Prizes galore at charity relay race

This year’s Chariots of Fire charity race will see teams battling it out for a variety of  prizes. Teams will be competing for the top spot in a number of categories to suit every type of runner.

With only three weeks to go until the event, the race is on to fill the remaining team places. The event, which takes place on Sunday 21 September from Queens’ Green in Cambridge, is based on the famous film, “Chariots of Fire”. 

Teams of six run a 1.7 mile circuit through the colleges and along the Cam. Trophies are awarded to the fastest team in each category consisting of woman, men, mixed, college and veteran. The prestigious top prize for the fastest overall team is the coveted Chariots of Fire trophy. In the fun spirit of the event, the People’s Cup will be awarded to the team which manages to entertain the crowd most on the day, so runners are encouraged to get their creative thinking caps on! 

The event is organised each year by leading financial and business advisors Grant Thornton UK LLP and leading solicitors Hewitsons. The Cambridge News is the event’s media partner. The proceeds of the event will be donated to Romsey Mill and Red Balloon – Cambridge. Romsey Mill provides essential support and skills development for young people and families facing disadvantages such as lack of opportunities, marginalisation and poverty. 

Red Balloon works towards the recovery of severely bullied children in their Learner Centres. Charles Hewitson, Race Director and Senior Partner at Hewitsons commented, “The money raised by the event will be a huge boost for both charities and provide essential funding for them. Every team’s sponsorship money will make a crucial difference to those who depend upon these charities for support.” 

Mike Hughes, Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP added, “Chariots of Fire is a wonderful event as everyone can get involved, whether you are a runner, spectator or just want to donate money. Every runner will walk away with a medal and t-shirt, so even if you don’t win a prize, there is something for everyone.” Visit the event website at for the latest event news and how to enter a team in the race. Photo: Chariots of Fire medals from the 2007 event