ABZ runners flying high after second Runway Run

It was chocks away at midnight last Saturday at the sold-out Aberdeen Runway Run, as runners took off on a 3.5km dash all the way down Aberdeen Airport’s main runway.

Over a third of the 300 runners who took up the challenge ran in the inaugural event last year, with the returning runners earning themselves a specially designed buff in the process.

With club runners out in full force on the night, this year’s times were quite a bit faster than last year’s.

Race organiser Captain Ryan Broadhurst told runABC Scotland online: “There was a fog warning for 1am but we needn’t have worried about it. We were off the runway a full three minutes earlier than we were last year, and records were broken in each of the three categories.

“But as far as I’m concerned, whether the Runway Run takes someone 11 minutes or 40 minutes, it’s about getting out and getting exercise. This event can be both a stepping stone to a 5k and a proper competitive event.”

Although the run’s main purpose is to raise funds for two local charities, the Runway Run doesn’t skimp on prizes, all generously donated by sponsors.

This year’s winners Richard Strachan (JSK Running Club) and his clubmate Marie Baxter, who came home first female, won flights from Loganair and Eastern Airways.

The top fundraising team won a prize that literally can’t be bought: a helicopter sightseeing tour above Aberdeenshire, courtesy of race sponsors CHC.

Broadhurst said: “Overall, it’s an incredible event, and I’m delighted with the efforts participants put in both in terms of their running and their fundraising. In the 12 months since the first Runway Run we will have raised over £70,000 for our charity partners.”

He added: “We are very grateful for the support of Aberdeen Airport. It’s very easy to say No to putting on an unusual event like this. We’re very glad that not only did they say Yes, but they’ve also contributed so much in terms of time and support along the way.”

Given how much work goes into organising any event, much less one that takes place in the dark in a busy, safety-focused environment like an airport, runABC Scotland online asked Broadhurst if there will be a third Runway Run.

He let out a good natured laugh and told us: “I do love organising the event, but if you asked me right now to do it again, I’d say ‘No Chance’ – but if you ask me at Christmas, I could be convinced to do it again … just like I was last year!”

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