Beach Race Celebrations
Head to the beach to celebrate the memory of running heroes - Liddell and Abrahams...
2024 marks the centenary of the 1924 Paris Olympics, the year that gave the world the stories of the two men (Abrahams and Liddell) who would go on to become the main subjects of the film Chariots of Fire. It will come as no surprise then, that the St Andrew's Chariots of Fire Beach Race is planning some celebrations for this year's staging. 2023's event was a sell out, so if you want to join the fun on 2 June then make sure you enter soon.
The iconic race starts and finishes on West Sands with the route itself pretty much flat - an out and back run entirely on sand and in surf.
Participants start and finish to the strains of Vangelis, just as the runners do in the film that inspires the race – Chariots of Fire. You don't have to run barefoot but organisers say you are welcome to run through the waves if you wish although it may affect your time!
There is also a children's 1 mile fun run which is £5 to enter on the day and includes a Jannetta's Gelateria ice cream at the end.
Organisers say: "We welcome everybody, from the club runner looking for a Sunday shakedown, the parkrunner looking for a 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 a 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 slow-motion Vangelis-induced stupor may make setting a PB somewhat challenging."
The race enjoys support from local businesses and so those taking part are very well rewarded! The past four years has seen every adult finishing receiving a free beer (non-alcoholic/softs available if preferred), along with a fudge doughnut and medal.
To mark the occasion, those taking part can opt for a limited edition, Paris 1924 Zephyr shirt - a grandad collared (3 button placket). The Paris 1924 comes with subtle Chariots branding and a nod to the two heroes of 1924.
If you'd like to know more, visit the Chariots of Fire Beach Race Facebook page.
Image: Chariots of Fire Beach Race Facebook