Today’s TCR FM TAMWORTH 10k was won in style by Lloyd Biddell (Mercia Fell Runners) in a fast time of 34:14 on a dry and still early autumn morning, drawing a record entry since the race was relaunched in 2012. Biddell really turned the afterburners on in the second 5k and pulled away from second placed Simon Birch (Hinckley Running Club) 34:47 who pipped third placed Scott Hudspith (Tamworth AC) (same time) on the line!!
First female athlete home (and seventh overall) was Sarah Julius in a very creditable 39.12 with Vicki Bone (Sparkhill Harriers) was second home in 42:51 and Libby Dunne (Cannock and Stafford AC) third in 44:52.
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. 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.
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)
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.
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