Leading architecture firm supports Blades’ half marathon effort


Whittam Cox Architects is supporting a fundraising push by Sheffield United Football Club in aid of the Special Olympics GB Sheffield squad.

The firm of architects is sponsoring and participating with the Blades team which will take on the 2017 Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon, Sheffield on Sunday (April 9)

Luke Prest of Whittam Cox will join Club physiotherapists, masseurs, video analysts, kit men and accountants, as well as Jayne and David Thompson, parents of Special Olympics GB Sheffield’s Alex Thompson, to form a Blades team which will tackle the 13-mile route in a major fundraising and awareness push.

The firm is sponsoring the team, which will tackle the endurance event to support the Special Olympics GB Sheffield squad, ahead of the Games coming to the city in August, when United’s Bramall Lane stadium will host the opening ceremony

Ashley Turner, CEO of Whittam Cox Architects, said: “We are extremely happy to sponsor the team and help them enter the race.

“Luke Prest, who heads up our Visualisation team and a lifetime Blade, 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 www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/sosheffield/sufc-halfmarathon.