For the 23rd consecutive year dozens of lawyers, from leading regional law firm Hewitsons, will be donning their running gear to take part in Chariots of Fire on Sunday 21st September.
However, this year the training has been a little unorthodox! With an ambitious target set for this year’s race, staff at Hewitsons held a bake sale to add to the firm’s sponsorship funds for the selected charity, the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, with further ones scheduled in the run up to the race. Competitive and budding bakers bought in a wide variety of baked items, and with the boardroom tables groaning under the weight of cake and other treats, over two hundred pounds was raised.
When waistbands couldn’t take anymore cake, the remainder of the items were donated to Jimmy’s along East Road. Having completed the first scheduled bake sale, the incentive to train for this years Chariots started in earnest. Amongst the anticipated 2000 plus runners expected to compete in the annual charitable relay race will be four teams from the event organisers and a multitude of volunteers, all dressed in their distinctive red t-shirts.
The mixed ability of the four Hewitsons’ teams is a reflection of the Chariots of Fire event, from keen and experienced runners to those who are participating purely to raise money for the ARHC. Sarah Evershed, team captain of one of Hewitsons’ teams and keen baker, said: “Although I am more comfortable taking part in long distance races, I have run in Chariots of Fire ever since I joined the firm and, while I don’t plan to break any records on the day, this is an event that I look forward to every year. Knowing that I’ll be helping to raise money for this worthwhile local charity is the best possible incentive.”
Race Director, Charles Hewitson said, “Chariots of Fire is a perfect opportunity for local organisations and the colleges to join together for a great cause. Entering a team with your colleagues or friends really encourages camaraderie and team spirit, which is clearly evident on the day. In addition there are lots of fun activities you can do ahead of Chariots to raise the additional sponsorship. I would never have thought that eating cake would be so virtuous”.
Donna Talbot, Fundraising & Marketing manager for the charity said ‘Many Just Giving pages have been created by teams taking part in this year Chariots of Fire and this is just one of the fantastic ways to attract sponsorship. We are noticing work colleagues, family members and neighbours all pledging their support and offering words of encouragement to the participants and this is a great forum in which to share these messages and spread the word regarding this super event.
We are delighted to see Marshall Motor Group HR team which are aptly named ‘Marshall Hot Rods’ have so far raised £371.86, already achieving 74% of their £500 target and we know a number of other teams are not far behind!’ And it’s not too late to enter a team and get involved! To register your team online, visit the website www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/enter