Norman Wilson, a former Great Britain marathon runner and winner of the 1977 Berlin Marathon is launching a new road race, to be held on Sunday 19th May 2019. The race will be held in Gloucester and will be a 10K run.
The City of Gloucester 10K run will aim to attract elite international runners, as well as club and recreational runners. The course is thought to be fast and flat, and will start on Trier Way and finish in Gloucester Park, taking in Gloucester Docks, Castlemeads Nature Reserve and stretches of the River Severn.
Wilson is hoping to make this new race a major event in the UK Athletics calendar within the next five years, hopefully attracting thousands of runners and spectators to the city.
Wilson himself is from Gloucestershire and now coaches elite long distance athletes.
He said today: “The City of Gloucester 10K Run is for professional and recreational runners. It is hoped that the event will support local businesses and promote healthy lifestyles. Having been quite ill recently my wife, Anne, and I are incredibly keen for local charities to get involved and benefit.”
Counsellor Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This is a magnificent opportunity for Gloucester to attract top runners to the city by staging a road race that allows nationally ranked times. I hope many local runners will enter what I am sure will become a prestigious event for the city.”
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