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Sponsors Line Up For 5K Challenge August 5, 2008

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The Liverpool Chamber 5K Team Challenge looks set to make a grand return to the city centre on 21 September. Organisers are expecting at least 2000 runners, an increase of 1000 from when the event was held at Croxteth Park last year.

Organisers have secured major sponsorship from local companies, including recruitment specialist Adecco and Ray Ross Print Factory. The sponsorship is already being well spent, with Adecco providing running numbers, whilst Ray Ross has contributed towards printed advertising for the race.

The 5K is one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar this year” said David Wafer of Adecco. “We are delighted to be a part of the preparations as the race returns to the city centre, particularly in light of our close links to businesses in the area, and the emphasis the race places on entering teams from businesses”.

Ray Ross, of Ray Ross Print Factory, shares Mr Wafer’s enthusiasm, and highlights the charitable benefits of the race. “The 5k is a great, fun way in which to raise money

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for further information contact Alan Rothwell on 0151 427 7117. Teams can enter now at www.runliverpool.org.uk

Jenny’s Jog Blog Part I June 13, 2008

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This September 21 sees the Liverpool 5K Team Challenge taking place in the city centre. Liverpool Chamber staff are busy putting some teams together and getting in shape for the big event. One of our gazelle-like entrants is Head of Membership  Jenny Stewart. She has kindly agreed to document her Spartan-esque training routine as an inspiration for others taking on the challenge…

Week One:
Having been inspired by  Alan Rothwell at RunLiverpool, and his colourful description of  last year’s Santa Dash, I’ve decided to take on the 5K Team Challenge – as an avid dog walker, how difficult can it be? I’ve begun a disciplined training routine under the watchful eye of my much sportier sister. I think I was compelled to train when I heard I would have to buy new shoes. Unfortunately she meant running shoes, but her advice of the more expensive the better to ensure I used them, went down well and a posh pair of trainers were duly bought. Actually I got a bit of a bargain, and managed to buy an amazing pair of high heeled, ankle strap shoes in a wonderful green…(that’s quite enough of that Jenny, the ed)

On the first night, I my trainer told me so far so good. I had gone further than I’d ever gone before…I’d actually put on my running shoes. But now I had to run! We started slowly, measuring distances by lampposts rather than milestones and are working our way up.  The first night we walked a lampost and ran a lampost covering a total distance of 8/10ths of a mile. (I can be accurate because I took delight in measuring the disctance the very next morning- in the car of course!). Using the tried and tested ‘walk a bit, run a bit’ method, we’ve slowly been building up my stamina. I don’t mind admitting I’m a dedicated 20 a day smoker. I’m not proud of it but I do it. I’m also a coffee-holic, so in the Bridget Jones style: Fags: 20; Lattes (full fat): 4, and Bars of chocolates or slices of cake: 3.

At the end of week one I am covering 8/10ths of a mile. Running 3 lamposts, walking one, but looking forward to the weekend off!

Will she go for the burn? Or just burn out? Look out for next week’s update to find out!

If you or your company would like to enter a team, you can find all the details and an application form on the Run Liverpool 5k Team Challenge website.

Get Your Running Shoes On! June 3, 2008

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It’s the Liverpool Chamber 5kTeam Challenge!

Not so long ago the Liverpool Corporate Cup was the flagship event in the road racing calendar. It had a great city centre course and was attracting more that 3,000 entries from runners both in and out of the city.

Due to development work in the city it had to relocate to Croxteth Park in 2005 and since then numbers have declined due in part to the out of town location.

Liverpool Chamber and L13 10K are currently in negotiation to bring the Liverpool Corporate Cup back to the city as the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce 5k Team Challenge.

Comprising four team members from businesses in the city and the wider Merseyside area, we hope the race will take place on Sunday 21 September 2008. We feel it’s a great opportunity to promote the city in its European Capital of Culture year, and give both chamber members and other businesses a chance to endorse health and fitness within their organisations.

Alan Rothwell of Run Liverpool said: “We think we’ve got a city centre location, starting and finishing within sight of the three graces. We’re hoping for 3000 runners, and we’d love you to help. Apart from your businesses team entry, we also have some fantastic sponsorship opportunities. Would you like to have 3000 runners wearing your t-shirts? Can you provide the goody bags or winners medals? Or perhaps donate the water or fruit on the day? We’ll give you great publicity leading up to the event and of course on the day.

Please note, each team should have at least one female member.”

If you can help, email Jenny.stewart@liverpoolchamber.org.u

You can enter your teams now at www.runliverpool.org.uk