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Gloucester 10K is back on with date for July pencilled in

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

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ATHLETES may once again be pounding the streets of Gloucester after a date has been agreed for a new 10K race in a bid to reinstate it as a fixture the city can be proud of.

Representatives from the police, the city council, highways, Marketing Gloucester and the driving force to reinvent the event – Davies and Partners Solicitors – have provisionally put July 13 in the calendar.

All parties sat down at a meeting to remove as many obstacles as possible so the once doomed event could be reborn with confidence under its new leadership.

But before organisers can be certain the run will not disappear from Gloucester this year another race has to be won – completing the paperwork and rounding up the volunteers to make it happen.

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Nigel Tillott, a partner at the Gloucester-based law firm, said: “It was a really positive meeting with all the interested parties and we are now almost certain we can go ahead on July 13.

“We have the makings of a really attractive route to show off Gloucester at its best and we are looking forward to being able to reveal further details.”

The rough draft of a fast, technical route sketched out in the meeting sees runners take in the city centre, circumnavigate the Cathedral, run through Gloucester Dock and Quays, alongside the canal and finish in Gloucester Park.

Talks are on-going but Mr Tillott hopes the event can complement Gloucester Fun Day, due to take place in the city park shortly after the run finishes. A start time is yet to be confirmed.

Finalising paperwork, the route, stewardship and running of the event on the day are the details left to be worked through.

“We will need to put a committee together of interested parties. We would like to get businesses from the city to get involved now and hope some will step forward,” Mr Tillott said.

“We aim to at least cover our costs and any money we do make will go to Gloucester charities.”

The inaugural race staged in 2013 was deemed a success, but the Bath-based business behind the event pulled out of staging anything this year.

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  • paul3vanz  |  May 16 2014, 10:30PM

    The 2014 Gloucester 10K site is up and running now and entry open if anyone is interested: rungloucester.co.uk It is organised by Tewkesbury AC and looks like a nice scenic course.

  • Richardburton  |  April 07 2014, 8:55PM

    That is the trouble with Gloucester it keeps everything secret and only a few in the know ..... Know! You'd think the amount of money being spent by charity's on health awareness could some how be involved by informing youngsters of this race/work places etc. And you think someone would have put up posters and delieverd leafleats in the areas affected.(This is a hint)!

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  • cosmicc  |  April 07 2014, 11:03AM

    Well said Tree1974 - the last occasion was chaos.first thing I knew about it was when trying to leave the Linden area in the morning.

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  • Tree1974  |  April 07 2014, 9:58AM

    I trust that if it runs this year the organisers WILL actually inform local residents who are affected rather than saying they have leaflet dropped and not bothering. Last time the marshals and police kept telling us wich roads were open but they were not wich resulted us missing an event for which we had paied for tickets! Yes, apparently there were small signs posted along the route to say the road would be closed . But for those who live in the middle of the area cut off, we knew nothing untill we were trapped for about 3 hours. Obviously this is not a long time when given prior warning but extreemly disruptive when you don't know anything about it and have to be elswhere!

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