WHITEHOUSE TRIUMPHS AS CROWDS REACH RECORD LEVELS
The Florette Lichfield Dash attracted records crowds on the day the Olympic Torch and Olympic legend Roger Black came to Lichfield and the bumper audience were treated to a race where 2010 winner James Whitehouse of Birchfield Harriers was able to erase the memories of his narrow defeat by club mate Elliot Giles last year and breeze home first and just beat the 12 noon chimes into the bargain.
As in 2010, Cannock and Stafford athlete Ashley Wickett pushed Whitehouse all the way after challenging on the bend coming into the home straight of Cathedral Close but he was always struggling to catch the Birchfield flyer and such was the herculean effort Wickett collapsed near the finish line but was able to recover and cross the line in second place. Latvian athlete Andis Grindialis was third and promising young female athlete Ellie Howat was fourth.
Olympic silver 400m medallist in 1996 Roger Black, was able to attend the events in The Close all morning on behalf of sponsors Florette, and he was involved signing autographs, giving tips to junior athletes and starting the main Dash itself before presenting Whitehouse with the Olympic inspired 3 Spire Dash trophy created by Lichfield’s own world-renowned Arthur Price Ltd.
The date agreed with Tamworth Borough Council is Sunday October 14th 2012 for the 2012 Tamworth 10k. We reintroduced the race with a new scenic route in October 2011 to many complimentary comments about how good the new route was. You can now register for this event.
The race will start and finish in the beautiful grounds surrounding Tamworth Castle and will wind its way through the grounds out into the town before following a section along the canal in Fazeley before returning to the Castle Grounds. KP Events have worked closely with Tamworth Borough Council in bringing this race back to the town. Race start time is 10.30am. The start area is near the Pavilion.
Route map and directions…
The first two KP Events Ambassadors are – Phil Clamp and Tom Humphries.
KP Events Ambassadors are sports people who will be involved with KP EVENTS in promoting their sport and KP Events to the wider community including specifically youngsters and business organizations in raising awareness of their sport, the profile of KP Events and how to encourage more people to participate in healthy exercise and look after their lives better from the benefits of exercise and fitness. Read more
This year’s SUPERHERO CHALLENGE on behalf of Cancer Research UK has been postponed from its scheduled date of Sunday September 16th to a yet to be agreed similar date in 2013. We apologise that this has had to happen but there were a number of issues arising since the New Year which has meant that numbers registering were significantly down on 2011 and thus making the scheduling of the event simply unviable so we took a joint decision with the organizing committee to postpone until 2013. Full refunds for anyone already registered have been made, please watch our website for news of the new date in 2013
CHATWIN TRIUMPHS IN JUBILEE DOWNPOUR
The 4th Alpha Sports Sutton Park 10k took place in near monsoon conditions on the Queen’s Jubilee party weekend (Sunday June 3rd).
“The weather was really bad, just heavy rain from when we arrived at 7am to when we left at 1pm, it never stopped and it was cold too, so well done all who took part and thank you to our staff and marshals, they were all just brilliant”. Kevin Wilson
We had to change the route at the last minute to avoid the wettest areas – so times were noticeably slower than usual but the climax of the race saw three athletes sprint to the finish to thrill the small and very wet crowd. Sam Chatwin raced home in 35.21 just head of Brian Maynard in 35.22 with third home Simon Rendall in a close 35.24. First female athlete home was Linda Howell in a creditable 8th overall in 38.26, in a field of just under hundred as many put off by the atrocious conditions. Flickr photo album here.
Arthur Price has made a unique winner’s trophy to celebrate the Lichfield Dash race during the London 2012 Olympic year.
We asked the famous cutlery and gift ware firm to design and commission a special winner’s award which will be presented for the first time in 2012 and then become the treasured winner’s trophy for generations to come.
The Arthur Price Lichfield Dash Trophy has a solid mahogany wooden base with stainless steel cutlery in three spires; in gold, silver and bronze finishes. The three spires represent not only the three parts of the winners’ podium but also the three distinct spires of Lichfield Cathedral. (more…)
2010 Florette Lichfield Dash winner James Whitehouse of Birchfield Harriers ( pic attached) is back to endeavour to win the title back at this year’s event of Saturday June 30th in Cathedral Close Lichfield.
The Dash is taking place on the day that the Olympic Torch comes to the city and the Torch arrives in Cathedral Close at 9.30am approx and is then followed at 10am by the programme of support races leading to the 14th staging of the unique Florette Lichfield Dash at 12 noon. (more…)