In short: Nicely organised, good value and a challenging little course to boot. In full: My first time at Trowse, and felt very welcome. The twice-traversed hill is not to be underestimated, and this is a varied course that's reasonably undulating - it won't scupper your PB attempt but certainly provides a challenge. The crowds were great, marshals helpful and the whole thing was beautifully organised.
Nice medal and bag of goodies - gratefully received - to cap it all off at the end. Highly recommended race, kudos to CONAC for running a cracking show. Date of review: April 8, 2012
In short: Very different, but hugely enjoyable In full: Set up by the Norwich Orienteering outfit, this isn't an event for people hunting for PBs or just looking for a straightforward race, but is very rewarding nevertheless - I think it'd be ideal for those new to either running or orienteering. Rough terrain (inclines!) but fantastic location and great fun watching runners sprint all over the place following maps towards the various checkpoints. Very well organised and a cracking community feel to it, I very much enjoyed the experience...even if my legs didn't! Date of review: September 12, 2011
In short: Amazing atmosphere, and good fun despite the congestion! In full: Considering I usually race for competitive reasons, I enjoyed this a lot more than I had any right to. A race with a brilliant atmosphere and smoothly run by the BHF, who also supplied a free t-shirt and medal to all finishers this year, great stuff. The course (and area) itself was pretty good considering we were in the middle of London, with a particularly nice stretch down the river. However, a word of warning - don't try this race if all you want is a 10K time. The course distance is slightly out, and congestion is hugely detrimental to going for a time.
If you'd like to just get out, have a good time and raise some money for a good cause, then go for it! I had a lot of fun when I didn't think that I would, and I can imagine that this is a great race for beginners, too. Date of review: June 3, 2010
In short: Very flat course, well-organised and decent enough In full: Quite a local race with lots of Norwich-based club runners showing up. The course is flat and fast, with only the coastal headwind to worry about at times - half of the course is next to road, whilst the other half is a nice route along the paths next to the dunes. Organised efficiently enough, the race had quite a quaint feel to it in a sense, and whilst no aspects were fantastic it was a decent event. One massive positive is the PB-potential of the course, wind aside! Date of review: April 15, 2010
In short: Tough course, but great atmosphere! In full: 'Charming' probably sums this one up the best. A very quaint location, set across fields and footpaths for the most part, provided a challenging course. Everyone was made to feel welcome, and the organisation was great, especially for a first event. The weather certainly helped! A really varied field, nice t-shirt at the end, and generally well worth spending a few hours out for - will definitely be returning next year. Date of review: March 21, 2010
In short: Outstanding. A wonderful event all-round, highly recommended! In full: More or less everything about the event was fantastic. It was well-organised and spacious, everyone knew exactly what was going on, and the race organisers were cheery and very helpful. The start was prompt, and a great atmosphere as the sun came out right after a rainy spell. The marshals (and spectators!) were brilliant, they really helped a lot. The course itself was very nice, lots of gradual inclines but a pretty quick course nonetheless.
At the finish everything was well-run, with prize bags, medals and fruit to replenish energy all being there. With great running conditions, all of the above combined to make this runner have a fantastic experience at his first half marathon - I'd recommend this to anyone, experienced runner or otherwise! Date of review: November 30, 2009
In short: Torrential rain didn't stop it being an excellent race. In full: Despite the horrendous weather, the atmosphere was good and everyone seemed up for it. Very well organised with minimal bag drop queues, although the bathrooms could've been more plentiful to ease pre-race nerves a little. It was nice to see the kids go out for their 1km too, a good idea. The marshals were great too - all in all a great race, although even without the weather the course would be tough to get a PB on (it's not very flat!). Goodie-bag was decent, but no medal which was a shame. Even so, I'd do it again (hopefully with better weather next year!). Date of review: November 10, 2009