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Runners do Gloucester proud in first 10K race for city

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 11, 2013

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HIGH-SPIRITED runners did Gloucester proud in the city's first ever 10k race.

Some 611 turned out and were not dampened by the cold, rainy conditions runners had to face as they took to the city's streets yesterday.

They got off to a flying start after Gloucester Rugby prop Nick Wood sounded the starting horn.

The first man from Gloucester to complete the route was Andrew Bright, from Abbeydale, who did it in 38 minutes 28 seconds and was eighth in the men's race overall.

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His wife Alexis and children Alicia, seven, and Fraser, three, were cheering him on as he passed the finish line.

For 37-year-old Neil Martin, from Shurdington, the 10km stretch is just a tiny part of the 2,013 miles he's running in 2013 in a relative's memory.

The sales director, who is raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: "Last year I did a whole year without alcohol and this year I'm running. It's the 15th anniversary of my cousin's son's death."

Journalism student Hayley Winters, 31, from Quedgeley, was the fastest Gloucester woman, coming third overall. She said: "I'm out running six times a week. This was a nice distance.

"It was great to be able to do a race in Gloucester going through the city centre streets."

Pals Jordan Macefield and Matt Longuet-Higgins, both 17, from Bussage, near Stroud, ran together.

Jordan said: "It's our first 10k. We didn't do much training so I was very pleased with how we did."

Video programmer Phil Beastall, 26, from Cheltenham, said: "Doing this has inspired me to push myself further.

"I don't do as much running as I should but I'm pleased with my result as it's my personal best."

He was the second man past the finish line at 35mins 41secs.

Gloucester's mayor David Brown, who ran the London Marathon in 1982, said: "This was a proud day for Gloucester. Everyone has done so very well."

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  • annalou27  |  February 27 2013, 5:35PM

    Firstly, Well Done Gloucester for hosting it's first 10k, Secondly, Well done to all those runners who took part and for the support groups who helped it happen, For all those who are not happy about the road closures, it's for a couple of hours at most, the roads in the centre of Gloucester are closed for longer when Race For Life is held in the summer. This is a great thing to happen, look at the Necastle with the Great North Run and Portsmouth with the Great South Run, it's a fantastic thing to watch the runners pounding the roads, Sadly I couldn't support the runners due to illness and if the event is held again next year I would very much like to run it!!

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  • AndyPrestbury  |  February 13 2013, 9:11AM

    @Chrisbo1981 the points I was making about the how early the race was the fact that it will fail to attract non-runners that want a target to go for as part of their new year's resolution to getting fit. Most beginner's training programmes for a 10k are at least 12 weeks, so Febraury is way too early for non-runners to get involved therefore limiting the potential entrants. The target for the organisers was 1500 entrants, and they managed 600. There are gaps later in the year which would allow a much better potential for more runners. On a bleak Febraury the local economy gains very little from a race like this because only the runners will turn up, race, and leave again. A race held in the late spring or summer would potentially mean people coming with their families and making a weekend of it so the local economy really benefits. City races need to be more than just about the run, but how the whole community reaps a reward for the disruption caused.

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  • Chrisbo1981  |  February 12 2013, 7:52PM

    I completed the race on Sunday morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was very well organised, marshalled, and chip timing/text message at the end was impressive (I know most races now use chip timing). The goody bag was one of the better I have had, and I've completed 5 half marathon's and 3 10k runs. I suspect a lot of the entry fee went on this! Whilst the route might not have been the most inspiring, it was still interesting enough (I thought) to be a challenge and to see some reasonable areas of the city. It was only the first time this was organised as well, it might get tweaked next year. I disagree with Andy Prestbury that getting ready for a 10k by early February is a really tough task. Runners (and I class myself as one though I only go 2/3 times a week) run at all times of the year- come rain or shine. That could be in the gym or outside. I think this was only meant as an early season run. Some of the earlier comments around road closures are fair, however this race started at 9am on a Sunday morning ( a very bleak Sunday morning) so I very much doubt most people had even contemplated leaving the house, let alone notice the run was on. I'd say that probably 80% of runners did it in an hour or less, so there can't have been that much disruption to be fair.

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  • AndyPrestbury  |  February 12 2013, 11:49AM

    The purpose of these events is to bring a 'prestige' event and encourage more tourism in the area. Unfortunately there were many things against this commercial venture. It was being held at the wrong time of year, many people after the new year want a challenge but getting ready for a 10k by early Feb is a really tough ask. The price was expensive for a new event, more established runs like the Bristol10k that have 15,000 entrants are cheaper. The route was very uninspiring and didn't take in the great sights the city has to offer. On the Saturday most of the local club runners were also taking part in the end of season cross country league meets, so this meant that a potential several hundred runners had to choose between representing their clubs and this race (with most choosing the former), in fact locals clubs were not even contacted about the event. Just as a comparaison in Bourton there is a 10K race on 23/02 which is being run by the local club. This race has 500 places, and sold out in less than a week. The race is well supported on the route by locals, as it is run by locals. A great atmosphere and fantastic scenary. Plus, less than half the price of the Gloucester race.

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  • MikeJarvis59  |  February 11 2013, 7:49PM

    Cheer up Gloucester. If you couldnt get around, register and join in for next year. Enjoy. It added 20 mins to my journey, how funny, Guess what it added to mine. Kind regards

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  • pjquick  |  February 11 2013, 7:41PM

    Yes, this was a wonderful event and well done to all those who took part and raised money. However the road closures were ridiculous. Emjay 99 - I'm sure you would moan aswell if you couldn't get to work/an important meeting/children to clubs/hospital appointment etc. The traffic management was appalling and thousands of effected residents were not informed before hand. Road signs informed of road closures on the day but there were no alternative routes given. Marshalls and police were clueless as to how to get to main routes. Shocking organisation that disprupted thousands of people unnecessarily.

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  • phild  |  February 11 2013, 6:58PM

    Well done to the organisers, Gloucester City Council and all the volunteers marshalling, Police and Ambulance/First Aid services for an excellent event. Great to see something useful going on to help put Gloucester on the map and bring much needed trade and tourism to the city. One thing you cannot control is the weather though I'm sure everyone had a great time as I did. Will be back to take part in next year's event.

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  • Apothegm_  |  February 11 2013, 4:21PM

    The 09:15 #12 bus from Tesco, Quedgeley, went along Secunda Way then across Llanthony Bridge to the usual terminus in Eastgate Street. Perhaps the closing off of almost all roads in central Gloucester might have been a sneaky exercise to see whether anyone could escape?

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  • GrownUp123  |  February 11 2013, 11:41AM

    Glad to see a positive event for Gloucester - but a bit more thought needed on the route. Those living south of Gloucester - Hardwicke, Quedgeley, Tuffley - were more than a little stuck. No way of going north. Meaning that a number of events had to be missed. Also, thank goodness no medical emergencies as no access north to the hospital. Gloucester is a linear city in that it is bordered by the motorway and the river. Bristol Road is the main route in for most of us, and yet was not open. Cole Avenue, an alternative, was also closed. Yes signs went up - but still needs a lot more thought.

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  • SChelt  |  February 11 2013, 11:16AM

    A whole 20 minutes, WOW!

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