And they're off! Teams register for Chariots of Fire 2013

Chariots of Fire 2013 officially launches today, providing thousands of runners with the chance to register a team and pound the streets on Sunday 22 September - all in the name of a local charity.

This year, all sponsorship monies raised will go to a leading disability charity, Papworth Trust. For over 100 years charity Papworth Trust has been supporting disabled people to have equality, choice and independence in their lives. Monies raised through Chariots of Fire, will go towards urgently needed renovations and improvements to itsCambridgeday centre. The day centre, located on Hawthorn Way, is an essential resource for its service users to learn new skills and make new friends. 

Annette Angell, Fundraising Manager said: "We are thrilled to have been selected as the recipient for Chariots of Fire this year. Following the success of the Paralympics last year disability awareness has improved, however the economic climate is placing increasing pressure on charities. Money raised through this prestigious event will help us make much needed and long over due renovations to our centre. It will also help raise valuable awareness of the support and services our Cambridge day centre provides.”

Chariots of Fire is the region’s longest running fundraising event, and celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. It is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by leading regional law firm Hewitsons LLP, and is backed by the Cambridge News as media partner. The race follows in the footsteps of the famous film which documented the British team’s path to victory in the 1924 Olympic Games. 

Its unique and scenic 1.7 miles route covers the historic city centre and three world renowned Cambridge University colleges. According to Race Director, Charles Hewitson, “We are delighted to be able to support Papworth Trust this year. I have visited the Cambridge day centre and was impressed by the facilities and activities it offers. 

I’m sure the money raised through Chariots will have a positive and life changing impact for all its service users. It really is a very worthwhile and local cause. “It’s great that Chariots of Fire is now established in the city's event calendar, providing a perfect opportunity for local organisations and the college community to join together to raise money whilst getting fit in the process. 

The success of Chariots is the result of the continuing support of those who participate. Every year I feel a great sense of pride and gratitude in witnessing the support given to the selected charity. People enter teams, take time to train, raise sponsorship money and turn up on the Sunday morning and give their all.” 

 The race takes place on Sunday 22 September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green. Teams of varying categories are made up of six runners, who run the course as a relay race. All teams are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship money as possible to support this year’s selected charity Papworth Trust. To enter a team visit For more information please email