Runners felt the heat as they took to the streets under sunny skies Sunday, to battle it out in the Chariots of Fire charity relay, held this year in aid of mental health charity Cam-mind.
The race is based on the famous film which celebrated the exploits of the 1924 British Olympic team, with teams of 6 running the course in relay format. The runners followed in the footsteps of the film, with the course taking in three Cambridge colleges, Kings, Clare and Trinity. The race is sponsored by leading law firm Hewitsons and backed by media partners, the Cambridge News.
Charles Hewitson, senior partner of Hewitsons and race director said, “Everyone has turned out to support us today. We’ve got a huge number of people and had great weather.” “We’ve raised around three quarters of a million pounds in total in the last 18 years and our aim in the next few years is to make it past the one million pound mark. We will only manage that with the help of all our runners and supporters.”
This year the race was started by Michael Marshall, the event’s honorary president. His father, Sir Arthur Marshall, was a member of the 1924 Olympic team upon which the film was based. Mr Marshall said of the event, “It brings the whole of Cambridge together to support a great charity.” Aly Anderson, Cam-mind’s development manager was delighted with the support for the charity on the day.
“It has helped to raise our profile as a charity and, more importantly, raise the profile of mental health issues in general and get people talking about it – particularly in workplaces.” Glassworks A team won the Sir Arthur Marshall trophy for the overall fastest team. Team captain, Will Davies, said, “It was really warm running, especially as the legs began to go. For the first runners it was perfect and then it felt hot towards the end. It was such a lovely day and the course was as beautiful as ever.”
A team from John Lewis won the People’s Cup, as they were judged to have entertained the crowd the most on the day. They braved the warm weather and dressed up as waiters to run the course holding a tray with a glass of pink champagne on it.
Charles Hewitsons said, “We would like to encourage teams to raise as much money as possible now for Cam-mind. As an incentive we will award a magnum of champagne to the team who raises the highest amount of sponsorship!” To view the race timings for each team, click on the link below: http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter/race-times To view the winning teams from 2009, click on the link below: http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/history/winning-teams/