The weekend marked the 16th annual Carvers Wolverhampton City Marathon held at West Park. Angel Springs once again showed its support and commitment to Wolverhampton and local charities within the surrounding areas by supplying 10,000 bottles of 500ml spring water as this year’s official sponsor. The Carvers Wolverhampton City Marathon has always been about bringing together local charities through people setting themselves a challenge, and this year was no different. Participants had the choice of taking part in the full marathon 26.2 miles, a half marathon 13.1 miles, 20k cycle race, the Bank’s 10K and children’s mini marathon. Angel employees Kevin Matthews FCILT, Mark Cross and Simon Bennett took part in events on the day and had the following comments.Kevin Matthews FCILT commented on the 20K Cycle Race, ‘I was amazed at the number of people who attended the event, Well done to all the angel team who spent hours giving out the water to runners and cyclists also well done Mark Cross for finishing the Marathon which is an excellent achievement and he also raised a great deal of money for make a wish. ‘Myself and Simon had a great time on the cycle ride being pulled along by all the professionals.
Overall this was a great charity event and well done to everyone involved.’ Simon Bennett commented,‘Thoroughly enjoyable day and great effort from Team Angel raising dosh once again for Make-A-Wish with Mark Cross completing the full Marathon with myself and Kevin completing the 19.4K Cycle races respectively.
‘More of a challenge than I thought it would be due to the fact of getting a puncture 7K into the race, but after a new inner tube I recovered sufficiently to finish the race.
‘Definitely up for another attempt next year and definitely going to smash my cycle race accomplice Kevin at second attempt, fully confident now at what to expect for next year.
‘Top event and well supported by all involved.’Mark Cross who ran the full marathon had the following comments,‘Having ran a couple of half marathons and a number of 10K races over the past couple of years I decided to push myself for the full marathon………my target was to run sub 4 hours but after double cramp in my calves with 7K left and hitting the ‘wall’ it slowed me down to achieve a time of 4hours 16minutes, however I’m now in the elite club (1% club) that can say they have ran a marathon! I was relieved and proud when crossing the finish line, the support from family, friends and Angel Springs staff during the race was fantastic. I’m also really close to reaching my goal of raising £1000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. I’m not sure yet if I will run another one…’