Run Norwich 2017: We’re in! 6,000 people get ready for city’s biggest footrace

This year's Run Norwich participants include, from top left, Marie Kenworthy, Louise Robinson, Kate

This year's Run Norwich participants include, from top left, Marie Kenworthy, Louise Robinson, Kate Hardy and Daryl Green. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

With just a day to go until the starting horn sounds at Sunday's Run Norwich, the nerves are starting to build among the 6,000 runners who are asking what is in store.

The route of this year's Run Norwich. Picture: Archant

The route of this year's Run Norwich. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

What will be the toughest part of the race? Can I dress up as Batman? And will I really get a free beer once I cross the finish line?

The answers are at hand - probably the Rose Lane hill at the 5km mark, you can dress up as anything you like as long as it is not offensive, and yes - Adnams is handing everyone a post-race drink.

All signs point to a brilliant day. The weather should be mostly sunny, with temperatures of about 17C, while thousands of runners' friends and family members will line the route to cheer and Norwich City club legend Grant Holt will be there to start the race at 9.30am.

Run Norwich takes place today. Picture: Simon Finlay

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

READ MORE: Run Norwich 2017: Race day travel informationYesterday, thousands of participants made their way to a Run Norwich Expo at The Forum to pick up their race numbers and information packs.


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Among them was 21-year-old Kate Hardy, from Ashby St Mary, who is also fundraising for the mental health charity Mind.

She said: 'I'm pretty nervous - this is my first race so I'm not sure how I'll do. I signed up for the charity mainly because not many people run for mental health charities. There will be a lot of people there - it will be a good first-time experience.'

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Daryl Green, 29, from Norwich, is taking part for the third year in a row. He said: 'I'll try to beat my time from the previous years. The city's really nice, it's a good route, and there's a 'homely' type of feeling. I have a lot of friends who will be cheering me on.'

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Louise Robinson, 44, has travelled from Wimbledon for the run, part of a series of seven she is doing through the year to raise money for Endometriosis UK.

READ MORE: Run Norwich 2017: Former Norwich City player Dean Ashton's in, despite fused ankleShe said: 'I'm a little bit nervous about Rose (Lane) hill, but the rest of it should be not too bad.'

The expo finishes today (Saturday) at 6pm. Many city centre roads will be closed for the run at different times between 9.15am and 11am. There will be extra Park and Ride services.

For more stories about Run Norwich and rolling coverage of the event, visit www.edp24.co.uk or www.eveningnews24.co.uk

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