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Gina said: This race is now in the 5th year and it’s the 3rd time I have taken part (2013 I missed the deadline as was on holiday and 2014 I had secured a place but then broke my foot)! In previous years this race has been two loops of the city centre however this made participant numbers very limited and this very popular race has always sold out in hours. I quite liked the two loop course as the second loop always seemed shorter to me psychologically. This year, however, the route was changed to one loop to enable it to accommodate a larger number of runners. The route took us out of the city and through the very quaint village of Granchester, home of Jeffery Archer and the poet Rupert Brooke (when he was alive…clearly)! It was icy cold waiting around at the start (as only had my ERN vest on as knew I would overheat with any more layers) but the sun came out not long after the start and it turned out to be a wonderful, crisp, sunny day. I managed to catch up briefly with quite a few members of my old club (Newmarket Joggers) which was really nice, although a bit sad as a club member has recently passed away from cancer. Anyway, to cut what could be a very long story short, it was a good race, crowd support was good, particularly in the city centre, it was a bit ‘hillier’ than the previous route although everything is relative (this is the Fens so ERNers probably wouldn’t even notice an incline!). Goody bag was pretty decent and there was a free pint of draft Erdinger (alcohol free) for everyone which went down very well!. No t-shirt but the mega bling made up for it. So if anyone fancies anything a bit different next year, I recommend it!
Photos courtesy of Gina Browse