A major new sporting event coming to Crawley next year is being supported Crawley Borough Council.
The inaugural British Airways Run Gatwick, which takes place on Sunday 13 May 2018, incorporates the International Half Marathon, 5K race, corporate 5K and a Family Run for children aged four to 15 years.
Crawley Borough Council is providing Southgate Park for the event village as well as the start and finish of all the races.
The races will take place on fully-closed routes through the parks, town centre and beautiful countryside around Crawley and Gatwick Airport.
A total of 7,500 places are available across the various races and entries are now open.
British Airways Run Gatwick is organised by the team behind the award-winning Intersport Run Reigate Half Marathon and 10K. With the prime location of British Airways Run Gatwick, the International Half Marathon and 5K is expected to attract elite, club and amateur runners from the UK and abroad looking for a highly professional late spring race in an easily accessible location.
Race Director Dave Kelly said:
“We are thrilled to launch British Airways Run Gatwick and have already received an incredibly positive response from the local and international running community. We are looking forward to welcoming many seasoned runners to the event as well as first-time competitors who have plenty of time to get race fit, and we are hoping to encourage lots of people from Crawley and beyond to take up running and to sign up to one of the races.”
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:
“I’m thrilled and delighted that we’re hosting this major event in the town. We have to improve public health and more physical activity in people’s lives will make a huge difference. I’m very happy that we are playing a major part in this event.”
Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said:
“British Airways Run Gatwick will raise significant sums for local charities, encourage healthy lifestyles and bring a large community event to the town.”
For more details visit www.rungatwick.com, www.facebook.com/rungatwick or @rungatwick on Twitter.
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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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