Run Norwich 2017: It’s race day! Thousands to flood into city for fantastic footrace

Run Norwich takes place today. Picture: Simon Finlay

Run Norwich takes place today. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

It is the day 6,000 people have been looking forward to with anticipation, hope and few nerves - Run Norwich.

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The competitors in the city's premier 10km road race and many thousands more friends, family, volunteers and other supporters are due to flood into Norwich this morning for the event, which starts at 9.30am.

And getting it all underway will be Norwich City Football Club legend Grant Holt, who will be sounding the starter horn at Gentleman's Walk.

After competing a circuit past city landmarks including the castle, Norwich Cathedral and Carrow Road football ground, the race will finish in front of the City Hall.

READ MORE: Run Norwich 2017: We're in! 6,000 people get ready for city's biggest footraceThe weather will remain good for the race, with sunny skies and a morning high of 17 degrees.

A map of the roads closed during Run Norwich. Image: Run Norwich

A map of the roads closed during Run Norwich. Image: Run Norwich - Credit: Archant

More than 100 roads will be closed to make way for the runners, these include These include Prince of Wales Road and Riverside Road north (closed 9.15am-10.45am), Tombland, Magdalen Street and Blackfriars Street (9.15am-11am), King Street (9.15am-10.15am) and St Stephens Street and Chapelfield Road (9am-10am). The roads around Carrow Road will be closed (9.30am-10.30am) and Wherry Road (9.30am-10.40am). The area around Red Lion Street and Theatre Street will be closed the longest (7am-1pm).

City car parks including intu Chapelfield and Castle Mall will be open from 7am and Rose Lane and St Andrews are 24 hours. The Forum car park will be reserved for race volunteers.

READ MORE: Run Norwich 2017: Former Norwich City player Dean Ashton's in, despite fused ankleNorwich Park and Ride will have extra 501 services (Airport and Thickthorn) from 7am to 5pm. The Gaol Hill taxi rank will be moved to Exchange Street.

Volunteers are an essential part of Run Norwich. Picture: Epic Action Imagery/Courtesy of Run Norwic

Volunteers are an essential part of Run Norwich. Picture: Epic Action Imagery/Courtesy of Run Norwich - Credit: Archant

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