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Date posted: 25-06-2018
London – 23 June 2018: London Biggin Hill Airport opened the runway today to host its first ever Sunrise Runway Challenge, a five-kilometre run or 15k cycle route in aid of two local charities – the Chartwell Cancer Trust
and Foal Farm Animal Rescue.
The summer solstice event, run in association with Biggin Runways Running Club, saw close to 200 participants compete. All proceeds from the event, totalling approximately £4,000, will be split between the two local charities supported.
Susie Edwards, executive assistant at London Biggin Hill Airport, co-founder of Biggin Runways and event organiser, said: “We wanted to bring the community together, combining fitness and fundraising to help support two worthy causes and what better way to do it than to host our first ever cycling and running event.
“Many of the Airport staff gave up their time to help organise the event and have been on site since 4.30am this morning getting everything ready for the runners and cyclists. It would be lovely if we could make this a regular annual fixture following all the positive feedback. The silhouettes of runners and cyclists set against the rising sun was quite a sight as they headed down the runway.”
The airport’s managing director, Will Curtis, took part in the cycle race and crossed the finish line first in a time of 24.30, while his wife, Siobhan Curtis, was the first female cyclist to finish in third place overall.
Biggin Hill resident Dave Payne celebrated his 60th birthday and his upcoming wedding anniversary by taking part in the running race, pushing his wife Chris in a wheelchair around the 5k circuit.
He said: “It’s really great to see the airport opening its gates to the local community in support of two charities close to our hearts. As residents we’ve seen the airport grow and develop and its encouraging to know that there will be fantastic career opportunities here for our young people in the future.”
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About London Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.
A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.
Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.
There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.