22nd edition: Saturday 8 July 2017, start 4.50pm
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Run over two laps of a traffic-free city centre course, this event was first staged in 1996 and now attracts the best quality field for a 5k road race in the east of England.
The Lord Mayor’s 5k immediately precedes the annual Lord Mayor’s Street Procession through the city centre of Norwich. It provides an opportunity to race on traffic-free streets in front of an enthusiastic crowd estimated to exceed 50,000. Those who have taken part in previous years tell us that the buzz and excitement generated by these spectators is quite unique.
Both our course records holders have pretty decent pedigrees. 1996 Chicago Marathon winner and double Olympian Paul Evans (then Belgrave Harriers, later City of Norwich AC) set the men’s record of 14mins 11secs back in 2000 – some say it’s a time that will never be beaten – while the fastest woman to date is current GB international Gemma Steel (Charnwood AC) who clocked 15mins 59secs in both 2011 & 2012.
Entry to the Lord Mayor’s 5k is limited to competitors who are capable of completing the 5k course in under 20 minutes. We are required to abide by this stipulation to gain permission from Norwich City Council for this race to take place; and we enforce it by directing any competitor who fails to reach the halfway point inside 10 minutes to retire and not continue. Accordingly, this is a non-negotiable condition of registration.
The minimum age for competitors is 13 years on race day.
Our prize list is available only to athletes eligible to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland in international competition. First introduced in 2015, this policy is designed to encourage greater competition amongst leading domestic runners. We took a lead from other top-notch events such as the Vitality London 10,000 when taking this stance.
The prize list for 2017 is:
- First five men: £500, £300, £200, £100, £50
- First three women: £500, £300, £200
- First two men 40+: £50, £25
- First two women 40+: £50, £25
- New course record: men £250, women £250
For the avoidance of any doubt, there are no separate prizes for athletes who are not eligible to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland in international competition.
Every finisher receives a memento and goody bag.
Registration for our 22nd edition is here – entry costs £15 for members of affiliated clubs and £17 for unattached runners. Registration will close at midnight on Thursday 6 July with no late entries and no entries on the day.
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