Larking and Gowen Norwich Half Marathon April 2019

There was some fine running from the six club members at the 34th edition of the Norwich Half Marathon 2019.


With 30 minutes to the gun firing the start of the race, the heavens opened. Conditions were already fairly chilly but as our runners soon found out there were large puddles and spray out on the course. Conditions improved for the second half of the run. Despite the sodden trainers and wrinkled skin, clearly the conditions did not hinder the BVH runners as some fantastic times were posted.


Chris Micklebrugh looked at one out on the course, finishing in 1’19.52. He contained his performance nicely and finished off the last couple of miles at a blistering pace. Chris now has 3 weeks to fine-tune himself before tackling the streets of London, at the Virgin London Marathon.


Arron Coe, PB 1’28.35. Arron paced himself excellently well to break his target goal of 1’30. He really showed us what can be done when you put your mind to it, train hard and execute a plan.  Now he has achieved a big milestone, he has every right to revel in his achievement and to kick on over the summer.


Peter Woods, PB 1’37.50. Peter put in a very classy performance in his first outing at this distance for the club. It looked like he was enjoying himself and was clearly unperturbed by the conditions. All in all, a very strong run.


Karyn Bray, PB 1’41.20, 3rdfemale 45-50. Every time she puts on the BVH vest Karyn always raises her game and this was no exception. On the course she looked like she was battling the conditions but held pace well and finished in an outstanding time


Leanne Botwright, PB 1’52.14. Leanne just keeps smashing her PB times. 2 weeks ago, she took over 3 minutes off her half marathon PB at the London Landmarks race and today she took another 50 minutes off it, fantastic and very strong performance


Karen Wraighte, 1’55.35. A gutsy performance that saw her break the dream 2-hour barrier by some way. Another one whose London Marathon preparation are progressing very well.


A well-earned cup of tea and dry socks awaited all at the end!