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IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FOLLOWING THE ST ANDREWS "CHARIOTS OF FIRE" RUNNING FESTIVAL - PLEASE READ!!!
With the widely reported problems experienced by the organisers and runners in this recent event on the West Sands using the Chariots of Fire name and association, we would just like to clarify and stress that our race (Chariots 2014, 1st June 2014) IS IN NO WAY WHATSOEVER ASSOCIATED WITH, AFFILIATED WITH OR CONNECTED TO THE ST ANDREWS CHARIOTS OF FIRE RUNNING FESTIVAL, NOR SO ITS ORGANISERS PEDAL POWERED EVENTS. We share no more than a beach and (frustratingly, although unless anyone knows better, no right to exclusive use of) the Chariots name. Those, we believe and hope to be the only two similarities. A quick glance to our Facebook page (link below) should give all the reassurance and testimonies one should need to make an informed decision as to participation.
initially capped at 250, we are now planning to extend numbers, but as word spreads we expect these places to be taken very quickly and it is unlikely registration will remain open until the advertised date of 30 May. Like our Facebook page or follow us on twitter (@runthedream) for regular updates.
Now in its fourth year, Sunday 1st June 2014 sees the return of Chariots on the silver sands of St Andrews. Come back and join us for a fun day on the beach, celebrating St Andrews' cinematic past. Chariots 2014 once again gives you the chance to run resplendent all in white on the very same beach that featured in the film Chariots of Fire, and so memorably with Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, complete with the memorable soundtrack that we've all played in our heads at one point or another...
UPDATE 3rd MARCH 2014: WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT CHARIOTS 2014 IS NOW AN OFFICIAL EVENT IN THE HOMECOMING 2014 CALENDAR!
And the original scene from the 1981 film that started this all off:
The race is a simple out and back 5km. Runners do not have to be barefoot but are welcome to run through the waves should they wish (it may affect the time though!).
The children's 1 mile fun run (under 11s only) race is scheduled to start at 11am, hoping to get the main 5km off promptly at 11.30am. Prizegiving 12.15pm.
Plentiful free parking behind the sand dunes.
The event welcomes everybody, from the club runner looking for a Sunday shakedown, the parkrunner looking for an unique and individual event, the first time runner looking to try the sport for the first time, or just somebody wanting to relive Vangelis and run in an unique race in a very special location. You're welcome to sprint your heart out for glory, although some may find the urge to run in a slo-mo Vangelis-induced stupour may make setting a PB somewhat challenging.
We are very well-supported by the local businesses and so you will be some of the best rewarded 5km runners known to man - the past three years every adult finishing has received a free beer, alongside sticks of rock and medals etc.
Entry is £12 (£10 if you are a registered member of Scottish Athletics) and after card fees etc, all proceeds will go to AICR, our charity partner for this year's event.
1 mile children's fun run for under 11s, £2 entry on the day and an ice cream at the end.
As this is a charity event, all proceeds after costs go to our selected charity partner, raising on avergae £2500 each race and this year we hope that this figure tops £10k. Our selected charity for this year's event is AICR, the Association for International Cancer Research
YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM, RUN THE RACE, NOW BUY THE T SHIRT...
Starting from £10 we have exclusive race tee shirts available to buy so you can really look the part as you stride down the sand through the surf. With both men's and women's sizes available there is no excuse for you not to. Our partners at 4Distance have produced a replica cotton tee of the shirt worn by athletes at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, complete with grandad collar and embroidered Union flag which we are very excited about, alongside a standard white tech running tee. These can be ordered and paid for when entering and will be available for collection on the day of the race from the admin centre/race hamlet.
Sizes start from XS in Female and S in Male - sizing details are available on the entry form ahead of ordering - either tee shirt is available to order and pick up on race day.
In due course a full list of things to do, suggested weekend activities and other will appear on our Facebook page etc. Similarly, all relevant information is included with the entry receipt you will receive upon payment.
And that, my fellow Charioteers, is that! Train hard, but remember to go out and enjoy yourselves first and foremost.
We can't wait for you to join us all down on the sand on Sunday 1st June, "...with hope in your hearts, and wings on your heels..."
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