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.
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.