James Whitehouse with the Cathedral Dash trophy
James Whitehouse with the Cathedral Dash trophy

Birchfield Harrier James Whitehouse erased the memories of 2008 as he beat the chimes to claim the Lichfield Cathedral Dash crown.

The 22-year-old from Walsall recorded a tim of 58 seconds to finish clear of the rest of the field.

His victory was all the more sweet after his run two years ago when he was leading but fell going into the final bend.

The race was the finale to a morning of events including a unique man versus bike race and a number of junior races.T

Another new event was the Southern Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Baton.  Local businesses and organisations from across the district took part and the winner was Friary Grange School.

Kevin Wilson, founder and director of organisers KP Events, said:

“The 2010 Dash was one of the best ever.  Not only did we have a lot more entries than normal, especially for the junior events, but the atmosphere was superb – the best for many years.  I’d like to thank everybody for sponsoring, competing and supporting the 2010 event.  Also the many volunteers who make the day run so smoothly.”

One of the Lichfield Cathedral Dash relay races

Adrian Priest, Senior Product Manager at Techstep, the sponsors of this year’s event said:

“I wish to thank everybody who took part in this year’s Dash activities.  It was great to see faces both young, and not so young, enjoying themselves in this truly unique event.  Not even a little rain could dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd who saw some superb performances especially by James who beat the chimes.”

2010 Techstep Lichfield Cathedral Dash Final Standings:

  1. James Whitehouse (Birchfield Harriers)  58.00secs (inside chimes)
  2. Ashley Wickett (Cannock and Stafford AC) 59.70
  3. Stewart Smith (Royal Sutton AC )1.05secs
  4. Phil Clamp (Tamworth AC) 1.05.30secs
  5. Andy Wilson 1.06.48 secs
  6. Amy Frith (Tamworth AC) 1.09.28
  7. James Bovill (wildcard) 1.18-35
  8. Paul Bradley (wildcard) 1.19.40

See more pictures from the Lichfield Cathedral Dash below:


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