Important information

This section houses all you need to know about Run Norwich (Sunday 5th August) – from entering the race to race day itself.

Race day timings

8.00am – Race Village & baggage trailers open

08.30am – Start pens open

09.30am – Race start

11.30am* – Race presentations in the Race Village.

*Time of presentation may vary – to follow last finisher

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.

Running number

Pin your number to the front of your t-shirt or running vest using the safety pins provided in your pack. 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).

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.

Timing chip

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.

IMPORTANT:

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 12pm 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.

Starting pens

The race will start in waves. Once you have dropped your baggage off at the Race Village, head towards your starting zone as indicated on your race number. The zones start on Gentleman’s Walk in front of the market and continue to the back of Bethel Street.

Please note your starting pen before arriving at the race so you go in the correct direction. See a start/finish map here.

All starting pens will be opening at 8.30am.

You may line up in your allocated colour zone or any colour pen behind your own. You may 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 start

The race will start promptly at 9.30am.

After the black pen has started, each colour pen will be set off in 3-minute waves to manage congestion on the race route. Those in the last colour pen – pink – will start the race at 9:42.

It’s race time!

The route

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 – 3.5km

Norwich Cathedral – 7.5km

Finish Line – 10km

Please ensure you stay well-hydrated throughout your run. A full medical team will also be based at the Race Village at Chapelfield Gardens post-race.

Headphones

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.

Spectators

Run Norwich is an ideal course for spectators. This year it will be possible to use the Castle Mall Back of the Inns entrance to cross the route underground. To see our spectator guide, click here.

Marshals

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 grand 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 pass a water station, collect your Run Norwich 2018 medal, a banana and a well-deserved goody bag.

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 an activity area.

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! Race supporters Adnams have kindly supplied a free non-alcoholic beer for every runner. Please present the token that can be found in your goody bag. A map of the Village can be found here.

Results

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.

Photos

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.

Entry cost

FREE*: Charity entry

£23: Affiliated entry – UK affiliated club athletes

£25: General entry – non-affiliated runners

*Entry is free if running for our official race charity, the Community Sports Foundation. Runners must raise a minimum of £100. Limited places.

In addition to the entry fee, an Active Network processing fee of £1, plus the equivalent to 6% of the total transaction (including any merchandise or additional purchases), applies. Active Network are our event registration providers. 

Entrants must be at least 16 years old or over on race day. Entrants that are 16 or 17 years old will need to be entered by a parent or legal guardian.

Our full race rules & terms and conditions can be found here.

Running for charity

This year our official race charity is Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF).

All our free charity spots for those who wish to run for CSF have now sold out.

Please see our Race Rules for full details on running for charity.

You must set up a fundraising page, and commit to raising a minimum of £100.

Race number collection & race expo

Venue: The Forum, Norwich, NR2 1TF

Date & times: 3rd (9am-6pm) and 4th (9am-4pm) August, 2018

Golden Ticket competition:

If you opt to collect your Race Number at the Race Expo, you will be automatically entered into our Golden Ticket competition. Ten lucky winners that collect their pack from the Race Expo will receive a Golden Ticket in their race-pack – this entitles the runner to a VIP race day experience, worth over £450.

Collecting a race pack for a friend:

If you are picking up the race pack on behalf of a friend, please bring along a signed letter/email authorising you to pick up the pack on their behalf.

If you have concerns about you or a friend/family member being able to pick up your race number, please contact us at [email protected]

Receiving your race pack via post:

Alternatively, when entering online you may choose to have your pack sent to you via post. There will be a small delivery charge of £1.60 (plus the Active Network transaction fee) and you will receive your race pack two weeks before the race.

Please note: you will not be eligible for the Golden Ticket if you choose this option.

Charity entrants will not be eligible for this option – packs must be collected from the Community Sports Foundation stand at the Expo.

Updating your race details:

If you need to update your personal information (or alter your estimated finish time), create/join a team, or purchase merchandise/postage, you can do so via your ACTIVE My Events portal.  More details here.

Edits can only be made up until Friday 15th June.

Transferring your entry:

Should you wish to transfer your entry, you may transfer your entry to a friend or family member, using ACTIVE Network’s online portal

The transfer cut off date is Friday 15th June 2018. After this time no transfers will be allowed.

Details on how to do so, can be found here.

Note: The original registration fee is not refunded until the new participant accepts and completes the transfer process. The ACTIVE Network 6% processing fee is not refunded.

Withdrawal policy:

If your entry is accepted, your entry fee is not refundable.

All requests to withdraw an entry must be made prior to the event. No withdrawals will be made retrospectively.

The following procedures must be adopted when requesting a withdrawal:

Medical reasoning:

  • Your entry fee is not refundable unless supported by a doctor’s note. This will only be approved if requested before 15th June 2018. After this time no refund will be offered.
  • If this is the case, please send a doctor’s note and covering letter stating that you would like to be withdrawn from the event to: [email protected]. Please clearly state your name, date of birth, email address and postcode.
  • Please note: we are unable to refund ACTIVE Network processing fees.

General withdrawal:

  • If you would like to withdraw from Run Norwich 2018, simply email Run Norwich within 14 days of entry purchase and we’ll refund the full cost of the entry minus the ACTIVE Network administration fees. After this time no refund will be offered.
  • Please email [email protected] with your request. The date of your email will represent the date you are requesting your withdrawal.
  • No general withdrawal will be permitted after 14 days of your entry purchase. You will however have the opportunity to transfer your entry to another runner through the ACTIVE Network portal up until the 15th June 2018. After this time no transfer will be offered.

