Local Sport Report

Calling all Stafford Half Marathon runners


Katharine House Hospice are encouraging Stafford Half Marathon runners to join the hospice team which has already had 10 local supporters come forward to be part of #TeamKHH.

2016 saw 50 local runners come together to run Stafford Half Marathon for the hospice and together they raised a fantastic £14,000.  This money has gone a long way towards paying for free hospice care.

Katharine House Hospice are encouraging local supporters who have already obtained a place in the 2017 Stafford Half Marathon and wish to raise funds for the hospice to contact the Fundraising Team on 01785 270808 or email [email protected].

Events fundraiser Lisa Carson said “We always encourage supporters to run for the hospice at this fantastic event and in 2017 I hope to get a team of around 80 local people together.  I know that the race is already sold out, which is brilliant for the County.  We are offering fundraising support, #TeamKHH running tops and we will have a Katharine House marquee in Market Square on the day of the race for our team to meet up in before and after the race. 2016 was a record year for #TeamKHH but I’m certain we can smash that record again in 2017 and raise even more money.  Let’s help keep the hospice running by putting on our running shoes for the Stafford Half Marathon.”

If you would like to join #TeamKHH and run in support of your local hospice please contact Lisa Carson in the fundraising team on 01785 270808 or email [email protected]

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families across Mid-Staffordshire coping with a progressive illness. It relies upon the generosity of the local community to help generate 75% of funds needed to run its range of vital services.

For further information about running for Katharine House Hospice and other events contact fundraising on 01785 270808 or [email protected].


Staffordshire’s top cycling and walking spots revealed


People interested in working off the extra helpings during festive parties and Christmas dinners are invited to stay active over the holidays and explore Staffordshire on foot and by bike.

With acres of country parks, extensive canal towpaths and miles upon miles of cycle paths, Staffordshire continues to be a great county for walking and cycling, and promises to be especially beautiful on dry, crisp winter days.


Now, Staffordshire County Council has revealed some of its top locations to keep active over the holidays. Highlights include:

  • Cannock Chase – Staffordshire’s own piece of the National Forest hides miles and miles of mountain bike and walking trails that are free to use and accommodate every level of skill. Even away from these routes, much of Cannock Chase is also perfect for a scenic cycle ride or walk.
  • Apedale Country Park – a short three mile trip from Newcastle-Under-Lyme town centre will plant visitors on top of Apedale Country Park. Stunning views, green space and a visitor’s centre makes this the perfect spot for a well-earned picnic.
  • The Pedal PEAK project links Staffordshire with the Peak District. It takes riders from the Caldon Canal in Stoke on Trent through to Cheddleton with a split to Waterhouses and Derbyshire or Tittesworth Reservoir in beautiful countryside on newly improved tow paths and signed road routes.
  • South Staffs Railway Walk – Linking the south of the county with Wolverhampton and Dudley, the South Staffordshire Railway Walk provides a beautiful walking path and cycle ride under a canopy of trees away from any vehicles, all running along the disused railway line.
  • Chasewater Country Park’s 90 hectare reservoir provides a five mile circular route with a great view of the lake with no traffic and plenty of stops for turkey leftover picnics and tea breaks.  Great for walking and cycling.
  • Tamworth Castle grounds and a network of canals and car-free routes nearby make trips on a bike or on two feet around this historic site safe and memorable.
  • The National Cycle Network – Route 5 and Route 55 run straight through Staffordshire, taking in dozens of Staffordshire towns and villages, miles of canal towpaths and acres of beautiful countryside.
  • The Roaches – a hike in the challenging Staffordshire moorlands will work off any Christmas dinner calories and reward those who beat it with the best views of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District National Park.


Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Transport and highways at Staffordshire County Council, said: “Staffordshire really is the perfect county for cycling and walking and ideal to walk off the extra pounds gained over the festive holidays.

“Whether its gentle scenic walks, or more challenging hikes or cyclerides you’re after, we’ll have something for you.  Walking and cycling are great activities that help the whole family stay fit and healthy and with improvements to cycleways right across the county, we are committed to making it easier and safer for people to get out and about.”


