Before setting off
Please make sure you have the following items with you on race day:
- Running number and safety pins
- Baggage label (attached to your running number) – if you wish to use the baggage trailers at the Race Village
Should you lose any of these items before race day they can be replaced – please contact us as soon as possible. If you misplace these items on race day itself, please come to the race number desk inside The Forum as soon as you arrive.
Your running number has a coloured background based on your predicted finish time. This indicates which pen you’ll start the race in (see start/finish map to see location of your starting pen). Pin your number to the front of your t-shirt or running vest using the safety pins provided in your pack.
If you are unable to run, your race number must not be transferred to another runner under any circumstances. Anyone found wearing a number other than their own will be disqualified.
Your timing chip will be affixed to the reverse of your race number.
This chip will automatically record your race time, from the time you cross the start line to the time you pass the finish line.
Please take care not to fold your chip or pierce it with your safety pins when attaching it to your clothing. Please don’t attempt to remove the chip or its foam backing from your race number for any reason as this could damage your chip and affect your finish time.
Arriving at the race
Baggage drop off
We will have baggage trailers to leave your belongings on race day at the Race Village at Chapelfield Gardens.
The baggage areas will be open from 8am to 9am (reopening at 10am for collection) and will be colour coded in accordance with the colour of your race number. Please see the Race Village map to see the location of your baggage area.
Please affix your baggage label firmly to your bag. Afterwards, you must present your race number to reclaim your bag – no race number, no return.
Please be aware that we will store your belongings entirely at your own risk so please do not leave any valuable items in your bag.
Getting to your starting pens
Once you have dropped your baggage off, head towards your starting pen as indicated by the colour on your race number. The pens start on Millennium Plain and continue across to St Peters Street and Bethel Street. Please note your starting pen before arriving at the race so you go in the correct direction.
All starting pens will open at 8.40am (see the start & finish map here).
Please use the following maps to identify the recommended routes to your pen. Starting a race the size of Run Norwich in a busy city centre is a challenge; you can aid us by getting to your pen with plenty of time spare.
Pink | Yellow | Green | Blue | Black
Should you wish to run with a friend from a different pen, you may do so by dropping down to their pen. However, you MUST NOT join a colour pen ahead of your own.
Remember that your timing device on your race bib will give you an accurate time regardless of which wave you are in. The results will be arranged by this chip time.
The race will start promptly at 9.30am.
After the black pen has started, each colour pen will be set off in 4-minute waves to manage congestion on the race route. Those in the last colour pen, pink, will therefore start the race at roughly 9:56am.
It’s race time!
Run Norwich takes place in the heart of Norwich’s historic city centre.
The route will pass some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Norwich Castle, The Forum, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich City FC’s Carrow Road and many more.
All race roads will be closed to traffic while the race is in progress.
The course will be clearly marked at every kilometre. Water stations, toilets and first aid areas will be located at various intervals on the route.
First Aid & water stations
There are three First Aid points and water stations on the route:
- Carrow Road
- Norwich Cathedral
- Finish Line
Please ensure you stay well-hydrated throughout your run. A full medical team and pre-race water will also be present at the Race Village.
The use of devices with headphones or earbuds is prohibited while racing – however we allow the use of bone conduction devices, as these allow runners to hear instructions from marshals and be aware of surroundings.
Run Norwich is an ideal course for spectators. More information will be released nearer the race.
Our marshals are in place to ensure the safety of runners and spectators alike, please be patient and follow their instructions.
Finishing the race
Crossing the line
The finish line is located on St Peters Street in front of the iconic City Hall.
Once you have finished, we will direct you along St Giles Street where you’ll pass a water station, collect your Run Norwich 2024 medal and a well-deserved souvenir bag (more goodies, including a free banana, free beer and free snack are available in the Runner Recharge Zone in the Race Village)
This area is reserved for runners only. Our marshals will direct you along St Giles Street to exit this secure area, where you can then meet your family and friends. Please note that we will be encouraging all runners and spectators away from this area to alleviate any congestion. We recommend arranging to meet your friends and family in the Race Village area. A map of the Start/Finish area can be found here.
The Race Village
The Race Village is situated in Chapelfield Gardens and will be the hub of post-race activity for the day. There will be entertainment, food vendors and more…
The area is the best place to meet up with friends and family following the race, as well as getting that all important post-run photo! Please see the Race Village tab to find out more.
Searchable results for the race will be uploaded here as soon as they are ready. This will usually be within a few hours of the race.
The Epic Action Imagery team will be located at various points on the race route to catch you in action while you complete the course, so make sure you smile for the cameras!
These photos will be available here a few days after the race.