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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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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.
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.
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…)
The provisional timetable for this year’s Florette Lichfield Dash on Saturday June 30th has been announced:
All on-the-day entry fees go to the WeLoveLichfield Fund, our chosen beneficiary in 2012.
This event starts 6 years, 1 month, 21 days, 16 hours, 19 minutes, 18 seconds ago
Please note ‘on the day’ registrations for the Florette Lichfield Dash will take place in College Hall in Cathedral Close from 8.30am onwards. The Olympic Torch is due in The Close at 9.40am and The Dash support events are due to start at 10am so please get there early to register.
Please register online via our website – online entries will close at 12 midnight on Thursday June 28th. Crowds are expected to be large in The Close to witness the Olympic Torch procession, be there early! All youngsters taking part in races will receive a commemorative glass block and goodie bag. (more…)
Olympic 400m silver medalist Roger Black met the 2011 Florette Lichfield Dash winner Elliot Giles of Birchfield Harriers on his recent visit to Florette’s Fradley UK HQ. He was there to promote this year’s Dash event on Saturday June 30th, the day when the Olympic Torch comes to Lichfield.
Roger Black will be in attendance to support all the races throughout the morning of the 30th and will be offering coaching tips especially to youngsters taking part in the junior races leading up to the Florette Lichfield Dash itself at 12 noon where he’ll be introducing the field of athletes to the crowds in the build up.