The opening bars of Vangelis can’t fail to conjure images of a barefoot beach run along the silver sands of St Andrews and this year’s Chariots Race is no different.
Returning to the waterfront for the sixth year, the Chariots of Fire Race will set off down the West Sands on June 5.
The iconic 5km run does not only celebrate the town’s cinematic past but raises vital funds for St Andrews based charity Worldwide Cancer Research.
But to do the race justice, organisers need at least 200 more people to jump aboard.
Last year saw 450 people take to the sands and so far only 250 people have signed up for the 2016 race.
“For every extra person that enters the Chariots race, we’ll be able to fund more pioneering research into cancer.
“The more people that run, the more labs we’ll get to fund,” said Lucy Keen, Worldwide Cancer Charity.
Businesses from the town are backing the annual fun run including Thorntons, Janetta’s, Eden Mill, Fisher and Donaldson, Rotary, West Port Printers, St Andrews Wine Company, WCR themselves and Ladybird Florist.
Sally Kinnear, partner at Thorntons said: “We are proud to sponsor the Chariots of Fire Beach Race which not only celebrates St Andrews magnificent beach and a classic film, but raises vital funds for an outstanding charity.
“The event is a tremendous way of bringing the town together and raising money for Worldwide Cancer Research. Sponsoring the medals underlines Thorntons’ dedication to supporting groups and events within the local community.”
The event welcomes everybody, from the club runner looking for a Sunday shakedown, the parkrunner looking for a unique and individual event to the first time runner looking to try the sport and all finishers who are over 18 will receive a bottle of locally-brewed beer!
To enter the race visit www.runthedream.co.uk by May 31. Whilst there may be spaces available on the day the race organisers strongly advise pre-entry to ensure you get your place.
The race is a simple out and back 5km starting at noon. There is also a children’s one mile run for under 11s which begins at 11.30am. Entry is £3 and includes a Janettas ice cream. Entry is £17 (£2 discount for members of Scottish Athletics) and online entries close on May 31. Registration is at the race hamlet next to the beach café from 9.30am.
There is plenty of parking available and marshals will be on hand to direct vehicles on the day.