CHAMPIONS of Gloucester are being urged to step forward to resurrect the scrapped 10k running event and help cement a positive profile for the city.
In a shock development, the 10K race was cancelled earlier this week as it headed towards the start-line for only its second year.
Disappointed in how its demise reflects on Gloucester, Nigel Tillott, a partner of city law firm Davies and Partners Solicitors, has stepped forward to attempt to establish a working party to re-launch and run a 10k event the city could be proud of.
Mr Tillott is hoping other businesses and interested parties from Gloucester will come forward. The Citizen broke the news on Monday that Bath-based organisers Go2Events had dropped the event.
“From our perspective as a firm we have been in the city since we were founded more than 25 years ago. We are proud of the city and our involvement in the city,” he said.
“There has been a theme over those years that at times the city lacks self-confidence and belief and that Cheltenham has that confidence and self-belief.
“We feel it is really important this is addressed. A lot has been done – we have put ourselves behind the Believe in Gloucester campaign – but more can be done,” said Mr Tillott, referring to the Gloucester Citizen campaign to champion the city.
“I think in a way the 10k is symbolic of the point of having Believe in Gloucester and the city having confidence in itself to put events on. It is a great shame the organisers of these events have decided to drop the Gloucester one, yet the Cheltenham event is going ahead.”
Ecclesiastical, the city’s biggest private employer, said it supported Mr Tillott’s sentiments, and expressed a tentative interest in stepping forward to join forces.
“As a business with a headquarters based in Gloucester and the insurer of many of the city’s heritage landmarks, we are naturally very supportive of any events that attract visitors, whether it be tourists, runners or spectators, to Gloucester and make the city a fantastic place to live and work.
“We’ll be keeping an eye on how the plans for this event develop and possible opportunities for involvement and support.”
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