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Record entry due for scenic race between historic buildings
A record number of runners are expected to take part in one of the most scenic races in the country when the Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run returns for 2020. Hundreds more spaces have been created for the hugely popular Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile charity run in order to meet growing demand. After a successful first few years, with previous events filling up with places in as little as six days, the four Rotary clubs of Tamworth and Lichfield have joined forces again to organise an even bigger run for 2020. This time, the number of available places has been extended into the thousands to give more people the chance to run the iconic course, linking the two historic monuments in Staffordshire.

Cathedral to Castle Run, Lichfield Cathedral
Runners pass by Lichfield Cathedral in 2019 run

Other features for 2020 will include children's fun runs in Tamworth Castle Grounds and an even bigger family fun day at the finish line in the picturesque park. Such was the demand for places in the previous Cathedral to Castle Run that hundreds of would-be competitors were left hoping for a cancellation so they could take part. All proceeds of the event are donated to charity, resulting in an incredible 16,000 raised from the last race being shared between charities chosen by the Rotary clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anker, Lichfield and Lichfield St Chad. The 2020 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run will take place on Sunday 5 April and will again start in Beacon Park in Lichfield and finish in the grounds of Tamworth Castle. The 10-mile route has been carefully mapped out and crosses a variety of terrain including Lichfield city centre, Ministry of Defence land at Whittington Barracks, and Hopwas Woods.

Cathedral to Castle Run
The charity race attracts thousands of runners

Registration for the 2020 run is now open at and this year's 25 entry price includes a finisher's T-shirt, a goodie bag and specially designed medal. All proceeds will again be donated to local charities to be chosen by the Rotary clubs and runners are welcome to raise additional sponsorship money for charities of their choosing. Event director Kyle Raffo said: "The Cathedral to Castle Run events have exceeded all our expectations in terms of how popular they have been. The most recent 2019 event was incredibly successful, with thousands being raised for local charities. Now we're back for 2020 with an even bigger and better event. Registration has just opened and we would encourage anyone who wants to take part to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment."

Cathedral to Castle Run
The scenic route passes a canal and woodland

The event is widely supported by Tamworth and Lichfield businesses who help cover the costs through corporate sponsorship. A variety of sponsorship packages are again available for 2020, starting from as little as 100. Any businesses interested are asked to email Anyone wishing to register for the run itself is asked to visit Runners must be aged 16 or over for the main event.
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Why? Enjoy a scenic run linking two historic monuments
When: 5 April 2020
Where: Lichfield Cathedral, 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD
Cost: Registration costs 25
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