World Champion diver and a member of the GB Olympic Diving Team, Rebecca Gallantree, has been confirmed as this year’s guest of honour at the 25th Chariots of Fire relay race.
The 25th Chariots of Fire relay race, is raising funds for a pioneering transplant programme at Papworth Hospital. Rebecca will start the race consisting of 380 teams, made up of over 2000 runners, at Queens’ Green this Sunday.
Runners will follow a picturesque and unique 1.7 miles route through Cambridge’s historic city centre, Trinity College, Clare College and King’s College and along the Backs in support of Papworth Hospital.
Having competed in three Olympic Games, won a Commonwealth medal and a World gold medal, Rebecca is set to inspire the runners competing in the 1.7 miles relay race. Rebecca said: “I’m delighted to support at Papworth Hospital at what promises to be a very enjoyable day and hope that the event raises the funds that Papworth Hospital need to enable them to offer more heart transplants to the patients waiting for this new surgery.”
Claire Tripp, Interim Chief Executive at Papworth said: “We are thrilled that Rebecca is supporting Papworth Hospital by opening the 2016 Chariots of Fire relay race. The event is raising vital funds for pioneering transplant programme and with Rebecca’s support, we’re confident we can reach our ambitious fundraising target of £120,000 which will ensure that we can continue this life-saving treatment.”
The race takes place on Sunday 18th September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green. Throughout the event, Gerald Main, BBC Radio broadcaster will be the compare and shall pull the entire morning together for spectators and participants.
Wendy Von Niebel, Trustee of Hewitsons Charitable Trust said; “It’s a fantastic boost for the race to have Rebecca Gallantree as this year’s race starter and we are very grateful to her for giving up her time to support Chariots of Fire. As the event approaches we are expecting plenty of spectators to come along on the day to cheer everybody on. The atmosphere on the day is great and I’m certain this year will be no exception.”