This year, on the 16th September, the region’s largest charitable relay race, Chariots of Fire, will be guiding its runners through the grounds of two of the City’s historic colleges. Passing through both Trinity College and King’s College the runners will need to contest with a new race route this year.
The new 1.7 miles route includes the use of Garret Hostel Lane for the duration of the event, as runners follow a two lane format passing each other down the Lane, looping through Trinity College’s grounds before turning left crossing over Garret Hostel Bridge and heading back down Garret Hostel Lane before turning right onto Trinity Lane towards King’s College.
Each year the College Community further supports Chariots of Fire by entering teams to compete for the much coveted Intercollegiate Cup. Within this exclusive category the Colleges each enter a team of six runners, of which all the runners must be either Students or faculty staff and compete against each other to be crowned the fastest college in Cambridge.
Over time the Cup has swapped between the hands of many of the colleges, however King’s College are the current champions , having held onto it for an incredible five years.
Charles Hewitson, Race Director for Chariots of Fire said, “It is always a delight to see the Cambridge College Community come together and support Chariots of Fire. As organisers we regularly receive positive feedback on the route as it gives a unique opportunity to see some of the scenic colleges that are not often visible to the general public."
“Our official charity this year, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, will use the sponsorship money raised to contribute to the High Sheriff’s Award Scheme, which helps supports a wide range of charitable organisations aiming to engage and help young people in Cambridgeshire that face disadvantage.”