In short: As always a very well organised Half Marathon In full: City of Norwich AC and their band of volunteers as always organised another smoothly run half marathon in very difficult weather conditions. The course reverted back to a course last used in 2008, although 75% of the course remains the same as previous years. This race always offers a nice goody bag, clean toilets / showers, one of the best bespoke medals you will receive and excellent value for money compared to other half marathons throughout the UK. Special mention to all volunteers and marshals throughout the course, really appreciated all your efforts standing out in the very heavy rain for hours and your efforts prior to race day. All had words of encouragement. Thankyou. Roll on next year..... Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Friendly race in most challenging weather conditions In full: This was my 4th time running Norwich Half. It is and remains a very friendly race and is well organised with a good goody bag and again a very nice medal!! Love the stripes!
There was nothing anyone could do about the weather - the showground being the showground meant that by the second lap there was great potential for a free full body mud bath and the puddles on the narrow lanes were almost impossible to avoid... don't think many runners tried to by the second round...
I got very cold myself despite running it faster than planned... but yes, I would do it again in better weather conditions - the whole atmosphere is very friendly and this makes this race very special to me despite it being a two lap course - thanks to all the marshalls and the few supporters who braved the rain with us crasy lot running in these conditions... - a special 'thank you shout out' to the two teenage girls singing to us (the eye of the tiger!!) to cheer us up - that was lovely - thank you girls! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Horrible weather, inevitable mud bath, supporters were absolute troopers In full: The supporters and marshals were great, braving the rain and cold and the organisation of the day was brilliant. However, for a first half marathon, it was an experience to say the least! The course was flooded and parts on the grass were absolute carnage. At one point, I wasn't sure whether I'd entered a half marathon or a tough mudder... Foil blankets were needed at the end, many runners needed medical assistance (myself included) or the barn at the finish needed heating. I am glad I pushed myself to complete the course, but I would only do this course again with the right weather! Date of review: November 25, 2014
In short: Glad I ran, despite the rain, mud and floods In full: The weather dominated again, this time incessant rain. There was Ice in 2010 and gales in 2012. It can be good, though, it was as last year. The atmosphere was again fine and the organisation good. Inevitably, there were fewer spectators along the way but many thanks to those who did brave the rain and to the drenched marshals who remained encouraging to the soggy end. Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Mud, mud, glorious mud! In full: This was my first time, so I didn't know what to expect from the course, but I was pleasantly suprised. I think I was expecting the hill to be worse than it was. The showground was a quagmire by the end, but not even the excellent organisation could help that. I only wish I could thank all of the marshalls individualy for their friendly encouragement, they were absolute stars! I can't wait to sign up for next year : ) Date of review: November 24, 2014
In short: Wet wet wet! In full: I think this was Norwich number 6 or 7 for me and definitely the worst conditions I've ever raced in...worse even than the gales 2 years ago. But I have to thank all the organisers and especially the marshals for standing out there in that horrendous rain and giving shout outs for all the runners - brilliant!
I wasn't that taken by the change in course....the hill seemed a lot steeper, and we had more of the muddy grass to run on in the show ground at the half way point. It also meant more of the show ground before the finish. But overall this is a great race, and would be pretty fast if the conditions were better.
In short: Very good - 4th time in Norwich & pleased there were no gales this year! In full: I'm on old charity runner for Astro Brain Tumour Fund who has been back for the City of Norwich 4 times now. It's not too challenging as long as the winds don't blow and this year, the weather was very good for running. The atmosphere was fine and the organisation excellent. After I moaned a little about access to the Showground from Premier Inn last year, I had an e-mail this year just days before the race telling me the best route to the start line. What outstanding organisation and thoughtfulness by the organiser. Fantastic! Date of review: December 8, 2013
In short: A very well organised Half Marathon In full: A very well organised Half Marathon which is staged with the help of over 200 volunteers. This year was my 6th Norwich Half marathon on the spin and my fastest ever half marathon (knocking 4 minutes off a pervious PB). Firstly the entry price for this half marathon is very reasonable compared to other races across the country. Good facilities, clean toilets, shower, car parking, refreshments for spectators, pre and after race massage available. The route follows a two lap course through rural countryside just outside of Norwich (traffic free). The route is mainly flat with a 2 plus mile downhill section, which being a two lap course you do twice. There is a steady climb for quarter of mile on the course, but that is your only uphill! On finishing, your name is called out over the PA system (nice touch), a great bespoke medal (one of the best you will receive) and a goody bag filled with things you want after a race. Water, energy drink, mars bar, crisps, cereal bar, etc and no unwanted bits of rubbish. Having completed a number of Half Marathons across the UK in the last 5 years, this race stands up as to one of the best. Now looking forward to next year! Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Well organised race In full: My 2nd time running this race and I enjoyed it. The venue is good with plenty of facilities and shelter from the bitterly cold wind (although no heating). Parking was easier this year - a short walk as the venue is so huge. Heard of problems getting out but we stayed around for a long time afterwards so did not get caught up in the queues to leave.
Race is 2 laps through country roads and villages, with some stretches on closed main roads. Nice scenery. Didn't feel over crowded and good mix of runners (we were pretty near the back!).
Marshals were really excellent and very encouraging, they must have been freezing standing about in the cold for hours yet they still had a smile on their faces.
Drinks were water in cups and 1 stop for Gatorade (also in cups).
The goodybag was nice as it had plenty of food in it - always good! There was also an energy (Red Bull-style) which wasn't great for immediately after running but perfect for the long drive home when feeling tired). Medal was very nice and chunky :) Massage available afterwards for a donation to charity.
No PB for me as was running with 2 friends quite new to running so stuck at their pace but I would say this is a pretty good course for a PB (last year I got a good time here).
Will probably do it again in the future but it is quite a long way for me to travel so probably not every year. Date of review: November 26, 2013
In short: Fantastic organisation, excellent race - not as flat as you'd think a run around norfolk would be! only downside was the ban on ipods etc. Would definitely do this race again. Date of review: November 25, 2013