Runners and cyclists hit the streets for this year’s Carver Wolverhampton Marathon to help raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
More than 2,000 fundraisers headed to West Park for the annual fundraising extravaganza yesterday. They rook part in a range of events including a full and half marathon, 20K cycle race, Banks’s 10K race and children’s mini marathon.
Runners powered through the streets to complete two laps of a 13-mile track around the city centre and surrounding villages, including Codsall, Bilbrook and Pendeford.
A number of city centre roads were closed or made one way while the race was completed and scores of spectators stood on the sidelines cheering.
Among those taking part was Mathew Lilley, 41, who ran the 26-mile route to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
Mr Lilley, of Framlingham Grove, Perton, said: “My father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year so I decided the Wolverhampton marathon would be the perfect opportunity to raise some money for charity.”
Last year the event raised more than £15,000 for charity and it is hoped that total will be matched or beaten this year. Charities set to benefit from this year’s event are Compton Hospice, Midlands Air Ambulance and Sunnyside Kennels, and mayoral charities.
See today's Express & Star for a double-page special on the Carver Wolverhampton Marathon