Aberdeen Runway Run lands local charity donation

Aberdeen International Airport and CHC Helicopter have donated £14,810 to Befriend a Child following the second Aberdeen Runway Run earlier this year.

A cheque was presented to Befriend A Child CEO, Sarah Misra by representatives of both organisations.

A separate donation of £14,810 from this year’s racing event was also made to the charity Veterans with Dogs.

The second Aberdeen Runway Run, organised by CHC Helicopter Captain Ryan Broadhurst and the Aberdeen International Airport operations team, saw 300 runners take to the airport runway for a midnight run, tackling a distance of 3.5km.

Richard Strachan placed first, completing the course in a record 11 minutes 14 seconds. He was followed by Jamie Reid (12 minutes, 2 seconds) and Mark McDonald MSP (12 minutes, 18 seconds).

Following the success of the last two events, plans are now in place for a third run in 2020.

Steve Szalay, Managing Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: “The Runway Run was a fantastic night and it was great to see the efforts of Captain Ryan Broadhurst from CHC raise so much money for amazing causes. The money raised is a testament to the hard work put in by both the organisers and the runners. We are looking forward to working with CHC Helicopter next year to continue to host the unique event, but more importantly, to support local charities.”

CHC Helicopter Captain Ryan Broadhurst added: “Returning to Aberdeen International Airport to run this event for a second year has been a rewarding experience. Working with the airport team to co-ordinate the challenge and bring 300 runners on to the runway for charity is really special. I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who engaged with us this year and look forward to welcoming everyone back for another race on the runway next summer.”

For more information on next year’s event, please visit www.aberdeenrunwayrun.co.uk


Issued by Frame on behalf of Aberdeen Airport.

Aberdeen International Airport

Aberdeen International Airport is the north-east of Scotland’s major transport hub and is a vital economic driver for the region, contributing more than £110 million a year to the local economy. It is the gateway to Europe’s energy capital and is Europe’s busiest commercial heliport. Approximately 300 people are employed directly by Aberdeen International Airport which supports 3,400 jobs across the north-east of Scotland.

With 20 airlines serving 40 destinations, the airport handled 3.1 million passengers in 2018. It is nearing the completion of the largest investment programme in its history. The airport’s £20 million terminal transformation programme has resulted in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building and with it, a comprehensive transformation of current passenger facilities.


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