Charities on the starting blocks for Chariots 2012

Enter your team for Chariots of Fire 2012. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Chariots of Fire 2012 launches today, with thousands of runners taking to the streets of Cambridge in the name of charity.

This annual charity relay race, one of the region’s longest running fundraising events, traditionally attracts thousands of competitors. The race follows a scenic 1.7-mile route through the historic city centre and three world renowned Cambridge University colleges. 

The event follows in the footsteps of the famous film, Chariots of Fire, which features the exploits of the British team’s path to victory in the 1924 Olympic Games, and is organised and sponsored by leading regional law firm, Hewitsons LLP and supported by the Cambridge News. 

This year the beneficiaries will be Cambridge Past, Present & Future and Cam Sight. Cambridge Past, Present & Future champions open green spaces and sustainable development in Cambridgeshire and is seeking to extend its award winning environmental education programme for schools and other groups. Donald Douglas, Vice Chairman of Cambridge Past, Present & Future, said: “We are thrilled to be one of the recipient charities of Chariots of Fire 2012. This prestigious event is a core part of the city’s annual events calendar. We’ll use the money raised to broaden the scope of our education work. Last year, thousands of local pupils and countless families and healthy walkers enjoyed activities at Wandlebury and our other wonderful properties. 

In the future, we want to do even more, opening up our programme to less able people, disadvantaged children and individuals with learning difficulties. Chariots of Fire will help us achieve this.” Cam Sight, are raising funds to build a flagship technology centre in Cambridge for blind and partially sighted people to mark its Centenary. Anne Streather, Cam Sight Chief Executive, says: “We are delighted to be nominated as a charity for Chariots of Fire in our centenary year. Cam Sight is building a flagship Technology Centre in Cambridge for blind and partially sighted people. Not only will this prestigious event form the cornerstone of our Appeal but it will raise valuable awareness of new opportunities arising for people with sight loss.” 

Race Director, Charles Hewitson, added: “We are delighted to be able to support these two very worthwhile local charities, in what will be an incredibly exciting year for sport with the Olympic torch coming to our city in July” “Chariots of Fire is a great opportunity for local organisations and college members to join together to raise money for these charities. For those who don’t want to run in the race, it is a fun filled morning with a great atmosphere to come along to and cheer on and support the teams.” 

The race takes place on Sunday 16 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 years selected worthwhile Charities. 

To enter a team click on the Enter button at the top of the page. Register Today! For further information please contact: Sarah Head / Stephen Page c/o Hewitsons Tel: 01223 447403 E-mail: