Aberdeen International Airport and CHC Helicopter collaborate to host Runway Run
On Saturday 30 June at midnight into Sunday 1 July, runners ran two lengths of the runway, equalling a distance of 3.5km.
Befriend a Child, Veterans with Dogs and Sue Ryder will equally benefit from the total raised at the event, organised by CHC Helicopter Captain Ryan Broadhurst and the Aberdeen International Airport operations team. The final total raised is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to exceed more than £30,000.
Runners took part as individuals in the Fun Run or as a team in the Team Marathon challenge. Transponder chip technology was used to track each runner’s performance, with top prizes given for the most funds raised and quickest male and female runners.
Carol Benzie, Managing Director Aberdeen International Airport said: “We were delighted to host an event of this scale at our runway in collaboration with CHC Helicopter. The event gave runners the rare opportunity to experience the runway first hand. We are committed to supporting local charities and we are pleased to have helped three fantastic causes with their fundraising efforts.”
EMEA Regional Director Mark Abbey, said: “I’m proud that CHC was able to support such a successful event. It was great to see so many of our Aberdeen team take part. Ryan has been passionate about putting the Runway Run together and it has been our pleasure to be involved in such a fantastic initiative. Three very worthwhile charities will benefit. Everyone has worked very hard to make this happen and I very much hope this becomes an annual fixture in the Aberdeen social calendar.”
Richard Stewart, Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Befriend a Child said: “We’ve been excited about taking off down the runway for weeks and the experience was certainly a flyaway success. On behalf of the charity I want to thank the airport team for making all the arrangements and giving our supporters the chance to enjoy the event for the first time in Aberdeen.
“Our share of the total will be used to help local children have fun and capture happy memories that’ll last a lifetime - which is appropriate since the runway run was unforgettable for everyone who took part.”
Emma Leiper Finlayson, Capital Appeal Manager for Sue Ryder Dee View Court, said: 'It's been an amazing experience for the Sue Ryder team. For many of our runners it's been the first time they've ever taken on a running challenge of this kind, and to achieve their first running milestone on the runway tarmac has been an experience they'll never forget. We're hugely grateful to the Runway Run team for their support of Sue Ryder and our appeal to expand our Aberdeen neurological care centre, Dee View Court, and we can't thank them enough.”
Craig MacLellan, Founder of Veterans with Dogs, said:
“As a small charity having a big impact for those Veterans with mental health conditions we are grateful for the public support and the generosity we receive that enables us to do the work that we do. Many people recognise the debt we owe to our servicemen and women and can appreciate the value of dog companionship as part of their recovery process.
“It has been a privilege to see the wonderful event arranged by Ryan Broadhurst and CHC, and of course we need to thank Aberdeen Airport for allowing this fantastic run on the runway – and not many people can claim to have run around an international runway!”