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Commonwealth Games Relay heading to Malvern and Upton as town man is named Birmingham 2022 Batonbearer

Ryan Smith 14th May, 2022 Updated: 14th May, 2022

THE BIRMINGHAM 2022 Queens Baton Relay will be coming to Malvern Hills district during the afternoon of July 22.

The baton will start at Upton Marina and go through Upton town centre.

It will pass through the Worcestershire Beacon, then down to Malvern Town Football Club and into Priory Park before journeying up Church Street and finishing on Belle Vue Island.

This will be the 16th Queens Baton Relay which aims to bring together and celebrate communities across the Commonwealth.

The baton will travel across England for 29 days before arriving at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on July 28.

Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers will take part in the relay each day across hundreds of villages, towns and cities.

Rushwick’s John Clark has been confirmed as one of Malvern Hills’ community Batonbearers.

He set up a charity, Miles 4 Meals, to help children living in food poverty having experienced it as a child.

John, a former champion strongman and current gym owner, mentor and coach, has also raised around £50,000 in other charitable challenges.

He said: “I’m incredibly honoured to have been nominated, let alone selected to carry the Baton.

“The challenges I’ve undertaken to raise money for charity were a real team effort, so I look forward to representing not just my family but the team of people alongside me whilst carrying the Baton in the relay.

“I am very thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved and as a fitness coach, I hope the games encourage more of our nation to get active too.”

Malvern Hills District Councils Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism, Coun Daniel Walton, added: “It will be an honour to have the Queen’s Baton visit the Malvern Hills District and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the district’s beauty to the world.

“We hope everyone gets involved to not only cheer on our Batonbearers but to get involved in the celebrations and activities.

“It will be great to see our community come together to support this historical event.”

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