Over 5,000 runners took part in this year’s
British Airways Run Gatwick on Sunday, putting themselves through
their paces on routes through the beautiful rural Sussex and
Surrey countryside, Crawley town centre and Gatwick Airport.
Last year the event raised £10,000 for Flying
British Airways Flying Start ambassadors Dina Asher-Smith and
Helen Skelton joined Colin Jackson CBE at his second Run Gatwick
event to celebrate with the runners. Representing the global
charity partnership between the airline and Comic Relief, all
three provided encouragement for the runners, started the races
and mingled with entrants at the British Airways Basecamp.
Colin Jackson, said, “It was an absolute pleasure to be back at my
second British Airways Run Gatwick event, supporting Flying Start
and its valuable causes. All of the runners across the three races
did amazingly well, and everyone seemed to be having a great
New this year was the option to virtually run the race
from anywhere in the world. Runners who couldn’t make it to Sussex
can still register to complete their chosen distance in their
own time throughout May, during which £2 of the £12 registration
fee will be donated to Flying Start.
Adam Carson, British
Airways’ Managing Director of Gatwick, said, “It’s been a pleasure
partnering with Run Gatwick for the second year, which takes part
around one of our most important airport hubs, raising money for
our charity partnership Flying Start. All of us at British Airways
would like to thank and congratulate the runners today.”
the second time British Airways, who is celebrating its centenary
this year, had sponsored the UK race, after supporting last year’s
run. As before, entrants were treated to flight
themed medals, while British Airways uniformed colleagues were on
hand at the airline’s base camp and fan zones.
Race options in
the British Airways sponsored run included a half marathon, a 5K
and a family run attracting runners of all ages and abilities from
the UK and abroad as well as employees from the airline.
Making a Difference,