Sleep set to give teams a rousing send-off

British dancer, director and choreographer, Wayne Sleep, will start one of the region’s highly anticipated charity races, Chariots of Fire, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

Wayne joined the Royal Ballet Company in 1966 and was appointed an OBE in 1998. He will be starting the race at 9.30am on Sunday September 16th at Queens’ Green, Cambridge, in his role as supporter of charity Cam Sight.

Wayne was a Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet Company and had numerous roles created for him by - amongst others - Ashton, MacMillan, de Valois, Layton, Nureyev and Neumeier. He was a Guest Artist with several ballet companies including English National, London City, Scottish, Capab and London Contemporary Dance and famously danced with Princess Diana on stage at the Royal Opera House in 1985. 

Charles Hewitson, race director for Chariots of Fire and partner at Hewitsons, said: “We are delighted to have Wayne on hand to support Chariots of Fire this year. He is a true inspiration and someone I’m sure many people will admire for his achievements. Chariots of Fire is raising money for two great local causes this year and we hope everyone can come and join us on this fun day.” 

Chariots of Fire, organised by law firm Hewitsons, is raising funds to support two local charities this year - Cam Sight and Cambridge Past Present & Future. Cam Sight, which is celebrating its centenary milestone this year, is raising money to build a flagship technology centre in Cambridge for blind and partially sighted people. Cambridge PPF champions for green spaces and sustainable developments in Cambridgeshire, and is working to extend its award-winning environmental education programme for schools and other groups. 

The race follows a 1.7 mile scenic route through the colleges and picturesque Backs of Cambridge. It is based on the famous film of the same name - recreating the celebrated run through Trinity College. Team spaces are still available, but hurry to avoid disappointment as the closing date is now the evening of Thursday 13th September.