Run Report 1st January

Norwich Parkrun
Event number 527
1st January 2022
A tourist’s perspective: I’ll be back!
January 1st: a fantastic time to reflect on the previous year, set new goals or continue to make progress with established targets. The parkrun community is a perfect place to turn to in order to facilitate your health and wellbeing goals for 2022. Walking, jogging, seeing friendly faces, achieving personal bests, getting out of bed early on a Saturday and being productive before 10:30am, volunteering to help the community…. Whatever motivates you to move, parkrun can help.
This was clear when 295 runners joined the volunteering High Vis Heroes on this fine Saturday morning, which also happened to be New Year’s Day! I visited Norwich parkrun as a tourist today and I was massively impressed with the set up and the enthusiasm of all those in attendance.
At 9am, I set off with 294 other parkrunnners for the first timed 5k of the year. It was awesome to see people moving in a variety of different ways. From speedy runners looking to place in the top 10 and people chasing their own PBs to people with children at arm’s length and people with push chairs. As a Primary School PE Teacher, it always puts a smile on my face when I see people from all backgrounds enjoying the weekly event.
We were all cheered on by the amazing volunteers who were placed along the course who kept our spirits high and kept us moving one foot in front of the other.
The course is incredible! Flat and fast and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting. I will definitely be back and I can see why your venue is so popular! Thank you to all the volunteers for your help, you make these events possible!
I wish the entire parkrun community good health for 2022 and hope it is filled full of milestones, Personal Bests and many new people taking up volunteering (It’s very rewarding!) Happy New Year everyone!
This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.


Festive parkruns at Norwich

Christmas Day falls on a Saturday this year and there WILL be a parkrun as usual at 9am.  There will be a few tweaks from the usual routine: we will run what is now our traditional Christmas Day course which starts in the North East corner of the park (near the children's playground) and diverts around the boating lake.  The finish funnel will be extended in anticipation of more runners than usual.

We won't be providing coffee as we have in the past, but appropriate seasonal attire is welcome!  If you're not intending to run but still want to get into the Christmas spirit please opt in to volunteer as we'll need more marshals, scanners and funnel managers than usual.

The following Saturday is of course New Year's Day and parkrun will take place as normal.


Christmas 2019

As usual, there will be an extra Norwich parkrun on Christmas Day, starting as ever at 9am with free tea & coffee for all afterwards.

We will be using our traditional Christmas Day course - start in the trees by the East car park, almost three anti-clockwise laps of the park including the boating lake on each lap and finish along the normal Saturday finish avenue - please click here to see a map of this course.

Seasonal attire will be welcome and a few plates of nibbles to share afterwards will be even more welcome please.

We achieved our record attendance of 1,104 runners on Christmas Day 2018. Who knows how many we'll have this year? Merry Christmas!

And for the avoidance of any doubt, there will definitely not be an extra Norwich parkrun on New Year's Day 2020.


March 2019 – a temporary route for the Norwich parkrun

Construction work is now underway in Eaton Park to resurface one of the avenues which has become damaged by tree roots.

This means that we will use a slightly amended route for the next few weeks, commencing Saturday 30 March.

The new start line will be on the central avenue which leads from the west car park to the Routunda; and each lap will involve a short grassy section between that avenue and the bridge. The finish line will remain unchanged and it's still "cross the bridge four times".

A map of the amended course is here with many thanks to Dave Catchpole for creating it as a pdf.

See you all on Saturday :)

Richard Polley - Event Director, Norwich parkrun


Visually impaired (VI) runners & guides

If you are a visually impaired (VI) runner or a VI guide you may find these three links helpful:

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