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CHC pilot cleared for take-off with Aberdeen International Airport charity runway run

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Aberdeen International Airport and CHC Helicopter have announced their collaborative Runway Run which will be taking off this summer.

Captain Ryan Broadhurst is hoping to see around 300 participants take part in the new charity event which will begin at midnight on June 30.

Runway runs have proved popular at other airports around the world and runners taking part in the Aberdeen event will run two lengths of the runway which equates to a 3.5 km run.

Ryan is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for good causes, including CHC’s charity Veterans with Dogs.

“I’ve always thought the Aberdeen Airport runway would be ideal for a charity run,” Broadhurst said. “It’s a reasonable distance but people probably don’t realize there is a bit of an incline as you head out on the southern end of the runway, so it’s pretty challenging, without being too hard.”

“Running has become increasingly popular as a means of getting fit,” he continued. “We’ve limited spaces to only 300 and we anticipate a lot of demand to take part.”

All participants will start at the same time and complete two lengths of the lit runway. Transponder chip technology will be used to accurately time each individual. The results will then be displayed in the CHC terminal at the airport once the runway has been vacated.

Runners can take part as individuals in the Fun Run or enter as part of a team of 12, with all the times aggregated in the Team Marathon, with the fastest teams winning prizes.

“The Team Marathon allows people to compete not only as individual runners, but also to have the added bonus of competing with other teams,” Ryan said

“Ryan has been passionate about putting the Runway Run together and we are delighted to support him,” said EMEA Regional Director Mark Abbey. “We’ve had tremendous assistance and backing from the Aberdeen International Airport team. Everyone has worked very hard to make this happen.” 

“Aberdeen is a busy airport and safety has to be the top priority at all times, but we also know that this event is likely to be very popular and I hope people take advantage of this very rare opportunity to run the runway,” Abbey continued 

It costs £25 per runner to take part, with each runner required to raise a minimum of £100. Prizes include a flight in a CHC Helicopter aircraft to the top five highest fundraisers.

More information and sign up is available at www.aberdeenrunwayrun.co.uk.