O’BRIEN BREEZES TO DASH TITLE
Cannock & Stafford AC’s Welsh 800m international James O’Brien braved the near autumnal weather at Saturday’s (August 20th) Lichfield Dash round Cathedral Close to closely beat Tamworth AC’s promising 400m athlete Tom Randolph to win the Dash crown and beat the 12 noon chimes to join the small band of top athletes who achieved both since the event started in 1998.
O’Brien, 19, took a quick line advantage right from the outset and as he hit the back straight in the The Close and the strong wind he battled up the home lap and rounded the final bend to take the cheers of the crowd gathered to welcome back Lichfield’s most unique sporting occasion.
Held for the first time since Olympic year 2012, the return of the Dash is a triumph for Dash founder Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events and he was pleased to see the event back in its spiritual home; “The dash is really really special to this city and on such a horrible ‘summers’ day the turnout for all the support events for kids, the wonderfully quirky Lichwheel’d and their madcap bikes and cycles and the fantastic atmosphere on the line for the main dash made it all worthwhile. Let’s hope it’s back to stay.”
In the Dash Elite Mile Tamworth AC’s Bikram Singh beat KP Events ambassador Phil Clamp into second place.
Full Dash results
1st James O’Brien (Cannock and Stafford AC) 55.84 seconds (within the chimes)
2nd Tom Randolph (Tamworth AC) 56.10 (within the chimes)
3rd Aaron Brown (Tipton Harriers ) 56.97 (within the chimes)
4th James Whitehouse (Birchfield Harriers) 1:04.40
5th Joey Shirley (Lichfield Football Academy)
6th Wayne Wilson
7th Fiona McKean (Lichfield Running Club)
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The TCR FM Tamworth 10k was voted 4th best 10k in the UK by Runners World in 2013 as it’s scenic but mainly flat 5k loop course takes in some of the town’s best scenery with its start and finish set in the popular Castle Grounds leisure facility with its gardens, sports amenities, walkways and cafe.
The TCR FM Tamworth 10k October 9th 2016 will start and finish in the beautiful grounds surrounding Tamworth Castle and will wind its way through the grounds and out into the town, then follow a canal section in Fazeley, before returning to the Castle Grounds.
TCR 106.8 FM launched in 2009 and is a not-for-profit community radio station based in Tamworth, Staffordshire, staffed entirely by volunteers. The station has strong links with the local community and provides a wide range of programming with a good mix of chat and music, predominantly from 80’s classics to new chart hits, as well as news and sports updates.
This is a Timing Chipped event.
£21 standard Entry, £19 Club Member.
Event starts in 1 month, 6 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds
Race numbers and info are posted to applicants within the 10 days before race start.
ON THE DAY ENTRIES: There will only be 50 entries on the day and these will be available on a first come first served basis from 9 am at the registration desk near the Start/Finish area in Castle Grounds.
Parking for the event is available in and around Castle Grounds and some parking is free and some is pay and display so the advice is check the signage before you leave your car!!!
The first ever RUN FOR FUN SOLIHULL HALF MARATHON IN ASSOCIATION WITH VIRGIN ACTIVE SOLIHULL takes place on Sunday October 23rd 2016 and with the official launch taking place soon, KP Events is delighted to say that the first 200 lucky people to register will only pay £20 in an exclusive early bird offer!
Event starts in 1 month, 22 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds
After these have gone the price will be £24 (affiliated), £26 (non affiliated) and £23 for those that support Acorns Children Hospice, and £23 for members of Virgin Active and Run for Fun. There will be a link to the route on this website soon but the start and finish will be adjacent to the Virgin Active Solihull Club on Blythe Valley Business just off Junction 4 of the M42 and can house hundreds of cars on the day of the event.
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“Run for Fun” (RFF) is an online running group founded by Maureen (Mo) Virtue in 2012 as a direct result of the inaugural National Lottery Olympic Stadium 5 mile run. Mo realised that the lucky ballot winners who took part in that race and who had shared their training stories through an online social media page would all lose contact unless she did something. Putting the idea of the “Run for Fun” group forward she was quickly joined by a few others and the original membership was 35. Since then membership has grown to over 6000 and it’s a rare occurrence to go to a race anywhere and not come across someone wearing a shirt bearing the RFF logo Ruffus.
