Paralympic star Matt Skelhon inspires runners at Chariots of Fire race

Paralympian shooter Matt Skelhon will be guest of honour at this year’s Chariots of Fire charity relay race, which is raising money for disability charity Papworth Trust’s Cambridge Centre. 

Matt won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics just 3 years after a car accident which left him paralysed from the waist down. And last year the Cambridgeshire marksman won a silver and a bronze medal at London 2012. 

Matt will be inspiring runners at the Chariots of Fire race on September 22 as the guest of honour for this year’s beneficiary, disability charity Papworth Trust. The funds raised through the race will go towards urgently needed repairs and renovations to the Trust’s day centre for disabled people in Cambridge. "I am delighted to be representing Papworth Trust," said Matt. "They do fantastic work supporting disabled people. I am really looking forward to the 22nd Chariots of Fire relay race, and wish everyone taking part the best of luck." 

Annette Angell, Papworth Trust Fundraising Manager said, "We are thrilled that Matt has agreed to support us. He is a successful sportsman who hasn’t let anything stop him from following his dreams. We are proud to have him on board." Race director Charles Hewitson said, "We are very pleased to have Matt supporting Chariots of Fire this year. I am sure many people will admire his achievements. We hope that everyone can come along and join us for what will be a great day. 

And there is still time to enter the race if you haven’t already done so –" Chariots of Fire is the region’s longest running fundraising event, and celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The race follows in the footsteps of the famous film which documented the British team’s path to victory in the 1924 Olympic Games. The race takes place on Sunday 22 September, starting at 9:30am.