Trophies up for grabs for charity Chariots racers

Ten different categories make up the Trophy titles that are up for grabs at this year’s Chariots of Fire relay race.

 Based on the famous film that celebrated the exploits of the 1924 British Olympic team, the event recreates the running course through Cambridge and now involves two and a half thousand runners. 

Each team member follows a 1.7 mile route around the city and along the backs of the beautiful Colleges before passing on the relay-baton to next runner. This year the winning team categories include; first, second and third fastest teams, all male, all female and mixed teams, veteran male, veteran female and veteran mixed teams, and the college team category. 

The fastest team in each category will be awarded an engraved trophy to keep for one year and their team time and photo published in the Cambridge News. Every team that completes the race will have their final time published on the Chariots of Fire website ( Another category a team might aspire to win is the ‘People’s Cup’. This is awarded to the team who provide the most laughter and entertainment for the crowds on the day. 

This can be achieved by running the race in fancy dress or a maybe novel idea involving props or gimmicks. The team awarded the cup last year was John Lewis who dressed up as chefs and ran the route with a tray in one hand and the relay-baton in the other! So if you have not signed up your team already, now is the time to do so! All sponsorship raised this year is going to a very worthy cause, the Rosie Hospital whose campaign aim is to extend the size of the current maternity hospital, one of the finest in the country, where women and their babies receive the very best antenatal, neonatal and gynaecological care.

This year’s race will take place on Sunday 18 September starting and finishing at Queen’s Green in Cambridge. To enter a team please visit the website: further information contact either Stephen Page or Sarah Head on 01223 461155 or by email