Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon

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Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon
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First staged in 1985 by Duke Street Running Club, this race was originally based in the centre of Norwich - hence its name. Then in 1993 it moved to the Norfolk Showground on the western outskirts of the city and it's been there ever since.NB. ALL CoNAC MEMBERS MUST BE AWARE- "I understand and fully accept that as a member of CoNAC in order to participate that I will provide a volunteer to take my place on race day. My replacement will not be a member of CoNAC and must accompany me to Volunteer Check in on the day in order for me to receive my race number."
Half Marathon
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Sun, 7 Apr 2019
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Norfolk Showground, Dereham Rd, Norwich NR5 0TT, UK
Start times
Sunday, 7 Apr 2019
Half Marathon:
10:30 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon
Half Marathon
£24 - £35
Route information
The race starts and finishes within the Norfolk Showground and follows a rural single lap route through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom, Marlingford and close to Easton College. The first half of the course is pretty flat with one or two little bumps in the second half. All roads along the race route are closed to through traffic while the race is in progress
**Q: Why is this race called the City of Norwich Half Marathon when it clearly doesn’t go anywhere near the centre of Norwich?
**A: When this race first got going in 1985, it was based in the centre of Norwich and in the early years this was the perfect place to hold it. However, with the advent of Sunday trading and a growth in the popularity of this race it soon became evident that Norwich city centre did not have the infrastructure to cope with a half marathon like ours. And so we decided to move to the Norfolk Showground in 1993 and we've been there ever since.
**Q: Where does the course go? Not just round and round the Showground, surely?
**A: The Start and Finish are both located within the Showground and the race follows a fast single lap course through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom, Marlingford and close to Easton College. The course will be clearly marked at every mile and also at half-way. There will be digital clocks showing the official (gun) time on the lead vehicle, at half-way and at the Finish. Please visit the Race Day Info page of our race website at for more details.
Q: Are the roads going to be closed to through traffic during the race?
A: Yes, they are - but you will still need to be vigilant while running as residents and those wishing to visit local businesses and Easton College are entitled to vehicular access at all times during the road closures.
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What's included
Timing Chip
Race packs posted to you
T-shirt (if purchased when registering or on the day)
How to get there
Norfolk Showground, Dereham Rd, Norwich NR5 0TT, UK
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Q: What’s the best route to take if I want to avoid the queues for the car parks?
A: You should try to avoid the A1074 Dereham Road out of Norwich and the Longwater interchange in particular as it usually gets very busy here both before and after the race. Our advice is to take the A47 to the Ringland Hills roundabout on the western outskirts of Easton and then follow the yellow car park signs from there.
And please travel early; the car parks will open at 8am on race day and you should aim to be parked and in the Showground by 9.30am at the very latest. The race will start promptly at 10.30am.
Q: Where can I leave my bike?
A: Designated bicycle parking will be available within the Showground - please follow the signs from the pedestrian gates. Please lock your bike carefully and make sure that you don't lock it to someone else's bike by mistake.
Q: If I’m being dropped off and / or collected afterwards, where should my driver aim for?
A: When leaving the Longwater interchange, you will find the drop off point signposted from close to the Premier Inn. Please follow the directions of the stewards at all times.
Event day logistics
Start - Please assemble from 10.15am in accordance with the “Estimated Finishing Time” signs and please be realistic when estimating your finishing time. The race will start promptly at 10:30am, come what may.
Spectator Info
All spectators are welcome!
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