The hugely popular Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile charity run will be back for 2018 with more than double the amount of spaces.

After an incredibly successful first year, which saw the event sell out in just six days, the four Rotary clubs of Tamworth and Lichfield have joined forces again to organise an even bigger event for 2018.

This time the number of available places has been extended from 500 to 1,200 to give more people the chance to run the iconic course, linking the two historical monuments.

Other new features for 2018 will include a children’s fun run in Tamworth Castle Grounds and an even bigger family fun day at the finish line in the Tamworth park.

Next year’s route has also been amended slightly to take in Cathedral Close in Lichfield after starting in Beacon Park, so runners are able to get even closer to Lichfield Cathedral.

Demand for the inaugural event was unexpectedly high, with the 500 available spaces filling up within six days and a list of a further 1,500 people hoping for cancellations.

All proceeds were donated to charity, resulting in thousands being shared between the local charities chosen by the Rotary clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anker, Lichfield and Lichfield St Chad.

The 2018 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run will take place on Sunday, April 8 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.

Entry opens on August 3 at www.c2crun.co.uk and this year’s £25 entry price includes a finisher’s T-shirt, a goodie bag and new for 2018, a medal. All proceeds will again be donated to four charities to be chosen by the Rotary clubs and runners are welcome to raise additional sponsorship money for charities of their choosing.

Kyle Raffo, Tamworth Rotary Club member and run director for the Cathedral to Castle Run, said: “The inaugural Cathedral to Castle Run exceeded all our expectations in terms of how popular it was. The whole day was incredibly successful, with thousands being raised for local charities. Now we’re back for 2018 with an even bigger and better event.

“We were quite conservative with numbers for the first year as we wanted to test the logistics of putting it all together. Now that this is all in place we can more than double the number of runners to give more people the chance to take part and hopefully raise even more money for charity.

“Registration opens on August 3 and we would encourage anyone who wants to take part to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.”

Last year the event was widely supported by Tamworth and Lichfield businesses who helped cover the costs through corporate sponsorship. A variety of sponsorship packages are again available for 2018, starting from as little as £100. Any businesses interested are asked to email sponsorship@c2crun.co.uk.

Visit www.c2crun.co.uk to register for the 2018 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run. Runners must be aged 16 or over.