Whilst running in other events is great fun Mo and fellow founding member Chris Murray wanted to work with an events company to stage an RFF half marathon. Chris is based in Solihull and had taken part in races organised by KP events so got in touch with Kevin Wilson of KP and now the inaugural RFF Solihull Half Marathon with Virgin Active as main sponsoring partner is all set for 23rd October this year.
Entry to the event is open to all runners and don’t be surprised though if you find you have a few hundred RFF members bearing Rufus and various motivational shirts alongside you.
Speaking ahead of the event RFF Leader Mo Virtue said “This is just so exciting and I can’t wait to see hundreds of our members running the Solihull Half Marathon along with hundreds of other running enthusiasts. It’s going to be brilliant and a dream come true!”
ACORNS CHILDRENS HOSPICE
Local children will be benefiting as the first ever Solihull Half Marathon comes to town. Acorns Children’s Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families across Solihull has been announced as the official charity of this event.
Rose Davie, events officer at Acorns urged local people to pull on their running shoes for the run. She said: “We’re thrilled to be chosen as the official charity for the Solihull Half Marathon and really hope lots of local people join us on the day to help raise the funds which are so vital for our care.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to be a part of the first ever half marathon to come to Solihull and running for Acorns will help give participants that extra push to reach the finish line, safe in the knowledge your efforts will help support local children and their families.”
The 13.1 mile scenic event will start and finish at Virgin Active, Blythe Valley Business Park, with entry at a discounted £26 for those who run to support Acorns.
Kevin Wilson from event organisers KP Events, said: “It’s brilliant to be involved with the first ever Run for Fun Solihull Half Marathon in association with Virgin Active and to then decide to work with Acorns Childrens Hospice as the events charity of choice is even better, such a worthy cause for all concerned”.
It costs Acorns nearly £10 million per year to provide its services and it relies on the support of the community and events such as the Solihull Half Marathon for the majority of this amount.
In the past year the charity has cared for over 800 children and supported more than 1,030 families, including those who are bereaved.
(L-R) Simon Durman and Gaz Lloyd from Virgin Active, Paul Griffin Race Director and Rose Davie from Acorns
The Kingsbury Water Park 10k – Sunday the 20th November 2018 10.30 a.m.
Event starts in 2 months, 19 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds
£18 affiliated, £20 non affiliated. Free entry to the park is available by showing your race number to the steward on the barrier or by telling the steward you are an on-the-day entry.
The course can get very muddy and wearing trail shoes is recommended but keep an eye and ear glued to local weather reports nearer the time. Like last year the chances are that it’ll be horribly and gloriously muddier.
The circuit is mainly flat with the odd challenging incline made more challenging by that darned mud that is clingy due to the soil in the park which holds the water very well!! Parking is free to all run participants, friends and family sharing the vehicle so come together to save on admission cost and more and more of you are staying on afterwards to take in the lovely park scenery facilities and services on offer in this truly amazing country park. There is an onsite cafe which serves decent grub and hot drinks too.
The 10k is an approximate distance due to the nature of the course and is a two lap race following a route that is mainly off road through magnificent scenery. Two laps of footpaths, grass tracks and a short tarmac section twisting around the lakes and pools of the water park, with a section alongside the river.
Triathlon England are delighted to announce that we will be working with KP events this year to host a Duathlon event in the Castle Grounds of Tamworth on the 27th November 2016.
Kirsty Shaw (West Midlands Regional Manager of Triathlon England) said “Within the West Midlands region we don’t have many run-bike-run events, in fact this is the first Duathlon event that I have seen to be organised. I am certainly eager to see how many participants we will attract”.
Triathlon England look to work with many organisers from clubs, local authorities, leisure centres and business to host training activities and events for all levels of fitness, focusing on all gender, ability and ages.
To attract all levels and abilities of fitness, we are pleased to say that we will be working with Phil Clamp (KP Events Ambassador) amongst other triathlon coaches to host some novice training days. This is a great chance for Triathlon England and KP Events to support those who want to get involved in a multi-sport activity and help gain that confidence in doing so.
Event starts in 2 months, 26 days, 7 hours, 9 minutes, 41 seconds
Get ready for some winter fun! A scenic traffic-free 2.5k route around lovely Lichfield. Dress up as Santa and join all our other Santas for the fun event.
Closing Date 05/12/2016 Distance 2.5K
Prices Standard £10.95, Child 12 or under £7.95, Family + 1 Child £25.95, Family + 2 Children £29.95
Event starts in 3 months, 10 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds
The Xtreme Challenge – Sunday 5th Feb 2017 10.30am at Catton Hall, Staffordshire.
