Second Aberdeen Runway Run cleared for take-off

Entries opened last night for an event whose 400 places organisers say will go ‘like a Boeing 747’.

The second Aberdeen Runway Run will start at midnight on Saturday 22 June, and take runners down the full length of the runway, normally reserved solely for air traffic.

Runners can take on the 3.5km distance as individuals, or as part of a team of 12 completing a marathon challenge. The team marathon time will be composed of the sum of all the individual team members’ times. The event is not a relay: all runners will start at midnight.

In addition to competing against other teams on the runway in Aberdeen, team marathoners will also be competing as individuals, and against teams taking part in similar locations around the UK. The current record for the ABZ team marathon is an impressive 3.17.20, giving an average time of 16,27 per runner.

The Aberdeen Runway Run is once again being organised by the airport and CHC Helicopter. All 300 places in last year's event were sold. Funds raised at the 2019 event will benefit local charity Befriend a Child and Veterans with Dogs.

Steve Szalay, Aberdeen International Airport managing director said: “Last year’s event was a huge success. We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming more than 250 runners to our runway. This year, participants will have the opportunity to run in the height of summer just after the longest day. We’d encourage runners of all abilities to apply for a space in the most exclusive running event in the region. We’re delighted to open up our runway to our runners once more.”

Tickets to the event are £25 with a target sponsorship of £100 per participant.

Tickets are available from the event website.

Image: Aberdeen Runway Run

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