Television presenter Eamonn Holmes was the official starter as almost 200 runners set off on a fundraising race around Manchester Airport’s runways.
The British Airways and Manchester Airport ‘Run the Runway’ race saw competitors take the rare opportunity to run the six kilometer race around the airport’s grounds.
More than £3,500 was raised at the event, to be shared between CLIC Sargent, Manchester Airport’s nominated charity, and Flying Start, British Airway’s global charity partnership with Comic Relief.
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
First and second place in the race were won by father and son Olly and Zac Gaillemin. Thirteen-year-old Zac was first across the line, in 22 minutes and three seconds, closely followed by his dad.
This was the first time the pair, who are from Sale, were able to run in a race together. They won the first prize of two British Airways flights to Boston.
The event included a family fun day held under Concorde at the Runway Visitor Park, and a race warm up with Global Grooves, a Brazilian drumming and dancing group.
Verity Gallagher, Philanthropy Events Manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “There was a great atmosphere at the event and everyone looked like they had a great time running the course. We are very grateful for the funds raised. Every penny donated to CLIC Sargent will help us fight for young lives struck by cancer.”
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About cancer in children and young people
Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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