The athletes set off on the 2012 Lichfield Dash
The athletes set off on the 2012 Lichfield Dash

Birchfield Harrier James Whitehouse rounded off a day of athletics celebrations by landing the Lichfield Dash title.

The athletes set off on the 2012 Lichfield Dash

He finished in 58.2 seconds as he raced around the Cathedral inside the midday chimes. Second place went to Ashley Wickett of Cannock & Stafford AC (60.02 secs), followed by Andis Grindialis from Latvia and Ellie Howat (Birchfield Harriers) in fourth place.

The trophy was handed over by Olympian Roger Black MBE on the same day the Olympic torch passed through the city.

Kevin Wilson from organisers KP Events said: “This year’s Florette Lichfield Dash event was certainly extra special.

“Having the torch pass through before hand and with Roger Black MBE here throughout the Dash, there was a real buzz in the city. The crowd was fantastic and we saw many new people support the event and realise just how special it is.”

Roger Black MBE added: “The event was a fantastic example of how running can be hugely competitive and compelling for spectators at any level. It’s truly unique, and in all my years of competition I’ve never come across an event quite like it.

“As an athlete myself, I fully understand the challenge it offers to the runners that take part. My hat goes off to James Whitehouse who I had the pleasure of presenting the winner’s trophy to.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.