Club News: Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club

Club News: Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club are proud to announce renewed backing from bottled water company Wenlock Spring

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Club News: Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club

Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club are proud to announce renewed backing from bottled water company Wenlock Spring for their race team. 2018 will be the third year in which Wenlock Spring have supported the Halesowen A&CC development programme.

Pic: Liz Clayton, – Halesowen-Wenlock Spring riders at Tour of the North with Jack Stanton-Warren in best young riders jersey.

The HA & CC Chair Dave Viner hailed the move. “This sponsorship is an impressive statement of Wenlock Spring’s belief in what we are doing at our cycling club. The results we have enjoyed in recent years, the riders we have sent up the development chain – and the renewed backing from our sponsors says a lot about the standard of our young rider development and the efforts that we and our team of volunteers make to run events locally. We have a long and proud history of developing talented young cyclists, both male and female, as they further their educations at school, and Wenlock Spring’s support is helping us to further that goal.”

Matthew Orme, Director of Wenlock Spring, said: “Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club are dedicated to helping young people realise their cycling ambitions – and we are delighted to be able to play a part in that. Supporting future generations to realise their goals is part of Wenlock Springs’ ethos.”

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Wenlock Spring, a second-generation family business, supplies bottled still and sparkling water in glass and PET bottles – and water coolers. British, award winning and ethically conscious, Wenlock Spring water is sourced from a historic spring in the Shropshire countryside which dates to 1086. The water itself filters naturally through the rock strata of the geologically famous Wenlock Edge, providing it with a unique blend of minerals.

Wenlock Spring’s sponsorship for 2018 is joined by Stoke’s ProVision clothing company and nutrition specialist OTE Sports, both of whom have backed the Halesowen team since its inception in 2015. Also sponsoring this year are Ludlow Cycle Shop, ‘Epic Cycles’. Led by Jack Stanton-Warren and Matt Clarke, the Halesowen riders continue to make strides at regional and national level. At the West Midlands championship in August, over a tough course at Stiperstones, the team placed two riders in the top 10, a feat only matched by the professionals from the Metaltek team.
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Stanton-Warren, 22, progressed strongly in his fourth year of racing. He attained his elite level licence, the highest category in UK racing by June 2017, after a string of placings in the UK’s hardest road races. Along the way he won two National B races, finished eighth overall at the Tour of the North International three-day stage race in Northern Ireland and raced successfully in Belgium. He also competed strongly in the National Road Race championships in the Isle of Man against professionals preparing to ride the Tour de France. For 2018 he is moving to the Wheelbase team to further his ambitions on the national stage.

This year, Clarke returned successfully from a knee injury and managed two wins. One was the National B Severn Valley RR, while he also finished second by a tyre’s-width in the prestigious Worcester Trophy – and ended the season a narrow second in the West Midlands Road Race League. All despite a late beginning to his season. Patrick Fotheringham raced strongly at the Newry 3-Day in Northern Ireland and performed well on an initial outing to race in Belgium, while Nick Clayton, Tom Swingler, Jo Hobbs and Isobel Whiteley all progressed during the season. Izzy also moves on, to join a specialist track sprinting team as she develops in this particular discipline.

For 2018, the team expands to eight. Henry Lloyd-Langston has come through the Halesowen development system as a first-year junior, we have 16-year-old Daniel Morris from Wolverhampton, and a strong under-23 in James Phaysey.

“We are delighted to see Jack’s progress and wish him well in his move, and we are also happy to see Izzy move on down the path she has chosen,” said Viner, “this is the second year running that one of our riders has progressed to a bigger squad racing on the national stage, and it’s very healthy to see the team renewed from below with two excellent first-year juniors.”

HALESOWEN A&CC Academy presented by Wenlock Spring: Matt Clarke, Nick Clayton, Patrick Fotheringham, Jo Hobbs, Henry Lloyd-Langston, Daniel Morris, James Phaysey, Tom Swingler.



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