College teams battling for glory in Chariots of Fire 2008

The largest charity event in Cambridge this year sees many Cambridge University college teams taking part in the famous race which follows its historic route through Kings, Clare and Trinity colleges

 As a result there will be an intense inter-collegiate battle for the College team trophy, won last year by Gonville & Ciaus. The College team trophy was originally donated by Sir Arthur Marshall, who was one of the members of the 1924 British Olympic team upon which the famous film “Chariots of Fire” was based. 

The event echoes the challenge that took place in Trinity Great Court during the film. Jesus College are entering four teams in this year’s race and Ashley Meggit, IT Manager at the College explains why he keeps running year after year. “We actually won the College Cup in 1998 and with two of our original team members from that year running again this year, we are hoping to repeat our success.” Ashley continued, “The motivation to run the event is simple: it is a great team event, a good laugh and a much needed goal to keep active. It is also a great way to get to know those you work with. We do take the event quite seriously – I have been known to make members of the IT team actually run to the newsagent to get the all important energy chocolate to go with my coffee!” 

The event is organised jointly by Grant Thornton UK LLP and Hewitsons and is backed by the News. This year the race is being held in support of two local charities, Romsey Mill and Red Balloon - Cambridge. “With only two weeks to go until the event, the last few team places are now being filled. We are expecting to have around 400 teams running in the race this year and are confident that we can beat last year’s sponsorship total of £75,000,” said Charles Hewitson, Senior Partner at Hewitsons and Chariots’ Race Director. Mike Hughes, Partner at Grant Thornton added, “There is always a great atmosphere on the day with so many runners and spectators around. 

This year we are also providing some children’s entertainment on the Green, which will include face painting, creative art sessions and giant boardgames!” The race starts at 9.30am on Sunday 21 September from Queens’ Green. Photo left to right (Jesus College team): Ahsley Meggitt, Debbie Baker, Allan Moore, Paul Stearn, Ladan Rastan