Ex City Council Chief leads race for Chariots of Fire places

Following the launch of Chariots of Fire last week, the race is on for teams to sign up to this annual event. 

Cambridge’s largest charity relay race follows in the footsteps of the famous film, with teams of six each running a 1.7 mile course through the streets and University Colleges. One of the many teams to have already registered includes former Cambridge City Council Chief Executive Rob Hammond. Rob, who has competed in the Chariots of Fire race 12 times previously, is Chair of Trustees at local disability charity Papworth Trust. 

All funds raised in this year’s race will go to the Trust, which will use the money to make essential renovations and improvements to its day centre in Cambridge. The centre, located on Hawthorn Way, supports disabled adults to learn new skills, make friends and have fun. It offers the opportunity for people to gain important life and work skills, such as classes to help people manage their money, computer courses and cookery. “Chariots of Fire is a fantastic event and I am delighted to be taking part again,” said Rob. “It’s a terrific opportunity for local people and organisations to join together and run through the city to raise funds for charity. 

“By entering a team today, you can help raise vital funds to improve Papworth Trust’s Cambridge Centre, which provides a great service for disabled people in your local community. With support from teams entering the race, we will be able to make vital changes at the centre, which was built in the 1970s and is in desperate need of a refit.” 

Race Director, Charles Hewitson, said, “We are looking forward to another successful event this year and delighted that Papworth Trust and its Cambridge Centre is being supported this year. All monies raised will certainly have a positive impact and I would encourage everyone interested to register a team today at www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk.”&n... of Fire takes place on Sunday September 22, starting from Queens’ Green. Teams of six each run a 1.7 mile course in relay format through the city centre, as well as King’s, Clare and Trinity colleges. To enter a team, please visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter