Scientists first to sign up for Chariots of Fire

The launch of Cambridge’s largest charity relay race mid-May, saw a surge of team entries using the new online registration system. There was a record 15 team registrations within the first 24 hours!

 Cambridgeshire based scientists were quickest off the mark, filling up the first three spots. Quotient Bioresearch, based in Newmarket, secured the first 2 places in this year’s Chariots of Fire race. 

Director, Dr Steve Pleasance, said, “This is a fabulous event that we’ve supported for many years and a great opportunity to raise money for a local charity. Although we have race numbers 1 and 2, we’re not expecting to make the podium!” The third spot was taken by Helmut Kraus and his team of chemists, “The Molecular Architects,” from Cambridge University Chemical Laboratories. Helmut commented, “We are excited to be entering Chariots of Fire for the first time and have already started training in preparation for the race. We are trying to encourage the other lab members to join us and are planning to raise plenty of money for the charity.” 

The race follows in the footsteps of the famous film, taking its scenic route around the town and through the University Colleges. The runners are raising money this year for Cam-mind, a local mental health charity. Aly Anderson is the charity’s Development Manager and she was delighted with the enthusiasm and rate of entries at this early stage. Aly said, “Mental health problems can happen to anyone, and most people can and do recover. Cam-mind’s services are designed to support mental health service users on their road to recovery.” Aly continued, “The money raised at the event will be a huge boost to the expansion of our befriending scheme and will enable us to help develop a range of services designed to help local businesses tackle stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace.” 

The race is sponsored by leading local law firm Hewitsons and is backed by The News. Race Director, Charles Hewitson, commented, “We reached our capacity 420 teams last year for the first time and expect to do so again this year. The event takes place on Sunday 20 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 now be made online for this year's event, please visit the "Enter" page of the website for details. 

If you require further information, call Hazel Kraus on 01223 461115. Top photo The Molecular Architects left to right:Jane Jin, Mark Hopkin, Matthew Kitching, Helmut Kraus, Alex Oelke, Catherine SmithBottom photo Quotient Bioresearch Teams 1 and 2, back row left to right: Clare Gould, Chris Jones, James Howard, Richard Kay, Kelly Knights, Steve Pleasance Front row left to right: Polly Taylor, Jo Lynn, Agnes Martin, Anthea Robertson