Front Row View as Celebs Hit Liverpool ONE for Sport Relief

Top Quote The nation is going sport mad in 2012, but providing some release from the pressures of picking up a gold, a host of celebrities and sporting stars will be arriving in Liverpool to raise money for Sport Relief. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 01, 2012 - Liverpool, UK - The nation is going sport mad in 2012, but providing some release from the pressures of picking up a gold, a host of celebrities and sporting stars will be arriving in Liverpool to raise money for Sport Relief. In the latest of a series of challenges set to the stars, Teams England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will each take their turns to row the equivalent of 138 miles - the distance between Liverpool and Belfast, before making tracks to their next challenge in Belfast.

    Teams heading to Liverpool ONE are:

    - Team Wales on Sunday 11th March - including TV's Gethin Jones, rugby legend Gareth Thomas and Olympian Iwan Thomas

    - Team England on Monday 12th March - including TV's Phil Spencer, cyclist Chris Boardman MBE and sailing's Dame Ellen MacArthur

    - Team Scotland on Wednesday 14th March - including rugby star Kenny Logan, athletics star Stephanie Cook and weather presenter Cat Cubie

    - Team Ireland on Saturday 17th March - including TV stars Craig Doyle, Diarmuid Gavin and Amanda Byram

    'Team England' will arrive at the Liver Building after cycling from Wales on Sunday, and head to Paradise Place in Liverpool ONE to hit the rowing machines. Their arrival marks the latest leg of the 'First Nation Home' challenge for Sport Relief; a seven day, 1,000-mile race around the UK and Ireland.

    Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE said: "Sport Relief is a great way for everyone to raise money for those people who need it most. We're really pleased to be able to welcome teams from across the UK for their latest challenge, and I'm sure that our visitors will turn out in force to cheer them on during what should be a gruelling task."

    The celebrity teams from across the UK will be taking part in the challenge which sees them cycle, row, run and sail.

    The First Nation Home challenge starts on 10th March 2012, and anyone can join in to help represent their country for the final 6-mile leg in each nation's capital city on Sunday 25th March 2012. For more information on the First Nation Home challenge visit Sport Relief will be airing on BBC1 on Friday 23rd March.

    Full Team Details:
    Team England
    - Josh Lewsey MBE (Rugby, Captain)
    - Chris Boardman MBE (Cycling)
    - Rob Edmond (TV Personality)
    - Phil Spencer (TV Personality)
    - Richard Stannard (Triathlon)
    - Dame Ellen MacArthur (Sailing)
    - Martin Corry MBE (Rugby)
    - Phil Vickery MBE (Rugby)

    Team Ireland
    - Craig Doyle (TV Personality, Captain)
    - Paddy Johns (Rugby)
    - Amanda Byram (TV Personality)
    - Sonia O'Sullivan (Athletics)
    - Diarmuid Gavin (TV Personality)
    - Shane Byrne (Rugby)
    - Niall Woods (Rugby)
    - Joe Barr (Cycling)
    - Ian Moore (Sailing)

    Team Scotland
    - Dougie Vipond (TV Personality)
    - Rob Wainwright (Rugby)
    - Graeme Obree (Cycling)
    - Alain Baxter (Skiing / Cycling)
    - Jennifer Reoch (Miss Scotland)
    - Cat Cubie (TV Personality)
    - Jock Wishart (Explorer)
    - Kenny Logan (Rugby)
    - Scott Hastings (Rugby)
    - Stephanie Cook MBE (Athletics)

    Team Wales
    - Gethin Jones (TV Personality, Captain)
    - Gareth Thomas (Rugby)
    - Iolo Williams (TV Personality)
    - Iwan Thomas MBE (Athlete)
    - Dafydd James (Rugby)
    - Richard Parks (Rugby)
    - Frances Donovan (TV Personality)
    - Ed Wright (Sailing)
    - Matthew Page (Cycling)

    About Liverpool ONE:
    Liverpool ONE is one of Europe's leading retail and leisure destinations, set in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Built around the existing streets of Liverpool, the 1.65million sq ft contemporary open-air complex is a stylish must-visit for those who love to shop, eat, drink and relax.

    Liverpool ONE includes over 160 stores, bars and restaurants, a fantastic 14 screen cinema, an indoor adventure golf course and a five-acre park. Stores include high street favourites such as Topshop, John Lewis, Debenhams, Karen Millen, Whistles and Reiss - as well as the Home Quarter, full of great brands to kit out any stylish abode.

    Liverpool ONE also boasts House of Fraser's first smaller format concept store in the North West, and only its second in the UK, in Liverpool ONE's Peter's Lane. Stores are open for late night shopping until 8pm every weekday, with restaurants open all evening (closing times vary).

    Liverpool ONE has a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes with something to suit everyone's taste from VIP haunt Palm Sugar Lounge to the fantastic Jamie's Italian!

    Located in the heart of Liverpool ONE is Chavasse Park, five acres of open space where visitors can unwind after a long day of shopping. The park is also home to many of Liverpool ONE's events.

    Parking for Liverpool ONE is located at three secure Q-Park car parks. The multi-storey Q-Park John Lewis offers 580 spaces and links direct to the John Lewis store; Q-Park Liverpool ONE (accessed via Strand Street) is a 2000-space underground car park; and Q-Park Hanover Street, a 560-space multi-storey car park on the edge of Liverpool ONE.

    Liverpool ONE press office:
    T: 0161 238 9400
    E: liverpoolone ( @ ) webershandwick dot com
    Laura Houghton
    Liverpool ONE
    5 Wall Street, Liverpool
    Zip: L1 8JQ
    Tel: 0151 232 3100
    Email: enquiries ( @ ) liverpool-one dot com

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