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Opus Energy Sponsors Two Employees To Run New York Marathon

Two employees of a Northampton based business, Opus Energy, a leading independent supplier of electricity to UK businesses, are aiming to raise £3000 for a local charity by running the New York Marathon on Sunday 1st November. Their challenge will form part of a wider pledge by Opus Energy to raise £10,000 for the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Neil Robinson, a Credit Controller and Tanya Matchett, Credit Control Team Leader for Opus Energy are both novice runners and have never run competitively before.

The pair will be the 7th and 8th employees from Opus Energy to enter the New York marathon as part of an initiative that the company began in 2007. Each year, Opus Energy pays travel costs, hotels, and entry fees for the chosen employees, encouraging them to achieve a challenging personal goal, as well as raise funds for an important local cause.

Neil is preparing for the marathon by running four miles a day, three times a week, with a longer run at weekends. He achieved 14 miles last weekend and is increasing this distance gradually each week.

Neil said, “I’ve watched colleagues return from running the New York marathon for the last two years and talk about what an amazing experience they’ve had. I turned 40 this year and haven’t really pushed myself physically yet, so I wanted to take up the challenge. It’s a great opportunity to raise funds for a good cause and get fit in the process.”

Tanya has been hitting the gym and using a number of training strategies to prepare for the run.

Tanya said, “I’m a complete beginner – when I started I couldn’t even run to the end of my street! So I’ve had to go back to basics and learn a correct running technique with training sessions at the gym. Now I think I’ve caught the running bug – I’ve signed up for more running events, including another marathon next year. I really wanted to help Opus Energy achieve its targets for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice as it’s a great local cause.”

Charlie Crossley Cooke, MD and founder of Opus Energy said:

“This is the third year we have offered Opus Energy employees the opportunity to complete the New York Marathon. It’s a great way to support and raise money for a local charity. We are one hundred percent behind Neil and Tanya and wish them both the best of luck.”

As part of its commitment to support the local community, Opus Energy also recently announced its sponsorship of one of Britain’s most promising young hopes for the London 2012 Olympics, Northamptonshire-based gymnast Daniel Keatings.

For more information on Opus Energy’s pledge to the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, and Opus Energy’s sponsorship of Daniel Keatings, please visit www.opusenergychallenge.com.

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Opus Energy To Sponsor One Of Britain’s Most Promising Young Hopes For London 2012, Northamptonshire-Based Gymnast Daniel Keatings

Hailing from Corby, 19 year old Daniel has been in world-beating form this year. With a silver medal in the All Around final at the Senior European Championships, Britain’s first ever All Around medal in a major championship, and a bronze on the Pommel Horse at a World Cup Event.

He set the gymnastics world alight last year when he became Junior All Around Champion at the European Championships, including an amazing four gold medals. His final haul, which also included team gold and another individual bronze, was the first time a British gymnast had ever achieved such a feat.

Daniel’s current focus is the World Championship coming up in October, taking place at the O2 Arena in London. The event will be a glimpse of his ultimate dream of winning a medal on home soil at London 2012. Daniel has already had a taste of the Olympics after representing Great Britain in Beijing.

Opus Energy, whose head offices are in Northampton, will be supporting Daniel all the way up to London 2012. The firm’s sponsorship, which will cover essentials such as coaching, competition fees, equipment and travel, will allow him to dedicate his time solely to achieving success in the sport without having to find alternative ways of generating income.

Currently a Junior Ambassador for Northamptonshire Enterprise, Daniel also promotes sport and exercise in local schools.

Daniel studied at Kingswood School and his potential for stardom was evident from the age of nine when he became part of the Junior British Gymnastics Squad, after winning his first national gold medal. His first major medal came in 2007 when he won silver on the Pommel Horse at the Senior European Championships.

Daniel will be keeping a blog that will provide updates on his progress, which can be found at: www.opusenergychallenge.com

Commenting on Opus Energy’s sponsorship of Daniel, Charlie Crossley Cooke, Managing Director at Opus Energy, said:

“Opus Energy is proud to be sponsoring a local world class athlete. Daniel is showing huge potential and we are delighted to be able to support him in a way that will allow him to focus on his dream of success. He’s had a great year and we wish him every success for the World Championships in October. We will all be following his progress closely.”

