On your marks, get set and register for Chariots of Fire 2017


Runners at Alzheimer’s Research UK are limbering up for this year’s Chariots of Fire as today marks the official launch of the event’s 2017 partnership with the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

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After a record-breaking year for Chariots of Fire in 2016, Alzheimer’s Research UK hopes to raise more than £140,000 through the region’s largest charitable relay race to help fund research into the link between dementia and Down’s syndrome.

The project is using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to explore why more than 50% of those living with Down’s syndrome in the UK go on to develop Alzheimer’s in their 50s.

Prof Tony Holland, who is leading the pioneering research project, said: “This study will drive forward our understanding of how Alzheimer’s progresses and unlock new approaches to treatment for future generations living with the disease – not just people with Down’s syndrome but also the wider population.”

Chariots of Fire is organised by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the charity established and supported by Solicitors Hewitsons LLP, and backed by the Cambridge News.

The renowned relay race sees local teams, organisations, and colleges enter to claim the crowning glory of Chariots of Fire while raising money for a worthy charity.

Race Director Charles Hewitson said: “We are excited to be supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK this year. Cambridge is such a hot-bed of cutting-edge scientific research that it’s great that Chariots of Fire can support such an important study happening in the city. Alzheimer’s is a cause so close to so many people and it’s clear this study will be an important piece of the puzzle in tackling it.”

“For over 25 years this event has raised over £1,000,000 for a wide variety of good causes. This year, as with all other years, I am grateful to all our supporters that enter teams, raise money, and turn up on the Sunday morning to help make Chariots a unique and special event for the city.”

The race takes place on Sunday 17th September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green. Team registrations close on Wednesday 13th September at 5pm unless all 400 teams have registered before that date.

To enter a team visit http://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk or to find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and their research please visit http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org


About Hewitsons

Hewitsons is an ambitious law firm that treats each of our clients on an individual basis. We advise businesses, individuals and institutions such as charities, educational bodies and parts of the public sector. Hewitsons operates out of offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton to deliver high quality specialist legal services UK wide and via our international network, LawExchange. As a client you can expect us to consistently add value and achieve the very best results based on the application of quality, substance and the highest levels of professionalism. The firm’s website can be found at www.hewitsons.com

About Hewitsons Charitable Trust

Our charitable trust makes grants every year to one or two charities which are selected as the year’s recipients. We raise this money by running the popular Chariots of Fire relay race in Cambridge, where around 2,500 runners compete alongside each other over a short but inspiring course. Please see the separate Chariots of Fire website at www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk

About Alzheimer’s Research UK

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading charity specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.
  • We rely on donations to fund our vital dementia research. To help us defeat dementia, donate today by visiting www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or calling 0300 111 5555.
  • We are currently supporting dementia research projects worth over £33 million in leading Universities across the UK.
  • Our Defeat Dementia campaign, a pledge to raise £100 million in five years to grow the research field and accelerate progress towards new treatments and preventions, was announced by the Prime Minister at the G8 legacy event on 19 June 2014. For more information visit www.dementiablog.org/defeat-dementia

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