On Sunday 7th April 2018 80 Norwich Road Runners were at the Norwich Showgrounds, among 1700+ other runners, nervously awaiting the start of City of Norwich Half.This sets out from the Showground and as described on the organisers web site ' rural single lap route through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom, Marlingford and close to Easton College. The first half of the course is pretty flat with one or two little bumps in the second half.' Many runners would confirm that 'with one or two little bumps in the second half' is poetic licence at its worst! A number of NRR runners gathered around the club banner and the main topic of conversation was the weather. Was it going to remain cool? what to wear? Why had the percentage of promised rained gone from 22% to 80% overnight? In the end the race had some cold weather, some rain and some sun!
The arrival of the sun was a poignant moment for two brothers. On Facebook Jack Cheung posted. 'With 400m to go, the sun ☀️ shone through the clouds ⛅️ We knew it was our beloved brother Sze pushing us all the way, such a special day for me and Dick 🏃♂️🏃♀️🏃♂️🏃♂️❤️❤️❤️'. The brothers were running their first half marathons in honour of a well loved Norwich Road Runner, their brother Sze-Ming Cheung, tragically killed in a road traffic accident.
John Hudson was the first Male Road Runner home in a time of 1:18:17 securing 10th position in a field of very talented runners. Others who put in great times were Trevor Gannon, Marc Coles, Chris Bullock, Alex Griffiths who all ran under 1.23. First female home was Deborah English in 1.35 and not far behind Anne Flanagan and Nicola Hill in 1.38 and 1.39 respectively
Congratulations to all those who achieved PB's, ran a HM for the first time or in any other way achieved a goal. There are too many known PB's to list here but feel free to go to the Norwich Road runners Facebook page and boast there to your hearts content- If you are a member! Tell us all about it ,you deserve i