We are delighted to be donating senior hammer thrower Craig Murch, currently ranked number five in the UK and 13th in the Commonwealth, £300 towards his 2017 costs as he continues to pursue his quest for international honours.
What’s more, Lime Tree Village residents kindly decided to match our contribution, bringing the total amount donated to £600.
Craig is hoping to be selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will be tough given that to be considered he must throw the hammer 71.5 metres, not once but twice. His personal best is 69.79 and he believes the two-metre increase required is within his capabilities.
Craig broke the Warwickshire County senior hammer throwing record this year while in his final year at Loughborough University with a distance of 66.96 metres. Despite being only 23, he is already building up an impressive collection of accolades including:
- Midland Counties Senior Championships (1st – 67.32)
- British University Championships (2nd – 65.70)
- English and Inter-counties Championships (3rd – 65.37)
- British Senior Championships (6th – 66.20)
Craig is determined to succeed long term, but only sponsorship will enable him to continue on his journey as his costs continue to escalate every year. His parents are very supportive, but there is a limit to what they can provide and what he can afford himself.
We hope the £600 provided will help Craig towards his 2017 targets and beyond. Craig commented: “I am extremely grateful for the sponsorship I have received from the village. The money is a critical ingredient of me achieving my ambitions, as it will allow me to purchase essential training equipment I would otherwise not be able to obtain. It really will make a significant difference.”
He continued: “I am looking forward to meeting the staff and residents at Lime Tree Village in due course. I will keep everyone updated with my progress throughout the season, which starts in May and ends in September! ”