The Lord Mayor’s 5K is one of Norfolk’s most eagerly anticipated races, run on a tough, 2 lap course through Norwich city centre. Unusually, entry requires runners to have a PB of either 20min (men) or 22min (women) and during the race, runners not on target for those times are pulled out at 3K, both bringing additional pressure to the event. This makes for an intense atmosphere of anticipation on the start line, matched equally unusual sight of the tremendous cheering crowds along just about the whole course.
A pre-race shower made the road damp and slippery in places, but made for a cooler race than recent years, for the 9 BVH runners lining up on Whitefriars Bridge for the start. From there, it was a short run to Tombland, where our supporters made themselves heard over the crowds. And the same was true on Castle Meadow and up at St Stephen’s roundabout, with the cheers from watching BVH members being heard loud and clear.
And it wasn’t long before those 9 runners crossed the finish line:
Ryan Davidson – P11: 15m58s
Simon Partridge – P24: 17m14s
Matt Stone – P14: 17m42s (13th veteran man)
Faith Viney – P61: 17m58s (3rd senior lady)
Laurie Woods – P77: 18m23s
Autumn Hales – P109: 19m15s (6th senior lady)
Paul Ward – P110: 19m15s
Arron Coe – P130: 19m34s
Matthew Crane – P154: 20m02s
Well done everyone…see you again in 2020?!?