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: Excellent race, well organised, great preparation for a Spring marathon In full: 3rd year running this, and it never disappoints. 8 minute PB as well which can't be bad! The marshals were excellent, always encouraging....and I loved the comment from the little girl who handed me my mug at the end "You were awesome"!!! Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Hills not as bad as I had feared...and of course what goes up must come down! In full: First time for this race, and I had worried about it as hills are not really my thing...but I didn't think they were that bad all in all, and I loved the long downhill sections!
I liked the fact that the race HQ was a way from the start as it was a good chance to warm up. And thankfully they started the race with very little pre-amble.
Price was steep though. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Flat and fast course - good event all round In full: The main road section was long but overall the course was good, with no real hilly bits to speak of. Excellent marshalling and organisation. Waited a long time for the results, but I took home a trophy for first F40 and a shiny new PB so I am definitely not complaining! Date of review: May 18, 2010
In short: Excellent race, superbly organised and supported, with some challenging hills thrown in In full: My third marathon, having run London twice, and I enjoyed this so much more. 12 minutes off my PB too so I am really chuffed...especially as I thought those hills were going to be the end of me second time round. Wore a tee shirt with my name on it, and that was a huge boost as I got so many cheers from marshals, competitors and spectators, like those at the pubs on the way round! My only small gripe would have been the water - really hard to drink enough out of the plastic cups. Small bottles would have been best...but it is only a small gripe! Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Super race yet again In full: Loved this race, 2nd year for me and it was worth the drive down from East Anglia. Hills weren't too bad, and I love the downhill finish!
Only criticism would be the traffic at the finish, coupled with the fact that to get water at the end you had to double back across the road again - so too many people milling around made it a crowded weave to get to the finish line. Not sure why they didn't have water beyond the finish line as there was plenty of room. Date of review: March 30, 2010
In short: Lovely race, friendly marshals, will come back next year! In full: Really enjoyed this yet again. Change of course was a positive. Could have done with chocolate or cereal bar in the goody bag rather than gel, but the hat will come in handy! Date of review: March 8, 2010
In short: Great race, well organised and a fast course (even in the heat!) In full: Really enjoyed this - surprised the turnout was low though, but the heat may have had something to do with that. But the course had a lot of shade throughout and a nice breeze. Good organisation - especially laying on the extra loos at the start! Didn't mind the distance to the start - nice warm up/cool down. Will definitely be back again next year. Date of review: June 16, 2009
In short: Most enjoyable race I've done in ages! In full: I was nervous about this - have never run 21 miles before and wasn't sure how hilly it would be. In the end I had a great time - really nice course, and the hills were not bad at all - specially as they all pretty much had a downhill straight after!
Excellent marshalling, well supported in places - including one family where the kids were banging drums, and of course those jelly babies!
I'd agree with the comments about the section through the carpark - and there were a few cars trying to get through the road at the end which were difficult to get round, but overall I couldn't really fault this. Date of review: March 30, 2009
In short: Great race - could have done without that wind though! In full: 2nd time I have done this, but first time in 3 years. I'd forgotten about the hill coming back into town at around 18 miles - that was tough! Thanks to all the marshals who cheered me on - I was wearing number 1! Disappointed with the bag at the end. Date of review: March 9, 2009