Entries open for 10km Run Norwich race this summer (if you ran it last year) as new route is revealed
- Credit: Steve Adams
Entries opened at 9am today for the second Run Norwich race this summer.
Over 3,800 people entered the inaugural race last year and those who ran through the city's streets last year can enter for this year's Run Norwich from 9am today.
General entry opens on Thursday February 25. It is open to anyone over the age of 16 that wishes to take part in the 2016 event on August 7.
Around 7,000 people have already registered their interest for Run Norwich this year and overall race capacity will be limited to 5,000.
The entry fee is £23 for UK Athletics affiliated runners and £25 for unaffiliated.
Entrants also have the option to take up one of the free places to run for one of the four official race charities; Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, Nelson's Journey, and Age UK Norwich.
CSF director Ian Thornton has also revealed that there are some new additions to this year's route. 'Our race technical team took the feedback from last year's runners and have come up with some improvements to the route that we think will make this year's race even better,' he said.
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'We're grateful to the team from the Cathedral for allowing us to take Run Norwich through the grounds.'
While most of the route remains unchanged - runners will still pass twelve of Norwich's most iconic landmarks in the heart of the city centre - three areas have been tweaked to improve the runners' experience:
• The start area has been repositioned to the straight of Gentleman's Walk. The long straight plus a funnelled-start will alleviate the start-line congestion that some runners experienced during the 2015 race. The finish line will remain in the same location however, so runners will finish in front of City Hall.
• The route will pass inside the historic grounds of the Cathedral, with runners entering the grounds via the east entrance at Bishopgate before exiting via the iconic Erpingham Gate.
• Key improvements have been made around the Castle and Rouen Road part of the course. The incline on Rouen Road attracted a degree of notoriety in the 2015 race (Jake Humphrey dubbed it 'Ruin Road') and runners may be relieved to hear they will now make their way down the hill. The improvements to this section of the course will eliminate the need for a three-way system outside the Castle.
You can see the full race route here
At this stage, the route is provisional and subject to change.
Organisers have added some extra excitement to the expo collection process at The Forum this year as ten lucky winners will find a Run Norwich Golden Ticket in their race pack that entitles them to a host of prizes.