Former champion James Whitehouse has confirmed that he will look to reclaim his Florette Lichfield Dash crown this year.
The Birchfield Harrier bagged the title at Lichield Cathedral in 2010 and will be hoping to repeat the trick on June 30.
The 2012 race will have extra meaning this year with the Olympic Torch relay visiting Cathedral Close at around 9.30am before the junior races begin at 10am ahead of the main event at noon.
Kevin Wilson – of organisers KP Events – is expecting Whitehouse to stake his claim once more and put himself in with a chance of winning the trophy and £100 prize.
“I’m sure James will be completely focused on winning this special Dash event in Olympic Year, he said. “We simply had to have a cash prize on offer to attract a quality field and also offer an extra initiative in such a special year too.
“He’ll be up there as a favourite, especially with last year’s winner Elliot Giles given only a 50/50 chance of being fit.”
Entries for all the support races are now available via www.kpevents.net. Fees are £2.50 for junior events and between £5 and £20 a team for the relays. All monies raised on the day will go the WeLoveLichfield Fund charity.
As well as the athletics, there will be street dancing displays by the youngsters at the Elite School of Performing Arts, displays by the Tennis Freestyle Team and a sponsored bikeathon with staff from Lichfield Health and Fitness Club.