MORE than 1,000 people have already signed up for the hugely popular Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile charity run, with less than 200 places now remaining for the 2018 event.
After an incredibly successful first year in 2017, the number of places has been increased from 500 to 1,200, to give more people the chance to run the iconic course linking the two historic monuments.
Despite the extra places, demand has still been high, and the charity event organised by the four Rotary clubs of Tamworth and Lichfield, is expected to sell out again. Anyone who would like to take part in the 2018 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run on Sunday, April 8, is therefore urged to secure their place now, by registering online.
As well as the unique 10-mile urban and cross-country route between Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle, two shorter courses have been added to the line up this year to enable younger runners and community spirited toddlers to get in on the action.
The first is a one-mile run for 11 to 16-year-olds who will be given the opportunity to run the last mile of the course through the town centre, round the Castle Grounds and across the finish line. There are 100 spaces available which must be booked in advance online. Parental consent is required for all participants, who will each receive a race T-shirt, medal and goodie bag in exchange for a reduced £8 entry fee.
The second is a parents and toddlers run for youngsters aged one to three who can confidently toddle unaided, or holding the hand of an adult. Pushchairs or harnesses are not permitted for this event, which will complete a 176-yard lap of the Castle Grounds.
Entries to the family run are priced at £8 per toddler – adults are free of charge – and can be booked in advance or registered on the day. All those who book in advance will receive a medal, goodie bag and T-shirt. Please note anyone who registers on the day will not get a T-shirt as these have to be ordered in advance, but will receive a medal and goodie bag.
Registration for the children’s events opens this week.
This year’s Cathedral to Castle Run will again cross a variety of terrain, including Lichfield City Centre, Ministry of Defence land at Whittington Barracks, Hopwas Woods and Tamworth town centre.
It will finish in Tamworth Castle Grounds where there will be an even bigger family fun day including children’s activities, stalls and event arena.
Entrance to the event costs £25 and includes a finisher’s T-shirt, goodie bag and a medal. All proceeds will be donated to charities chosen by the Rotary Clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anker, Lichfield and Lichfield St Chad.
Together the clubs are working hard to raise sponsorship from businesses to help cover event costs and ensure that as much money as possible is donated to the local charities nominated by each club.
Avariety of corporate sponsorship packages are available for 2018, starting from as little as £100. Any businesses interested are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runners are also invited to raise additional sponsorship money for charities of their choosing.
Kyle Raffo, Race Director for the Cathedral to Castle Run and Vice President of Tamworth Rotary Club, said: “Last year’s inaugural event exceeded all our expectations and so we’re going even further this year to enable more runners to take part and hopefully raise even more money for local charities. Despite more than doubling the amount of places available, the take up has still been high and we are expecting to sell out again, so I’d encourage anyone who wants to join this iconic new event to sign up soon to avoid disappointment.
“There was a great feeling of community spirit at last year’s event and we want to build on that by enabling the younger members of our community to get in on the fundraising and fitness action with the new juniors and toddlers events.”
Register for all runs at www.c2crun.co.uk.