Runners do Gloucester proud in first 10K race for city
By The Citizen | Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:41
HIGH-SPIRITED runners did Gloucester proud in the city's first ever 10k race.
starter's orders: Phil Norris and Andrew Merrell from Gloucestershire Media.
cheering on: Kacey Fiminter, six, from Abbeydale, supporting her grandfather Anthony Cox in the Gloucester 10k run.
finishing line: First Gloucestershire woman runner home, Hayley Winters from Gloucester.
all ready: From left; Emma Boxall, 24, Betony Glover, 35, and Audrey Harris, 36, from Dursley.
support: Mum Alexsis Bright with children Alicia, seven, and Fraser, three, supporting dad Andrew.
warming up: Neil Martin, 37.
Some 611 turned out and were not dampened by the cold, rainy conditions runners had to face as they took to the city's streets yesterday.
They got off to a flying start after Gloucester Rugby prop Nick Wood sounded the starting horn.
The first man from Gloucester to complete the route was Andrew Bright, from Abbeydale, who did it in 38 minutes 28 seconds and was eighth in the men's race overall.
His wife Alexis and children Alicia, seven, and Fraser, three, were cheering him on as he passed the finish line.
For 37-year-old Neil Martin, from Shurdington, the 10km stretch is just a tiny part of the 2,013 miles he's running in 2013 in a relative's memory.
The sales director, who is raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: "Last year I did a whole year without alcohol and this year I'm running. It's the 15th anniversary of my cousin's son's death."
Journalism student Hayley Winters, 31, from Quedgeley, was the fastest Gloucester woman, coming third overall. She said: "I'm out running six times a week. This was a nice distance.
"It was great to be able to do a race in Gloucester going through the city centre streets."
Pals Jordan Macefield and Matt Longuet-Higgins, both 17, from Bussage, near Stroud, ran together.
Jordan said: "It's our first 10k. We didn't do much training so I was very pleased with how we did."
Video programmer Phil Beastall, 26, from Cheltenham, said: "Doing this has inspired me to push myself further.
"I don't do as much running as I should but I'm pleased with my result as it's my personal best."
He was the second man past the finish line at 35mins 41secs.
Gloucester's mayor David Brown, who ran the London Marathon in 1982, said: "This was a proud day for Gloucester. Everyone has done so very well."