The postponed St. Helens 10K took place last Sunday (15 April) with the run dedicated to the memory of Violet-Grace Youens who was tragically killed last year. Over 1600 runners competed in what was an emotionally charged day, with Violet’s parents, Rebecca and Glenn Youens, on hand to start the race from the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Celebrating what was its 8th year, the 10k is the flagship event of the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF), which has been inspired by Steve Prescott MBE in his determination to enhance the health and fitness of the whole community.
The SPF had over 100 fundraisers taking part including trustee Linzi Prescott and ambassadors and ex rugby league stars Barrie McDermott and Shaun Briscoe.
St Helens Sutton AC’s Matthew Crehan, who has been on fine form in 2018, secured a comprehensive victory in 31:21, over two minutes ahead of Morpeth Harriers’ Karl Taylor (33:44), with James Allen of St Helens Striders coming third in 35:00.
Kelly Hamilton, also of St Helens Striders, was the convincing winner in the female competition in 40:18, with Kirkby Milers’ Jennifer Houghton (41:24) second and Warrington AC’s Louise Blizzard in third place (41:47).
A recent release on the St. Helens 10K website read: “Thank you so much to everyone for your fantastic support.The event would not have been possible without the army of volunteers who donated their time and vocal support for the runners. The marshals on the course to ensure the safety of runners and to encourage the runners were praised for their amazing support.”
Entry for the St Helens 10K 2019 is now open, with the first 400 entries available at just £16.