With plenty of prizes on offer at this year’s Chariots of Fire charity relay race, runners will have a great incentive to battle it out for the top spots in a variety of categories.
Based on the famous film that celebrated the exploits of the 1924 British Olympic team, the event recreates the running course through Cambridge and now involves two and a half thousand runners. From all male, all female and mixed, to college and veteran team categories, there is no shortage of options for runners to choose from.
This year sees the advent of a new category, with the veterans teams now split into veteran mixed as well as male and female categories. The fastest team in each category will receive a trophy to hold onto for the entire year, with their team name and race timing printed in the paper and event website the day after the event and possibly even their photograph!
Charles Hewitson, Race Director and Senior Partner at Hewitsons, said, “As Chariots has grown into such an iconic event in the local community, it is a real honour for teams to be named the winner of a category. Many runners attach a real sense of achievement to giving the race their best shot in an attempt to win, especially for the overall fastest team who will receive the coveted Sir Arthur Marshall trophy.”
“There is also a fun side to the event, as the team who provides the most laughter and entertainment for the crowds on the day is awarded the People’s Cup. Last year this was awarded to the team from John Lewis who managed to balance a glass of pink champagne on a tray as they ran!” This year runners are raising money for two local and worthwhile charities – Home-Start, Cambridge & District and Wallace Cancer Care.
The race follows in the footsteps of the famous film, taking a 1.7 mile route around the town, along The Backs and through some of the City’s most beautiful Colleges. The race is sponsored by leading local law firm Hewitsons and is supported by the Cambridge News. The race takes place this year on Sunday 19 September, starting from Queens’ Green in Cambridge.
To enter teams into the race, visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk to register online. For further information contact Alison Hickford at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 461155.