Race Report by GYRR member James Chaplin-Madden
I travelled to Thorpe Park to represent Great Yarmouth Road Runners in this inaugural race to which there were over 3000 runners!
The race started and finished at Thorpe Park, leaving the park at 1 mile, the course hits 12 miles of full road closures around the beautiful rural countryside of Thorpe. We passed over the M25 motorway and took in the tranquility of the country lanes.
The course was mostly flat, however there were a couple of big hills and the weather stayed mostly dry although cold. The weather improved later on as the sun came out and it became a pleasant day for a run.
The atmosphere was brilliant, the marshals were helpful and very encouraging with one cheering us on with maracas! There was support from the locals too and the signage was good being posted at every mile with plenty of arrows giving directions.
There was big support at the finish with a lady on a microphone giving some encouraging words and pushing everyone through the last mile.
I managed to finish with a time of 1.44 which I was pleased with. The race saw GB Olympic athletes complete the course and win the race.
It was a very well organised event and one I would definitely do again given the chance.