The Handepay St Helens Triathlon

01 Feb 2017 in News

The Handepay St Helens Triathlon The Handepay St Helens Triathlon

Handepay St Helens Triathlon 2017 in association with The Steve Prescott Foundation


On the 10th September 2017, the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) will host the St Helens Triathlon.  The inaugural triathlon was held in 2015 when the SPF finally made Steve Prescott’s dream for a Triathlon in St Helens  become a reality.

The event will start with an open water swim section at Eccleston Mere and will include Standard and sprint distances. Team entries are also welcomed for the Standard distance only priced at £60 per team.

The SPF is delighted to continue with the amazing support of Handepay, a card processing company based in Haydock. The SPF is Handepay’s nominated charity and they and they have pledged to raise a further £20,000 over the course of the next year.  Last year they raised over £13,000 with a series of fundraising events including ‘The Grand Final Walk’, where staff walked 18 miles from Haydock to Old Trafford for the Rugby League Grand Final.

 Andy Peake, managing director of Handepay, says: ‘It’s a pleasure to be able to continue to raise money and support the great work of the Steve Prescott Foundation. We are thrilled to be able to sponsor such a challenging local event that was Steve Prescott’s dream.’

 St Helens Council Sports Development Officer Gemma Webster said. “The St Helens Triathlon is a fantastic event for local people to get fit, try something new and support a worthy cause.”

 “Sports Development are currently working with British Triathlon and St Helens Tri club to develop a beginners' triathlon programme, culminating in a summer 'Go Tri' event. We are building on our successful Couch to 5k model, providing an opportunity to try the different elements and take part in a very short version, a great practise event before the St.Helens Triathlon!”

 Matthew Berridge- James  of Pheasant Equities owners of Eccleston Mere said,

 "Pheasant Equities are delighted to support The Steve Prescott Foundation in it's tenth anniversary year. We are so pleased to see Eccleston Mere being utilised for a community event that is now established in the Triathlon calendar."

 The event has attracted over 200 participants from all over the UK in each of the first two years.

Martin Blondel, the general manager of the Steve Prescott Foundation, described the event as the hardest logistical challenge in the foundation’s history.

He said:

“Steve and I had been working on the concept of a triathlon taking place in St Helens for over three years. Leading people within St Helens said it would not happen. It was Steve’s last wish. We could have easily opted for an indoor swim but Steve wanted in true SPF-style for the triathlon to be a full test and this certainly is! This year we are hoping that ‘triathletes’ of all abilities will test themselves and be inspired by Steve’s courage as we celebrate the 10 year Anniversary of the SPF.”

The cycle phase of the triathlon starts at Eccleston Mere and tackles the famous “Shaley Brow” into Orrell and back down past Lancashire Manor Hotel through Crawford Village then into Rainford High School, who will host the second transition area.

The Standard triathletes will head back out to Crank for another loop of the cycling course with the sprint triathletes setting out from the school onto a 5km course around Rainford.

When the Standard triathletes have completed the 25 miles bike ride they will attempt the Rainford 10k course to complete the triathlon 

Sprint distance (750m/20km/5km) £42 BTF/BE Members, non members £47 Standard distance(1.5km/40km/10km)£52 BTF/BE Members, non members £58

Open Water Swimming Training takes place at Eccleston Mere every Monday evening at 1830 throughout the summer. Full changing facilities are available and a nominal fee will be charged.  Profits from the training will go to the Steve Prescott Foundation. Terry Bates from Be Ur Best  will offer all participants expert training that will make sure they are ready for 10th September.

The SPF would like to offer sincere thanks to Handepay for their sponsorship and to also to Terry Bates (Be Ur Best) and Tecmark for their support and advice.

Thank you to St Helens Tri Club, Pheasant Equities, St Helens Council, Inspire Risk Management Group, Pilkington Sailing Club, Swindells Roofing, St Helens Scaffold,  Timpsons, Vinyline and Rainford High School for making this event happen.