More than 1,600 runners took part in the annual St Helens 10K event on Sunday - the first held since the passing of event founder Steve Prescott.
Stockport Harrier Jake Littlehales crossed the Langtree Park finish line first in an impressive time of 32 minutes 30 seconds. Wigan Phoenix runner Vicky Bryant was the fastest woman in 39 minutes 18 seconds. As ever, elite runners went shoulder to shoulder with charity fund-raisers and runners in elaborate fancy dress. And they were all treated to glorious bright sunshine as they made their way from the Saints ground up the now infamous North Road hill and back again.
There were a few famous faces among the runners too including Shaun Briscoe, Terry O’Connor, Barry McDermott and the BBC’s George Riley - a Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) ambassador. Top boxer Martin Murray won the race among the SPF ambassadors in a time of 42 minutes 47 seconds. Solider and charity hero Andy Reid, who lost both his legs and an arm in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan, also took part and was roared along the course by supporters.
Event organiser Martin Blondel, from the SPF, admitted that it had been “tough” not to have Precky there on the day. But he described the support of the runners - including nearly 300 running on behalf of the foundation - as “absolutely phenomenal”.
He said: “It was a hard day emotionally for everyone who was close to Steve but he gave us a directive of what he wanted us to do and we’re following that to the letter. The event just gets bigger and better every year and is already a fixture on the St Helens calendar. We’re sure the good people of St Helens will continue to support it.”
n More pictures from the race on pages 92 and 93, plus see our video on our website at www.sthelensreporter.co.uk