April 1, 2014

History

CARVER WOLVERHAMPTON CITY MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, BANKS’S 10K, COUSINS 20K CYCLE RIDE, CALLPRINT 3k WALK & CHILDRENS RUN

The Organisers of the nineteenth 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. 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 Marston’s Brewery and it was “appropriately” named the Banks’s 10K.

Last year 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.

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 members of our Marathon Organising Committee.

In 2015 on September 6th the events saw yet another addition to the programme; a 3K walk to take place inside West Park at the same time as the running events. This was kindly sponsored by Callprint. It is hoped the organisers will then have provided something for everyone. The emphasis being on family participation and exercise in the community.

The following is a list of the charity organisations who have shared the funds raised by the generosity and enthusiasm of the Sponsors and supporters. The list below shows only the beneficiaries that we choose to support. In addition participants run to raise money for their own worthy causes. All the entry fees are put into the marathon charity fund.

In the inaugural event in 1998, the sole beneficiary of the proceeds was St John Ambulance and this helped them towards building a new Headquarters in Wolverhampton, which was dedicated to the late Roy Carver.

In 1999 once again St John Ambulance were chosen to benefit together with the Neonatal Unit and the Coronary Aftercare Support Group, both based at New Cross Hospital.

2000 saw Acorns Children’s Hospice and Westcroft Community Foundation benefit from the proceeds.

In 2001 Compton Hospice shared the proceeds with the Mayoral Charity Fund.

In 2002 The Special Olympians were chosen to benefit, together with Pennfields School and the Mayoral Charity Fund.

In 2003 MacMillan Cancer Relief and the Wolverhampton branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Mayoral Fund were the chosen beneficiaries.

In 2004 The Beacon Centre for the Blind receive some funds together with the Resuscitation Unit at New Cross hospital and the Mayoral Fund.

In 2005 we helped The Haven in Wolverhampton, the Shropshire Deaf Children’s Society. Believe 2 Achieve and the Mayoral Fund.

In 2006 we assisted Tettenhall Wood School, Stroke Support West Midlands, the Mayoral Fund and West Park League of Friends.

In 2007 the chosen charities were Wolverhampton Rheumatology Support Group, St Anthony’s Cheshire Home, the Mayoral Fund and West Midlands Eye Infirmary League of Friends.

2008  The worthwhile causes this year were the Children’s Out Patients at New Cross Hospital, the Wolverhampton branch of Mencap, Brain Tumour UK (Wolverhampton), and the Mayoral Fund.

In 2009 the proceeds were shared between The Alzheimer’s Society Wolverhampton, Diabetes UK Wolverhampton and the Mayoral fund.

2010 raised money for the Samaritans Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, The Beacon Centre for the Blind and the Mayoral Fund.

In 2011 the Marathon events supported five charities, these were; The Haven Wolverhampton, The Birch Thompson Memorial Fund, Wolverhampton Fostercare Association, The Steve Bull Foundation and The Mayoral fund.

In 2012 the Charities who shared the proceeds from the fundraising efforts were; Wolves Community Trust, St John Ambulance, Penn Hall School, The Mayoral fund.

In 2013 the charities who shared the proceeds were; Midland Air Ambulance, Compton Hospice, Sunnyside Kennels, The Mayoral fund.

In 2014 the Planning Committee made the decision to adopt a Charity Partner, Compton Hospice. The other Charities who will share of the proceeds are; West Park Stroke Cycling Group, Broadmeadow Special School, The Mayoral fund.

In 2015  Compton Hospice and The Mayoral fund together with Samaritans Wolverhampton and Beacon Centre for the Blind will benefit from a share of the proceeds of the Events.

In 2016 Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton Rheumatology Support Group, The Haven and The Mayoral Charity Fund will receive a share of the proceeds.

In total since 1998 the Marathon Events have raised in excess of £350,000 to help local charities.

The Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon is a registered charity. Charity number 1122078