THE hugely popular Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile charity run is back for the third year – and organisers have revealed an exciting change to the route.
For the first time, the route will take in Cathedral Close, at the very foot of Lichfield Cathedral, bringing runners closer to the treasured landmark than ever before.
The 2019 event linking the two historic monuments has been confirmed for Sunday, April 7, including children’s and juniors’ fun runs and finishing with a family fun day in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
As well as the new route, this year’s run also has more spaces and brand new medals.
Demand for the run has been high in the previous two years – the first sold out in less than a week resulting in the number of spaces being more than doubled from 500 to 1,200 for 2018 – and even more places are available this year.
More than 1,000 runners have already signed up, so anyone wanting to take part in this unique event is urged to secure their spot soon.
The Cathedral to Castle Run is organised jointly between the four Rotary clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anker, Lichfield and Lichfield St Chad, with all proceeds being shared between local charities chosen by the groups. It has so far raised tens of thousands of pounds to help vital good causes in the local community.
Kyle Raffo, Tamworth Rotary Club president and run director for the Cathedral to Castle Run, said: “When we first came up with this idea a few years ago, we thought it would be really great to link these two amazing monuments with a charity run, but we didn’t realise just how well it would take off. It’s become quite a draw, attracting runners from across the region and has already established itself as a key event on the local calendar.
“We’re delighted to finally bring the route right past the Cathedral itself, so runners will be able to get really up close and personal to this fantastic national treasure, before finishing at the foot of Tamworth Castle.
“The popularity of this event has led to us increasing the number of spaces each year and importantly, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity, which is what it’s all about.”
The 10-mile route has been carefully mapped out; starting in Beacon Park, then passing through Cathedral Close for the first time, before crossing a variety of terrain including Lichfield City Centre, Ministry of Defence land at Whittington Barracks, Hopwas Woods and finishing in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
Part of its appeal is the two stunning monuments it links. Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK and is one of the oldest places of Christian worship. The ancient Tamworth Castle was refortified by the Normans and is one the best-preserved motte and bailey castles in England.
Runners completing the course this year will get impressive new metal medals as they cross the finishing line, as well as goodie bags, limited edition finisher’s T-shirts and access to free photographs.
Registration for the main 10-mile event is available now at https://cathedraltocastle.co.uk/ as well as a one-mile junior run and a 176-yard parent and child event.
All proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the chosen Rotary charities, but runners are invited to raise additional sponsorship for charities of their choosing.
The event is also widely supported by Tamworth and Lichfield businesses which help cover the costs through corporate sponsorship. A variety of sponsorship packages are again available for 2019, starting from as little as £100. Any businesses interested are asked to email email@example.com.