FINAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR RUNNERS

Parking

There will be no parking in The Park nor in Spa Road. Also Spa Road will be closed from 8.45 until 10.45am. If you live close by please walk.  Otherwise there are plenty of town centre car parks.

Entry into Park

There is another event on in The Park when the run finishes, Gloucester City Fest – this is a family fun day. This event will be on the city centre side of The Park from 11.00. The event may be setting up when you arrive. It would therefore be sensible to access The Park from Spa Road or other entrances on the southern side of The Park. The whole race event will be in the southern section of The Park – that furthest from the city centre.

Number Pick Up etc.

The numbers, timing chips, safety pins and baggage labels can be collected from The Park between 7.30 and 8.40am on the morning of the race. There will be left luggage provision and toilets in The Park.

Start/Finish

The start will be in The Park with a 100 metre dash (OK or jog!) across the grass onto Spa Road and then at the end of Spa Road a right hand turn up Southgate Street towards the city centre.  You will finish by doing this part of the race in reverse.

Please line up responsibly according to your anticipated time, with the fastest runners at the front. The race will start at 09:00

When you finish there will be a goody bag including water.

The Route

The route is predominantly flat with some gentle inclines.   There are some twists to take in tourist spots.  Be careful of uneven surfaces, drain covers and pot holes.  The course is particularly uneven at the back of The Cathedral and along the Canal Towpath.

The course is especially narrow at the turn from Pitt Street into the Cathedral Grounds (1.5k), adjacent to the Old Prison (2.5k and 7.5k), and on the Canal Towpath. Please be sensible at these places and make way for faster runners.

Parts of the route through The Docks and along the Canal Towpath takes runners close to the water. Please be particularly careful along these parts. The route will be well marshalled and we do have SARA on the canal itself. We are not expecting anyone to go into the water, but we have been requested to make you aware that Weil’s disease may be present in the water and if you do fall in you are advised to seek precautionary medical advice.

The Canal Towpath is narrow in places and runners are asked to run in single file on the left side unless overtaking.

Parts of the incoming route visit parts of the outgoing route in reverse direction. There are not likely to be many encounters between outgoing and incoming runners but to avoid any problems please keep left and give priority to faster runners.

Whilst road closure orders are in place there are one or two crossings of roads which are not officially closed but which will be marshalled. Please take particular care here.

Also, you may meet members of the public also at leisure, whether fishing, walking with or without dogs or cycling. This is particularly the case on the Canal Towpath and in The Docks. Marshals will warn members of the public of your presence but please take care and be polite to non-runners. You don’t have priority and we are running this course by permission – and we don’t wish to lose that permission for future years.

Secunda Way is not closed but there is a pavement all the way along it which you are asked to run along. It is a wide pavement, but it is again suggested that runners keep to the left allowing room for overtaking on the right.  There are some minor roads which need to be crossed. There will be marshals here.  Please don’t cut into Secunda Way to cross them but stay inside the metal railings to cross the minor road at the crossing points.

Water Stations

There is a water station on the Canal Towpath just by Gloucestershire College. Runners will pass this at approximately 3½ and 7½ k.  Please dispose of bottles carefully, not throwing them in the water and avoiding other runners.

First Aid

This is provided by St Johns and SARA in the water. If you have a difficulty please talk to a marshal who will summon assistance.

Headphones

The wearing of headphones is not permitted for health and safety reasons save for those types specifically approved by England Athletics. Those wearing them are at risk of disqualification.

Prize Giving

This will take place at approximately 10.30 or possibly slightly later close to the start/finish line. There will be prizes for the first 3 male and female finishers plus age category prizes and Davies and Partners’ Business Challenge winners.

Sponsorship

We are very grateful to E G Carter for becoming headline sponsor.

Feedback

This is a community event. We are delighted that so many of you who are not regular members of the “running circuit” are taking part and we hope you enjoy the day.  We are not making any profit out of the event and any surplus will go to Gloucestershire Young Carers, Gloucester Nightstop and other local charities.  Therefore all marshals are giving up their time voluntarily.

Thank you for being with this event in its fourth year. We hope to be able to build on this further and make it an established part of the running calendar. To assist us with this we do need your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks for supporting the event – and enjoy!

Nigel Tillott

Race Director

Davies and Partners Solicitors

EG Carter

EG Carter

Rotary Club of Gloucester Quays