Thank you to all who made the 10k Run Extra Special.
The GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k Run took place on Sunday 9th March at the home of St Helens RFC Langtree Park Stadium.
1834 Runners signed up for the main 10k Race with 205 Fun Runners for the 2k Fun.
Martin Blondel from the Steve Prescott Foundation said "The GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k Run was the first major event since the passing of Steve Prescott MBE. It was an emotional event for all concerned. The atmosphere was incredible, a perfect celebration of Steve's life. Along with the announcement the week before of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award, the support from the Rugby League and St Helens community along with the great work of the 16 SPF Ambassadors reinforces Steve's wish for the Charity to continue to inspire and support those less fortunate than ourselves.
Martin continued "We believe that the 10k Run will raise in excess of £50,000 for the SPF Charity and thousands more for the other charities involved. It is now a permanent fixture in the St Helens calendar. With Steve's guidance, we now have a run that will match if not better any 10k Run in the country. The SPF are proud to be able to put on a run of this stature but we cannot do it alone and we have the support of so many people and organisations, who are all committed to maintain the phenomenal progression of the 10k Run! By the end of this week, the public will be able to take advantage of our early bird special and sign up for next years run."
The SPF would like to thank the following in no particular order.
GPW Recruitment - For their generous sponsorship and expert advice and assistance. Special thanks to Gary Ward & Jack Houghton
St Helens Council - Unprecedented support with logistics and advertisements within the borough. Spreading the appeal of the 10k Run to the masses!
St Helens Council & NHS - Sponsorship and promotion of Free Health Checks for 40 - 79 Year Olds.
St Helens RFC - The perfect location and unique facilities for the 10k Run.
Tommy Martyn & Fraser Dainton - Expert commentary from the dynamic duo!
Irn Bru - Provided over 2,500 bottles of water free of charge.
Scoffs Outside Catering - Provided all volunteers with a food goody bag!
High 5 Energy - Provided 2000 Energy Gels at cost price
Vinyline - Provided all the branding and marketing boards for all of the race, top class
Imperial Bar & Dancefloor - Helped with promotion and PR within St Helens and surrounding areas.
CMH Cars - Provided vehicle to collect items.
I Secure - Provided 34 Stewards who made sure the route was secure for all runners. They were excellent and provided a far better service than in previous years.
St Johns Ambulance - There expertise was invaluable in extreme conditions.
Timpsons - Provided Medals for all winners free of charge along with medals for 2k and commerative
Elite Industrial - Provided all runners with top class Technical T Shirts at cost price.
Run Geek - Supplied vouchers to all participants and North Road Survivor hoodies!
Kick PA - Provided PA System which hugely assisted for the start of the race.
Sports Timing Solutions - Chip & Timing
TQ Sports provided the warm up for both the fun run and main race!
St Helens Striders - expert advice, marshals and support, special thanks to Rachel Fishwick
St Helens Sutton AC - thanks for officiating the fun run, special thanks to Anthony Young.
St Helens Rotary Club - Providing marshals on the course.
Imperial Exiles - Fantastic support and organisation of the bag holding area.
Tri Print - Provided printing for 2k runners.
TO ALL THE 94 VOLUNTEERS, WITHOUT YOU IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE!
Finally thank you to all the participants who made the 10k Run extra special.
Pictures Courtesy of Cliff Edmundson