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A founder of the popular Village Bakery Half Marathon in Wrexham will be running himself for the first time ever at the age of 82, two years after overcoming prostate cancer.

In previous years Peter Norman, a three times world triathlon champion, was too busy helping to organise the race which meant he wasn’t able to take part until this year which will also mark its 25th anniversary.

Village Bakery Half Marathon; Pictured is Peter Norman 82, who is taking part in the Village Bakery Marathon.

The Village Bakery have supported the half marathon from the word go and the Wrexham-based family firm has just confirmed it’s going to continue with its sponsorship of the race for at least another five years. Originally, all the competitors were rewarded at the end with one of the Village Bakery’s mouth-watering Bara Brith fruit loaves but these days the runners receive a packet of the company’s equally delicious Welsh Cakes. The race has grown a great deal since it started with a few hundred runners and this year’s event on Sunday, February 16, will see a record entry of 3,000 people taking part, with some from as far afield as Germany and Holland.

These days the race is organised by Run Cheshire in conjunction with Wrexham Athletic Club.

Originally, the plan for 2020 was for race headquarters to be based at the sponsor’s new gluten free bakery. But the fire at one of the company’s bakeries on Wrexham Industrial Estate last August means that every square inch of space at their three other bakeries is being used to make up for lost production capacity. Thankfully, Wrexham County Borough Council have stepped into the breach and offered space at Redwither Tower on the industrial estate as the new nerve centre for the 2020 event. When he founded the event in 1995 Peter used his loaf when he was looking for a sponsor and secured the backing of the Village Bakery where he worked as a maintenance engineer. As well as winning three world triathlon titles in his 70s, Peter is the current British champion fell runner in his age group. Competing in ironman triathlons – which involve swimming two and a quarter miles, a bike ride of 112 miles topped off with a full marathon – has taken Peter around the world.

His record is all the more remarkable because he didn’t take up running until he was 50 years of age. He said: “Since then I haven’t stopped running and I still compete regularly. I did about 15 triathlons last year and I won the British championship for over 80s in the sprint version of the triathlon in Nottingham which involved a 750 metre swim, a 12 mile bike ride and a three mile run. I did have prostate cancer a couple of years ago but I had treatment for that, including radiotherapy, and it’s clear now. I run six miles every day and I do the park run at Erddig every Saturday morning and I have quite a few races lined up this year, including the Village Bakery Half Marathon. I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve never been able to take part until this year. I am really proud of the way the event has grown and I’m really grateful to the Village Bakery for their brilliant ongoing support.”

It was a sentiment echoed by Mike Harrington from Run Cheshire. He said: “Peter is an absolute stalwart who has put in a great shift helping to organise the Village Bakery Half Marathon. It’s amazing that this will be the first time for him to actually run the race which is going from strength to strength. The Village Bakery is a key ingredient in our success because you only have to look at the social media posts with people saying that they’re only coming for the Welsh Cakes. The Village Bakery has stuck with the half marathon since the beginning and this year will mark the 25th anniversary of their support, which is fantastic. I can’t think of another race in the UK that has had such a consistent sponsor. As soon as people cross the finish line, they start refuelling straight away and I’ve heard lots of stories saying all the Welsh Cakes gone before they’ve got back to the car because they’ve eaten the lot. Remarkably, even after suffering such a devastating fire they decided straight away to stick with us and to hear they are committing to another five years of support is absolutely fantastic. Although they have grown into a large and very successful company, they haven’t lost that local touch and their connection with the community.”

Village Bakery managing director Robin Jones said: “Peter Norman is an absolute legend and deserves to be wearing the number 1 on his running vest on the day. Even in the early days when I was a teenager he used to run to work and he’s still running now – a bit like Forrest Gump. He founded the half marathon and came to us 25 years ago and suggested it would be a good idea to give all the runners a loaf of Village Bakery bara brith, which is one of our signature products. We have never looked back and we are proud to have played our part in the way the event has grown not only in size but also in popularity so that it is now putting Wrexham on the map and this year again we have quite a few staff taking part. After the crisis of getting production back up and running following the fire last August, we realised it was not going to be possible to use the offices at our gluten free bakery as race HQ as we had originally planned. So, we contacted Wrexham Council and thankfully they stepped up to the plate and they’re allowing us to use Redwither Tower on the industrial estate instead which is great. It’s now onwards and upwards and I’m delighted that we are now committed to supporting the Village Bakery Half Marathon for at least another five years.”

