December 15, 2011 - 19:30
Entries open for Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround, Newquay
Entries open for Cornwall Air Ambulance Runway Runaround
People of all walks of life are being urged to get their running shoes on and get involved with the first Runway Runaround event in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.
The charity is hosting two challenge events for both experienced and novice runners, a 10km run and a 4km fun run, around Newquay Cornwall Airport on Sunday, March 25 next year.
Entrants will be fundraising to keep Cornwall’s vital helicopter flying, which costs more than £1.5 million each year.
The route will take runners through airport hangars, past the terminal building, around the runway and alongside Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust’s brand new headquarters, which is scheduled to open in early 2012.
Susie Smith, senior fundraising officer at CAAT, said: “March might seem like a long way off, but we want to encourage people to register now and get their running shoes on in preparation.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are a budding Usain Bolt or you prefer watching him on the television – this race offers something for everyone.
“Both routes are extremely flat which is great if you are trying to set a new personal best time or it is the first time you have entered a race. The routes are also suitable for wheelchairs.”
Runners aged 18 and over will be rewarded on completion with a well-deserved pint of Sharp’s beer, a commemorative medal, goodie bag and option of a sports massage. The first 200 participants to sign up also get a limited edition Runway Runaround t-shirt.
The rare opportunity to enjoy the running event on March 25 has come about due to a change in airline flying schedules, coinciding with the start of British Summer Time. The race takes place during a strictly controlled time window and will not affect scheduled flights leaving the airport.
Richard Thomasson, Newquay Cornwall Airport’s operations manager, said “We are delighted to host this landmark event for Cornwall Air Ambulance as part of the charity celebrating 25 years of saving lives in Cornwall.
“The course has been carefully planned to take in as many iconic features of the aerodrome such as running through the trust’s new hangar facility.
“The event has already captured the imagination of airport employees many of whom will be taking part in the race, some running in fancy dress to raise vital funds for the charity.”
Advance registration costs £12 for the 10km race and £5 for the 4km fun run. Contact CAAT headquarters on 01726 890444 to register or go online at www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org