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Road closures for Gloucester 10K 'left residents struggling'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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ROAD closures for the Gloucester 10K race left some city centre residents struggling to get about.

The race, held last Sunday, saw a number of routes shut for several hours for the runners to pass through.

But one resident, who runs a care providing firm, said: "We work with a lot of vulnerable people in the city centre and they expect our girls to be there for them.

"I support the idea of the race but it shouldn't be in the city centre. Why don't they do it in the countryside where it isn't going to affect people?"

A Gloucester Docks resident told users of Thisisgloucestershire.co.uk that he arrived to work an hour late after not being allowed to leave the area.

Another resident said: "I suggest before they organise another race, the route does not shut off a whole community. The Pied Piper race is much larger but we do not have this hassle."

Amy Budd, marketing manager for race organisers GO2, said: "We're sorry that some residents were affected by the road closures.

"Making a race traffic-free always causes some disruption, but we worked hard to keep it to a minimum."

She added that closures were advertised in the media, through leaflets and road signs. All roads reopened by 10.55am.

Plans are now afoot for next year's race.

Organisers said they want to double the number of people taking part. This year they had 611 runners.

They will announce the date later this year but have said it will be around the same time.

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  • BishopHooper  |  February 15 2013, 11:22AM

    I can't believe that people are complaining about this. Its not as if it wasn't advertised was it? it wasn't as if there wasn't notices up all along the routre warning people of the closures was it? If people ignore these, well its their own fault. Its never their fault that they failed to plan accordingly is it? Maybe next year they may actually use their grey matter and plan ahead... but why do that when you can blame your failings on someone else in the local press.

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 14 2013, 9:48AM

    "Amy Budd, marketing manager for race organisers GO2, said: "We're sorry that some residents were affected by the road closures. "Making a race traffic-free always causes some disruption, but we worked hard to keep it to a minimum." She added that closures were advertised in the media, through leaflets and road signs. All roads reopened by 10.55am." Does this statement strike anyone as exhibiting the most amazing arrogance? Merely advertising the fact that a group of residents isn't going to be allowed to leave their houses in their cars for some hours does not make it all right! No "fun run" for the residents! How close is this action to unlawful detention? Next time this event is held, if there is a next time, please could the organisers apply some common sense to the matter of allowing car owners to go about their lawful occasions, without, of course, endangering the runners and marshals?

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 14 2013, 9:28AM

    Before anyone starts on the police they are not responsible for the road closures, it's the race organizers with the permission of the county council. What we all want to know is how many properties where basically isolated during the race. Where the road closures rolling (only for the passing of the runners) or where they for the duration of the race. As the race started at 09:00 and all roads opened by 10:55 walking speed is about 5kmph so 5 minutes off walking speed, sorry last runner finished in 1:30 so why another 25 minutes to open the roads?

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