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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."
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 https://cityofnorwichhalfmarathon.com/race-day-info/ 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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