L&HCRT is a member of the Staffordshire Waterways Group


The Inland Waterways Association

Web site design by  Paul Marshall


Registered Office:

Island House, Moor Road

Chesham, Buckinghamshire


Registered in England - No. 2456172

Registered Charity No. 702429

VAT registration No. 823 8213 41

 ©  Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust


For several years the Trust has operated a watering station at Darnford Lane. This year a team of our supporters is running to raise funds for the Tunnel Vision Appeal.

Lichfield 10K Run
Sunday 9th  September 2018

Local design and print agency, Raphael Design Limited, have helped our Lichfield 10K runners get off to a great start by supplying their running vests.

Six athletes have taken on the challenge to run in the Lichfield 10k to raise money for our Tunnel Vision Appeal, the funds must be raised by 2019 to ensure that our tunnel goes ahead at the same time as the southern bypass tunnel.

Trust volunteers Harry and Chris, and Trust supporters Scott, James, Mark and Heath, will now be running in LHCRT logoed vests thanks to Clare and Pete Lubrano from Raphael Design.

Pictured left to right are Clare Lubrano, Scott Lindsey, Heath Rhodes, Harry Wem and Pete Lubrano, standing where the tunnel will be built. (Mark, James and Chris weren't available for the photo.)

You can sponsor any of our athletes by visiting their fundraising pages:

Profile: Heath Rhodes runs for Mervyn

“ I first knew Heath as a troubled angry young teenager but he is now is a very successful local business man.


Our relationship with Heath was initially through his mother Vicki Phillips, who I had a special relationship with, which lasted over 25 years, right up to her passing in June 2010 and my friendship with Heath and his sister Helen has continued ever since.


Heath is also a very active charity worker, having just run the London Marathon this year raising money for MIND – and he also coaches the Lichfield Football Youth team.


Heath is taking part in the Lichfield 10K run for Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust in memory of my Husband Mervyn, who passed away in July 2014 but also for his mother Vicki as they both lost their hard-fought battle with cancer. 


Mervyn was an active member of the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and was responsible for the running of the LHCRT charity shop in the Arcade (ex Friary shoe shop) and was also the Membership Secretary up to his passing. “

Pat Ainge

Profile: James Millington

James Millington has been cross country running for 25 years and competing in triathlons for the last seven years. James, from Chorley, is the current Birmingham Olympic triathlon distance age group champion and holds a world ranking in half ironman distance having previously been world-ranked for the full ironman distance. The son of LHCRT site manager Hugh, James is fundraising for the Trust’s £1million Tunnel Vision appeal, set up to pay for an essential canal tunnel under the Cross City railway line.

“This is such an important project for the Trust,” said James. “If the tunnel isn’t built at the same time as a railway bridge over the planned Southern Bypass extension, it will be so much more difficult and expensive to build it after the road is in place.”

The Lichfield 10K and Family Fun Run is one of the biggest and best sporting events in the area – Lichfield’s version of the London marathon, attracting around 1,500 entries each year, encouraging people to take up a more active lifestyle and raise funds for many local causes. The Trust has for several years assisted the 10K run by operating a watering station at Darnford Lane.


Trust Director Christine Howles with James and Chris

Pictured left to right are Clare Lubrano, Scott Lindsey, Heath Rhodes, Harry Wem and Pete Lubrano.