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Edition No. 90

Date:- 14 March 2003

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LIVERPOOL’S Capital of Culture team is looking for some fast movers – to help the city win the race to become Europe’s Culture capital in 2008.

Around 20 runners from the city’s athletics clubs will be wearing Capital of Culture vests when they take part in this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 13 April. And the call has gone out to all the other runners taking part in the marathon from Merseyside to wear the Capital of Culture colours when they sprint – or even amble – round the capital’s streets.

Sir Bob Scott, who is leading Liverpool’s bid to lift the Capital of Culture crown, said:- “We want everyone from Merseyside taking part in the London Marathon to help promote Liverpool’s bid by wearing a Capital of Culture running vest or T-shirt.

Twenty runners aligned to athletic clubs in the city have already volunteered, but there must be many more from the region taking part. We’d like them pull on our emblem. It will be a great sight to see scores of runners flying the flag for capital of culture.”

Two of the city council’s top executive directors David McElhinney and Phil Halsall are running in the marathon. Both are seasoned runners and took part in last year’s New York marathon, raising cash for local charities.

Anyone taking part in the London Marathon and who would like to wear a Capital of Culture vest or T-shirt should ring Abbi Jenions on 0151 233 1151.
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Countryside users and landowners to benefit
MINISTER'S praise for completion of Explorer map series Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael MP on March 14 congratulated Ordnance Survey on the national completion of its award-winning Explorer map series.

Speaking at the opening of the Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show at the Birmingham NEC - the first time all 403 maps have been brought together. He announced the whole of Britain is now mapped from top to toe in the Explorer series.

Mr Michael said Explorer maps would play a fundamental role in years to come
under countryside access legislation, which opens up new access rights, "We recognise that in providing this new right, it will be important to ensure that people clearly understand which areas are accessible. That is why I was pleased to learn that the new Explorer series of maps by Ordnance Survey has been specially designed for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and all involved in outdoor activity. The maps will greatly assist countryside users and I congratulate Ordnance Survey on the completion of this work."

He added:- "At the end of last year, I announced that we would be opening up access on a regional basis so people will be able to walk on some of this land before the 2005 target date. As land is opened up, Ordnance Survey will also update the appropriate Explorer maps to help both users and landowners."

There was also praise at the same event from mountaineer Alan Hinkes – who aims to be the first Briton to climb the world's 14 highest peaks, having already scaled 12 of them. He said:- "Ordnance Survey maps mean a lot to me. I have been brought up on them and use them a lot on British hills. This is the best mapping service in the world - when you go abroad you appreciate Ordnance Survey even more."

Explorer maps replace maps in the old Pathfinder series, which covered smaller areas and did not carry extra leisure and tourist information. Many of the new maps cover up to 800 square kilometres (around 300 square miles), although a few are even larger. 

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