British Airways Run Gatwick officially took flight on Tuesday 31 October with the launch of one of UK’s most exciting new road race events at Gatwick Airport. The world's fastest female marathon runner, Paula Radcliffe, was present with Race Director Dave Kelly and BA crew for a unique airside photo shoot to announce the opening of early bird entries.
This thrilling new international event will take place on Sunday, 13th May 2018 and entries are now open for what promises to be an unforgettable running experience. With British Airways as headline sponsor, the launch of Run Gatwick took place at Gatwick Airport and welcomed a number of key representatives and stakeholders of the event.
The inaugural British Airways Run Gatwick will include the International Half Marathon and 5K; Corporate 5K and Family Run for children aged 4-15 years. The choice of race distances aims to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the experience of a big sporting event.
The races will take place on fully-closed routes through the local parks, towns and beautiful West Sussex countryside that surround Gatwick Airport and the race village will be Southgate Park, Crawley, a frequent venue for large scale events. Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance; British Airways Flying Start and St Catherine’s Hospice are confirmed as official charities.
Race Director Dave Kelly said: “We are thrilled to launch British Airways Run Gatwick and set the wheels in motion on the runway for this superb new event next May. We have had a fantastic launch day and this has really set the scene to motivate people to get active, whatever their ability. We would like to thank our headline sponsor, British Airways, for all their support in delivering the event.”
Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said: “Our partnership with British Airways Run Gatwick promises to offer a unique running experience for participants with views of the airport and aircraft taking off along the route. I know that many members of Gatwick staff will be among the 7,500 runners and are excitedly anticipating taking part, as well as raising lots of money for their chosen charity.”
Early bird entries are now open, costing £32 for the International Half Marathon and £22 for the 5K. Entry for the Family Run is £12 for children aged 4-15 years and £1 for accompanying adults.
Image courtesy British Airways Run Gatwick