Thousands of relay runners passed the baton during Cambridge's biggest ever Chariots of Fire race.

Yesterday's event saw 2,500 entrants pound the course. After a record number of teams signed up this year, organisers are hopeful they will beat the £75,000 raised last year.

The money will be divided between two local charities, Red Balloon and Romsey Mill, which both support young people. Doug Richard, Patron of Red Balloon, kicked off the event. 

The Dragons' Den favourite, who lives in Cambridge, said: "I think it's a great event and every step is another pound towards charity. "We had thousands of people out here having a great time on one of the few sunny days of the year." The Glassworks A team took top spot in 48 minutes 25 seconds, beating the record they set last year. Will Daniels, who headed up the team, said: "It feels lovely to win - on a day like this it's perfect." Cambridge University's Hare and Hounds team came second, in 51 minutes 22 seconds. 

And the Bassingbourn Army Training Regiment's A team were third, in on 55 minutes 2 seconds. Granta Housing Society finished last, after two hours and 10 minutes, but won the People's Prize. Rob Buttigieg, from Arcadis, ran the race dressed as a giant moose. He said: "I thought it would help raise the profile a bit. It's all for fun and for charity and I thought that it would be a bit different. "Also, I'm not very quick so I thought that this would be my excuse." Newlywed Liz Morris, from the Parkside Federation, said: "My husband and I only got married last month and we decided to pass the baton to each other. "I work a lot with Romsey Mill and we were really keen to support them." 

And rowers turned to runners as Julie Murphy, from Cambridge's Champion of the Thames rowing team, said: "The Chariots of Fire race is the highlight of our summer. We worked really hard to get fit for this." Julie Herron, finance director of Episys, ran the race for one of the organisation's teams, despite giving birth only five weeks ago. She said: "I ran slowly, but I got around, as I wanted to put on a good show for our old coach Mike Vogel, who died recently. "Episys were the top women's team in the race last year. This year the new team, Episys Team Vogel, ran in his memory and were the second women's team, behind Cambridge University Hare and Hounds Girls, which is a great achievement." The race was organised by financial and business advisers Grant Thornton UK LLP and solicitors Hewitsons and backed by the News. 

Mike Hughes, partner at Grant Thornton, said: "We were talking about how this event compares with the Race For Life and we believe that this has its own identity. "It has history and heritage, is supported by local companies, and is a major part of Cambridge." Race director Charles Hewitson said: "It was a fantastic event this year with a record number of teams. It was also an excellent autumn day and we hope to have raised lots of money for these charities." T

he honorary president of Chariots of Fire, Michael Marshall, chairman and chief executive of Marshall of Cambridge, joined Mr Hewitson and Cambridge mayor Mike Dixon on the stage during the presentation ceremony. Mr Marshall, who handed out the prizes, said: "It's the best Chariots of Fire event that I've ever seen, in all the years we've supported it. Thank you to everybody who got involved." Photo left to right: Glassworks team being awarded with the winning Sir Arthur Marshall trophy by Michael Marshall.The full list of team results can be viewed on the "NEWS" section of the website.