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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will give a blessing to all runners before the start of the 9th annual 10K race at St Helen’s Rugby Football Club on Sunday 10th March at 9am.

Archbishop Sentamu will be joined at the start of the race for the blessing by keen runners including the Bishop of Newcastle, Bishop Christine Hardman, Archdeacon of Warrington Roger Preece and other clergy from St Helens.

Linzi Prescott, Trustee of the 10K co-organisers, The Steve Prescott Foundation, said “It is fantastic to have Archbishop John Sentamu in attendance to give all our runners a blessing before they tackle the undulations of North Road and Victoria Park. I am sure the Archbishop will give the athletes an extra boost to achieve their goals and become a North Road Survivor. It is a testament to how the 10K has now developed into one of the best 10K’s in the North West, if not the country, and how the St Helens community comes together to promote health and well-being within the borough”.

Archbishop Sentamu said “Having blessed the Great North Run last year I am delighted to bless all the runners in St Helens. I admire the dedication involved in preparing for such an undertaking and will pray that all runners achieve their personal best on the day. Please join me in supporting all taking part.” 

There is still time for new runners to come forward with limited places available for the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10K Run. Potential runner can go to  A price increase from £22 to £25 will also be implemented from 1st February.

Thanks to the generosity of the churches in St Helens, spectators are encouraged to go to Church Square where they will receive free Bacon Barms with Tea and Coffee, and have the opportunity to meet Archbishop John Sentamu.

Notes for editors

Archbishop Sentamu's visit is part of Tell Serve Give, a series of events from 7th to 10th March organized by churches across the Diocese of Liverpool. Tell Serve Give is an opportunity for churches to show the bigger difference they can make to their community while giving local people a chance to see what the church family can do for them.

In St Helens, a team lead by the Bishop of Newcastle, will be involved in a host of events, including a business breakfast, an inter-faith football tournament, an RE conference, a curry night, the St Helens Park Run, activities for children & young people, and an evening with comedian John Archer. It will culminate in Archbishop John Sentamu's visit to St Helens on the morning of Sunday 10th March. For more details of all these events, go to

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