Monday, January 08, 2007


We took a day trip up to Cambridge on Christmas Eve. While there, we took a bus tour around the campus. Cambridge was started about 800 years ago by some students who were chased away from Oxford University due to an unfortunate circumstance. Trinity College at Cambridge is also where a scene from Chariots of Fire takes place. In the movie, they used Eton college because of the aesthetics but Trinity College is where it actually took place. The scene is that where the guys attempted to run around the square before the noon clock finished chiming.

It is literally a race against the clock and the challenge is repeated on an annual basis even today. The porter I spoke with said that none of the current students can beat the clock. I asked if I could have a go at it but he said no due to liability reasons. Nonetheless, it was pretty cool to see the place where the real life event occurs. Incidentally, Eric Lidell who featured in the film as a runner and later missionary to China is one of my personal heros.

Trinity College Great Court

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