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Blades running for Special Olympics Sheffield team

4 April 2017

Sheffield United Football Club will be top of its fundraising game at the 2017 Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon, Sheffield when it enters a team in aid of the Special Olympics GB Sheffield squad.

Club physiotherapists, masseurs, video analysts, kit men and accountants will join Jayne and David Thompson, parents of Special Olympics GB Sheffield's Alex Thompson, and Luke Prest, of Club partner Whittam Cox Architects, to form a Blades team which will take on the 13-mile route across Sheffield on Sunday (9th April) in a major fundraising and awareness push.

The team, which is sponsored by North Derbyshire-based Whittam Cox, will tackle the endurance event to support the Special Olympics GB Sheffield squad, ahead of the games' arrival in the city in August, when United's Bramall Lane stadium will stage the opening ceremony.

Ashley Turner, CEO of Whittam Cox Architects said: "We were extremely happy to be able to sponsor the team and help them enter the race.

"Luke Prest, who heads up our Visualisation team and a lifetime Blade supporter, was going to be running anyway, so when the chance to run for a Sheffield United team arose it was a no-brainer.

"I ran myself last year and it's a tough course, but it's a fantastic cause and we're absolutely delighted to support it."

Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: "What an effort and what a great cause to support.

"It's fantastic to see so many United staff members taking on the Sheffield Half Marathon in aid of the Special Olympics GB Sheffield squad. Special thanks go to Whittam Cox Architects, who in Luke Prest, are taking part in the event as well as sponsoring the team in their efforts.

"It's also a great effort by Jayne and David Thompson, whose son Alex will be competing for Sheffield at the Special Olympics - it's a pleasure to have them on board as part of our team.

"This is such a great, worthy cause and we're encouraging anybody connected with the Club - be it staff, players, directors and fans - to give generously and donate what they can."

For more information on the team or to donate to its efforts visit

* Whittam Cox Architects is based in the Sheffield City Region with offices in Chesterfield, Leeds and London. It has worked with Sheffield United on master planning the stadium and the surrounding land. The practice are ranked in the Top 50 UK Architects and Top 150 UK Consultants rankings which are produced by leading industry publication Building Magazine.

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Back row, L-R: Luke Prest (Whittam Cox architects) Ed Owen (SUFC First Team Physio) Neil Barber (SUFC Finance Department) David Thompson (SOGB athlete Alex Thompson's father).
Front row, L-R: Kristoff Boynton (SUFC Finance Department), Jayne Thompson (SOGB athlete Alex Thompson's mother), Rhys Hughes (SUFC physio) and Luke Smith (SUFC First Team Masseur).

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