*** Update 19 January 2022 ***
Due to prevailing conditions and the future uncertainty, we have taken the difficult decision not to stage the 2022 Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half marathon.
We very much hope that the situation will improve during 2022 and that we are able to bring you the race in 2023.
Why have we taken this decision now?
Since the return of road races post lockdown, we have seen a continued trend toward significantly lower race attendances. This has also been the case with those taking part each Saturday at the various parkruns up and down the country.
In addition, costs of staging a race continue to rise, and this effectively means that it is not currently possible to stage a race on the scale of the Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon without the risk of incurring large losses. As a small charity it would not be responsible to commit to costs or open entries under such circumstances.
We would like to thank our sponsor Larking Gowen, charity partner East Anglia Air Ambulance and all of our race partners for their continued support through the last few difficult years.
Julie Grimmer, Managing Partner at Larking Gowen, said: "It's a difficult situation and the organisers have our full understanding and support for their decision. We remain committed to supporting this fantastic event and we're hoping that next year we'll all be able to enjoy the race once again."
About The Race
Welcome to the 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, prizes worth over £4,000 for the fleet of foot, chip timing, and one of the best medals around - it all adds up to a great day out for runners and spectators alike.