On your marks, get set and register for Chariots

The launch of Cambridge’s charity relay race saw asprint to theonline registration system within a matter of minutes of going live. First in were Studio 24, Wandlebury Wanderers and John Lewis.

The race follows in the footsteps of the famous film, taking its scenic route through the streets and University Colleges, with teams of six each running the 1.7 mile course in a relay format. This year runners are raising money for the Rosie Hospital Campaign, whose aim is to extend the size of the current maternity hospital, one of the finest in the country, where women and their babies receive the very best antenatal, neonatal and gynaecological care.

In first position, Cambridge-based specialist web design and development agency, Studio 24, entered their all male team for the 2011 race. Sales & Marketing Manager, Jonathan Woods, said: “Once again we are delighted to take part in the Chariots race, which raises money for such great causes. The team at Studio 24 look forward to the race each year with a sense of excitement and trepidation. Whilst we might officially be team number one this year, I don't think there's much chance of us being on the podium. As long as the charity benefits from the sponsorship money raised that's the main thing.” 

In second position, Donald Douglas, Vice Chair of CambridgePPF, for the Wandlebury Wanderers commented, “We are excited to be entering Chariots of Fire again and have already started training in preparation for the race. We are planning on beating the £2,000 we raised last year in sponsorship for the charity.” The third position was taken by John Lewis, who has entered a total of four teams this year. 

Philip Orvis, team manager said, “This is a fabulous event that we have supported for many years now. The Rosie campaign is one close to our hearts, and our Nursery team have recently been involved in supporting their fundraising efforts in a small way. Having won the People’s Cup last year for most entertaining team, we are determined to keep hold of this title for a third year. Come down and see what we dress up as this year." 

Judy Tucker the Rosie Hospital Campaign manager said, “The money raised at the event will be a huge boost to the Rosie Hospital Campaign, which will help expand our current hospital and enable us to further develop the range of facilities and vital services we provide." The race is sponsored by leading regional law firm Hewitsons and is backed by The News.

Race Director, Charles Hewitson, commented, “We are looking forward to another successful and entertaining event this year. The event takes place on Sunday 18 September on Queens’ Green in Cambridge and we hope that everyone will come down to join us on the day, in support of this excellent charity.”Team registrations can be made online, please visit the “Enter” page of the website www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk for details. If you require further information, call Stephen Page or Sarah Head on 01223 461115.