St Helens has been twinned with Stuttgart since 1948. The twinning fosters better relations, breaking cultural divides, and to this day through the sharing of knowledge, can be harnessed to great effect.
On the 25th anniversary year of the Stuttgart Half Marathon, which also included a 7k- twenty thousand runners took part in, the city of Stuttgart invited 3 St Helens athletes to stay in the city and provided accommodation, transportation and race entry.
The evening before the event, all invitees enjoyed a ceremony held in the town hall. There was a huge gathering from a Cardiff Swimming Club, as can be seen from Dr. Frédéric Stephan’s blue shirt.
Gemma Harkness- from The Council’s Sports Development team liaised with her counterparts in Stuttgart. The lucky three who responded to the invite and secured entry through the prize draw; were as follows: Elizabeth Rose from the Pink Panters running group, and Chris Reid and Jon-Jo Doherty from the St Helens Striders.
Article by Jon-Jo Doherty
Main photo – ‘St Helens was the first to twin with Stuttgart’ Photo by “City of Stuttgart/Martin Lorenz”