GLOUCESTER Rugby's community manager Gary Little has said a huge 'thank you' to the thousands of people who took part in Saturday's Sport Relief Mile at King's School.
The entire Gloucester squad took part in the event to raise money for vulnerable people in the UK and in the poorest countries around the world.
The route was two laps of Archdeacon Meadow and the squad was split into two groups that went off at 11am and 12pm surrounded by thousands of runners, Gloucester supporters, children and adults.
"We were hoping for a really good turnout and that is exactly what we got," Little told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "A huge thank you must go to King's School who stepped in at the last minute and helped us run the event.
"Gloucester Rugby is a club at the heart of the community and that is why we wanted to get involved in this national event. The support we received from the playing squad was fantastic - they really got into the spirit of the event and it was great they were able to take part.
"To see supporters mix alongside stars like Mike Tindall and Jake Boer just emphasised how important Gloucester is to the community and that is what made the event such a success.
"I think 12 or 13 million pounds has been raised nationally and Gloucester Rugby played a part in that."
Milers were able to get their faces painted, take part in kicking competitions and gather autographs as the players mingled with the crowds.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.