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Hugh is ready to go Round the Wrekin again!

We’re so excited about the return of our much-loved sportive, Carvers’ Round the Wrekin, on Sunday 22nd May!

Sadly we couldn’t hold the event (which starts at Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club) for the last two years due to the pandemic, so we’re determined to make this year’s event our best yet. The sportive has raised an incredible £109,000 since we started it back in 2016.

Of course, a big part of the event’s success is the support of our friend, cycling legend and former World Champion, Hugh Porter MBE.

We decided to catch up with him to talk all things Round the Wrekin!

Hello Hugh! We’re so proud to have you as our patron. Tell us more about your support of Compton Care?

As Olympians, Anita and I are most honoured to be patrons of Compton Care. We love raising money for this worthy cause and over the years there have been several projects where we have helped to generate funds. The last was my ‘80 for 80’ fundraiser when I cycled 80 laps of Aldersley stadium in rainy conditions with a great bunch of friends, and we raised £7,500 for Compton Care.

 

What inspired you to become involved with Round the Wrekin back in 2016, and what do you love most about the sportive?

Cycling has been my passion since I was a young lad, so as a retired professional it was a natural step to encourage others to enter the sportive. The sportive is a great opportunity for supporters to choose a distance which suits them, to pedal through the glorious countryside with friends, and raise money for Compton.

 

Do you have any favourite or stand out moments from previous Round the Wrekin events?

There are too many stand out moments, but presenting the medals to the riders as they finish is a special privilege; your morale soars when they say what a great event and how well organised it is – it’s testimony to all the hard work the organisers have put in.

 

What are you most looking forward to about Round the Wrekin this year?

The event’s return is music to my ears, and I’m hoping to witness hundreds of cyclists entering. I would love to see my dream realised – for 1000 participants to roll away from the start line.

 

What would your advice be for participants, particularly those who are new to the sportive?

For experienced, regular cyclists I recommend choosing either the Epic or the Classic route. Make sure you have a range of gears to enable you deal with the varied terrain and eat and drink regularly.

Those choosing the Hugh Porter short route, particularly newcomers to the sport, should get used to riding for time, building up to regular 2 hour spins. Don’t forget to refuel! Also, tap along at a pace you feel comfortable with.

 

Finally, as you know, it’s our 40th birthday this year! What would be your birthday message to Compton staff, volunteers and supporters?

We extend our thanks to all the unsung heroes, the volunteers and helpers, particularly in this very special year when Compton celebrates its 40th anniversary. Without supporters like you we would not be able to make these events so successful – please continue with your support.

 

The three route options are as follows:

  • Hugh Porter Challenge – 25 miles / short (£25)

This ride follows quiet lanes in Worfield and Calverley and then into Pattingham. After a moderate 1000ft climb, participants cross the finish line at DK Rugby Club. The route is an achievable distance and would be suitable for those new to cycling events. Click here for the route map!

  • Compton Care Classic –  64 miles / medium (£30)

A picturesque ride out to Bridgnorth, before heading around the Wrekin and back to the finish line via the Ironbridge Gorge. This route, with a total climbing range of 3800ft, is ideal for those who want to take on an adventurous challenge. Click here for the route map!

  •   The Carvers’ Epic –  101 miles / long (£35)

Our most challenging route goes deep into the scenic Shropshire countryside and includes a big climb through the Long Mynd, before returning to DK Rugby Club via the Wrekin. This route is for well-trained cyclist who relishes a challenge and enjoy the 6700ft climb! Click here for the route map!

Registrations are now open and there is currently an early bird special offer; those registering before midnight on Monday 21st February will receive £5 off each place booked.

Online registrations for all routes will close at midnight on Tuesday 17th May.

For full details, please click here

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