From screen to sand: Chariots race raising thousands for research
Now in it's 6th year, the annual Chariots of Fire race attracts 500 runners to the famous West Sands Beach in St Andrews.
But people don't just race for the free fudge doughnuts and beer at the end (courtesy of local St Andrews businesses Fisher and Donaldson and Eden Mill Brewery.) They do it to raise funds for vital cancer research.
So if you're keen to don a white t shirt and launch off to the Vangelis theme, there are still places if you want to be part of this epic race.
Rebecca Drinkwater, Events Executive, reflects on why the race is such an important event for Worldwide Cancer Research.
"I've had great fun working with the race founder Ben McLeod to help organise this year's Chariots Race. When I was a student living in St Andrews I always heard great things about the race, which has now become a staple event in Fife's calendar every year.
Behind the scenes, there is a huge amount work that goes in to organising the race; from spreading the word on social media, to packing goody bags, to ordering all those white t shirts . Ben takes it all in his stride, and each year he is determined to make it bigger and better, in the hopes of raising even more funds for us. Worldwide Cancer Research was originally founded by a University of St Andrews professor, so it means a lot to us to be involved with such a fantastic local event, which fosters such a sense of community spirit.
Worldwide Cancer Research was founded by a former professor at the University of St Andrews, so it means a lot to us to be involved with such a fantastic local event, which fosters such a sense of community spirit.
Ben started the race six years ago, when he wanted to raise money for a cancer charity following the loss of his aunt to the disease. The event has gone from strength to strength – 100 people ran in the first year, and that number has risen to well over 500 people for 2016! To date, the race has raised over £10,000. This incredible amount goes a long way to helping us fund some of the best and brightest cancer research projects around the world.
Our Chief Executive Helen Rippon will also be running this Sunday, alongside members of staff from Worldwide Cancer Research who have been training hard after work. We are having some glorious weather in St Andrews at the moment- the staff have joked that I should be ready and waiting with buckets of water at the finish line!"
Good luck to Helen and all the runners this Sunday!