Testing the Run Norwich route
Who are our two trial runners?
Jane Clarke is a City of Norwich athlete and endurance coach. Current British Masters (55+) 5k and 1500m Champion. International Masters’ athlete took up running 20 years ago. Achieved a 10k PB (36.40) at age 41. Still representing the county at national events in her 40s and 50s. Has held British titles at 1500, 3000, 5k, 10k and cross country and European and World titles at 1500m, and 3000m and British Record at 1 mile.
Kevin Youngs – a Norfolk Gazelles runner - has been running and cycling since the marathon boom in the 80s and records every training session and race – currently clocked 39,000 running miles and 46,000 cycling! 10K PB 32.50 always in the mix with the top local runners often finishing well ahead of his much younger running peers. Current British Duathlon (65+) Champion with best finishing position in World Duathlon Championships of 10th.
What did they think of the route?
The course has the potential to become a great city centre 10k race.
The frequently changing scenery with all the awesome landmarks will help the kilometres fly by. There is a fast downhill start with two quick turns to the right to take you along Gentleman's Walk. Following a short, sharp uphill past the Theatre Royal it is mostly flat and fast until just before the halfway mark. From Chapelfield it goes left down the long, straight St Stephens Street into Castle Meadow with a great view of the castle to head for. The course goes downhill towards Prince of Wales Road but turns right to cut through to King Street. Interesting old buildings including Dragon Hall provide an interesting backdrop along this old Norwich street. The course then curves left to go over Carrow Bridge for a lap around the perimeter of the football ground and then back over the bridge. This will be a good point to see runners coming and going in the opposite direction.
Castle Meadow into Prince of Wales Road and left into Riverside Road all provide long, flat sections perfect for chasing PBs. Turning left over Bishop Bridge and heading towards the Cathedral the course twists right into Blackfriars and comes back along Magdalen Street towards Tombland. The last part weaves up from Tombland onto Castle Meadow and finally turns right into Rampant Horse Street for a last little uphill stretch to finish with a right turn into the Forum forecourt.
Legs will be a little tired at this point but knowing that the finish is so close will drive people up that part without thinking too much about it.
With some good crowd support along the way, and inspirational music too, this will give runners the extra little push they need to get a really good 10k time.
A course doesn't have to be dead flat to get a PB. That's what runners should be aiming for at the first Run Norwich 10k city centre race.
Read more about Run Norwich here.