Criss-crossing Staffordshire are 240km of rural cycle lanes, 772km of Public Rights of Way, more than 2000km of country lanes and over 80km of the National Cycle Network. Individual cycling maps for each district, which show both traffic free and quieter routes suitable for cycling on the road are available from local libraries.   People can find out more by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport and clicking ‘cycling and walking’

Staffordshire backs Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty for BBC Sports Personality of the Year


People from across Staffordshire are being urged to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty who has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third year in a row.

It’s been a fantastic year for the 21-year-old Uttoxeter sportsman who clinched 100m breaststroke gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, smashing his own world record and scoring Team GB’s first gold of the games.

He also added silver to his medal tally in the 4 x 100m medley relay.

Congratulating Adam, who started his career at the Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter, is Staffordshire County Council’s Leader Philip Atkins.

Philip said: “The news that Adam has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is surely the icing on the cake for what has been an absolutely fantastic year for him.  It just goes to show that his natural talent, coupled with his hard work and determination has really paid off.

“We are all extremely proud of Adam and his successes. He’s a great role model for our young people in Staffordshire and I’m sure his achievements will act as an inspiration to everyone; whether it’s to succeed in their chosen field or to take up a sports activity for the first time.  All we need to do now is show our support and vote for him.”

Adam Peaty joins cyclists Jason Kenny, Laura Kenny, runner Mo Farah and triathlete Alistair Brownlee on the shortlist of sixteen for the prestigious BBC accolade, along with 2015 winner Andy Murray.

People will be able to vote during the show on December 18, at www.bbc.co.uk/sport

Staffordshire Leads Rio Charge As Joe Clarke Takes Gold


Staffordshire is leading the GB Team charge for gold in Rio after Stone Slalom canoeist Joe Clarke clinched the second Olympic victory for the county and the country.

Joe’s victory follow’s Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty’s world record breaking gold in the pool and means Staffordshire athletes have now won two out of Team GB’s three gold medals.


Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins said the county couldn’t be more proud of Joe’s golden success in the nail-biting final in Rio, which sees Staffordshire with the same number of gold medals as France and more than the host nation Brazil, Germany and Spain.

Philip said: “Who would have thought in one week Staffordshire athletes would have clinched not just one, but two gold medals in Rio, it is absolutely fantastic news.

“Joe’s amazing performance following on from Adam’s gold in the pool was truly inspirational and  they are both wonderful examples of how ordinary young people can pull off extraordinary victories thanks to hard work, talent and sheer determination to succeed. They are an inspiration to young people everywhere and make you proud to be British and from Staffordshire.

“They both deserve their place in Olympic history and we will be looking at how we can mark their truly remarkable achievements when they return home to Staffordshire.”


As well as Joe and Adam, women’s rugby sevens team member Heather Fisher from Tamworth and Paralympian Lee Pearson CBE, from Cheddleton were chosen to represent team GB in Rio.

*picture courtesy of  Sky Sports

More on Joe’s Olympic success from Sky Sports here, Joe Clarke claims Team GB’s second Olympic gold medal after winning men’s K1 final


Olympic Swimming Sensation Adam Peaty Makes County and Country Proud

Swimming superstar Adam Peaty was cheered on to gold and a place in sporting history by his home county of Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins led the tributes to Adam saying he has made his community, his county and his country immensely proud in striking gold and smashing his own 100m breaststroke world record in Rio.


Philip said: “We are all hugely proud of Adam and what he has achieved in Rio today. Adam is a great inspiration to young people and shining example of how with hard work, talent and belief ordinary people can be capable of extraordinary things.

“As a county we will now have to look at how we can mark the day a young man from Uttoxeter struck gold in the Olympics and made sporting history in Rio.”

Adam’s parents Caroline and Mark have flown out to Rio to support their son and found themselves in the media spotlight as Adam swam to victory in the early hours.


Philip added: “Although the performance in the pool was all down to Adam, this is very much a victory not just for Team GB, but for Team Peaty.

“The remarkable support and sacrifice that his family has made year in and year out undoubtedly has played a huge part in Adam’s amazing success story, right from his start at Dove Valley Swimming Club. As a county we have seen him go from local swimmer of the year as a teenager to the best in the world today.

Adam will also have another chance for gold in the 4 x 100m medley on August 12.  As well as Adam, Stone slalom canoeist Joe Clarke, Women’s rugby sevens team member Heather Fisher from Tamworth and Paralympian Lee Pearson CBE, from Cheddleton are also looking for glory in Rio.