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Howards renews sponsorship of sports star Evie Waring



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Ref: HWPR87                                                            Date: 21st November 2019

 Howards renews sponsorship of sports star Evie Waring

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Stafford-based accountancy firm, Howards Chartered Certified Accountants, has renewed its sponsorship of UK OCR champion Evie Waring for another year.

The four-figure deal means the firm retains its title sponsorship of the teenager who, at just 15 years of age, is already competing at elite level after her top performances in this year's race series.

Says Howards' managing director, Matt Bailey: "OCR is one of the UK's fastest growing mass participation sports and Evie is an absolute power house. We've been really impressed by her commitment to training hard and giving 110 per cent in the sport's biggest events which attract experienced international competition. As she carries the momentum generated by her excellent results into training over the winter, 2020 looks set to be a really exciting year."

Evie is is continuing to make her mark at World and European level as well as in the UK's major events. This summer she was top of the leader board in the Spartan UK & Ireland Race Series, both for her age group and for all females in the UK. Last month, at the OCR World Championships in Essex, the exceptionally cold and wet conditions took their toll and many competitors didn't finish. Competing in her age group over the same 15km course and 78 gruelling obstacles as the adults, Evie completed the course, despite suffering from hypothermia.

Says Evie: "This year's championships were the biggest challenge yet, but I learned that, no matter how tough it gets, making it to the finish is the goal and if I just kept going I was getting closer and closer to the line.

"The sponsorship from Howards has meant that I can train with top UK coaches and has made a real difference to my training and results in major competitions this year. I can't thank Matt and his team enough for their continued support."

Arguably the toughest physical sport, obstacle course racing (OCR) is a multi-disciplinary event demanding strong, consistent running skills coupled with grip strength and agility as well as upper and lower body strength. Evie trains regularly at local venues including Cliff Lakes in Tamworth and the Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park in Stoke-on-Trent. She is also involved in the OCR Junior Development Programme, run by the UK's foremost OCR coach, Dave Peters.

Thanks to her performances in this year's Spartan UK & Ireland Race Series, Evie has already qualified to compete in the elite category in 2020. She will focus her efforts on qualification for the Spartan European Championships in Austria and the Spartan World Championships later in the year, which should allow her time to study for her GSCE exams.


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Caption: Evie (right) is pictured with her sister Maddie (centre) and mum Emma (left) during a recent training session at the Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park in Stoke-on-Trent.


About Howards

Howards was founded in 2005 following the merger of Barrington's and Wood & Co, two well-established and successful Stafford firms of accountants. The combined experience and areas of individual expertise that the company now enjoys has been passed on to its clients, who all benefit from Howards' deeper knowledge base and wider range of professional services. The senior team comprises managing director Matt Bailey, director and commercial and taxation specialist Ryan Hudson, office manager and group company secretary Joanne Austin, senior manager Nick Archer, accounts manager Clive Boult, payroll manager Karen Evans and managers Rachael Wilson, Joe Dimambro and Chris Glue.


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Matthew Bailey

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Howards Ltd, Newport House, Newport Road, Stafford ST16 1DA

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