A Year of Celebration for Chariots of Fire 2012

Since its start in 1992, Chariots of Fire has raised in excess of £3/4 million for a variety charities. And 2012 is proving to be as popular as ever with over 20 teams registering in the first week.

2012 is proving to be a year of celebration across Cambridge. Excitement is building about the Olympic torch coming to Cambridge in July, many residents are organising street parties to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and in September, thousands of fundraisers will pound the city’s pavements for Chariots of Fire, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. 

The year also marks significant milestones for both of the charity beneficiaries of the event. From modest beginnings 100 years ago, Cam Sight now supports over 2000 visually impaired people in the region. 

Anne Streather, Cam Sight Chief Executive, says: “We are delighted to have been selected as a charity for Chariots of Fire in our centenary year. 2012 has provided us a wonderful opportunity to launch our appeal to raise funds to build a flagship Technology Centre in Cambridge for blind and partially sighted people to further open up new avenues of independence." 

Cambridge Past, Present and Future also has cause for celebration. It is 85 years since its founders resolved to form Cambridge Preservation Society back in 1927. In 2012, this work continues with the charity championing sustainable development across the city, while delivering an award winning environmental education programme for schools and many other local groups.

 Bill Matthews, one of the founders for Chariots of Fire says: “It is with a great sense of pride and excitement that Chariots of Fire celebrates it 21st anniversary by raising money for these two fantastic charities. When I first came up with the idea back in the early 1990s I had no idea that it was to become a regular annual fixture in the city’s calendar and one of the region’s longest running fundraising events. As I cross the finish line this year, my 20th year of completing the race, it will be with an even greater sense of accomplishment.” 

The race is organised and sponsored by leading regional law firm, Hewitsons LLP and supported by the News. Race Director, Charles Hewitson, added “We are again looking forward to another successful and entertaining event this year. We encourage everyone to come and join us to support these excellent charities and those running in the race which takes place on Sunday 16th September on Queens Green in Cambridge.” 

 So why not join in the celebrations and enter a team in Chariots of Fire. To enter a team go to www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk Register Today! To enter a team click on the Enter button at the top of the page. For further information please contact: Sarah Head / Stephen Page c/o Hewitsons Tel: 01223 447403 E-mail: admin@chariots-of-fire.co.uk