The inaugural Gloucester City Marathon proved a resounding success. Runners enjoyed a sightseeing tour of this historic location and generous prizes at the head of the field.
TriMax chose the cathedral city of Gloucester as the setting for this new race; a case of ancient meets modern with the added incentive of a PB on closed city centre roads. Runners were presented with views of the Cathedral, canals and countryside whilst pushing their minds and bodies to their limits. All of which was accompanied by hot, windy weather conditions that tested their resolve even further.
British 100 km record holder and UK Wings for Life World Run winner Steve Way turned in another outstanding performance. He was first across the line in 2:29:45 followed by Jarlath McKenna of Bristol and West AC in 2:35:21. Marc Graham of Reigate Priory AC took third place in 2:43:11.
Potteries Marathon winner Hannah Oldroyd of Saltaire Striders won the women’s race in 2:57:58. Shona Crombie-Hicks of Cheltenham & County Harriers was second in 3:08:10. Laura Holton was third in a time of 3:09:31.
A first prize of £2,000 was equally divided between the winning man and woman; with £500 evenly split between the fastest man and woman from Gloucestershire.
Young Gloucestershire were chosen as the official charity partner for this race providing help and advice to disadvantaged young people aged 11-25. With additional support from Heart Radio and Warners Motor Group.