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Hundreds take part in Road to 2015 sponsored walk in Gloucester ahead of Rugby World Cup

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

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SPORTING stars, communities and schools united this morning to celebrate the Rugby World Cup coming to the city.

Hundreds of families took part in a sponsored three-mile walk called The Road to 2015 around some of the city’s most famous landmarks, to officially launch the lead-up to the 2015 tournament.

Former Gloucester captain Adam Balding, the city's coordinator for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, took part in the walk with his daughter.

“Cultural engagement is a huge part of the World Cup and the legacy it leaves,” he said.

“This walk is a big drive towards the event and it is fantastic to see so many children involved.”

Among the crowds were pupils and staff from Heron Primary School in Abbeydale.

Jason Brentley, head of PE, said: “We have a long association with Gloucester Rugby, including the coaches and players coming in to work with the children.

“We wanted to do something to support the club’s community department and for the children to enjoy a healthy walk at the same time.”

The event was organised by Gloucester Rugby and the route was a loop which started and finished at Kingsholm.

Gloucester Rugby players Tavis Knoyle and Darren Dawidiuk led a warm up on the pitch before the walk.

Tavis said: “It is good to give something back to the club.

“The fans give us so much support so we wanted to support them today.”

Incentives to raise money were on offer for participants, including tickets to the London Irish fixture.

Sixty per cent of the money raised by each organisation will go towards a cause of their choice – from grassroots sports to much-needed equipment or facilities.

The rest will be donated to Gloucester Rugby for the delivery of community programmes.

Eldersfield Lawn Primary School, Hardwicke Primary School, Churchdown Village Junior School and National Star College were just a few of the schools taking part from across the county.

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