Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon Events 2019: 2,000 people line up on start line
More than 2,000 runners and cyclists are hitting the streets for today's Carver Half Marathon Events.
Events got under way in Wolverhampton’s West Park from 9.30am – the culmination of many of months of training for many.
The event, in its 22nd year, has given thousands of club athletes a run for their money and helped thousands more first-time runners to get fit and achieve a worthy goal.
At the same time the race has raised more than £400,000 to help local charities and voluntary organisations since it started in 1998.
Alongside the half-marathon, there will be a relay for teams of four over the same distance, a 10k run, plus 20k and 10k cycle and wheelchair events, and also a children’s mini marathon, a short run for under-14 year olds.
The event has adapted over the years to meet changing demand, with the marathon distance being dropped last year due to falling numbers but an additional race, the Paycare half-marathon relay, introduced for 2019.
The new feature is designed to attract people who find the full distance too difficult, and prefer to take part in a team.
They will tackle 4k – 6k sections, starting in Connaught Road. The next section leaves from Rakegate School, with the third leg starting at Morrisons in Pendeford and the final section departing from The Claregate pub before finishing in the park.
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When do the events start?
9.30am: Berriman Eaton 20k Cycle & Wheelchair
9.40am: Berriman Eaton 10k Cycle & Wheelchairs
9.50am: Carvers Half Marathon
9.50am: Paycare Half Marathon Relay
10.00am: The Grand Theatre Children’s Mini-Marathon
10.15am: Banks’s 10k Run
Where's best to watch?
There are no spectator stands or specific watching areas. There is ample room in West Park for family, friends and supporters to cheer off the competitors and welcome them back again.
People are expected to line parts of the route as the runners, cyclists and wheelchair users pass by.
Which roads are closed on the day?
What other entertainment is being held?
While the runners and riders are away competing, family and friends will be able to relax in West Park, have hot and cold drinks and food.
There will be small attractions for children such as Hook A Duck and Smash The Egg.
For the adults, Banks’s Bar will be open from 9:30am.
The proceeds from beer sales will be given to the chosen charities.
Who won last year's events?
Half marathon (1st) Dean Bate, (2nd) Paul Little, (3rd) Tom Isherwood
10k race Richard Carpenter
20k cycle race Andrew Lacon
Can I still enter?
No entries will be accepted on the day.