Wolverhampton-based charity Compton Care is kicking off its 40th birthday celebrations with the announcement that it's Round the Wrekin cycling fundraiser is back for 2022, with Carvers Building Supplies as the new sponsor.
Taking place on Sunday 22nd May 2022, the event has been absent from Compton’s fundraising calendar for the last two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception in 2016, Round the Wrekin has raised £109k to support local people living with incurable conditions, with over 2,500 participants taking part over the years.
Cycling legend and Compton Care patron Hugh Porter OBE has played a fundamental role in the planning and promotion of the sportive, and the 2022 event will be no exception. The short 25-mile ‘beginner’ route is named in his honour and will take cyclists through Claverley, Worfield and Pattingham. For those looking for more of a challenge, the Compton Care Classic route will see cyclists heading to Bridgnorth, around the Wrekin and then back through Ironbridge Gorge as part of the 64-mile round trip. The Carvers’ Epic is the final choice for participants, a 100-mile route exploring deep Shropshire, involving a climb up the Long Mynd. All three routes start from Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club.
Kate Kelly, Community & Events Manager, said: “We were so disappointed that we couldn’t hold our Round the Wrekin event over the last two years, but next year we’re planning to come back with a bang! The fundraiser will form part of a whole year of celebrations to mark Compton’s 40th birthday and 40 years of service to the local community. We’re delighted to have partnered with Carvers for this great event, and hope that cyclists of all abilities will find a route that suits them.”
Carvers, founded in 1896, is now in the sixth generation of the Carver family. Operating from a large ten-acre site in the heart of Wolverhampton, with a production and storage facility in Wednesfield, Carvers has the largest stock of building materials in the West Midlands and is open to both the trade and general public.
The building supplies company is no stranger to supporting local charity events, sponsoring the Wolverhampton Marathon since 1998.
Entries for the sportive open on Monday 10th January, with early entries eligible for an earlybird discount. For more information please visit comptoncare.org.uk/roundthewrekin.