Chariots of Fire teams

Fitz Sisters and Fitz Mixers run Chariots of Fire

Two teams, the Fitz Sisters and the Fitz Mixers, comprising staff and Fellows from Fitzwilliam College, ran in the Chariots of Fire race for the fifth time on 22 September.

Each team was made up of six people and each person ran 1.7 miles (2.73km). This was the first year that an all-female Fitzwilliam College team took part, in celebration of women entering the College as undergraduates in October 1979.

The Fitz Mixers finishing in 136th place, with a total time of 1hr 19 minutes and 45 seconds. The Fitz Sisters were 322nd overall – with a total time of 1hr 40 minutes and 11 seconds.

Both Fitz teams raised over £1600 for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), beating all previous totals. This money will help fund a new specialist children's ambulance service, which will be dedicated to providing the highest level of care for Cambridgeshire’s sickest children, benefiting on average 1,700 patients a year.

Organiser Claire Claydon, Head of Tutorial Office, said: “I was very proud of us all – we all ran as hard as we could and everyone seemed to have a great time!”

The winning team, Secret Squirrel, ran the course in 56 minutes 56 seconds. All the race times are recorded on Stuweb.

There is still time to support our teams and enter your donations via the Just Giving page!

FITZ SISTERS – team 77:
Nic Collenette (Communications)
Junita Davies (Porter)
Hero Chalmers (Fellow)
Jo Measham (Finance)
Lucy Allinson (Events)
Catherine Groom (Music Director)

FITZ MIXERS – team 78:
Millie Papworth (Development)
Graham Stevenson (Chaplain)
Matt Wingate (Fellow)
Claire Claydon (Tutorial)
Phil Baney (IT)
David Cole (Fellow)

Fitzwilliam and Chariots of Fire

The 1981 film Chariots of Fire has a strong connection to Fitzwilliam: Iain Reid (History 1978) was asked to help recruit student extras for the film in 1980 while doing holiday work for a London advertising agency. Ivor Beazley (History 1978), Derek Pringle (Land Economy 1978), Ross Scrivener (English 1978), Philip Sparkes (English 1978), Tim Sullivan (Law 1976), Dick Tyler (Law 1978) and Jon Ward (English 1978) all got involved – among others. 

Philip Sparkes says: “A number of us can recall being in this film while we were at Fitz. Due to the political sensitivities of the colleges concerned, many of the Cambridge scenes had to be filmed at Eton!”

Chariots of Fire team 2019

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