In short: Well worth the drive from Warwickshire In full: Managed to finish under my targeted 2 hours for my first half in torrential rain and wind which just made it even more of an achievement. Two hills at about 3 and 8 miles and another at about 5 and 12. On lap two the one at 8 miles with the strong wind made it feel like you weren't moving. Thankfully the next bit was more sheltered and gave you enough time to recover. I would like to say thankyou to the marshalls who were all supportive especially in the most quiet parts of the course. The only slight complaint is that is was a bit congested on the first circuit but that is really only being fussy.
In short: The weather should have ruined it - but it didn't. Great time in the rain and wind! but slow. In full: The rain and large turnout delayed the start but after that it was OK. This was my first go at my "home" half and I will do it next year and hope for better weather. Date of review: December 12, 2007
In short: My 8th Norwich Half. Leave it in the country side. Don't try to stage it in the City. In full: Don't moan about the car parks. You ought to come to the Norfolk Show on a wet day & then you would really know whit it can be like. People were dying at the side of the road last year. This year they were drowning! Well done Marshalls & Water people. Some of these moaning runners ought to try your job some time. Not so sure abot picking up numbers & chips on the day, especially if you try to move it back to the City. Where would you put everybody? Leave it in the countryside. Doesn't need to be like the big city half marathons. In Norfolk you "do do different" Date of review: December 12, 2007
In short: Great race very well organised. In full: Great Race shame about the weather but they can't help that. Can't belive the number of review's b*tching about the car park and the delayed start. I personally was there on time but think it was good they delayed the start to enable more people being able to start the race together. I will do this race again for sure. I though the chip timing was a good idea and think more races should introduce this. Date of review: December 11, 2007
In short: very enjoyable and a PB In full: The only qualm I had was that they couldn't send you your race number beforehand like in every other race I've done. This meant I had to get there earlier than I would have liked. Great goody-bag though, I very much enjoyed the chewy bar thing. Good course; the 2 laps made planning my speed much easier, and I felt it was a fast course. Well organised. Date of review: December 6, 2007
In short: Great race despite the weather! In full: First time here but won't be the last. Despite the awful conditions I enjoyed this race and if we choose to run at this time of the year then what can we expect (although the side wind & hail at 8 miles was not appreciated!!)
Very Good organisation so praise to those involved. Although it can be a bind having to collect chip & numbers at least we did have the chance to do this the day before so as not to leave it till race day. We came up from Coventry on Saturday and found the whole procedure very easy. A nice touch having your name on the number which I managed to keep dry by keeping me black bin bag on till 12.5 miles!
A great goody bag - that snickers bar didnt stay long in its wrapper I can tell ya! A decent medal and fab t-shirt - well worth the entry fee.
Thanks to all the marshalls who braved the conditions - it mustve been tough just standing there cos at least us runners were moving!
The weather certainly had an affect on the support along the course (understandably!) but thanks to those who did don their wellies and raincoats to cheer us on - especially those round the pub!
Well done to all involved - will definitely be back to tackle this one again. Date of review: December 6, 2007