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Gloucester 10k is cancelled as organiser fails to hit 'event deadlines'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

medallist:    Hayley Winters from Gloucester was second in the   Gloucester 10k.

medallist: Hayley Winters from Gloucester was second in the Gloucester 10k.

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HUNDREDS of runners pounded the streets of Gloucester last February in the city's inaugural 10k run but despite its success, it seems it could already be a thing of the past.

The 2014 event has been cancelled and it is by no means certain it will return in the future, according to organiser Go2Events.

City council leader Paul James is a keen runner himself and took part in last year's event.

He said he hopes it returns to the city one day.

"I was aware it had been cancelled and that is a shame," he said.

"I took part and enjoyed it, it was a good course and it was good to see a reasonable turnout.

"It was quite early in the year for a road race though and there are plenty of fair weather runners who probably didn't take part too.

"But, if Go2Events isn't going to do it, maybe it will present someone else with an opportunity."

Amy Budd, marketing manager at Go2Events, said: "Unfortunately the Gloucester 10k will not be returning for 2014. The race experience for all of our runners is paramount and it just hasn't been possible as a company to hit certain event deadlines for this year's run.

"An update for 2015 will be given to all those interested and we have a number of alternative events taking place that runners may like to consider. Please visit go2events.org.uk for more information."

Go2Events is also responsible for the Cheltenham Half Marathon, which was introduced to the town for the first time in September. It is set to return again this year, with the date already set for September 7.

Mr James said organisers of the summer's women-only Race for Life in the city are planning to introduce a 10km course alongside the traditional 5km one this year.

Edwina Driver-Dickerson, chairman of Gloucester's Angels Running Club, which had several participants in last year's race, said: "It's a real shame.

"Lots of these events are run by outside companies now though and I would prefer to see it done by someone like Gloucester Athletics Club."

In the aftermath of the race, which shut normally busy roads in the city, some residents complained that they had not being able to get out of their homes.

The event website gloucester10k .co.uk says the 2014 date is to be confirmed but does not appear to have been otherwise updated since the finish of the 2013 race.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 14 2014, 9:41AM

    Sound's like they didn't get their paperwork sorted for the road closures in time, it seams to vary from council to council some 6 weeks some 2 months, maybe Gloucester Athletics could organize a race?

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  • citon  |  January 14 2014, 8:18AM

    Thank Heaven for that. Getting anywhere in the City is impossible when that is on. If they want to run, there are plenty of open spaces that do not cause inconvenience to anyone else. Wasn't there an ambulance held up last year?

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