Olympic gold medallist to kick off Chariots of Fire race

Britain’s top Olympic swimming legend, Duncan Goodhew, will be sounding the horn to start one of the region’s most highly anticipated charity races of the year – Chariots of Fire.

Duncan, an accomplished athlete who achieved an Olympic Gold medal in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 1980 Olympics, will be starting the race at 9.30am on Sunday September 18th at Queens’ Green Cambridge. 

 Chariots of Fire, organised by Hewitsons law firm, is raising funds this year to support the Rosie Hospital campaign, which was set up to help the Cambridge hospital expand. The Rosie campaign plans to raise enough money to double the size of its current maternity hospital to provide essential new facilities for women and babies in the East of England.

Duncan said: “I once visited a maternity hospital, which was so tired that the paint was crumbling from the walls. It struck me as odd and a very sad reflection of how we view life. I'm pleased to say that The Rosie Hospital campaign is about creating the opposite - the very best environment to start life. Now isn't that something worth supporting?" 

Charles Hewitson, race director and partner at Hewitsons, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Duncan on hand to support Chariots of Fire this year. He is an inspirational athlete and someone I’m sure many people will admire for his sporting achievements. Chariots of Fire is obviously raising money for a great cause and we hope as many teams as possible will sign up to join us on this fun day.” 

The race, which sees relay teams of six following a scenic route through the colleges and the picturesque Backs in Cambridge, is based on the famous film of the same name, recreating the celebrated run through Trinity College. To register a team please visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk. For more information on The Rosie Hospital Campaign please visit www.therosiecampaign.org.uk