A CALL to arms has gone out to the Gloucestershire business community to help step up and make this year’s Gloucester 10k running event a success that shows off the city at its best.
When news broke that Bath-based organisers of the Gloucester 10k 2013, Go2Events, had pulled out of this year’s race, it dealt a hammer blow to those keen to see the city succeed.
But just when all looked doomed, forward stepped Davies and Partners, the city law firm, and in particular its managing partner, Nigel Tillott, with a grand pledge – to rescue the event and stage something which would last and which the city could be proud of.
Now, with most obstacles overcome to delivering on that pledge the partnership behind the event – which already includes Gloucester Quays and EDF Energy – is making a plea to other businesses in the city to make the event happen.
“We need a call to arms in relation to volunteers since, as you will appreciate, without volunteers to marshal the event, it may be a non-starter,” said Jude Rodrigues, a partner at Davies and Partners.
“The website has been up for just over a week and we have not had the opportunity to really publicise it but the good news is that we already have more than 60 entries, with the vast majority being from Gloucester, which really drives home the point of having a 10K race for people of Gloucester and our Gloucestershire neighbours. That said, all are of course welcome.
“Not only will we have the Gloucester 10K starting and finishing in Gloucester Park but thereafter, the family fun day will also swing into action.”
Considerable help in getting the event to the start line has also come from the city council, county council, Marketing Gloucester and Gloucestershire Constabulary, which allowed a course to be approved and start date set for July 13.
Mr Tillott, himself a keen runner and member of Tewkesbury Athletics Club, which is also a partner in the event, said the 10k was all about showcasing and championing Gloucester and he hoped other businesses and volunteers would see the benefits and come on board.
“I have worked in Gloucester now for more than 25 years and over that time the city has sometimes lacked confidence. It has received a lot of investment in recent years and is very much ‘up and coming’,” said Mr Tillott.
“The intention is the event should be a community event with any surpluses being distributed to Gloucester-based charities.”
To find out more about the event visit rungloucester.co.uk. If you are interested in supporting the event or volunteering please email Nigel.Tillott@daviesandpartners. com or Jude Rodrigues at Jude. Rodrigues@daviesandpartners.com