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This year Cambridge’s 25th Chariots of Fire race was held on Sunday 18th September…

…cue music.

The Chariots of Fire race is a fantastic event held every year raising money for local charities. This year the race raised money for Papworth Hospital Charity with a goal to raise of  £120,000.00.

All funds raised through the Chariots of Fire race 2016 will go directly to the development of the DCD transplant programme at Papworth Hospital. This year six transplant patients from Papworth entered their own Chariots of Fire team, a truly inspiring testament to the work at Papworth hospital.

Every year Studio 24 is proud to be able to contribute to the Chariots of Fire event, developing and updating the website for the yearly event, and of course we compete in the race itself every year!

The Chariots of Fire race is steeped in history, the race celebrates the original film Chariots of Fire, the initial event idea was from Bill Matthews, its goal: to raise money for local charities. Each runner completes a 1.7 mile lap through central Cambridge and there are 6 runners per team. Since its inception Chariots of Fire has raised over 1 million for local charities.

The first ever Chariots of Fire race was held in the grounds of the Perse School for Boys, this included 77 teams, and the race took place in torrential rain! The event since then has grown and moved to its current location at Queens Green, the route now includes: Trinity, Kings and Clare colleges.

380 teams of six people each took part in the 2016 Chariots race. This year the Varsity Hotel took 1st place with a team time of 00.48.43 closely followed by The Glassworks Health Club and GUILIO. Studio 24 achieved a team time of 01.21.48.

The race was started by Rebecca Gallantree Olympic diver of team GB who said:

It’s amazing. There’s so many runners here it’s great to see so many people all here to support such an incredible charity. I’ve met a couple of the transplant patients, it’s inspiring to see there are all running the race.

Cambridge Evening News

The Chariots of Fire race is one of our favourite events in the year, don’t miss out! Keep an eye on the Chariots of Fire website for details of the 2017 race!

You can still show your support and donate to the Papworth Hospital DCD transplantation appeal by donating on the Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Charity Just Giving page.