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A brief history of the event
The Organisers of the 20th annual Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon events would like to share some facts with everyone who have supported this event in the past and are still continuing support to this day. In 1998, the late Roy Carver together with Ivan Savage, then Carvers Group Sales Director, came up with a plan to put the Wolverhampton Marathon back on the City events programme.
The Marathon was joined in the events programme by a Half Marathon and a Relay Challenge. Hugh Porter together with his wife Anita have been loyal supporters of the Marathon events almost since day one and with Hugh’s guidance and expertise the family cycle ride was introduced. This attracts many participants and the distance has been set at 20K. When his commitments allow, Hugh joins the many cyclists and their families,
The Organisers were delighted when Cousins Furniture joined the list of Sponsors and adopted the 20K cycle ride and so it was named the Cousins 20K cycle ride.This year we listened to feedback from some of the particpants who found the new cycle course a bit too challenging and after checking with our Sponsor Cousins we have included a 10K cycle ride.
A mini marathon for the children was then introduced. This has continued to grow in numbers.
In 2013 the organisers decided to remove the “dwindling” relay challenge and replace it with a 10K race. An ever popular distance, this has grown and has kindly been sponsored by Banks’s Brewery and it was “appropriately” named the Banks’s 10K.
With the addition of the Call Print Walk in the Park the organisers felt that there was now something for any age or ability to take part in, The Walk in the Park takes place inside West Park at the same time as the running events. The emphasis remains very much on family participation and exercise in the Community.
The success of this and subsequent events relies upon sponsorship. Fortunately a number of Local Companies and Associations have been able to support the Events year after year, and we have always been blessed with loyal hard working members of our Marathon Organising Committee.
In the inaugural event in 1998, the sole beneficiary of the proceeds was St John Ambulance and this helped them on their way towards a new Headquarters in Wolverhampton, dedicated to Roy Carver.
(The latter worthy cause helps so many local people gain some sort of normal life after stroke and illness and their share of the proceeds helped purchase specialist equipment)
In 2014 the planning Committee made the decision to adopt a Charity Partner and that is Compton Hospice. The other Charities who will benefit from a share of the proceeds are:
In total since 1998 the Marathon events have raised in excess of £350,000 to help the listed local charities.
The Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon is a registered charity.
Charity number: 1122078
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