Vernon Kay joins fundraisers for £5,000 airport Run around the Runway

Radio and television personality Vernon Kay handed out the prizes after a fundraising race around the runways of Manchester Airport.

The annual runway run, organised by the airport and British Airways, saw more than 60 runners take part and raise almost £5,000 to be split between CLIC Sargent and Flying Start.

Vernon Kay joins fundraisers for £5,000 airport Run around the Runway

While the runners were being put through their paces out on the course, hundreds of families enjoyed a fun day at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park.

Visitors were able to get a guided tour of Concorde, while children were able to take part in mini races inside the hangar and have their faces painted.

Richard Keep, 33, from Birmingham, was the fastest around the 6K course, with a time of 20 minutes and eight seconds, winning a pair of return long-haul flights.  

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when I crossed the line first. It was a tough race with lots of competition, but such a fun and friendly event to take part in.” 

Vernon Kay said: "I was delighted to be able to attend Run around the Runway and provide a helping hand for two great charities. I couldn’t believe how quickly Richard managed to get round the course and he was a very deserving winner of the flights.”

CLIC Sargent is the new charity partner of Manchester Airports Group and was selected after polling airport workers to find out who they would like to support.

Flying Start is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief UK, with the aim of raising money to help children living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.

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