Teams train together for Chariots

With Chariots of Fire fast approaching, runners from Hewitsons joined forces with individuals from CambridgePPF, one of this year’s recipient charities, to train at Wandlebury Country Park.

Regular participators at Chariots events, CambridgePPF champions the protection and enjoyment of green open spaces, and the sustainable development of the city. 

Carolin Göhler, CEO of CambridgePPF, said: “We are thrilled that CambridgePPF has been selected this year – and although our teams always greatly enjoy taking part in the charity relay race – this year will be particularly special.” 

 Donald Douglas, a trustee of CambridgePPF, said: “Our training session at Wandlebury was an excellent opportunity for some of our runners to prepare for the race. The site offers many different routes for runners of all abilities – just like Chariots, which encourages everyone to take part, regardless of age or experience. The race is about getting together to have a fun day out and raise money. This year will be my ninth Chariots of Fire and representing one of the selected charities will give me extra motivation to cross the line in a good time.” 

Charles Hewitson, race director and partner at sponsors Hewitsons, added, “All the effort runners put into training for running in the race will not be in vain, as teams will be raising money to support two very worthwhile charities, CambridgePPF and Cam Sight. I would urge anyone interested in taking part to register a team today to avoid disappointment as team numbers are limited to guarantee their place in this satisfying challenge.” For those attempting Chariots of Fire for the first time this year, here are some hints and tips that will help you prepare for this unique relay race, and may even motivate you into becoming a regular runner. 

Look after your feet. This might sound unusual, but many a runner suffers from blisters, pins and needles and other problems with their feet. Blisters are a pain, but sometimes something as simple as wearing two pairs of thin socks can reduce the friction. Pain, pins and needles and even bruised toes are normally caused by ill-fitting footwear. Running shoes should fit bigger than most shoes and they should be loosely tied up – you should just be able to pull it off when done up.

Pain CAN be without gain. Don’t be tempted to run through an injury thinking it will do you good. Stop, and seek medical advice as you may make it worse, you don’t want to get injured and end up watching the event from the sidelinesWill it be crowded? This is a big event with lots of teams, people and supporters, if you want to avoid the main crowd, try going as the 6th and last runner that way the other teams will be nicely spaced along the course and you can also bask in the finishing-line glory!Warm down and stretch. 

A warm down could be a leisurely jog back home or even a walk, just to wind down the body and help you recover. Follow this with some gentle stretches. This is important for training runs but also for race day as well.Preparation. Don’t run at least 48 hours before the event. This gives your body time to rest. Also, Autumn in England could bring with it any weather – so be prepared by making sure you are dressed appropriately.Have fun. 

There will be some serious runners out there, but most people will be have-a-go heroes raising money and having a great time. That’s what makes the day such a success. Chariots of Fire takes place on Sunday 16 September, starting from Queens’ Green with teams of six each running the scenic 1.7 mile course in relay format through the city centre and Kings, Clare and Trinity colleges.