The most unique sprint event in the UK… held in Cathedral close! First run in 1998, the Lichfield Dash in association with St John’s House, is a completely unique sporting occasion. Invited athletes race the 12 noon chimes and the crowds flock to Cathedral Close to watch a race against time come alive in a spectacle of speed, strength and true Corinthian endeavour. The Dash event is on Saturday the 20th August 2016 from 10am to 12.30pm.
Olympic 400m silver medallist Roger Black (pictured) attended the Dash on Olympic Torch Day in June 2012: “I’m delighted to hear the Lichfield Dash is back in its home city once again. When I experienced it on Olympic Torch day in 2012, the atmosphere was electric and it was a truly unique sporting occasion. To see it back in another Olympic year is brilliant and I wish everyone involved good luck and here’s to seeing The Dash idea spread round the UK in 2017 and beyond”.
The first ever Dash in 1998 was won by GB 400m international Paul Thompson of Birchfield Harriers. TV cameras captured the drama of the dash in 1999 where Tipton Harriers athlete Mark Anslow collapsed on the finishing line to allow GB international and Birchfield Harrier Carl Warren through to win the coveted trophy awarded to the dash winner. But true to form, Mark returned to challenge Carl again in July 2000 for the coveted dash title and to mark the occasion of the millennium, all race athletes were wearing Chariots of Fire style outfits of the 1920’s period.
The dash was held every year in July until 2012 when to welcome the Olympic Torch and its journey through Lichfield, Olympic 400m silver medallist in Atlanta in 1996 Roger Black presented the newly commissioned Dash trophy from Arthur Price Ltd to the winner James Whitehouse from Birchfield Harriers (pictured). The race never disappoints and went on to provide excitement and drama up to 2012 where the race ceased due to a number of factors. But in Olympic Year 2016 and with KP Events ambassador Meghan Beesley representing a real medal hope in the 400m hurdles in Rio, the Dash will be back and even better than before.
Event starts in 20 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, 13 seconds
Registration for all running events from the Under 8’s to Under 15’s 100m and 400m sprints, junior and senior relays through to the senior mile races are available by clicking the link above, entries are from £2.50 and everyone taking part will receive a commemorative dash medal and ribbon. For further information and sponsorship opportunities call Kevin on 07971100973
All the on-the-day funds raised at this year’s relaunched LICHFIELD DASH will be donated to the Lord’s Taverners charity, the choice of event sponsors St Johns House Lichfield, as owner Dan Ralley, a keen sportsman himself explains;
“The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance, and the Dash as an event is all about having lots of races for the youngsters to support the main Dash at 12 noon. To celebrate the Lord’s Taverners link we’ll be having a Wheelchair Dash at 11 am to see if 2 or more wheelchair athletes can beat the 11am chimes, now that will be exciting”.
Dash founder Kevin Wilson of organisers KP Events is happy to have the wheelchair athletes back and involved ; “We have had wheelchair races before including GB international paralympian Mickey Bushell (pictured) in 2011 and he’ll be a star name in Rio this September I’m sure so raising funds for the Lord’s Taverners is fantastic for us in Olympic year”.
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.
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 2 months, 7 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes, 13 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 2 months, 23 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes, 13 seconds
After these have gone the price will be £26 (affiliated) £28 (non affiliated). 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!”
The Kingsbury Water Park 10k – Sunday the 20th November 2018 10.30 a.m.
Event starts in 3 months, 20 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes, 13 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 3 months, 27 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, 13 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 4 months, 11 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes, 13 seconds
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”.
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.
HAWKES SWOOPS TO SNATCH HALF MARATHON TITLE
Tipton Harriers’ Stewart Hawkes romped home in the cold dry and windy conditions at the 6th Lichfield Half Marathon today in a time of 1:12:35. He was nearly 5 minutes quicker than his club mate and KP Events ambassador Phil Clamp running his first ever half marathon in his long and successful running career in a creditable 1:17:10, and he was clear of third placed Gavin Kennedy in 1:18:01.
First female home was Preston Harrier Nichola Jackson in 1:26:45 with Melissa Venable second in 1:30:24 and Emma Langdell third in 1:32:14.
Over eleven hundred runners entered to run the race, with a remarkable turn out of supporters around the 13 mile course and hundreds at the Stowe Field finish ensured that the event was a memorable occasion for all involved.
You can see the full Results of the Lichfield Half-Marathon HERE.
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 6 months, 5 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes, 13 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.