New website for Steve Prescott triathlon

Steve Prescott
Steve Prescott

A triathlon being organised in memory of St Helens rugby league legend Steve Prescott is getting a new website.

Manchester-based Tecmark signed a deal with the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) to develop the online presence for the event which will see Steve’s last wish become a reality.

The digital agency has built the site, created the content and developed an ordering system so sports enthusiasts can sign up to swim, cycle and run in aid of the charity.

Steve, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei in September 2006, came up with the idea at the end of his life to stage a triathlon to help other people battling cancer.

The event takes place on September 25 at Eccleston Mere, with races over both the Olympic and sprint distances.

It is not the first time Tecmark has helped SPF as director Richard Heyes raised more than £10,000 for the charity by climbing Kilimanjaro in October 2015.

He said: “It’s exciting to help with such a great event. When climbing Kilimanjaro last year, the SPF team mentioned to me that Steve’s dream was to organise a triathlon.

“After hearing their plans, I knew I wanted to help as much as possible, from developing the site, to helping raise funds.”

Steve was given only a few months to live after being diagnosed with his illness and the foundation in his name now works closely with The Christie hospital in Manchester to help cancer patients.

Tecmark has also teamed up with its founders’ project Shopblocks, which created a platform allowing anyone to design, build and launch an online shop, to put together the website’s ordering system.

Martin Blondel, general manager of the SPF, said: “Organising this triathlon is very challenging, so having Tecmark and Shopblocks on board is a massive help.

“Their experience and knowledge in developing sites and creating content is fantastic. We are very grateful to them.”

The SPF will also celebrate a major milestone this year as it will reach £1m in donations to its nominated charities, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and the SPF Special Causes Fund.

For more information about the triathlon, visit www.sthelenstriathlon.co.uk