In short: Coming from Wales, how I chotled at the talk of 'hills' ! In full: :-)
It has to be said, there were a lot of people talking about 'hills'; to cap it all the bloke on the tannoy even told us to be careful on them ! Coming from Wales as I do this race in my book was pretty near being flat.
There was a short delay at the start, a good move, as there were log jams on the A47. Right decision there. We had a countdown from 5 at the start, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ……. then a somewhat pregnant pause where the hooter should have been. It made me smile, 'buttery smooth with nice touches', yes, that was it !
The two lap route has it plus and minus points. On one hand it is easier to organise, less water stations and so on, and as a runner you know what you are in for in the second half. On the other hand you have to run past the finish at half way which is a heart breaker.
Still, it is a very nice event and one which I would do again. Not worth a 7 hour drive from Wales on its own but if you have to pick a weekend to spend in Yarmouth, as I did, you could do worse than pick the weekend of the Norwich Half.
In short: Another Excellent Norwich Half-Marathon! In full: I did this race last year and really enjoyed it so came back for more! Weather this year was better - ideal conditions for racing really, cool and dry.
It was a shame that the start was delayed by 15 minutes, presumably to allow late-comers time to park - people really should allow more time to get to big events such as this.
There were a good number of enthusiastic supporters and marshalls around the course and plenty of water stations. No queues at the end to get medal and goodie bag (which did have the usual annoying amount of leaflets in!) and an excellent technical t-shirt.
Overall, a very good event and I even managed a new PB! Date of review: November 30, 2008
In short: ok race. weather abit better this year In full: ok race apart from a 15min delay again. nice medal but goodie bag was pants. it was just full of adverts. once you clawed your way through all that paper work ,i did find a bottle of water and a apple. marshals done a great job ,well done to them.only other bad point was there isnt anything for the supporters to do between the start and finish. might do it again next year (might).. Date of review: November 30, 2008
In short: Great race.Loved it In full: Wow new chip time pbs for both me and my son.2hours 12 mins 56 secs for me and 1 hour 27 and 56 secs for my son.Loved the race.London marathon theme tune played as the race started.Brill marshalls.Will be back next year.Sue and Darren Smith Date of review: November 30, 2008