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Runway Run takes off with BDO’s sponsorship

16 April 2021

Islanders will once again have an opportunity of running on Guernsey Airport’s runway later this spring, it has been announced. The first Channel Islands Air Search Runway Run, sponsored by BDO Guernsey, is due to take place on Saturday, 22nd May, and will allow runners to experience the novelty and excitement of this fun event, whilst also helping raise money for the voluntary local life-saving search and rescue charity.

This year’s event hopes to build on the success of five very successful Runway Runs organised by Crimestoppers between 2015-2019. The run will continue as a 5 km course over the runway and taxiways, however, it will be a ‘fun run’ rather than a competitive, timed event.

The number of places available is strictly limited to 500 participants, and prospective runners can secure their spot at a cost of £25 per person, including a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn on the night.

Enrolment for the event opens on Monday 19th April, and is online via Race Nation. Runners are reminded that, as official photographic identification will be required on the night, names should be entered as they appear on the relevant ID.

Further information may be found on the dedicated ‘Air Search Runway Run’ Facebook page. Runners are also being encouraged to raise sponsorship, which will be facilitated through Race Nation’s SportsGiving service.

A representative of the Guernsey Friends of Air Search said, ‘We are looking forward to welcoming runners to the inaugural Channel Islands Air Search Runway Run in May, and hope that the appeal of being able to run in this unusual environment, against the backdrop of the colourful runway lights, will ensure that the Run is fully-subscribed and makes for a successful fundraiser in aid of ‘the Lifeboats’ eyes in the sky.’ We are incredibly grateful for the support of our corporate sponsors BDO Guernsey, as well as to Crimestoppers for their invaluable advice, and to Guernsey Airport, Civil Protection, and the Aero Club, and many other organisations without whose support the event wouldn’t be possible.’

BDO’s managing director Richard Searle added: ‘We’re thrilled to be on board and support the CI Air Search Runway Run event to raise funds for the critical search and observation services that CI Air Search provides. It’s fantastic that the event can take place this year and we encourage all islanders who enjoy walking, jogging or running to join in and experience the late-night airport event.’