2011
In short: Organisation, course, facilities, marshalls, support in fact everything first class -shame about the WIND In full: What a fantastic race. All round every thing was excellent from car parking to changing facilities to medal, T-shirt etc etc. But most impressive was the course. Mostly flat and some nice down hill stretches, unfortunately the wind which, when head on, felt like trying to run through water ! I did manage a PB but only by 40 seconds. Will be back for definate next year. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: A Fantastic Half Marathon In full: This is my 4th City of Norwich Half Marathon in as many years and it just keeps getting better and better on all levels. First class organisation, excellent atmosphere, facilities, car parking, t-shirts and goody bag. The medal is excellent quality as promised and the race is excellent value for money. The course (2 laps) is a definite PB, but not for me yesterday, (lack of training and heavy winds) however is was my second fastest time on this course. Well done to all those involved in organising another great event. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Oh the wind In full: Defintely would of had a PB for that course if it was not for the wind. Goody bag full of useful snacks this year rather than loads of advertising. Organisation is excellant. Thoughts are with the family of the young man that sadly passed away during the race Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Great race, great organisation and Great atmosphere. Shame about the WIND.... In full: I have to admit in a sadistic way really enjoyed this very windy race. The course is awesome, really nice to hit the half way mark with so many spectators cheering you on.
This is not a flat race, however the hills are not killers just a grad incline but with some distance to them
Maybe just me but the hills didn't even feel like hills today. This is due to the fact that at least 4 miles of the course was running into VERY VERY strong headwinds.
I was hoping to get around 1.30 however my time was 1.32.20. I believe had it not been for the winds i would have been on for my time.
If the elements are right on the day this is definatly a quick course. Defo PB could be had here.
All being well will see you all next year. Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Toughest easy race ever! In full: This is the toughest easy half marathon ever! The course is flat except for a long slight incline but you can barrel down the descent. The thing that made it tough was the wind. I still managed to finish only 1 minute off my PB at 1:32:44 though. I've done a few halfs and this is the first one where the top half of me hurt more than the bottom. I can see what other people meant about the drinks. I didn't bother getting one as the wind made it cool enough and it looked more trouble than it was worth (I feel sorry for the helpers who had to run across fields collecting cups). Agreed with another comment - there should be something for the family to do whilst they're waiting the 40 minutes each lap. We travelled 170 miles to come so wanted something else to do. All in though, it was very well organised, good marshalls and slick in/out with the car parking. Nice medal and goody bag. I'll be back... Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Excellent Event In full: My first time at this one but I shall be back - not least because I bagged a pb by 2 mins despite the howling wind. Great course and although it isn't actually flat, the inclines are nothing and the downhill more than compensates.
I thought it was extremely well organised - well done CONAC.
In short: My first half marathon and a fantastic day out. In full: Only criticism would be that there wasn't enough entertainment for spectators, but I really enjoyed the race itself. Very well organised, a great medal and nice little goody bag made it a worthwhile day out. Date of review: November 28, 2011