In short: Great race -- not to be missed! In full: Considering this race is organised by a running club they do a fantastic job so well done to CONAC. I suspect those moaning about a gate not being unlocked have probably never been involved with race organisation themselves. Everything went very smoothly and an excellent goody bag and medal at the finish. Will be back next year. Date of review: November 29, 2012
In short: Good, though some room for improvement. Very windy! In full: The organisers have had no luck with the weather - postponed in 2010 due to ice, howling gales in 2011 and even windier this time around. However, they've done a pretty good job with the organisation of this event.
There were a couple of irritations though. The showground gate nearest the Premier Inn was locked again (seemingly just for the event), necessitating a fairly lengthy diversion. While I was prepared for this after last year, a warning to first timers would be useful. (Last year, we had to run to the start!)
The lineup at the start was very busy and it was difficult to see the 'estimated time' signs to work out where to line up - I had to jump and I am six foot. Making the signs a little taller (and perhaps further apart) would help. The result was a somewhat congested start, with runners of different abilities more mixed up than usual.
Having said that, I still found it an enjoyable race, despite the atrocious wind. After the rather chunky medals of the last two years, this year's was great - perhaps the best of my collection. I expect to enter a fourth (and maybe fifth and sixth) time! Date of review: November 29, 2012
In short: Even windier than 2011 (making it tough) but sunshine & no rain a bonus! In full: I have run Norwich 3 times and this was my slowest and toughest in the gusty, high winds. Two hours before the race, though, it was also raining and skies were grey - so sun was a bonus. Nice support, given the weather, and friendly feel to the occasion. My gripe, as last year, was that gates to the Showground shown on the race diagram were not all open so I had a long trek from hotel to start. I'm an old charity runner, drawn back for family reasons, and as long as I am still running, I will probably be back again in 2013. Date of review: November 27, 2012
In short: Excellent race, wind was ridiculous In full: Good friendly race. Course was flat and scenic. The wind was crazy and made the race challenging in places. Definate PB potential in the right conditions. Date of review: November 27, 2012
In short: Great fast route and excellent venue - but that wind!! In full: Really enjoyed this race, firts time I'd done this. Normally wouldn't travel this far (100 miles) but I have family in Norwich so combined it with a visit.
Great venue with good facilities - large covered areas to shelter from the wind, baggage, large changing areas, food, showers.
The route is 2 laps from the showground, through countryside and neighbourhoods and small villages. Doesn't go into the city at all and is about 6 or 7 miles out of the city.
Good crowd support in the villages and excellent when you went through the showground for the 2nd lap and big crowds at the finish. Roads were fairly quiet though with few spectators in some areas. Really helpful and encouraging marshals.
The route is quite flat so good for a PB, but this year there was very strong wind so made for quite slow progress! Running into wind for several miles (and again on the second lap) does sap energy! No headphones allowed for safety.
Awesome medal, very unusual, and great goodie bag (in a real canvas bag) with plenty of post-race food and snacks.
If my brother is still in Norwich next year I'll be back for 2013. Date of review: November 26, 2012
In short: Lovely race - small and friendly In full: Really friendly race - well organised and the extreme weather / wind conditions just brought everyone closer together. This was my third time and I will be back despite living many many miles away - well done and thank you to the organisiers! Date of review: November 26, 2012
In short: Wind, wind, wind and wind again In full: The race was good but mile 1 to 3 wow,, wind was like a wall then mile 7 to 10 same again but race was brilliant we'll organised we'll presented and only had to travel 0.5 miles to get there to all who fancies a little bit of the Norfolk countryside give it a go you will be suitable impressed Date of review: November 25, 2012
In short: Excellent race, course, organisation - but that WIND! In full: Second time round for me and everything went as it did in 2011 - including that WIND! Nice when it was at your back but definitely used up petrol fighting against it. Of course the organisers cant do anything about that!
The course is a good quick one. The organisation brilliant (from numbers being sent out early; informative website; great car park marshalls; course marshalls; updating notices on Facebook; baggage/changing facilities). The medal is fantastic and the goody bag is the best you'll ever get anywhere.
The only reason why I say I wont run this again is because of the travel. Living in Kent, I am sticking with races in Kent and Sussex.
Easily the best race I have run in. Well done to the organisers.