Daniel Keatings said:

“I’m delighted to have the backing of a local business like Opus Energy. Their support gives me the peace of mind that I know I can dedicate all my time to training towards my dream of Olympic success.”

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The Second Barclaycard World Freerun Championships, Which Is Due To Take Place On 5th August, Will See London’s Trafalgar Square Transformed As It Attracts Competitors From Around The Globe

The event which is now in its second year is the foremost international competition for the rapidly expanding urban sport of freerunning, and is set to attract up to 7000 fans to Trafalgar Square.

For one night only, 27 freerunners representing 17 different countries across five continents will tackle a specially designed course in Trafalgar Square that will enable them to showcase their creativity and the excitement and physicality of freerunning.

Although capacity for the event is limited to 7,000, tickets will be made available free of charge to fans via the Barclaycard World Freerun Facebook page from mid-July.

The event will be supported by a major promotional campaign from Barclaycard that will encourage people to ‘see London differently’, through the eyes of a freerunner, with ordinary architectural features and street furniture becoming obstacles to be overcome.

Among the competitors will be the inaugural Barclaycard World Freerun champion, Gabriel ‘Jaywalker’ Nunez from the United States who triumphed at the 2008 event held at Camden’s Roundhouse. He will face stiff opposition this year from an even stronger field that includes British hopefuls Paul ‘Blue Devil’ Joseph, George ‘G-Force’ Mayfield and Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff, runner up to Nunez at last year’s event. Other names to watch out for include Pavels ‘Pasha’ Petkuns of Latvia, Austrian Andrej ‘N-D’ Lisal, Jason Paul from Germany, Mexico’s Erick ‘Daer’ Sanchez, Bulgaria’s Delian Dimitrov and Nunez’ countryman Victor ‘Showtime’ Lopez.

On the day, each athlete will perform to his own individual soundtrack and be judged according to four, distinct criteria: technical difficulty, execution, creativity and fluidity.

Dan Mathieson, Head of Sponsorship at Barclaycard, the title sponsor of the World Freerun Championships said: “Freerunning is a really innovative sport that is starting to gain some really strong exposure. The moves executed by the top performers are truly breathtaking and, for Barclaycard, the fluidity of movement at the very heart of freerunning has a clear parallel with the freedom that we give our customers through such innovations as contactless payments. We’re proud to be continuing our support for the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships and excited that it is taking place in such an iconic venue as Trafalgar Square”.

Championship organisers, World Freerun Ents have an upbeat view of Barclaycard’s involvement. “World-class brands have been getting more and more into the freerun thing” says Championship spokesman and Urban Freeflow supremo, Ez, “but we always make sure that we are comfortable with any commercial tie-ups and that they make sense for the freerun lifestyle. The clincher for us has been that, starting with the amazing success of last year`s event, Barclaycard’s global ambitions for the sport match our own.”

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard, part of Barclays Global and Retail Commercial Banking division, is a leading global payment business which helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and accept credit card payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit when needed. The company is one of the pioneers of new forms of credit card payments and is at the forefront of developing viable contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting edge forms of payment for the future. It also issues credit and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit.

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DragonFire Racing Team Took Top Finishing Positions At The Lucas Offroad Racing Series In Surprise Arizona Earlier This Month

DragonFire Racing, a leader in custom performance racing vehicles, accessories and custom racing performance parts, today announced that its team took top finishing positions at the Lucas Offroad Racing series in Surprise Arizona earlier this month. Saturday started with Jerry Welchel winning Unlimited 2, Todd Romano taking third in Unlimited UTV and Hans Waage taking first in Limited UTV on Sunday.

“It was some amazing racing and thanks go out to my staff and friends for making it all happen ,” said Todd Romano, spokesperson for DragonFire Racing. “We are in a great position to take three different point championships and are excited with the progress the team is making. The weekend would not have been a success without the help of our sponsors: Team Green Kawasaki, FOX Racing, ITP Wheels and Tires and Gear One.”

The Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) combines the traditions of midwest, short course off road racing with a West Coast influence. LOORRS brings intense side-by-side action on tracks that test the most seasoned racers. The 2009 LOORRS season features tracks in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Primm, Nev. And Surprise, Ariz.

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Coral to Sponsor Players Darts Championship

Coral are to sponsor the Players Darts Championship, to be held at the Circus Tavern in Essex at the end of the January.

The inaugural coral.co.uk Players Championships will feature the top 32 players from the 2008 Players Championship Order of Merit battling for £200,000 in prize money.

The new sponsorship agreement with leading bookmakers Coral, who also own and run the Gala Bingo franchise, sees the two organisations team up for the first time with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

The tournament is set to be screened live on ITV4 from 30th January until 1st February. The tournament sees darts return to the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex – the former home of the PDC’s World Championship.

“We’re delighted to welcome Coral as the headline sponsor for the coral.co.uk Players Championship,” said PDC Chairman Barry Heam.

“We thank them for their support of this new event, and their backing is a reflection of the interest this event has created in the sport.”

Keith Hawkins, Managing Director of Gala Coral Remote Gambling, said: “Everyone at Coral is delighted to be involved with this exciting addition to the darts calender.

“We’re looking forward to three days of exciting, top class action from one of the sport’s most recognisable venues.

“Betting on darts has exploded in recent years, and it’s entirely fitting that coral.co.uk is sponsoring the Players Championship.”

The winner of the coral.co.uk Players Championship will win £50,000, while the runner up will walk away with £25,000. Those who reach the semi finals of the tournament will receive £12,500 while quarter finalists will win £8,500 in prize money. Those who are knocked out in the second round will be awarded £4,000 while those who leave the tournament in the first round will leave with £2000.

Tickets for the coral.co.uk Players Championship are still available from the Circus Tavern Box Office on 01708 863838 or 01708 867271.

About Gala Coral:
Gala Coral operates over 1600 licensed betting offices throughout the UK, as well as offering online sports betting and gaming. The company also owns the Romford, Brighton and Hove greyhound stadia.

Gala Coral also own Gala Bingo, which offers a variety of online bingo games and is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, Galacasino.co.uk and online bingo site galabingo.com.

The division also operates Coral Telebet, the telephone betting business and is the UK’s first operator of digital interactive televised bingo by pushing the red button on Gala TV (Sky channel 861).

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OleOle, the football community and social media site, has teamed up with U.S. Soccer to offer fans unique travel experiences as well as the ability to exchange U.S. National Team tickets

OleOle, the football community and social media site, has teamed up with U.S. Soccer to offer fans unique travel experiences as well as the ability to exchange U.S. National Team tickets. The U.S. Men’s National Team’s (MNT) much-anticipated match against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale and OleOle is the only fan ticket exchange guaranteed by U.S. Soccer to provide a safe and secure environment for fans to purchase and sell their match tickets.

For fans that are looking for a complete turnkey game experience, OleOle is exclusively offering official travel packages for all the home and away 2009 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, including the sold-out game versus Mexico. Packages are available at three and four star hotels and include a game ticket.

In addition to a ticket exchange and travel packages, OleOle’s website provides a 100% soccer fan-driven social media experience. Fans can connect with other US Soccer fans across the globe through a variety of social media offerings including blogging, sharing of photos, videos and news about previous U.S. Soccer trips and experiences.

U.S. Soccer previously partnered with OleOle to provide fans with unique travel experiences, including the opportunity to follow the U.S. MNT on the road when the team traveled to Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, where they fell 1-0 to Sweden, and throughout the 2007 Copa America tournament in Venezuela.

The match in Ohio will be the sixth World Cup qualifier hosted by the nine-year-old Columbus Crew Stadium. The U.S. has a 3-0-2 record in qualifying and an unbeaten 4-0-3 all-time record in the stadium.

The U.S, along with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago, is competing in the 10-game round-robin format until October 14th, 2009, with the top three teams automatically advancing to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The fourth-place team will compete in a two-game playoff to be held November 14th – 18th against the fifth-place finisher in South American qualifying.

