The athletes set off on the 2012 Lichfield Dash

The organisers of the Lichfield Cathedral Dash have confirmed that the event won’t take place in 2013.

The athletes set off on the 2012 Lichfield Dash

The popular race – which sees runners attempt to run around the historic building before the chimes end – will now return next year.

It will be the first year since 1998 that the event won’t take place.

Kevin Wilson, from organisers KP Events, said the sabbatical would allow the race to come back bigger and better.

“The 2012 Dash coincided with the visit of the Olympic Torch to the city and as a result we had thousands of people in Cathedral Close and the day was simply the culmination of all my dreams and expectations for the event as a spectacle and as a truly unique sports occasion.

“Rescheduling to August Bank Holiday Saturday this year was a decision made in all good faith, but it hasn’t worked out so we need to rethink for 2014.

“The date,the format, the design – everything is in our development plans for next year and we expect the Dash to come back bigger better and more popular than ever.”

The 2012 race was won by Birchfield Harrier James Whitehouse.

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