Olympics boost COF team numbers

With the country slowly adjusting back to normality after London 2012, one legacy of the Olympics already appears to be taking shape with more people registering for this years Chariots of Fire relay.

Race organisers have reported an encouraging number of team registrations but are keen to stress that there are still spaces available for those teams who have not yet registered. 

Charles Hewitson, race director and partner at Hewitsons, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Olympics has appeared to inspire people to take part in their very own Chariots and enter a team. This year has truly been a year of celebration, starting with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Team GBs performance at the Olympics and now Chariots of Fire celebrating its 21st anniversary. Every year I am struck by the sight of thousands of fundraisers running through the city for charity, and I’m certain this year will be no exception.” 

However, unlike in the Olympics, where gold, silver and bronze medals were available for the victorious, during Chariots each runner will receive a complimentary medal as a memento for completing the race. In addition there are also a wide variety of prizes on offer with nine different categories making up the Trophy titles up for grabs at this year’s Chariots of Fire relay race. 

A popular trophy title which teams increasingly aspire to win is the ‘People’s Cup’, awarded to the team that provides the most laughter and entertainment for the crowds on the day – usually achieved by running in fancy dress or involving props or gimmicks! Last years winners ‘Wombles on Fire’ entertained the crowds by dressing up as Bravehearts complete with plastic swords! 

So, if like many others the Olympics has inspired you to get more active and involved in sport, why not register a team today. All sponsorship raised this year is going to two very worthy causes, Cambridge Past, Present & Future and Cam Sight. For teams interested in training as part of a larger team, the charities are organising another training session at Wandlebury Country Park in the Gog Magog Hills on Saturday 2nd September at 10.30am – meeting in the car park. 

 Chariots of Fire takes place on Sunday 16 September, starting from Queens’ Green with teams of six each running the scenic 1.7 mile course in relay format through the city centre and Kings, Clare and Trinity colleges. To enter a team in Chariots of Fire visit the website www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk