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UNILEVER RUNNERS GEAR UP FOR PORT SUNLIGHT 5K
A team of 40 get on their marks for village race day
A team of 40 enthusiastic runners from Unilever are gearing up to take part in the BTR Port Sunlight Road Race this coming weekend.
The runners, many of whom are about to embark in their first race event, have been eagerly training to take part in the 5K on Sunday, 17th April.
They have been pulling on their running gear and trainers during their lunch breaks and after work to take part in regular training sessions round the picturesque village in readiness for the race.
The BTR Port Sunlight Road Race sponsored by Unilever is now firmly established in the village's event calendar and on the region's running scene.
This is the fifth consecutive year the race day has taken place in the village, which features 5K and 10K races, followed by a 1K Kids' Fun Run.
Unilever staff enjoy a number of employee-run clubs across its Port Sunlight sites, and last year a 'Couch 2 5K' group was introduced. Co-ordinated by Cathy George, the group follow the nine-week NHS training programme, which takes participants from being a complete beginner to being able to run for 30 minutes non-stop.
Cathy George, Unilever Site Communications Co-ordinator, commented:
“We’ve taken around 40 staff members through the programme so far and, for most of them, the BTR Port Sunlight Road Race will be their first organised running event.
“They are quite nervous but very excited. They still can’t quite believe that they can run 5K without stopping. We are continuing to train hard for the big day on 17 April, when we are determined to cross the finish line and collect that well-earned medal.”
Unilever is supporting the event for the third consecutive year as Unilever brightFuture – its movement for people everywhere who want to make the world a better place for their children and future generations.
start and finish next to the village green, adjacent to Port Sunlight Museum. The village green provides a fantastic backdrop for the day’s proceedings, which also includes entertainment and refreshments.
The Deputy Mayor of Wirral Councillor Pat Hackett and the Deputy Mayoress will be in attendance to cheer on and congratulate the runners.
On the day, runners can enjoy free entry into Port Sunlight Museum by showing their running number to the visitor services team upon arrival. The museum is currently hosting a special exhibition for 2016 entitled – Jenkins, Cotton, Davies: Port Sunlight in Focus 1896-1916.
The exhibition showcases rare and un-published images of the village, exploring life and work of the three local photographers who contributed most to the pictorial record of Port Sunlight during its first 20 years – Edward Jenkins, George Cotton and Jonathan George Davies.
The 5K runners set off at 10am to complete a loop route, taking in key sights across the picturesque village. They are followed at 11am by the 10K race, which is two laps of the same course. All 5K and 10K finishers will receive a bespoke finishers’ medal, T-shirt and goody bag.
In addition to the 5K and 10K races, a 1K Kids’ Fun Run will start at approximately 12.30pm once the race course is clear. They will also receive a medal and a goody bag.
The event’s official charity partners are BTR Footsteps Fundraisers charities for 2016 – Radio City’s Cash For Kids; Everton in the Community; and Zoe’s Place.
The BTR Footsteps Fundraisers initiative brings the charities together through BTR’s key race events by encouraging participants to fundraise and support them. Funds raised will be split equally between the three charities.
Youngsters taking part in the fun run will be welcomed by the charities’ mascots – Courage, Chang the elephant, and Zoe Bear.
almost 1,800 runners took part, including almost 40 running enthusiasts who ran in both the 5K and 10K to be double racers on the day. Runners were joined by thousands of spectators who lined the village roads to lend their support and cheer the runners on to the finish line.
BTR Liverpool is the leading independent organisation for creating, managing and delivering headline race events across Liverpool City Region. Its portfolio also includes the Mersey Tunnel 10K; Liverpool Santa Dash; 26-mile Whistle Stop Tour Of Wirral; and the award winning Wirral Half Marathon/10K.
Unilever is extremely proud of its history and heritage in Port Sunlight, where company founder William Lever built his factory and village in 1888. The company continues to have world class manufacturing, R&D and IT facilities based here, along with a third of its UK workforce. Unilever’s brands include household names Persil, Dove, Tresemme, Radox, Comfort and Surf.
www.btrliverpool.com or at the BTR office at 82 Market Street, Hoylake.
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Handmade Craft Fair & Bridge Cottage Artists
Presented by #Landbaby
Saturday 30th April
Following Port Sunlight Museum's Make Do & Merry Christmas event, Claire Bates, will once again host a Handmade Craft Fair in the Old School Room at the Lyceum. Claire has a loyal following with the many exhibitors selling high end products. Also open on the day to the visiting public will be Bridge Cottage, filled with local artists selling stunning framed and unframed art along with popular village designers creating crafts made from wood, wire, fabrics and wool designed into beautiful giftware, home wares and jewellery.
To find out more about the Handmade Craft Fair, visit Facebook@Landbaby
Port Sunlight Museum Special Exhibition 2016
Port Sunlight in Focus 1896 - 1916
Jenkins, Cotton & Davies
'Port Sunlight in Focus' 1986 - 1916 is Port Sunlight Museum's new special exhibition, which showcases the work of the three local photographers who contributed most to the pictorial record of the village during its first 20 years - Edward Jenkins, George Cotton and Jonathan George Davies.
The exhibition traces the early amateur photography of Jenkins and Cotton and the commercial work of J. George Davies. All three photographed the village for their own personal pleasure, but their work was also used by Lever Brothers to promote the company both nationally and internationally.
Showcasing rare and unpublished images alongside some of the most iconic views of the village, 'Port Sunlight in Focus 1896 - 1916@ runs until March 2017 and will be accompanied by a programme of talks, tours and family activities.
Port Sunlight Museum is open daily 10am - 5pm.
Small admission charges applies which goes back into helping conserve the beautiful village of Port Sunlight for future generations to enjoy.
Fun Dog Show and Children's Day
Sunday 7th August
With over 400 dogs taking part in 2015's event, this popular fun dog show has become a great family fun day.
Open Village in Port Sunlight with Handmade Craft Fair
Sunday 11th September
Residents open their houses and gardens, while village businesses open their doors to show behind the scenes, not normally open to the public!
The Lyceum will open to The Handmade Craft Fair, hosted by Landbaby & Co.
Port Sunlight Museum
Visit Port Sunlight Museum's gift shop and find a beautiful selection of products including a new contemporary linen range of products, plus the popular traditional linen style of oven gloves, tea towel, bags and matching pottery depicting views around the village.
Sunlight soap, calendars, pottery, jewellery, mugs, gift packs and so much more..... Open every day from 10am, call into the museum gift shop to find a warm welcome and a wide selection of quality gift products.
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