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Race to find volunteers to make county running event happen

One of the county's most popular running events, which raises funds for Gloucestershire charities, is seeking volunteers to make sure it has another successful year.

Organisers of the annual Gloucester 10k run are due to stage this year's event in July and - like all such events - they rely on the generosity of volunteers to make sure it a success.

Corralling enough helpers becomes as much a race to the line as the event itself, and this year is no different.

"The Gloucester 10K is only a month away. We need some volunteer for the set up and to marshal. It would mean an early start in the park - about 7am, but if you can assist even if before running we would appreciate it greatly," said Nigel Tillott, race director and chair of Tewkesbury Running Club.

"All proceeds will go to local charities with the James Hopkins Trust and Young Gloucestershire being the main beneficiaries."

It should also be mentioned that the event is substantially supported by Davies and Partners Solicitors, of which Mr Davies is a managing partner of the Gloucester officer.

Jude Rodrigues and Dan Smith from the firm also play a key part in the organisation of the race.

The other major organisers of the event are Gloucester Quays Rotary which are particularly responsible for the race route set up and marshalling.

For the runner there are two attractions.

Should they be wanting to visit the attractions of Gloucester and be short on time, the 10-kilometre circuit provides a good solution.

Starting from Gloucester Park it takes in Gloucester Cathedral, the city docks, and quays.

Building work near the city's old police station has also cause d are-think of the route.

Spa Road and Southgate Street will be closed, as will Llanthony Road and the bridgeinto the Quays, all for the duration of the event - from 9am until 10.30am. Pitt Street will be closed temporarily from 9am - 9.30am.

The second big plus is the terrain. Predominantly flat it bills itself as "a potential PB course".

On the downside, due to pavement furniture, the course is not wheelchair accessible.

And there is a notable word of warning from the race website.

"All participants should be aware of Weil's disease in case a runner enters the water."

We won't go into the detail here, but the bottom line is - if you do take an unplanned dip in the canal (it hasn't happened yet) and later feel unwell, "you are advised to see a doctor".

Runners pondering a later entry have unfortunately missed their chance for this year as entries are now closed.

Anyone who would like to volunteer should email 

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