The Steve Prescott Foundation in association with Engage Mutual Assurance are pleased to announce that the GPW Legal Services St Helens 10k Run in association with Hattons Solicitors will take place on Sunday 11th March, starting and finishing at the New Saints Stadium.
The challenging route will pass through the town centre and will take in the challenge of North Road and Victoria Park.
Steve Prescott MBE said “The Foundation are really excited about next year’s run. The prospect of finishing at the new stadium was always our intention after the inaugural event. It is great to see local St Helens businesses & Saints RLFC supporting our philosophy of providing a stage to promote health and well- being to the St Helens Public.”
This year all the sponsorship has been driven by local St Helens businesses whose staff members are already putting together teams to take part either by running or by volunteering on the day.
The runs title sponsor GPW Legal Services was born out of a business venture with Hattons Solicitors. After sponsoring the first 10k run in 2011, Hattons Solicitors still wanted to support the local fundraising event but chose to do this through their new business venture with GPW.
GPW Recruitment is one of the premier recruitment firms in the region, dedicated to serving its clients to the highest standard. Therefore GPW Legal Services was formed to provide bespoke, cost effective legal advice and solutions for GPW’s corporate and private clients, giving them added value.
Managing Director of GPW, Mark Parish, said, "We are very excited to be sponsors of the St Helens 10K Run 2012. A number of staff from GPW took part in last year’s run and really enjoyed it. There was a great sense of accomplishment and team spirit, and it's a great opportunity to get motivated do something different outside of the working environment that can also contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Steve Prescott is truly inspirational. His on going battle against cancer and his amazing positive mental attitude sets him apart from most - I do not know where he gets his energy from! It is an honour to be working with the Steve Prescott foundation and we will pull out all the stops to ensure next year’s run is a massive success."
With the new St Helens RFC Stadium opening in 2012 it’s a fitting venue for the St Helens 10k Run to start and finish, as people get to run into and out of the stadium adding to the overall experience.
Eamonn McManus, Saints Chairman, said: “St Helens RFC are delighted that the Steve Prescott Foundation have chosen the new Saints Stadium to stage the GPW Legal Services St Helens 10k Run. The run will integrate the community of St Helens and our new stadium will be a perfect amphitheatre for all the athletes and spectators. It will provide them with a thrilling climax to the challenging 10k course. All Saints staff and players are excited about the event and many have already agreed to take part and raise funds for the Saints Foundation.”
Leader of St.Helens Council, Marie Rimmer was delighted to support the launch of the event, saying, "Steve is an inspiration to us all and his Foundation raises thousands for very worthy causes. His dedication to helping others is a real motivation to others and I hope that as many people as possible will support the run."
The New Tesco Extra Store, which has recently opened next to the new Saints Stadium, will also be providing valuable assistance to the run.
Glyn Heppenstall, Tesco Store Manager, said, “Tesco St Helens Extra is really excited to be one of the key sponsors of the St Helens 10k run which raises thousands of pounds for good causes. This will be the first time the race will finish the new stadium next to our new store. We are proud to pledge the £2,000 as well as giving every participant a bottle of water and a t-shirt on the day. During the build-up to the big race we will be hosting signing-up days here in our new store.”
Every Runner will receive a free t shirt and medal plus DW Sports Fitness & Domino’s Pizza are providing excellent incentives for all runners.
As well as being able to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation, five other local charities will benefit from the run. Willowbrook Hospice, Tunza’s Pride, Honeyrose Foundation, Andy Reids Soldiers Charity plus Saints Community Development Foundation, who work with more than 50,000 young people in the town on educational, sporting and healthy lifestyle projects.
To enter and keep up to date with the 10k run please visit sthelens10krun.org.uk or contact Martin Blondel on 07971 792859.