Help lead the
way at the at the MBNA Chester Marathon
Photographs by Chester
THE organisers of the MBNA
Chester Marathon are looking for runners willing to pace entrants at
the 26.2 mile race this October.
They are seeking advanced runners who feel comfortable to set the
pace for less experienced runners at this year's event, which
currently holds the title as the UK's Number One Marathon, as rated
by Runner's World.*
Andy White, Joint Race Organiser at Active Leisure Events, said:-
"We are looking for runners who are able to pace at finish times
from 3hrs to 5hrs, and the thirty minute intervals in-between to
lead the way with less experienced runners. The idea is for them to
guide those who are less familiar with marathon running through the
race at the required pace to achieve their target time. Having Pace
Runners in the race will help other competitors enrich their
experience – and hopefully maintain the MBNA Chester Marathon's
title as the UK's favourite marathon."
They are looking for 2 Pace Runners for each one of
the time slots - 3hrs, 3hrs30, 4hrs, 4hrs30 and 5hrs. In return for
helping their fellow runners, those who sign up to be a pace setter
at the MBNA Chester Marathon will be kitted out by local triathlon
shop, TriActive, receiving a sporting package which includes a vest
or short sleeve printed TriActive pace runner t-shirt, shorts and a
25% TriActive discount voucher for their kit until 31 December 2013.
For helping less experienced runners around the course, MBNA Chester
Marathon Pace Runners will also receive complimentary entry to the
marathon, or a refund if they have already signed up. The pacing
slots will be on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
As in previous years, the event organisers have been
organising monthly training runs from Total Fitness, Chester, with
many of the Pace Runners attending to help under the general
guidance of a coach. Andy added:- "We pride ourselves on
offering support for our runners, which is part of the reason we
were selected as the UK's Number One Marathon earlier this year. We
want everyone to make it round the course comfortably, at their own
pace, so by offering an option to run alongside an experienced Pace
Runner, in addition to providing training runs and seminar sessions
in the lead up to the big day, we hope that we can help each one of
our entrants to achieve their own personal goals."
Information on the MBNA Chester Marathon and the Training Runs can
be found at:-
you are interested in being a pacer for this year's MBNA Chester
Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, 6 October 2013, please
contact coach, Dave Taylor at:-
* The MBNA Chester Marathon
has been named the UK's Number One Marathon for 2012 by Runner's
World after receiving 98% positive feedback from runners on their
forum, the most popular and well used running forum in Great
R Charity 1st Annual Football
LOCAL football teams
battled it out to be crowned champions of the 1st annual 'R Footy'
5-a-side tournament, to raise money for 'R Charity'.
The event, hosted by Peter Lloyd's Gym saw 15 teams battle it out to
be crowned 'R Footy' champions. On a dramatic
day, the 'Monday Night Lads' from West Derby managed
to see off the rest of the competition to claim the R Footy trophy.
Chris Hutton, team captain of Monday Night Lads said:- "We've
played together for about 10 years and we've played in a few
tournaments together. We were just happy to play and to do our bit
for a great cause like the Royal."m Hospital staff, local
businesses and other supporters all took part in the event, which
managed to raise around £1,000 towards the hospital's new
fundraising scheme R Charity. R Charity hopes to raise 10million
pounds by 2017 to provide high quality services in the recently
approved new Royal with funds going towards supporting specialist
areas such as cancer, renal, haematology, stroke and critical care
services. As a specialist regional centre for prostate and
testicular cancer, the money raised by the tournament will
specifically go towards this area. Adrian Clare, supervisor at
Peter Lloyd's and co-organiser of the event said:- "It was a
great day for all involved, being able to improve the treatment of
men's cancers in the region is a great thing to be a part of."
The Trust would like to thank all teams for taking part and
everybody who donated.
CANNABIS WEEK OF
ACTION SCRATCH AND SNIFF WITH CRIMESTOPPERS
AN innovative way of encouraging the public to
spot the tell-tale signs of cannabis farms hidden in their
communities was launched by Crimestoppers and Merseyside Police.
Thousands of 'scratch and sniff' cards have been
posted through people's doors to mark the start of a week of
enforcement action and publiCity by the Police and the independent
The campaign aims to tackle the growing problem of cannabis
cultivation in Merseyside and the UK by encouraging people to report
suspicious smells and other tell-tale signs to the Police or
The number of cannabis farms being discovered by the Police has
increased by 15% nationally and between 2010 and 2012, 900 were
uncovered on Merseyside; is the 6th highest in the country.
Merseyside Police believes cannabis cultivation is
directly linked to organised crime, with disputes between drugs
gangs over the crops leading to violence and sometimes even firearms
Crimestoppers has organised for the 'scratch and sniff'
cards to be delivered to homeowners in hotspot areas where the
force has uncovered the largest number of cannabis farms recently.
The cards contain an element that replicates the smell of cannabis
when the plant is in its growing state. which is a different smell
to when it is being smoked.
Neighbourhood officers will be reinforcing the message with a
'pop-up cannabis farm' that shows passers-by what a cannabis
factory can look like and gives them a chance to look inside at the
kind of equipment commonly used by criminals.
Officers will be on hand to talk to people in more
detail about their concerns about drugs in their area and also help
them find out more about the harmful side effects of cannabis.
Superintendent Paul White, a senior officer in the force's anti-gun
and gang crime Matrix unit, said the public had an important role to
play in helping the Police tackle a serious problem.
He said:- "Cannabis is not the harmless drug people think it
is. It's the most widely used illegal drug in the UK and it is big
business for criminal gangs. Those same gangs are also involved in
violence, intimidation and gun crime, which blight the lives of
decent, law-abiding people. We are increasingly finding higher
numbers of smaller scale cannabis farms set up in houses and flats
rather than industrial units. This means that drugs are being grown
right amongst us and collectively, the public and the Police need to
stand shoulder to shoulder and root these drugs gangs out. The
scratch and sniff cards and the 3D pop-up shop are great ways at
telling the public what to look out for when they are out and about
where they live. A distinct smell, sealed up windows, tampered with
electrical wiring, delivery of gardening equipment, visitors at all
times of the day and night; these may not seem significant
individually but together, this may be a clear sign that a drugs
gang is operating on your doorstep. My message to people who have
this kind of information is: have the confidence to tell this to
Crimestoppers. They are an independent charity, completely separate
from the Police, who you can pass information to completely
anonymously. They in turn will tell us so that we can take the
necessary action against these gangs who are damaging people's lives
and our communities."
Signs to look out for:-
► Strong and sickly sweet smell.
► Large amounts of cannabis growing
► Constantly covered or blocked off
► Visitors or deliveries at unsociable
► Strong and constant internal lighting
day and night.
► High levels of heat and condensation.
► Constant buzz of ventilation.
► Lots of cables and unusual wiring.