GLOUCESTER 10K – 7th July 2019
FINAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR RUNNERS
The big note: the start time has changed to 8:45 to help ease disruption as the rest of the city wakes up!
There will be no parking in The Park nor in Spa Road. Also, Spa Road will be closed from 8.30 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 7.15 and 8.25am on the morning of the race. Please come in plenty of time. There will be left luggage provision and toilets in The Park.
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.
When you finish there will be a goody bag including water.
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 potholes. The course is particularly uneven at the back of The Cathedral. The Canal Towpath has recently been largely tarmacked then covered with small stones/gravel.
The route is the same as last year. Please note on entering College Green there will be a right turn into St Mary’s Square, a sharp left towards Westgate Street, a short run up Westgate Street and then into College Street to give a great view of the restored Cathedral and then a right turn past the Cathedral, out at the back and then up St John’s Lane. Returning runners will now turn right up Commercial Road rather than going back into the City via Barbican Road.
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 course is especially narrow at the turn from Pitt Street into the Cathedral grounds. The Canal Towpath is also 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 follow marshal instructions 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.
There is a water station on the Canal Towpath just by Gloucestershire College. Runners will pass this at approximately 4 and 8k. Please dispose of bottles carefully, not throwing them in the water and avoiding other runers.
We are very conscious of the environment. We are distributing bottles because we believe that they are easiest for runners to use, but please discard these responsibly. Make sure they are not discarded such that they may go into the canal and avoid dropping into the path of other runners. On the outgoing route there will be a designated drop zone on open ground at the back of Llanthony Priory. If you wish to retain the bottle past that point – and you are encouraged to do so for hydration purposes, please either retain the bottle until you return to the drop zone or discard close to a marshal, but away from the running line. There will also be water bottles available for those finishing in the Park. Please either take these bottles home or discard in our designated drop zone.
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.
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.
This will take place at approximately 10.15 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.
We are very grateful to E G Carter for remaining headline sponsors for the second year.
Next year and other race
All being well we intend to be back next year and hope you come back too. Please be aware that another organisation is holding an event named the “City of Gloucester 10k” in Spring 2020. We mention this simply to avoid confusion. We plan to open the race to entries on 1st February 2020 and for it to have the same format as before, getting the community involved, showing off Gloucester at its best and returning all proceeds to local charities. The whole of this event is organised by volunteers and we are grateful for the massive support from the Gloucester community to put this on.
We will still be providing a range of goodies. However, with a view to environmental protection taking a bag is optional. We have cut down on the number of bags available!
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, MIND and other local charities. Therefore, all marshals are giving up their time voluntarily.
Thank you for being with this event . We hope to be able to build on this further and keep 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 many thanks for supporting the event – and enjoy!
Davies and Partners Solicitors Limited