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FOCUS Wales are showcasing 2 artists from Wales in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, this October at the BreakOut West Festival! The artists selected to showcase in Canada are Wrexham’s, Baby Brave, and Snowdonia based band Worldcub. This trip has been made possible with the help of Wales Arts International and PRS Foundation who are working together to support Wales based artists to undertake international visits, aimed at the development of international work outside of the UK.

BreakOut West is the primary music industry showcase event hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Attracting music industry reps from across the globe, each year this exciting event is held in a different western Canadian region on a rotational basis. This year, the event will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon over 2nd-6th October, 2019. This four-day event is comprised of a 4-day music conference, a 3-night multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch and the Western Canadian Music Awards Reception.

Baby Brave are an exciting indie pop outfit formed in Wrexham in 2014. Their sound has graduated with a heavier, gutsier beat that has garnered the band a solid fanbase and support slots at festivals and venues all over the UK for the likes of Bo Ningen, Stealing Sheep, and Slow Club.

Worldcub are a bilingual indie psych band hailing from Snowdonia. Their debut album was self-released at the tail end of 2016 and gained coverage on major platforms such as The Guardian and UNCUT Magazine. Worldcub’s performance at BreakOut West will also contribute to the celebration of the UNESCO year of indigenous languages taking place at the festival, where artists who perform in various indigenous languages will be present.

Both bands caught the eye of BreakOut West’s music booker during their performances at FOCUS Wales 2019. For more information on international opportunities with FOCUS Wales visit www.focuswales.com/international

Performer applications for FOCUS Wales 2020 are now open to artists worldwide via www.focuswales.com
240 acts performed at the 2019 festival, with artists traveling from across the globe from nations including Canada, Korea, France, Catalonia, USA, Estonia, Finland, Ireland and lots more playing alongside headliners including Neck Deep, Cate Le Bon, Boy Azooga, The Lovely Eggs, Snapped Ankles, BC Camplight, 9Bach, and Kero Kero Bonito. The first 50 acts for FOCUS Wales 2020 will be selected this October, so artists hoping to showcase at the festival are encouraged to submit their applications early.

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Two daredevil workmates have taken “a leap of faith” in aid of a children’s hospice charity.

Nick Mayer and Molly Cadle, who work as client administrators at criminal record checks company Disclosure Services in Wrexham, both did a tandem skydive to raise money for Hope House.

They jumped out of a speeding plane 10,000 ft above the Tilstock Airfield, just outside Whitchurch in Shropshire.

Between them they raised £1,000 for Hope House which has hospices in Morda, near Oswestry, and in the Conwy Valley.

It provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

Hope House is one of the three charities which the staff at Disclosure Services voted to support during 2019.

Nick, 42, who lives in Whittington, near Oswestry, explained that a representative from Hope House had visited the company to give a presentation on what they do at the hospice.

He said: “After the presentation, I got quite emotional hearing some of the stories, so it was something I thought I would like to do to raise money for a good cause.

“Doing a sky dive is on my bucket list as well, so I was also killing two birds with one stone.

“Hope House does a fantastic job and it’s a really necessary service but the sad thing is that it doesn’t get much finance from the public purse so they rely on people like us to raise money.

“They need something like £6.3 million annually to just keep going every year so it’s a big mountain to climb every year.

“There were a few butterflies before I jumped but I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be. The instructor was very good, a calming influence.

“After jumping out of the plane you go down headfirst the wind is buffeting you in the face. Then you sort of level out.

“When the instructor pulled the cord, it sucked us back up and then we floated down nice and gently. We could see as far as the River Dee and the River Mersey. It was pretty spectacular.”

It was also the first ever skydive for Molly,27, who lives in Ellesmere.

She said: “On the day and surprisingly I wasn’t that scared of it. I just wanted to do it. I was shocked as I was expecting to be really nervous on the day.

“Before I knew it, we shuffled up towards the edge of the plane and I had my eyes shut because I was a little bit scared of looking at that point.

