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Norwich Half Marathon (13 Jun 2004)

Good signposting and car-parking; 2 laps of the course to complete with steep gravelled hill (for Norfolk) half a mile before the finish and very attractive 20th anniversary medals for completing the course as a reward. Opportunity of getting the beers lined up 1 mile before the finish at 'The Bell' Pub and lots of support for 'Serpentines'.

Norwich Half Marathon (12 Jun 2005)

It is a fairly flat course- it is Norfolk after all. Apparently times were fast this year with the winner breaking the course record. The 1/2 hour leading up to the start was cold and wet, but by the starting hooter, it was merely cold and remained dry for the race. I did see another Serpie among the throng at the start but never got to say hi. I do not know if the guy attempting to break the world record of 1hr 20 mins for a half marathon pushing a baby's pram did it or not.

report by Jonathan Negus

Norwich Half Marathon (11 Jun 2006)

With temperatures approaching thirty degrees centrigrade on the start line, getting to the finish line in one piece became the priority. The organisers struggled to cope with insufficient water stops, and the one ambulance dealing with the stream of dnfs which reached around 25% of participants. Fortunately, Norfolk doesn\'t have a hosepipe ban, and residents stood outside their houses literally hosing down runners as we passed.

The Kenyan winner apparently did a personal worst by six minutes, and complained that is was harder than running in Africa and Asia. There must certainly be easier ways of losing 3kg in bodyweight, but in normal conditions this is a fast course, and the t-shirt was top notch.

Report by Robin Tuddenham.