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is probably the most difficult email I will ever have to send as Race Director
and while I know it will cause a lot of distress and negative feedback I know
it is the right thing to do for the future and growth of Gloucester City
Gloucester City Council refused our application based on the old route in
February because of our requested demand for closures of the A38 for safe
crossing of runners.
gave us a limited time to come up with a new route, have it officially measured
and submit all the necessary applications for road closures, bridge
closures and police support etc..
despite submitting the necessary applications we have been informed that a
change in legal policy at the council means that our application to close
certain roads for the race in August will not be processed in time. Given
the recent social media frenzy over the safety of the route we have taken the
decision to cancel this years race.
good news is that the Head of Highways for the council has offered his full
support to work with us to ensure that the race goes ahead in 2019 and also
that the start should be moved back to the City Centre which has been a cause
of much disgruntlement lately.
will also be working closely with the UKA to ensure it is once again a fully
certified and qualifying race
does this mean for you..... Well we have been working very hard since we
received the news from GCC yesterday to work out a rescue plan for the runners
and our charity partners.
We will automatically transfer every runner into next years race which will
take place on Sunday 4th August from Gloucester City Centre. This event has the
full backing off the GCC and from our local UKA adjudicator.
We have organised a Full and Half Distance event on a fairly flat off road
course nearby in The Forest of Dean which will take place on the same day as
this years cancelled race. Entry to this race is FREE for everybody who has
entered this years GCM or Half. This race will be fully aid supported and
hopefully means the hard training you have put in for the race will not go to
this is not ideal we do feel that it is in the best interest of you the runners
and the future of this race. Hopefully we will see you all at the Replacement
event this August and again taking up your automatic entry to next years GCM
do not need to do anything to take up the transfer into the 2019 GCM Marathon
but to enter the free event on 5th August 2018 click the info button below.
This will give you more information about this transfer and the Free event.
Steven, well done for severing the motorist, I've always got an eye on them when I'm running too.
Shades local race is Fairlands Valley Challenge, its self navigation with 2 pages of a4 shorthand instructions but I know the route off by heart having trained on it loads and ran the 50km loop in both directions. I have a friendly relationship with the organisers and like to share and promote their event when I can on social media the club also have a half marathon that I'm doing in November but its pretty crap as routes go but you're nowhere near glamour in stevenage.
That's a pretty decent response, a race plus next years sorted. People will moan but they have tried their best.
jelly good to see you're pain free again
Big G even through the train window just imagine how stunning it looks in real life. I'm not a fan of drinking coffee out due to the cost and I can't justify it... winds me up when the OH has about 5 coffees out.
Cal whats your next race/ challenge now?
Stevemac really enjoyed the race report, as you may have seen I favour a long report myself. I had packed my other trail shoes in case of blisters and my road shoes however decided not to bother with a switch as I went over on my ankle and didn't want to disturb it. Well done for getting 10k steps in, just as good as a recovery run, loved my trip to sark (was only a kid) so only vague memories. 4.19 is pretty quick! The winner of NDW did 6.46 had a sensible race and then went clubbing in Bristol that night. Sounds like you had the pacing spot on and to feel good at the end with a solid finish. It was the only thing I'm gutted I wasn't able to do.
Another rest day today, did get up and changed to go for a run but realized left key at work so wouldn't be able to get back in the house. I also needed to make a start on my final assignment for my uni course that's due in next week and should have started a month ago. Its only level one so just need to pass and pretty simple stuff but has to be done. Feeling a little fatigued which I don't believe is the alcohol today so rest prob do me some good.
Cal Did consider harry hawks but I'm only back from holiday a week so will have holiday gut not really race ready!
Big G looks stunning, I can't wait for my run round concrete jungle stevenage tomorrow.
One thing I did learn is to never underestimate the distance. I think I messed with my head thinking it was only 36 miles, having gone further twice before, but it's still a long way!! Lesson learnt!
I have accepted the offer of a place in the Forest of Dean event, but I will probably hate it as gravel tracks