Medovate team to take on iconic Chariots of Fire charity race

22nd July, 2021

A team from Medovate will be amongst hundreds of relay runners taking on the iconic Chariots of Fire Charity Relay event this year in September.

Chariots of Fire is one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity events. Organised and managed by Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the event will see teams of six each run a 1.7 miles course in relay format.

Alan Finnerty, Technology Director, will be amongst the members representing Medovate in September, alongside Rob Donald, Tracy Eke, Peter Cox, Mark Heath and April Hatchard. Together the team of six will be dusting off their running shoes and harnessing their competitive spirit to raise much needed funds in support of East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), a life-saving charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the people of East Anglia.

This year’s race will support EAAA with a £97,500 project to provide more life-saving CPR and defibrillator training. Currently, survival rates from an out of hospital cardiac arrest are just one in ten, but more awareness and confidence in delivering bystander CPR and access to defibrillators are key to helping improve these odds.

Alan Finnerty said: “Chariots of Fire is a wonderful event bringing together local businesses, the college community and the general public all in support of a good cause. It will be a really fun and exciting challenge to take part in, and we are really looking forward to putting our best foot forward to help raise funds for EAAA. As a company specialising in the areas of regional anaesthesia and critical care, it is a charity that is close to our hearts and we feel privileged to be able to support the work EAAA are doing in the community to help increase CPR and defibrillator training and increase the survival rates from cardiac arrests.”

Taking place on Sunday 19 September, Chariots of Fire (based on the famous film, “Chariots of Fire”) is the region's longest running charitable relay race. The race starts and ends on Queens’ Green and follows a 1.7-mile route through some of Cambridge’s historic city centre and two world renowned Cambridge University Colleges, over the River Cam and along the Backs.

Since the event started in 1992, Chariots of Fire has raised over £1.48 million for local and regional charities, with an estimated 6,245 teams having taken part in the race, with approximately 37,470 individual runners pitting themselves against each other.

Last year’s race was postponed due to the pandemic, but the race has been given the green light to resume this September, with a strong turnout expected on Queen’s Green in support of EAAA, which is tasked to almost 2,000 patients annually across the region.

Medovate have set up a Just Giving page to further fundraise for EAAA as part of their participation in this event – https://www.justgiving.com/fun..