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British Airways ‘Dream Team’ surprise customers for Sport Relief at Gatwick

Stars including Gary Lineker & gymnast Louis Smith, served customers at Gatwick on the check in desk and assisted them with their bags, in an effort to raise money for sport relief.

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Max Whitlock helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport by becoming a baggage porter for the morning. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Customers checking in to British Airways today are getting a very unique experience as British Airways Dream Team show their support for sport relief.

The airline has created a celebrity Dream Team made up of sporting stars who helped travellers on their journey in exchange for a donation.

Gary Lineker with a young British Airways customer and staff at Gatwick to raise money for Sport Relief(Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Retired footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker, as well as gymnast Louis Smith were assisting customers as part of British Airways’ Dream Team.

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Gymnast Louis Smith helps on the check in desk. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Richard Whitehead helps British Airways customers at Gatwick Airport on the bag drop (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways

Also on the BA Dream Team were gymnast and five-time Olympic medallist, Max Whitlock; British athlete Richard Whitehead; former sprint and hurdling athlete Colin Jackson; television presenter Helen Skelton; Olympic champion Sally Gunnell; former rugby union player Ugo Monye and rugby union player, Ben Foden.

British athlete Colin Jackson (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Gary Lineker lays his skills on the table (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Helen Skelton (C) helps British Airways customers at Gatwick by checking in passengers (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

British athlete Sally Gunnell (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sally Gunnell OBE has also just been announced as Age UK West Sussex’s official ambassador for the Vélo South 100-mile cycle. For more on that story, click here.

Ugo Monye (L) and Ben Foden help British Airways customers with baggage at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

Sports personalities (in white) L-R: Max Whitlock, Ugo Monye, Richard Whitehead, Helen Skelton, Louis Smith, Sir Chris Hoy, Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson and Ben Foden pose for a photo with British Airways staff whilst helping to raise money for Sport Relief at Gatwick (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for British Airways)

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British Airways Run Gatwick gets another huge boost as Colin Jackson announces his support

Legendary British athlete Colin Jackson will be attending the event on Sunday 13th May 2018

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The organisers of British Airways Run Gatwick have announced that legendary British athlete Colin Jackson will be attending the event on Sunday 13th May 2018.

The Welsh former sprinting and hurdling athlete, who during his career became a world champion, Commonwealth champion, Olympic silver medallist and world record holder, will be showing his support for runners at the very first British Airways Run Gatwick whilst acting as an ambassador for Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief.

Colin is now an immensely popular face in the world of broadcasting, covering all major sporting events for the BBC, and his presence at British Airways Run Gatwick next month will be of great motivation to the thousands of runners set to take on the International Half Marathon, 5K, Corporate 5K and Family Run.

This exciting new event takes place on fully-closed routes through the parks, towns and beautiful West Sussex countryside around Gatwick Airport, with a first-class event village at Crawley’s Southgate Park. The choice of four race distances means that runners of all ages and abilities are being encouraged to get active and enjoy the experience of a big sporting event, and the whole day is expected to be an inspirational day of sport and achievement.

British Airways Flying Start is the National Charity Partner for British Airways Run Gatwick. 100% of the money raised by Flying Start goes directly to Comic Relief, enabling British Airways to help give children in the communities it flies to the chance of a brighter future. So far the charity has raised almost £18 million.

Colin Jackson has always worked closely with Sport Relief and in promoting confidence and activity through sport, making him the perfect ambassador for Flying Start. It is hoped that with his support, many runners will be inspired to #RunGatwick for Flying Start and help to transform thousands of children’s lives in the UK and in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Anyone wishing to run and raise money for Flying Start should email info@rungatwick.com directly. Full information on running for charity is available at www.rungatwick.com/charities-2018/

Race Director Dave Kelly added, “We are thrilled to announce that Colin Jackson will be joining us at the inaugural British Airways Run Gatwick next month. His incredible running achievements and current broadcasting roles make him an inspiring role model for runners of all ages, and we hope that many runners will be encouraged to run at our highly anticipated event this May. For many people, running at such a high-profile event is an ideal opportunity to raise money for a good cause, and Flying Start is an extremely worthy charity reaching out to children all over the world. Places are still available for British Airways Run Gatwick and we are very much looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to this exciting new road race next month!”

British Airways Flying Start is the National Charity Partner for British Airways Run Gatwick. The Local Charity Partners for the 2018 event are Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, Carers Support, Neurokinex Kids, Crawley Open House and St Catherine’s Hospice.

The 2018 British Airways Run Gatwick takes place on Sunday 13th May and entries are open to all races. Entry costs £36 for the International Half Marathon and £25 for the 5K or Corporate 5K. The Ambra Corporate VIP Area is available for an additional £12 per person. Entry to the Family Run costs £12 for children aged 4-15 years, and £1 for accompanying adults.

Go to www.rungatwick.com for further details and to sign up.

You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/rungatwick and follow @rungatwick #rungatwick on Twitter for all the latest news.

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