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Time To Get In Shape For Run Linking Two Historic Sites
The time has come to register for an increasingly popular run in Staffordshire that takes place for a third time next year. The 2019 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run takes runners on a picturesque 10 mile route from Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle that includes a wood and a section alongside a canal. And the charity run, which has been confirmed for Sunday 7 April next year, will have more spaces, new medals and an environmentally-friendly theme. The 2019 event linking the two historic monuments also includes children's and juniors' fun runs and will again finish with a family fun day in Tamworth Castle Grounds.

Cathedral to Castle Run
The Cathedral to Castle Run includes a stretch of canal

Demand for the Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run has been high in the previous two years the first sold out in less than a week resulting in the number of spaces being more than doubled from 500 in 2017 to 1,200 for 2018 - and even more places are now available for next year. However, anyone interested in taking part in the 2019 event is encouraged to sign up quickly as half the available spaces have already been filled. The 10-mile route has been carefully mapped out; starting in Beacon Park and crossing a variety of terrain including Lichfield city centre, Ministry of Defence land at Whittington Barracks, Hopwas Woods and finishing in Tamworth Castle Grounds. The event is organised jointly between the four Rotary clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anker, Lichfield and Lichfield St Chad, with all proceeds being shared between local charities chosen by the groups. It has so far raised tens of thousands of pounds to help vital good causes in the local community.

Cathedral to Castle Run
The 10-mile run starts in Beacon Park in Lichfield

Participants entering next year's runs will get impressive new metal medals as they cross the finishing line, as well as goodie bags, limited-edition finisher's T-shirts and access to free photographs. Next year's event is also 'going green' with paper water cups instead of plastic bottles along the route. Kyle Raffo, Tamworth Rotary Club president and run director for the Cathedral to Castle Run, said: "In the short amount of time this event has been going, it's become incredibly popular, resulting in us increasing the number of spaces each year and, importantly, raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity, which is what it's all about. We've listened to feedback from the first two years and are continually fine tuning the event to make it the best it can be. So, we have great new metal 'bling' for finishers next year and we are aiming to make the event more eco-friendly with paper cups instead of plastic bottles. The juniors run was introduced for 2018 and we are hoping to build on that next year, as well as including a fun run inside the Castle Grounds for parents with younger children. We'll also have a few special guests to be announced nearer the time."

Cathedral to Castle Run, Tamworth Castle
And finishes in the grounds of Tamworth Castle

Registration for the main 10-mile event is available at as well as a one-mile junior run and a 176-yard parent and child event. Entry to the adult run costs 25 per runner to include a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag and free access to race day photos. A variety of sponsorship packages are also available for 2019 starting from as little as 100. Any businesses interested can email
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Why? Enjoy The Twin Attractions Of Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle
When: 7 April 2019
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: Main entry fee of 25 per person
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