£30K raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance through Runway Run

£30K raised for Hampshire Air Ambulance through Runway Run

Published at 9:38am 2nd July 2019.

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A record number of people took to the take-off strip at Southampton Airport at sunrise for the 5 kilometre run.

It was the third year of the Runway Run last month (Sunday June 23rd), which sees runners make their way along the runway at 5.30am.

They have to do it at that time, so any flights in and out of the airport aren't disrupted by people being on the ground.

Southampton Airport Runway Run 2019 for Hampshire Air Ambulance
Runners went the length of the runway as the sun came up

1,000 runners got involved this year - up 300 on the previous year.

The run's in support of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA), and it's now been revealed that the event's raised £30,000 for the charity.

Southampton Airport Runway Run 2019 for Hampshire Air Ambulance
An early start for the runners, but they were in good spirits before they set off

HIOWAA has described the Runway Run as 'immense support' for their work and an 'unprecedented success'.

Among the runners was 73-year old Carol Thomas or, as she calls herself, 'Runway Junkie', who travels around the world participating in runway runs. She said:

"This is my 31st runway run in three years, and I feel totally exhilarated! It's my first time running in Southampton and been it's a great experience. The runway is very smooth and clear without a headwind. I think what the airport is doing for such a wonderful cause is remarkable, and I would really like to come back one day."

Southampton Airport Runway Run 2019 for Hampshire Air Ambulance
Self-confessed Runway Junkie Carol Thomas said the Southampton run was a 'great experience'

Southampton is the only commercial airport in the UK to open up its runway for events like this.

They're aiming to eventually become the biggest Runway Run in Europe.

Southampton Airport Runway Run 2019 for Hampshire Air Ambulance
Joshua Goldfinch was the first person to cross the finish line, while Jen Granger was the fastest female

Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, was amongst those running for the life-saving charity and said:

"This is the third year running that HIOWAA has been our charity partner for our Runway Run, and it's been incredible to see that, despite the early start and the increased number of places available, the run was sold out within 8 days! HIOWAA is an outstanding charity and it was very moving to see such commitment from the runners on the day, with many wearing fancy dress and offering support to fellow runners. A huge thank you to all the runners, volunteers and airport staff for creating such a fantastic atmosphere."

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