From walking boots to running shoes

Spurred on by the achievement of Chariots of Fire raising £1 million since the event began, solicitors from Hewitsons aim to keep going further and faster for this year’s charity relay race. 

In addition to an army of volunteers from solicitor firm Hewitsons over twenty participants will line up on the start line to take part in this years Chariots of Fire relay race to raise sponsorship money for this years official charity East Anglia's Children’s Hospice (EACH). 

The four running teams are made up of staff from many of Hewitsons offices and cover a range of abilities from the serious contenders, Hewitsons A-team, who are looking to run close to an hour this year, to those who are purely looking to get around the course and raise money for EACH. 

This year, the fundraising for Chariots of Fire started early when a team of seven employees took on the challenge of completing the Three Peaks in 24 hours and in doing so raised over £2000. Participants are now changing footwear from walking boots to running shoes. Annette Lilly, legal secretary, was part of the Three Peak Challenge earlier in the year, who has also ran in Chariots of Fire since 1995, said: “It has been great to be part of an event and watch it grow over the years to become one of the key events in the Cambridge sporting diary. Completing the Three Peaks Challenge and raising over £2000 was amazing”. 

Partner and Head of Charities and Education at Hewitsons, Chris Knight, who was part of the Three Peaks Challenge team will also be swapping his walking boots for running shoes this year said “To begin this years fundraising with the money raised from the Three Peaks challenge is a great achievement for the team and Hewitsons and a great start towards the target set by EACH of £152,000” 

Colin Jones, a trustee of Hewitsons Charitable Trust which organise Chariots of Fire said “It is always a pleasure to see our staff getting involved and dedicating their own time to help make the event a continued success. From the runners to those volunteering on the day, cheering on fellow co-workers, to everyone raising sponsorship money we are always grateful to our staff for their continued support as without them the event would not be what it is”. 

The race follows in the footsteps of the famous film, taking its scenic route through the streets and colleges of Cambridge, with teams of six each running a 1.7 mile course in relay format and it’s not too late to enter a team and get involved! To register your team online, visit