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Organisers hoping for bumper crowd as Lichfield Cathedral Dash returns

Organisers say they are hoping for a big turnout for the return of the Cathedral Dash in Lichfield.

The event was last staged in 2012 to mark the London Olympics.

The 2010 Lichfield Cathedral Dash

One of the races at the 2010 Lichfield Cathedral Dash

And with Team GB winning a bumper crop of medals in Rio, Kevin Wilson hopes sporting fever will be back in Lichfield this Saturday (August 20).

“Held originally back in 1998, the dash took place every year up to 2012 when we had a huge crowd to witness James Whitehouse of Birchfield Harriers reclaim the title he won in 2010.

“We are hoping James will be back to hang on his crown and we have lined up a field of young 400m and 800m talent from Tamworth AC and Tipton Harriers to challenge him.

“There will also be wildcard entries on the day so there’s always a chance one of those could spring a surprise.”

The race sees athletes sprinting around the cathedral in a bid to beat 12 the noon chimes.

A series of shorter races for youngsters will start at 10am, before wheelchair racers will take on the challenge at 11am.

Entries for all of the events are available on the day. For more details visit

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