Teams quick off the mark for Chariots

A record number of team entries within the first 24 hours saw Chariots of Fire charity race off to its best start yet. A rush of entries meant more than 10 teams registered on the first day.

Filling up the three top spots were web agency Studio 24, Old Peculiars and the Comberton Crinklies. First up, Cambridge-based specialist web design and development agency, Studio 24, entered their all male team for the 2010 race. 

 Sales & Marketing Manager, Jonathan Woods, said: “The Studio 24 team is made up of occasional joggers. The company loves entering Chariots of Fire as it's always such a great event, benefiting worthwhile charities. It's unlikely we will be pushing the running clubs for the top positions, as this year we will be running in fancy dress.” The team hope to raise at least £500 for the charities. Over in Comberton, the Crinklies have taken part in the last 6 Chariots of Fire races. 

Team Manager Kenny Isbister said the team comprises a group of friends who meet regularly. Kenny explained: “The philosophy is those that run the previous year get first refusal and if they cannot then someone else takes their place. They then keep their place until they cannot make it one year. We always have two reserves. Some of the team train regularly and others have a bottle of red wine the night before which seems to work as all the runners seem to get good times with two particularly keen to break 10 minutes this year.” 

Last up, in team three, are the Old Peculiars, lead by team manager George Wynch, who signed up for their second year at Chariots of Fire. He said: “Chariots is a great way to introduce our children to the importance of charities in providing for those less fortunate to themselves and at the same time gives us an incentive to work on fitness over the summer. Last year was a real family day out - let's hope the weather is just as kind in 2010!” 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. 

 Race Director Charles Hewitson said: “Many thanks to the teams who have already entered the race this year. We hope many more will join them for what promises to be another exciting event. The event takes place on Sunday 19 September on Queens’ Green in Cambridge and we hope that everyone will come and join us on the day and support of these two excellent charities.” To enter a team, visit www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk. For further information, email admin@chariots-of-fire.co.uk or call 01223 461155.