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Radio Hire for St. Helen’s 10K Run in Merseyside

date Released On 10th Mar 2022

Radio Hire for St. Helen’s 10K Run in Merseyside

Radio hire is a big part of our daily business at RadioTrader. We get especially busy when sports events such as road races swing into high gear each year. But what difference can two-way radios make to events like this? 

The organisers and sponsors of the St. Helen’s 10k Run in Merseyside shared their experience of hiring radios from us for this year’s race. 

Logo for St. Helen's 10k Run, MerseysideAbout the St. Helen’s 10k Run

2022 was the 12th annual event for the St. Helen’s 10k Run. One of its organisers is the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF), a charity formed by its namesake, Steve Prescott MBE. Steve was a former St. Helens, Hull, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and international rugby league player who sadly passed away in 2013 from a rare abdominal cancer. 

The SPF helps to raise awareness about the condition, called pseudomyxoma peritonei; it has also raised over £1.5m funds for good causes since its inception in 2007, including the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where Steve was treated, and research into treatment for this type of cancer.

The St. Helen’s 10k Run fulfilled one of Steve’s wishes to give the people of St’ Helens and the Rugby League community a vehicle to get fit and healthy.  

What problem did the organisers have? 

The St. Helen’s 10k is one of the toughest 10k races around, owing to the hills en-route and invariably challenging weather at that time of year, not to mention the distances between race marshalls and organisers over the course. 

All these conditions can make two-way communication challenging, but it is undoubtedly crucial for the smooth running of an event like this. 

Our solution 

Traditional two-way radios can struggle with coverage in certain environmental conditions, and the distances involved over this 10k event made range an issue, as well. 

Fortunately, RadioTrader had the ideal solution with the latest press-to-talk over cellular (PoC) radio handsets, which uses the 3G/4G cellular network for coverage rather than traditional radio frequencies. 

RugGear RG360 SmartphonePoC radios not only provide saturated coverage over an extensive area, but allow everyone to communicate efficiently as a group, with high quality voice calls.

For this event, RadioTrader supplied RugGear RG360 Push-to Talk over Cellular devices. The RugGear RG360 features a dedicated PTT button, a powerful front speaker, a three-inch display that is designed to be easily read outdoors, and a dedicated emergency button. It can also be operated with wet hands or with gloves - ideal for outdoor events in March! It's easy to use and provides unlimited coverage over a wide area via our Connect Plus platform.

How did things turn out?

The event organisers were very pleased with the solution used for the race, and said, 

“I have to say your Radios where the best we have ever hired; they were crystal clear at all times and never once lost reception. Thank you so much for supplying”. 

The organisers have another event coming up in the next few months, and the positive experience of the St. Helen’s 10k Run has convinced them that they’ll be coming back to RadioTrader to hire the same radio equipment once again.

Get in touch with RadioTrader to talk about radio hire for your event. 

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