Southampton Airport hosts yet another successful Runway Run

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Southampton Airport hosts yet another successful Runway Run

Around 700 runners had an early start yesterday on Sunday 24 June to run 5k for the airport’s official Charity Partner, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). Southampton Airport is the only commercial airport in the UK that opens up its runway to the members of the public for this type of events, and with 700 runners has broken yet another record of hosting the biggest run of its kind in the UK to date.

Over £20,000 has been raised from the Runway Run with the final number still being calculated, as the support keeps pouring even after the event.

Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, was amongst those running for HIOWAA. He said: “This is the fourth year that we’ve done the Runway Run, and it’s been fantastically well-attended. HIOWAA is an outstanding charity, and it was very moving to see such a great commitment from all the runners today, with a lot of people dressing up and supporting each other. We would like to thank all the runners, volunteers and the airport’s staff for creating such a fantastic atmosphere.”

Ray Southam, Corporate and Community Fundraiser for HIOWAA, said: “It’s been a brilliant event, supported by 700 runners, and the money raised will go towards the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s operational costs. We are now really looking forward to see the same huge support for the Runway Run 2019.”

Matt Risden from Hedge End Running Club was the first person to cross the finish line, while Hollie Smith was the fastest female runner on the day.

Southampton Airport is aiming to beat the target of £30,000 raised for HIOWAA. 22 members of staff will be jumping out of the plane on 8 September 2018 for the air ambulance, and you can support them by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/souskydive