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NCTJ staff pound the streets for charity

A team of runners from the National Council for the Training of Journalists took part in the annual Chariots of Fire event in Cambridge to raise money for charity on Sunday.

NCTJ staff followed in the footsteps of the famous film by pounding through the streets and colleges of the city with the team of six each running the 1.7 mile course in relay format.

The training body’s team was made up of Chris Elliott, Dave King, Shevon Houston, Michelle Lewis,Lisa Nelson as well as NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher and cheered on by family and friends, they finished in one hour and 29 minutes.

The team has raised £620 so far for the Papworth Trust –  a leading disability charity which helps give equality, choice and independence to disabled people.

Pictured, from left, Chris Elliott, Shevon Houston, Dave King, Joanne Butcher, Lisa Nelson and Michelle Lewis.

Writing on her blog for the Papworth Trust, Joanne said she had been challenged by her brother David to enter a team into the race.

“As well as this sibling rivalry – we’ve always been competitive – Chariots of Fire has been a true test of the NCTJ team’s fitness,” she wrote.

“London 2012 inspired us all to get moving, and ever since, our staff have been benefitting from the fantastic personal training at Fitness Focus, our local gym in Clavering, Essex.”

If you would like to support the team’s efforts click here.