Charity withdrawal:

  • This will be managed on a case to case basis.

Please email [email protected] for further information

 

Getting to the race

We recommend getting into the city on race day with lots of time to spare. Many roads will be closed from 7am due to the event, and there will be parking restrictions in the city centre area.

Norwich Park n’ Ride will be running special race morning service (from 7am).

An array of city centre car parks open early to accommodate for runners and spectators.

Park n’ Ride

Norwich Park n’ Ride will be operating a special service from Airport & Thickthorn every 20 minutes on race day. The first buses will leave at 7am and last buses back from the City Centre will be at 5pm. Due to road closures, Airport will operate to/from a temporary bus stop in Duke Street (near Premier Inn) and Thickthorn will operate to/from Norwich Bus Station. Standard fares will apply with discounts after 12 o’clock.

Car Parking

For runners and spectators that wish to park a vehicle in the city centre on race-day, we have listed a few options below.

John Lewis

Opens: 07.30
Max capacity: 650
Walk to start line: 5 mins
Restrictions: None
Parking offer for runners:
If runners spend £10 or more in the shop on race day, parking will be free. To receive the free car park exit ticket, runners just need to present their race number and a receipt with a proof of purchase to Customer Services on the second floor.

intu Chapelfield
Opens: 07.00
Max capacity: 1000
Walk to start line: 5 mins
Restrictions: No access between 09.00-10.15

Castle Mall
Opens: 06.30
Max capacity: 791
Walk to start line: 5 mins
Restrictions: No access between 09.00-10.30

St. Giles
Opens: 07.00
Max capacity: 330
Walk to start line: 4 mins
Restrictions: No access between 09.45-11.30

St. Andrews

Opens: 24 hrs
Max capacity: 1084
Walk to start line: 7 mins
Restrictions: None

St. Stephens

Opens: 06.30
Max capacity: 260
Walk to start line: 6 mins
Restrictions: None

Rose Lane

Opens: 24 hrs
Max capacity: 595
Walk to start line: 5 mins
Restrictions: No access between 09.00 & 10.45

Please note: The Forum car park is closed, as it will be used for race volunteers only.

For more information on parking, please visit www.norwich.gov.uk

Taxis

The taxi rank on Gaol Hill will temporarily be moved to Exchange Street.

The taxi rank usually located in Tombland will be closed.

Buses

There will be changes to bus times and routes while the race is on. For full information, please visit the website of the relevant provider:

Road closures & parking restrictions

To ensure the safety of our runners and spectators, a number of road closures will be necessary on race day.

We aim to keep disruption to a minimum and in most cases, the closures will only be around an hour. No vehicle movements will be allowed on the race route during the event, and in two areas (sections of Riverside Road and King Street) parking permits will be suspended and residents required to relocate their vehicles.

Click here to see a map of anticipated road closure times.

Click here to see a map of the two areas affected by parking restrictions.

Run Norwich takes place in the heart of Norwich’s historic city centre.

The route passes 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 are closed to traffic while the race is in progress.

Click here to see the race route map.

First aid & water stations

There are three First Aid points and water stations on the route:

Carrow Road – 3.5 km

Norwich Cathedral – 7.5km

Finish Line – 10km

A full medical team is also based at the Race Village at Chapelfield Gardens post-race.

The Run Norwich Race Village is located in Chapelfield Gardens and will be the hub of activity for the day.

A perfect area to meet up with friends and family following the race, as well as getting that all important post-run photo!

Food

Satisfy those post-race hunger cravings with a visit to our food vendors.

The lineup includes:

  • Broadside Pizza
  • Cafe2U
  • Farriers Refreshments
  • Ronaldo’s Ice Cream
  • Swash Nosh
  • The Food Dude

Massages

Massages will be provided by local volunteer physios and masseurs. The rub-downs are free, but donations are always appreciated!

Activity Area

The activity area will host a number of exciting experiences and games for the kids to enjoy – a rock climbing and bouldering wall and much more. Keep an eye out for the Community Sports Foundation’s Sportasaurus mascot!

Free beer

Race supporters Adnams have kindly supplied a free non-alcoholic beer for every runner. You can claim yours after the race by presenting the token found in your goody bag.

Baggage areas

This year the baggage trailers are all located inside the Race Village. They’ll be open from 8am to 12pm, and will be colour coded in accordance with the colour of your race number.

Main prizes will be awarded on the basis of gun time, not chip time, as Run Norwich is a race, not a time trial.

Please note, however, that the official results listings will be ranked by chip time.

Men:

1st: £500

2nd: £300

3rd: £100

Women:

1st: £500

2nd: £300

3rd: £100

 

Sub-categories for both male & females

Sub-category prizes will be awarded on the basis of chip times.

Ages 16-39

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 40-44

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 45-49

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 50-54

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 55-59

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 60-64

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 65-69

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

 

Ages 70+

1st: £75

2nd: £50 voucher

Sub-category winners will receive their prize money following the event.

Run Norwich has been issued with a road race licence by UK Athletics. The number for the 2017 race is 2017-28311. Click here to view the licence.

Our 10-kilometre course has been accurately measured by a Certified Measurer using IAAF procedures approved for use in the UK. Our course number is 16/302 and you can click here to view our certificate of course accuracy.

Run Norwich has been designated as a Gold Grade race by the British Association of Road Races (BARR). Please click here to view our Gold Grade certificate.

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Runner, #RN16 & #RN17

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