Voted in top 4 adventure races by Runners World in 2012.
Event starts in 5 months, 4 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 41 seconds
Closing date is 31/01/2017
About the Xtreme Challenge
The Xtreme Challenge is designed for runners of all abilities from your top athlete to your fun runner. Set in the beautiful and stunning grounds of Catton Hall, we use all the natural features it offers to produce a different level of cross country running. We even throw in several man-made obstacles that will challenge runners of all abilities whilst having fun at the same time.
Burntwood High Street was transformed into a Push Kart track last Saturday (16th July 2016) as hundreds of townsfolk braved the unseasonal drizzly weather to see teams of 3 and 4 take to the Tarmac in their individually designed and built karts and race each other to decide the various categories that were being decided on the day.
Local heroes Craig and Chris Danby took a break from their global travels on robotic adventures to show the crowds their new robot FOXIC which will feature soon on the new series of Robot Wars on BBC2 later this month. Cllr Pam Stokes Vice Chairman of Burntwood Town Council who engaged local company KP Events to organise the event was around to give out the prizes and get showered in the champagne Grand Prix style as she handed out trophies.
The winners were Team Helmets, second were Wolf Pack and third were The Forresters.
Other category winners were; Speed Demons winners: Wolf Pack. Best Dressed Kart winners: Burntwood Road Sweepers. Best Crash winners: Rawlings Tyres.
Kevin Wilson of KP Events was delighted with how things turned out; “The weather wasn’t great but the crowds were brilliant, the teams really joined in the fun and gave them some brilliant action and above all, everyone involved really bought into what we were trying to do; provide free entertainment on a summer’s afternoon in Burntwood”.
This Saturday marks the final day of athletics at the Rio Olympic Games so it’s fitting that the Lichfield Dash sponsored by St Johns House is back for the first time since the Olympic Torch visited the event in June 2012 and as the city welcomes back its favourite sporting occasion, organisers KP Events have been working to ensure that the morning itself is an entertaining celebration of sporting activities set in the closed to traffic Cathedral Close as everything builds to the conclusion of the Chariots of Fire inspired 12 noon race against time as a field of high class sprinters race each other and the 12 o’clock chimes.
2011 Lichfield Dash winner Eliot Giles of Birchfield Harriers (pictured collecting his dash trophy in 2011) carried on his promising athletics career by winning a bronze medal in the 800m at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam in the European Athletics Championships, 10th July 2016.
Now 22 years old, his progress since his dead-heat win over fellow Birchfield Harriers James Whitehouse was the closest finish in any Dash since it all started in 1998 and founder Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events has already invited him back to the relaunched Lichfield Dash on Saturday August 20th;
“I have spoken to Eliot about a month ago and lined him up, his coach and his on track commitments permitting , to be back this year and I am still hopeful as he wants to be back and he loved his win in 2011 and the crowd took to him, he was a very popular winner. He’ll now focus on being on the plane to Rio and if he’s got the qualifying time then he’ll be our number 1 over 800m so he’ll be going and we’ll look out for him especially as KP Events ambassador Meghan Beesley misses out on her place for GB in the 400m hurdles due to injury.”
The relaunched Lichfield Dash sponsored by St Johns House Lichfield is on Saturday August 20th in Cathedral Close starts at 10 a.m with childrens 100m and 400m races and junior relays, with a special mile race for adults, cycling races with Lichfield Cycling Club and Lichwheel’d plus a wheelchair race with the Lords Taverners, the day’s charity of choice for organisers KP Events. All building the unique atmosphere before the main event, the Chariots of Fire inspired race against the chimes at 12 noon with a field of high quality club athletes on view.
KP Events ambassador Meghan Beesley has sustained an injury that means she’ll miss out on the medal hopes at the 400m hurdles in Rio in August. After surgery she’ll recuperate through the summer, visit us at Tamworth 10k on Sunday October 9th and then plan for a strong track season in 2017 where the World Championship will be held at the Olympic Stadium next summer. Good luck to Meghan from all her friends at KP Events.
WORLD’S SHORTEST FUN RUN FUN FEAST!!
They came from far and wide, from Kansas USA and Cornwall and from Lichfield, Birmingham and Tamworth but mainly Burntwood in Staffordshire. Why?
The 2nd WORLD’S SHORTEST FUN RUN and it attracted hundreds to the UK’s smallest park, Prince’s Park in Burntwood today to help raise money for the local WeLoveLichfield charity fund.