About Ole Ole:
Founded in 2006, OleOle is a privately-held international company with headquarters in Beverly Hills, California and offices in New Zealand as well as across Europe and South America.

OleOle is a football community and social media site with news, live scores, results and information on clubs and players from around the world. The multi-lingual content on the site – available in ten different tongues – is created by fans. From the news and the articles to the blog posts and player biographies, users are encouraged to contribute to the site as often and as comprehensively as possible.

In 2007, OleOle became the defacto online presence of the Copa America, the Oceania Football Confederation launched their website on the platform and OleOle became an official Travel and Hospitality Partner of the US Soccer Federation.

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It is that time of the year – two of the best teams in the nation will compete to be the best team in Major League Baseball. Who is going to win the World Series this year?

It is that time of the year – two of the best teams in the nation will compete to be the best team in Major League Baseball. Who is going to win the World Series this year? Is it going to be the American League or the National League? Is this going to be the year we get to see the Rays go from worst to first? Or see the Phillies win their 2nd World Series in close to 30 years? As World Series history has proven, anything can happen. Everyone is going to be fighting to get the best seats to an event that will be sold out in minutes and TicketCity.com has the best premium seats out there! Get your tickets for the 2008 World Series and enjoy the experience of one of America’s favorite pastimes.

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SeeMore Putter Company saluted Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who battled number one player Tiger Woods

SeeMore Putter Company of Franklin, Tennessee salutes Masters Champion Zach Johnson, who battled number one player Tiger Woods and the most challenging scoring conditions in the tournament’s history to win his first major championship.

This is the second major win for the SeeMore Putter Company. Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open while playing a SeeMore putter at Pinehurst. Both that Open and this Masters were played under what are considered to be the toughest greens and the most highly contested final rounds in both championships’ storied histories.

Johnson is the first player since 1991 to win the tournament outside the final group. He birdied 13, 14 and 16 in his heroic back nine to shoot a final round 69. Johnson didn’t try to reach any of the par 5s in two during the Masters, yet he played them better than anyone with 11 birdies and no bogeys.

Johnson uses a SeeMore putter, and SeeMore is introducing a new milled version (mFGP) of Johnson’s putter. In the final round, Johnson was paired with his friend Vaughn Taylor who also uses a SeeMore putter and finished in the top 10 in only his second Masters.

This Masters title builds on Johnson’s strong 2006 campaign when he was one of the two youngest players who qualified for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He finished 24th on the 2006 money list, his third consecutive year among the Top 40 money leaders, and had four top 10 finishes. In 2003, he set a Nationwide Tour season record for fewest average putts per green in regulation, an incredible 1.699, using a SeeMore putter.

“This was a remarkable victory for Zach while competing against the world’s premier players and challenging conditions,” says Jim Grundberg, Managing Director of SeeMore Golf. “All of us at SeeMore are proud to be associated with Zach and his courageous performance in winning his first major championship.”


In 1999, Stewart one-putted the last three holes to win the championship by one stroke. He sunk what’s considered to be the longest putt in Open history on the 18th hole to win the tournament.

Under its new ownership, SeeMore has introduced its new mSeries of putters combining the beauty, precision, accuracy, and feel of 100% milled heads with the original proprietary and proven alignment benefits of the SeeMore RifleScope™ Technology (RST) system.

The mSeries comes in four distinctive, finely crafted models to appeal to different player’s putting preferences and styles. The m1 is a classic heel/toe blade with center shaft, the m2 is a classic heel/toe blade with heel shaft and the m3 is a classic mallet with center shaft and the mFGP is a milled version of the original FGP putter used by Johnson to win the Masters and by Payne Stewart to win the U.S. Open.

All models are available in left hand. Custom grip and lie options are available. All mSeries putters are made in the USA at SeeMore’s Franklin TN facility. The putters will have a suggested retail price of $325.

The patented RST alignment system technology allows a golfer to set up the putter perfectly each and every time in relation to the intended target line. This is accomplished by lining up the black bottom portion of the shaft between two white lines and covering a signature red dot on the heel of the top line. The process resembles locking radar onto a target.

SeeMore putters are custom made in Franklin, TN. SeeMore has a newly redesigned website at www.seemore.com

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