Fasthosts runners win again!
Fasthosts have been going through a fitness surge over the last two years since “The Gym” opened around the corner from our office. Having won the Corporate Challenge in 2014, 5 teams of Fasthosts runners again entered the Gloucester 10k race, tackling a course that included many of the sights of Gloucester and we are happy to say that we successfully retained our trophy and title.
In the last 12 months our running team’s numbers have grown and we were able to enter 26 people into the challenge, split across five teams- Cheetahs, Gazelles, Fillies, Bears and Tortoises. Our objective was to win first and second place, as well as keeping the competition going amongst the slower teams.
On the day, because of a late injury, we ended up with only 4 people in the Fasthosts Cheetahs – this really puts the pressure on as you need 4 members of a team to complete the race to count in the Corporate Challenge. Regardless, I decided to keep the next fastest team, the Gazelles intact giving them a chance at second place and kept the new recruit Matt Evans in the Cheetahs (any suggestion that this was due to indecision followed by running out of time to make the change is flatly denied).
The tradition of the portaloos not being delivered on time was continued this year. A large queue from the only toilet in the park led to a short delay to the start and a few of the trees around the park were well watered by impatient runners too.
The weather conspired to give us perfect running conditions, a little chilly with a hint of wind and rain in the air, without the heat of recent weeks which was a big bonus. In the race itself, Steve Mayne and Matt Evans shot off into an early lead with myself, Josh Smith and Eliott Matthew hot on their heels and everyone else following behind. The leading group soon spread out and were out of sight by the time we made it round the Cathedral.
The overall winner of the race was James Bellward of the Cheltenham & County Harriers in 33:05 and the first Fasthosts runner to cross the finish line was Steve Mayne in 16th place with a time of 39:54.
The corporate challenge was dominated by Fasthosts’ teams and an injury during Michelle Stark’s training (a member of the Fasthosts’ Fillies) was the only thing to stand between us and a clean sweep of the top three places.
Everyone put in a great effort – no-one fell in the canal, many of the Fasthosts’ participants achieved new personal best and we also get to keep the trophy another year! Better luck next time Davies and Partners!
For more information about the Gloucester 10k visit the official website www.rungloucester.co.uk
Steve Marshall – Father, runner and development team leader at Fasthosts