Runners of every age and ability fight the strong winds in the 2012 Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon at the showground. Picture: Simon Finlay.

Should Norwich Half Marathon return to the city centre? – Have your say

Monday, November 26, 2012
3.17 PM

We want your comments on whether one of Norwich’s biggest sporting events should return to the city centre.

The summer of 2012 saw Norwich celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Lord’s Mayor Show and the Olympic Torch relay, each bringing tens of thousands of people on to the streets and boosting the local economy by millions.

Calls have been made to use the City of Norwich Half Marathon as an opportunity to promote the city, with a route through the Norwich’s historic heart which could draw runners from across the country and encourage thousands of spectators to cheer on the runners.

The City of Norwich Half Marathon was held in the city from 1985 to 1992, before moving to its current home at the Norfolk Showground in 1993.

Laurie Hull, director of Active Norfolk and one of those backing the idea, said the crowds from a city-centre race would also be a boost to other businesses.

He said: “The advantage of holding it in the city centre is that it would draw crowds in. Other activities could then be held in the centre which people could go on to do.

“There was a discussion about holding the great east run in the city centre. People came and had a look and the idea was to run a half marathon or a 10k at night under lights.

“It would be good to run it in the city centre. It would attract people.”

What do you think? Would you like to see the Norwich Half Marathon back in the city centre? Leave your comments below.

You can see galleries of the 2012 Norwich Half Marathon, which was held yesterday, by following the link at the top right of this story. For a full supplement on this year’s race, see tomorrow’s Norwich Evening News.