Guernsey Press

Runway Run attracts 255 participants

MORE than 250 runners of all abilities took to the airport’s runway on Saturday evening for a 5km race.

Come fly with us... on the Channel Islands Air Search Runway Run on Saturday evening raising money for the charity. (Pictures by Chris George)

The event, which raises money for Channel Islands Air Search, allowed 255 runners airside to take on the race under the floodlights.

Taking on the challenge for the first time was Helen Abel, who said she had not run in about 10 years since her son was born.

‘My husband has done the run a few times in previous years and I’ve always thought that even though I don’t like running, it’s something good, and this year, here I am,’ she said.

‘I’ve run about three times with my son over the last few weeks as training. I did the Race for Life probably 10 or 11 years ago and did it in 43 minutes so I would like to get something like that again.’

One man who came back for more was Chris Bader, after he took part last year as part of his weightloss journey.

‘I hit 50 and thought I’ve got to do something, so I took up running and I lost 15 to 20kg,’ he said.

‘I needed a goal and so I signed up for the Runway Run last year as the goal to get me to 5km, which I did, so this year I’m here to try and beat my time from last year.’

He did so quite comfortably, taking it down from 38 minutes 14 seconds to 31.51.

It was the third Air Search event in partnership with BDO, and organiser David Hugo thanked all of the volunteers who came together to make it possible.

‘It’s been an amazing event, we’re really pleased with the turnout, really pleased that so many people have had a great time and supported the charity as well,

‘It’s all about raising money and awareness for Channel Islands Air Search, which is a voluntary organisation, but we do need to raise money to keep the service going.’

The name of the runner who raised the most in sponsorship will appear on the Gareth Williams Memorial Trophy, as well as the names of the fastest male and fastest female.