At the front, and in the absence of two-time champions Nick Earl and Tracy Barlow, the stage was set for two race debutants to get their first taste of Run Norwich glory.
Crossing the line first was RAF-serviceman and Run Norwich debutant Michael Kallenberg (Cardiff AAC), who set a course record as he romped home in a time of 31:12 seconds – over one minute ahead of second placed Ash Harrell from City of Norwich AC (32:16) and third placed finisher Adrian Mussett (Colchester Harriers AC; 32.23).
In the women’s race, Cromer’s Emma Risbey (Winchester & District AC) was the first finisher (37.22), with Sarah Stradling (Colchester Harriers AC; 37:57) and Jo Andrews (Bungay Black Dog AC; 38:33) following her in.
The sunny conditions, while hot, were a lot more favourable than the high temperatures of last year’s race, and spurred on by large crowds and the enthusiastic support of volunteers, close to 5,000 runners crossed the finish line in front of the City Hall.
Many of those running were taking part in their first organised running race, and the range of emotions at the finish proved testament to this.
Over 800 runners donned the colours for the four official race charities – SERV Norfolk, Norwich MIND, the Big C and event organisers CSF, and early indications suggest that the amount raised for these local charities has well surpassed last year’s total of £75,000.
The event was founded in 2015, and is organised by CSF along with The Forum, Norwich City Council, Norwich City Football Club and Norwich BID, with the aim of raising funds for local charities, attracting visitors to the city centre and boosting participation in running.
The Foundation wishes to thank all our race supporters and race sponsors including Ashtons Legal, Computer Service Centre, Aston Shaw, 4Sports Group, Riverside Leisure Centre and main race sponsor Norwich BID.
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