Norwich Half Marathon 9th April 2017
The Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon has normally been held at the end of November for several years and had the reputation for having terrible weather. This year the organisers moved the race to April in the hope of better conditions. It proved to be a case of be careful what you wish for as temperatures topped 23 degrees in the bright sunshine, keeping the volunteers at the water stations very busy.
Nine Great Yarmouth Road Runners put on their factor 50+ and ventured to the Norfolk Showground with 2000 other runners for the 10.30 am start. The race description said that the first half of the course was flat with a couple of bumps in the second half. Obviously the word ‘bump’ means different things to different people as most of the runners would have described them as testing hills.
Marc Evans was first home for the club coming in with a time of 1.30.18 in 53rd place. Andrew Baker was chasing him for the whole of the race but couldn’t quite catch him. Andrew finished in 57th place with a time of 1.30.35 and was pleased with getting 3rd place in his age group. Triathlete, Matt Buckoke, ran the race with London Marathon trainee Mark Stone and they both finished with a time of 1.44.30. Nathan Roberts had a strong race coming in with a time of 1.49.26 closely followed by Paul Westgate in 1.51.30. Claire Baker was the first lady home coming in under 2 hours with 1.59.49. Ivan Lees was next home for the club in 2.06.49, still running strongly following his Seville Marathon earlier this year. Rebecca Oldman-Hands completed the team coming in with a time of 2.37.03.
Report by Andrew Baker.