Charity Applications open for Chariots of Fire 2017 in October

Cambridge's hugely popular charity run Chariots of Fire has well past the £1 million fundraising mark. The relay race, which attracts over 2,000 participants each September, first took place in 1992 as a small fun run at The Perse School for Girls, aimed at supporting the Sue Ryder charity. Since then, over 37,000 runners have taken to the city’s streets and college grounds, in order to emulatd the atmosphere of the 1981 movie of the same name. The Hewitsons Charitable Trust, set up by the Cambridge law firm to organise the event, announced in early 2015 that the money raised during that time, from entry fees and sponsorship, has now topped £1 million. Each year a different local charity is chosen as the beneficiary of the race, and the charity Arthur Rank Hospice was presented with a cheque for £70,000. Previous charity partners include Barnardo’s, Emmaus, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Home-Start Cambridge, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Cam Sight and the Papworth Trust. Chariots of Fire is one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity events. Teams of 6 each run a 1.7 mile course in relay format. Chariots of Fire is organised and managed by Hewitsons Charitable Trust. Each year a different charity is selected as the official recipient of sponsorship money raised by the event and during 25 years this model has raised over £1 million for a wide variety of worthy causes. Online applications for charities applying to be the official recipient of the Chariots of Fire funds in 2017 will open in mid October 2016. For additional information, please email

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