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Chariots of Fire relay race in Cambridge enjoyed by thousands of runners - gallery


By Gemma Gardner


Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

The 25th annual Chariots of Fire relay race has raised more money for a good cause.

Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Hewistons Team, with third from left front Charles Hewitson and alongside fourth from left is Lewis Isaacs on of the three founders of the race. Picture: Keith Heppell
Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Hewistons Team, with third from left front Charles Hewitson and alongside fourth from left is Lewis Isaacs on of the three founders of the race. Picture: Keith Heppell

The annual relay race has raised more than £1 million for various local and national charities over the years.

This year, the money raised will be going to Papworth Hospital Charity for the hospital's life-saving DCD or 'non-beating heart' transplant programme, which currently does not receive NHS funding.

The programme will help to significantly increase the number of hearts available for transplantation.

A Transplant Sport team took part and was made of Nick Condon, Clive Andrews, Eric Scoones, Ernesto Antonio, Annette Tremlin and Tom Shing.

Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Maggie Gambrill, the Transplant Sport team manager and a Papworth heart transplant recipient in 2002, said:"We owe our lives to our donors and the families who made the selfless decision at such a difficult time."

The first Chariots of Fire charity race took place in 1992, based on an initial idea from Bill Matthews, who was looking for fundraising activities. Bill, along with Lewis, persuaded their employers to provide the initial funding.

Today the event is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust.

Since the early years, the event has continued to grow - from 27 teams in 1992 to a capacity 380 teams taking part in Sunday's race.

Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Chariots of Fire, Queens Green, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

The winning team at this year's event was Varsity Hotel, with Glassworks Health Club finishing in second and GUILIO, third.

The race started and finished on Queens' Green. Each runner followed a 1.7-mile route through some of Cambridge's historic city centre and beautiful colleges, over the Cam and along the Backs, before passing on the baton to the next runner at Queens' Green.

With money still to come in, organisers are hopeful of reaching the £120,000 target set by Papworth.



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