Get set for the inaugural Gloucester 10k
By David Wood
Where: Start Trier Way, Gloucester, finish Gloucester Park
When: Sunday, May 19
Runners of all abilities are being encouraged to enter the inaugural City of Gloucester 10k Run next month.
The event on Sunday, May 19, is being organised by former international athlete turned UK Athletics Ultra distance coach Norman Wilson and his wife Anne.
Entries are being encouraged from those looking to embrace healthier and more active lifestyles, and anyone raising money for charity is most welcome.
The 10k also aims to attract some elite athletes and club runners - and with the competitive in mind, there is also a call for teams from companies to take up the Corporate 10k Business Challenge.
"Winners will be the team which has the lowest aggregate time from three runners," said Norman. "Teams of up to four can enter and companies can enter more than one team."
The format is all about encouraging some team spirit and a little friendly competition and beneficiaries from the 10k will include the likes of the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Anne said: "Ultimately it is all about having some fun - no matter what your level. There is also a 10 km wheelchair race and a two-kilometre family run just before the main event."
"We hope the latter will be a great day out for all the family - a chance for budding young athletes to race for top spot and for parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles to have some fun as well.
"Everyone who finishes the 10K event they will receive a special designed runners medal and a Tech -shirt and in the 2K Children and family Run every runner will receive a finisher's medal," said Norman.
In his day as a professional athlete representing Great Britain, Norman won the Berlin Marathon, and finished in the top 20 at races in Tokyo, New York, Boston, Montreal and Frankfurt.
Corporate team entry is £100, plus a small admin fee, but that covers all runners - which then have a chance of lifting the special winner's trophy, and potentially defending it next year.
To attract runners going for personal best times, and not to scare off anyone just starting their running journey, the course will be flat, fast, scenic and traffic free.
Runners will start on Trier Way and finish in Gloucester Park, with the route taking in Gloucester Docks, Castle meads Nature Reserve and stretches of the River Severn and the Gloucester Sharpness Canal.
Norman and Anne hope to make The City of Gloucester 10k Run a major road race in the UK Athletics calendar within five years, attracting spectators and national attention to the city, and benefitting the local economy.
To find out more about how you can take part, visit Cityofgloucester10k.org.uk
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