- Created: Monday, 23 May 2016 13:02
On the 25th September 2016, the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) will host the Tabern St Helens Triathlon. Last year’s inaugural triathlon was immensely successful; the foundation set up in his name had finally made the great man’s dream become a reality. The race will start at Eccleston Mere and will include an Olympic and Sprint triathlon distance.
Martin Blondel, general manager of the SPF, described the event as the hardest logistical challenge in the SPF’s history.
He said: “Steve and I had been working on the concept of a triathlon taking place in St Helens for over three years. Leading people within St Helens said it would not happen. It was Steve’s last wish that it would take place. We could have easily opted for an indoor swim but Steve wanted in true SPF style for the triathlon to be a full test and this certainly is! Last year we attracted over 300 participants, this year we are hoping that "triathletes" of all abilities will test themselves and be inspired by Steve's courage in our Million Pound Year"
The second part of the triathlon will tackle the famous “Shaley Brow” into Orrell and back down past the Lancashire Manor Hotel through Crawford Village then into Rainford High School, who will host the second transition area. The Olympic triathletes will head back out to Crank for another loop of the cycling course with the sprint triathletes setting out from the school onto a 5km course around Rainford. On completion of the 25 mile bike ride the Olympic triathletes will attempt the Rainford 10k course to finish the triathlon.
John Tabern Managing Director of Tabern Property Consultants said “It is with great pride that Tabern Property Consultants have secured the opportunity to sponsor this SPF event. Not only did I have honour of knowing Steve personally, but I was involved with the foundation in the early years and as a consequence I know how close to Steve's heart the St Helens Triathlon was.”
“This makes our sponsorship all the more poignant. Supporting the legacy of the late great Steve Prescott MBE is a privilege and we shall endeavour to be pro-active in making this year’s event a huge success.”
Open Water Swimming Training starts on Monday 16th May 1830-2000 at Eccleston Mere and will continue every Monday evening throughout the summer. Full changing facilities are available and a nominal fee will be charged. Profits from the training will go to the Steve Prescott Foundation. Terry Bates from Be Ur Best will offer all participants expert training that will make sure they are ready for 25th Sept.
The SPF would to thank Tabern Property Consultants and John Tabern for their fantastic generous sponsorship of this year’s event. The SPF would also like to thank Rob Macleod (Vital Events) Terry Bates (Be Ur Best), St Helens Tri Club, Pilkington Sailing Club, Pheasant Equities, St Helens Council, Inspire Risk Management Group, Swindells Roofing, St Helens Scaffold, Tecmark, Timpsons, Vinyline and Rainford High School for making this event happen.
There are numerous sponsorship opportunities available for local companies to support the St Helens Triathlon. For further details contact Martin Blondel on 07971792859
You can register for the Tabern St Helens Triathlon at www.sthelenstriathlon.com supported by Tecmark.
Supersaver prices are available until 31st May 2016