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Welcome to the MHA Larking Gowen

City of Norwich Half Marathon

35th edition

*** Update 27 February 2021 ***

All entrants have today been emailed with the following update:

Following a review of the latest  government update on the easing of Covid restrictions, we now feel it is not possible to stage the 2020 Half Marathon on 11 April 2021 as previously intended.

We have therefore moved the race to Sunday 13 June 2021.

All entries will automatically be transferred to the new race in June, however entrants may still defer to any of the next three Half Marathons as previously communicated.

To defer, please click “My Dashboard” at top right of the online entry page: https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/NorwichHalf2020

The race will be organised as a socially-distanced event within a Covid-controlled environment to ensure everyone’s safety. This will include wave starts, with the first wave setting off at 10:00am. Further details are available on the website and will be sent to you again nearer the race with information about your race number.

Assuming restrictions are eased in accordance with the government plan, it should be possible to re-open the race for new entrants in the coming months. Our provisional target for entries to re-open is 1 May 2021 but this is obviously subject to the success of the government’s roadmap. We will therefore post updates on the website and social media to provide further information, confirmation or amendment.

We would like to thank our key race partners, Norfolk County Council and members of the Safety Advisory Group for their continued support.

Finally, a big thank-you to everyone who has stuck with us through this very difficult period. Your patience is very much appreciated and we hope to put on a good race for you in June.


Welcome to the MHA Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon, organised by the members and friends of City of Norwich AC.

First staged in 1985 by Duke Street Running Club, this race was originally based in the centre of Norwich - hence its name.  Then in 1993 it moved to the Norfolk Showground on the western outskirts of the city and it's been there ever since.

The race starts and finishes within the Norfolk Showground and follows a rural single lap route through the parishes of Easton, Honingham, Colton, Barnham Broom, Marlingford and close to Easton College. The first half of the course is pretty flat with one or two little bumps in the second half. All roads along the race route are closed to through traffic while the race is in progress.

With extensive permanent facilities and car parking at the Norfolk Showground, lots of good viewing opportunities, prizes worth over £4,000 for the fleet of foot, chip timing, one of the best medals around and a decent goody bag for every finisher - it all adds up to a great day out for runners and spectators alike.

This is a BARR Gold Grade event which over the years has earned a reputation for fast times, first class organisation and excellent value for money.