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10 things that made the GPW St Helens 10K Run 2014 such a great event
Updated 1:04pm Friday 21st March 2014 in News
1. The challenge
The standout thing about the course (designed by Steve Prescott himself) is that it’s not flat. So whether it was climbing North Road, Cowley Hill Lane or City Road, the runners had to dig deep. The sense of achievement for many who got over the finish line was there for all to see.
2. The weather
What a difference a year makes! In 2013 runners’ teeth were chattering because of the bitterly cold temperatures. This year there was glorious March sunshine, without it being too warm. Great for spectators and runners.
Steve Prescott’s drive and determination got the 10k off the ground. Where he led, others followed. A record turnout showed that the good he did by creating events like this for St Helens will not fade away now he is no longer with us.
4. The images
Look at some of the tremendous images this year’s 10k has produced that convey both the spectacle and emotion that it generates. And these days it’s not just for the professionals, with the crowds able to pull out their smart phones to grab a quick snap whenever they want.
5. Health and Fitness
Not everyone out there was a natural athlete. The 10k continues to inspire novices to take up running and improve their lifestyles. It’s likely that plenty of the first timers will have been bitten by the running bug.
6. Andy Reid
The triple amputee former soldier ran part of the course on his blades – even managing to get to the top of North Road! Anyone who was flagging could turn to him for inspiration.
7. The crowds
Passionate and vocal, they roared on words of encouragement and were every bit as important to the event’s success as the runners. A word of praise to the ladies from the St Helens Women's Institute who crafted the colourful crocheted bunting that hanged from the Steve Prescott Bridge.
8. Langtree Park
Saints’ stadium was rocking with enthusiastic supporters. Many of those who completed the run gathered in the stands after they had finished to cheer on the remaining runners, meaning the volume increased as the event wore on.
9. The costumes
The Predator, nuns, Bananaman, leprechauns, the 118 men and even a sumo wrestler. There were suits that caused a laugh – and a fright!
10. Rugby player spotting
Keith Senior, Shaun Briscoe, Paul Sculthorpe, Barrie McDermott, Chris Joynt and Dave Lyon were just some of the ex rugby league lads on the course. If you know your rugby, you could keep a keen eye on how they were doing. Can you identify any ex pros below?
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