Chariots of Fire race returns

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After a two-year absence, the Chariots of Fire beach race, inspired by the 1981 film of the same name, will return to the West Sands of St Andrews this summer. Between 800 and 1000 runners are expected to take part in the 5km race on June 5th.

Ben McLoed, organiser of this, the 10th race, said: “There’s a huge interest in the event. I’ve had lots of enquiries on Facebook and other social media asking what’s happening, whether the race is going ahead and when entries will be opening.

“It has taken a bit longer than we would have liked to resurrect the race but we’re getting there. Fife Council, the Links Trust and Fife Coast and Countrside Trust have approved our event application, and we’re busy finalising other details.

“We’ve also had a few gremlins creeping into the online entry system, so we want to make sure that’s working properly before going live. Once we launch, we expect entries to get very busy, very quickly – the last time we sold out in just four weeks.”

The race is receiving support from sponsors, including the St Andrews Brewing Company, and Fisher & Donaldson, who  will supply every finisher with one of their world-famous fudge doughnuts.

All proceeds from the race will go to the RNLI and two local charities – Families First St Andrews and Home Start North East Fife and proceeds from the children’s one-mile race – open to participants aged 11 and under – will go to the St Andrews-based Hamish Foundation.

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