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Cambridge runners raise an amazing £63,000 for charity

Runners taking part in Cambridgeshire’s biggest charity event Chariots of Fire have clocked up a massive total.

Money collected after the race last September has topped £63,000, and a cheque has been handed over to the benefiting charity, Alzheimer's Research UK.

In all, 340 local businesses and other organisations entered teams in the 1.6 mile relay race, setting off from Queens’ Green in Cambridge.

The race is a relay around the city centre, starting from Queens' Green

Colin Jones, managing partner of Hewitsons, whose charitable trust organises the hugely popular event, said: "We are delighted that our determined runners have raised so much for such a worthy cause.

"Once again, it was a fun-packed family day with plenty of team spirit and friendly rivalry between local firms, and colleges."

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During the presentation at Hewitsons' Cambridge offices, special thanks was given to The Great Dames team, represented by Dame Carol Black. The team, captained by Dame Mary Archer, raised £7,000.

All the cash will be spent by Alzheimer’s Research into links between Down’s Syndrome and dementia.

Handover: Sir Michael Marshall (Chariots of Fire Race President) with Kenneth Foreman and Kelly Holliday (ARUK)

A project is using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to explore why more than 50 per cent of people living with Down’s Syndrome in the UK go on to develop Alzheimer’s in their 50s.

Kenneth Foreman, senior sporting events and partnerships manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: "We have been blown away by the support of not only the amazing runners who took on the race in September and helped us raise £63,000, but also everyone who made the day such a success from the organisers at Chariots of Fire to the volunteers who helped make the day possible."

Team entries for this year’s race open online in May.

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