Places going fast for annual St Andrews Chariots of Fire race

Runners get ready at the start of the 2014 Chariots of Fife race, St Andrews.
Runners get ready at the start of the 2014 Chariots of Fife race, St Andrews.
  • Date announced for annual run
  • Children’s race and adult 5km
  • Places going fast

Time to get off your marks if you want to take part in one of the fun highlights of the running calendar - the increasingly-popular Chariots of Fife Run on the West Sands, St Andrews.

Sunday, May 31, has been announced as this year’s race date and places are already selling fast for the fun run that raises funds for a local cancer charity.

The race, now in its fifth year saw its biggest turn-out last year with more than 300 adults and more than 100 children taking part.

As well as being a fun event, one of the big attractions is that it is now firmly established as the definitive ‘Chariots of Fire experience’ and a great family event.

Although not set in St Andrews, the 1981 Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire’s iconic beach-running scenes, with the group of runners clad in white, were filmed on the West Sands, made all the more memorable with the addition of Vangelis theme music. 

Last year’s run raised nearly £4,000 for local charities, with all prizes and goodies generously supplied by the local community.

This year, event organiser Ben McLeod is hoping to beat that target and local charity Worldwide Cancer Research will be the main charity beneficiary.

Ben McLeod commented; “It’s the experience as much as the result that counts.

“Anyone can go for a half hour run, but it’s not every day that you get the chance to run all in white, with crowd support, the Vangelis theme playing and the promise of a fudge doughnut, ice cream or local beer as a reward.”

Sart time for the children’s race will be 11am and midday is for the 5km.

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