“But I realised I didn’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity so I opened my eyes during the free fall which I enjoyed more than when the parachute opened because it made me feel ill with motion sickness.

“It went really quickly from the parachute opening to the landing that seemed to go so fast. It was amazing just to see the world from another perspective.

“I think the best bit was that I felt fearless in the moment and I loved that because in day-to-day life I’m a bit more cautious. I just went for it and it was a personal achievement for me.

“Both Nick and I have made around £500 so it was definitely worth it for such a good cause.”

Paul Barlow, the chief executive of Disclosure Services, paid tribute to the daring duo.

He said: “I would like to salute Molly and Nick because it takes guts to jump out of a plane at 10,000 ft.

“I am proud of their effort and of the fact that they have raised £1,000 for Hope House which does a fantastic and hugely important job in helping youngsters and their families at such a difficult time in their lives.”

A lifelong fan of Wrexham AFC was in “seventh heaven” after being chosen to help officially launch his beloved team’s new away kit.

Kyle Jones, 29, works as a programmer at Ifor Williams Trailers who are the club’s main front of shirt sponsors and was thrilled to be invited to unveil the white shirt and red shorts along with four of the players.

Once again, the distinctive Ifor Williams Trailers logo is on the front of the home and away shirts.

According to the club, the partnership was a perfect fit because of the iconic trailer firm’s community spirit which matched their own ethos as a club that’s owned and run by the fans.

The company, which has factories in Cynwyd, Corwen and Deeside, has a global network of distributors as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

Kyle, who lives in Wrexham, said: “I’ve been a Wrexham fan since I can remember and I came to my first game with my dad and brother in 2000.

“It was against Bury and unfortunately we lost one nil but that didn’t put me off – they were still in the Football League then and Lee Trundle was playing for us.

“I attend every home game with friends or even alone if they’re all working and like the rest of the fans, I’ve been through quite a few ups and downs.

“I suppose the most memorable moments were winning the LDV Vans Trophy in Cardiff and the FA Trophy at Wembley.

“Supporting Wrexham is in my DNA and it’s a football mad town so I was absolutely delighted to be invited to launch the away kit.

“To work for the company that’s sponsoring the shirts is just fantastic. To be invited down today. I’m in seventh heaven.

“It fills me full of pride seeing that IWT logo on the front. It’s a great partnership.”

It was a sentiment echoed by club secretary Geraint Parry who’s been busy signing new players in readiness for the first home match against Barrow on Saturday, August 3.

He said: “I think that it’s fantastic that Ifor Williams Trailers is sponsoring us again because they are a community-based business who have lots of Wrexham fans working for them.

“Although they are based in North Wales, they also have a world-wide reach and when you go on your travels and see a trailer in front of you it’s got the famous blue logo on the back.

“This is another vote of confidence by Ifor Williams Trailers in Wrexham Football Club.

“We got into the play-offs last year so hopefully we’ll keep improving and keep progressing. This year we obviously hope to go that one step further and get ourselves back in the league. That is the holy grail for Wrexham.

“We get better support at the moment than we did in our Football League days but we are a community-owned club.”

Striker JJ Hooper, 25, is looking forward to his first season at the Racecourse after signing from Grimsby.

He said: “I think it’s a really good set up here at Wrexham. The club definitely shouldn’t be where it is in the conference. It’s definitely a massive club and the fans are amazing.

“The new away kit is lovely. My favourite colour is red so I’m happy there’s a lot of red in the kit. It’s massive for the club to have sponsors like Ifor Williams Trailers that support the club all the way.”

Right back Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, 23, is another new Dragons recruit.

“It’s not just the 11 players on the pitch that help the team go up. It’s the fans, it’s the sponsors, it’s the staff and everyone else as well – so having good sponsors and us wearing the shirt with pride is a big thing.“

Richard Hughes, the Human Resources Manager Ifor Williams Trailers, said: “We have many die-hard Wrexham AFC fans among our staff at Ifor Williams trailers, including season ticket holders and Wrexham Supporters’ Trust members.

“Wrexham AFC has a brilliant track record for youth sport with the boys and girls’ teams, and also for disabled football, which is another reason we are proud to partner the club again this year.

“The women’s team gained promotion last season and we’re keeping our fingers crossed the men can follow suit this time.”

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