Lord Mayor’s 5k Norwich 6-7-19
The race, which takes part just before the Lord Mayor's procession, has become very popular with runners since the first staging of the event in 1996.
This year saw changes to the criteria for entry as female entrants had to demonstrate they had attained a sub 22-minute 5K to gain a place whilst the men had to have a sub 20-minute clocking since January 1, 2018.
On the day male and female runners must be through the 3K point in 12 minutes and 13:12 minutes respectively or they asked to retire from the course.
The race starts at Whitefriars and finishes in Tombland as runners tackle a tough two-lap course, which heads through Tombland, Castle Meadow, and Red Lion Street before turning at the St Stephen's roundabout.
With the changes to the entry criteria, two GYRR ladies seized the opportunity to run in this prestigious event. Jo Anverali and Penny Studley were both honoured to take to the start with such a high calibre field of both local and national talent with the overall winner finishing in 14.35 and the leading female in 16.50.
190 competitors made it to the finish line earning the famous Lord mayor’s mug. Penny and Jo finished near to the rear of the field in 182nd and 184th positions respectively in times of 21.55 and 22.02. They felt enormous pride and would highly recommend the event to any of their club mates who would like a challenge to qualify for next year’s event.
Report by Penny.