I last ran a Norwich Half Marathon in 2013, and cheering my along the way was my daughter Josephine, who had even drawn her own poster with a disconcertingly life-like picture of yours truly.

Since then I’d eased off the Norwich half – preferring instead the Run Norwich 10k and thinking about trying out some new halfs.

In fact, there is no Norwich Half this year as the organisers are looking to switch it to a spring event so the next one will be in 2017.

Serious runners will be bemoaning the fact that the change messes up their marathon preparations, and I’ll miss the November event and with it the prospect of sleet, snow, rain, and of course winter sun.GoDaddy