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Issue:- 12 September 2013

Nike to renew Chester Half Marathon sponsorship deal

THE Nike Running Challenge Chester Half Marathon will be back, bigger and better than ever before in 2014, following confirmation from Nike Factory Stores that they will support the race as its title sponsor for another 2 years.

The organisers have also announced that there will be no increase on 2013 prices for those who enter early.

Chris Hulse, Joint Organiser of the Nike Running Challenge Chester Half Marathon commented:- "We are delighted that Nike Factory Stores will return in 2014 and 2015 as title sponsor of the Chester Half Marathon.  This has enabled us to freeze prices for the 2014 event for those who enter early, bucking the current trend amongst mass participation races in the UK".

The alliance means that all entrants into the 2014 race will receive a specially designed, Nike technical t-shirt and medal, as well as race day access to all the latest products from the local Cheshire Oaks Nike Factory Store and the new store in Broughton.

Entries will go live on Monday, 14 October 2013, 1 week after the MBNA Chester Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 6 October 2013. Early bird entry will remain unchanged from 2013, priced at £26 for UKA affiliated runners and £28 for non-affiliated runners.

Chris added:- "Entries will open on Monday 14 October and following this announcement, combined with selling out last year, we are expecting an influx of entries in the months leading up to Christmas. The continued backing of such a successful global brand is a real coup for the race, and the news will help us to take it to the next level as a key race in the UK calendar".

Nike Factory Stores came on board as title sponsor of the 2013 race in April this year, just one month before the event, and they made a real impact, even in such a short space of time.

Chris said:- "Nike has such an established heritage with running and the wider sporting community, and they played a key part in making the 2013 race a success. We plan to work with them very closely in the build up to the 2014 race to ensure that each and every entrant has an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons. In addition to the top quality products that runners will receive as they cross the finish line, we intend to create a fantastic race village at the start line at Chester Racecourse with opportunities to get advice from running experts".

The Nike Running Challenge Chester Half Marathon, which sells out ever year, will start at Chester Racecourse, heading out through the streets of Chester and finishing in the city centre, outside the Town Hall and historic Cathedral.

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MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives from the forces specialist Matrix team are examining a shotgun found in a Merseyside cemetery on:- Tuesday, 10 September 2013.

A member of the public, found the shotgun after going to the cemetery to tend to a grave. Whilst he was in the cemetery he spotted the gun which had been hidden behind a holly bush.

The member of the public then handed the shotgun in to officers at Marsh Lane Police Station at 3pm.

Forensic experts are now examining the weapon and ammunition.

Detective Inspector Lee Schofield from Matrix, said:- "The recovery of this gun means another weapon has been taken off the streets of Merseyside and I would like to thank member of the public who found the gun for their vigilance and prompt action. Information from the public is vital for us in the fight against gun crime and I would appeal to anyone who has information about where guns are being stored, or who is using them to call Crimestoppers anonymously. We act on all information provided to us in relation to firearms. More and more offenders are looking for alternative places to store their weapons. So I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to members of the public, including dog walkers and people who work unusual shifts, who spot someone acting suspiciously on waste ground or in gardens to contact us."

Anyone with information regarding those involved in gun crime, or where guns are being stored, is asked to contact the specialist Matrix team on:- 0151 777 5687, or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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