/ Officers and Sports Stars go Head-to-Head

Police Officers from GMP’s Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside divisions will tackle a raft of rugby league stars during a rugby league marathon at Mahdlo Youth Zone, Oldham this weekend, Saturday 26 January - 7am - 8pm.

A squad of 15 officers will take on rugby stars including former Leeds Rhino players Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott and former Welsh International Iestyn Harris during the 13 hour marathon. All monies raised will be donated back to the youth centre.

Mahdlo is a state-of-the-art Youth Zone in the heart of Oldham for 8-19 year olds (up to 25 for young people with a disability) which relies on donations, grants and community fundraising to deliver high quality, innovative activities, for young people from across Oldham.

Inspector Danny Atherton from the Tameside West Neighbourhood Team said: “Mahdlo is an amazing facility for the Oldham Community, and we have close links with the young people who attend who attend offering team building exercises and issuing crime prevention advice.

“We also use the youth zone as a crime reporting centre, so it’s great to be able to give something back and we’re hoping that this year’s event will raise over £2000.”

Chris Wareing, Chairman at Mahdlo Youth Zone said: “Our relationship with GMP in particular the Oldham Town Centre Policing team and St Marys is crucial in promoting a strong positive relationship between the police and our young people. For their continued support over the years myself, the team and every young person that attends Mahdlo would like to say a huge thank you.”

The Marathon runs from 7am – 8pm on Saturday 26 January. Entry to the venue is 50p per person.

The full list of rugby league players involved in the marathon include:

Kevin Sinfield – former Leeds Rhinos (12pm – 1pm)

Barrie McDermott – former Leeds Rhinos (12pm – 1pm)

Iestyn Harris – former dual Welsh International (9am – 10am)

Kevin Brown – Warrington Wolves (9am – 10am)

Jake Connor – Hull FC (9am – 10am)

Mark Flanagan – Salford Reds (4pm – 5pm)

Joe Greenwood – Wigan Warriors (4pm – 5pm)

James Greenwood – Hull KR (4pm – 5pm)

Paul Highton – Former Salford Reds (4pm – 5pm)

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