A 10K run which was launched to remember a teenager who died after he was hit by a car on the East Lancs returns this weekend.

The Rainford 10k will once again be held in the village to give the community a chance to raise money for charity while remembering teenager George Faulkner, who died aged just 17 in October 2008 after being hit by a car while crossing the East Lancs Road near the junction with Windle Island.

The former Rainford High student is fondly remembered and the school staff, Interserve and students have again offered support over and above expectations while allowing use of the school areas as the race base.

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George Faulkner

The event is again being organised by BeUrBest, a local organisation headed by St Helens TRI club Head Coach Terry Bates, working closely in association with Rainford High Technology College, which is also the finishing gantry for the race.

Former rugby league player Barrie McDermott will be starting the race to kick proceedings off on Sunday, October 6.

BeUrBest said: "We were delighted with the response last year, with just over 400 runners in the main race.

"This year we are having to compete for entries with the Ormskirk 10k being on the same day.

"We had some great feedback from last years changed race route. This now makes best use of the Rainford Linear paths and trails as well as the roads to minimise the disruption to residents for the relatively short duration of the road race. This meant we had a new course record set by James Wootton. Our 2017 winner and now a joint sponsor Mathew Crehran of ‘Made to Run’ hopes to regain his title as our first double winner of the George Faulkner memorial Trophy.

"Runners who enter the Rainford 10K will be helping not only themselves but also improving the lives of those needing help."

The event's chosen charities are Henshaws, TCF and Tommy’s – and we hope to help them all with your continued support. We also work with and support the Oliver King Foundation and the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF).

A 1k fun run for all ages will be held within the grounds of Rainford High School before the main event (children aged under four must be accompanied by an adult) to be started by George Mathias, who was involved with Run With George.