THE hugely popular Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile charity run is back for a third year with more spaces, new medals and an environmentally-friendly theme.
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.
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 next year.
However, anyone interested is encouraged to sign up quick as half the available spaces have already been filled.
The 10-mile route has been carefully mapped out; starting in Beacon Park and crossing a variety of terrain including Lichfield City Centre, Ministry of Defence land at Whittington Barracks, Hopwas Woods and finishing in Tamworth Castle Grounds.
The event 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.
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.
Participants entering next year’s runs 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.
This year’s event is also ‘going green’ with paper water cups instead of plastic bottles along the route.
Kyle Raffo, Tamworth Rotary Club president and run director for the Cathedral to Castle Run, said: “In the short amount of time this event has been going, it’s become incredibly popular, resulting in 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.
“We’ve listened to feedback from the first two years and are continually fine tuning the event to make it the best it can be. So, we have great new metal ‘bling’ for finishers next year and we are aiming to make the event more eco-friendly with paper cups instead of plastic bottles.
“The juniors run was introduced for 2018 and we are hoping to build on that next year, as well as including a fun run inside the Castle Grounds for parents with younger children. We’ll also have a few special guests to be announced nearer the time. We’re hoping that next year’s event will be the best yet, so I’d encourage anyone who is thinking of taking part to enter sooner rather than later.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.