On your marks, get set and register for Chariots of Fire 2017

Launch of COF 2017 with representatives of HCT and Alzheimer's Research UK

Launch of COF 2017 with representatives of HCT and Alzheimer’s Research UK

Runners at Alzheimer’s Research UK are limbering up for this year’s Chariots of Fire as today marks the official launch of the event’s 2017 partnership with the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

After a record-breaking year for Chariots of Fire in 2016, Alzheimer’s Research UK hopes to raise more than £140,000 through the region’s largest charitable relay race to help fund research into the link between dementia and Down’s syndrome.

The project is using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to explore why more than 50% of those living with Down’s syndrome in the UK go on to develop Alzheimer’s in their 50s.

Prof Tony Holland, who is leading the pioneering research project, said: “This study will drive forward our understanding of how Alzheimer’s progresses and unlock new approaches to treatment for future generations living with the disease – not just people with Down’s syndrome but also the wider population.”

Chariots of Fire is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by Solicitors Hewitsons LLP, and backed by the Cambridge News.

The renowned relay race sees local teams, organisations, and colleges enter to claim the crowning glory of Chariots of Fire while raising money for a worthy charity.

Race Director Charles Hewitson said: “We are excited to be supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK this year. Cambridge is such a hot-bed of cutting-edge scientific research that it’s great that Chariots of Fire can support such an important study happening in the city. Alzheimer’s is a cause so close to so many people and it’s clear this study will be an important piece of the puzzle in tackling it.”

“For over 25 years this event has raised over £1,000,000 for a wide variety of good causes. This year, as with all other years, I am grateful to all our supporters that enter teams, raise money, and turn up on the Sunday morning to help make Chariots a unique and special event for the city.”

The race takes place on Sunday 17th September and starts, and ends, on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13th September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

To enter a team visit http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk or to find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and their research please visit http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

Further information
For more details about Chariots of Fire contact the administration team on 01223 461155 or visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk

About Hewitsons

Hewitsons is an ambitious law firm that treats each of our clients on an individual basis. We advise businesses, individuals and institutions such as charities, educational bodies and parts of the public sector. Hewitsons operates out of offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton to deliver high quality specialist legal services UK wide and via our international network, LawExchange. As a client you can expect us to consistently add value and achieve the very best results based on the application of quality, substance and the highest levels of professionalism. The firm’s website can be found at www.hewitsons.com
About Hewitsons Charitable Trust
Our charitable trust makes grants every year to one or two charities which are selected as the year’s recipients. We raise this money by running the popular Chariots of Fire relay race in Cambridge, where around 2,500 runners compete alongside each other over a short but inspiring course. Please see the separate Chariots of Fire website at www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk
About Alzheimer’s Research UK
Our vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

We are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner.

Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.