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There’s still time to sign up to British Airways Run Gatwick 2018

The event takes place on 13th May and participants can take part in either the 5k, corporate 5k or half marathon runs.

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The organisers of British Airways Run Gatwick have announced that places are still available for the highly anticipated inaugural event on Sunday 13th May 2018.

With less than three weeks to go until race day, those wishing to be a part of this exciting new road race in the south east should sign up now to their preferred race distance and look forward to a superb day of running and achievement.

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British Airways Run Gatwick offers four different events on the same day, to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the thrill of a big sporting event. A total of 7,500 places are available across the various races and places have been snapped up by runners from near and far wanting to #RunGatwick this spring.

The day kicks off with the International Half Marathon at 9am, a closed-road, single-lap course that takes runners through Crawley town centre, out into the beautiful Sussex and Surrey countryside and past Gatwick Airport. Start times will be staggered according to expected finish times and a team of pacers will be helping runners to hit their target times on the day.

The 5K then starts at 9.20am, and this race is perfect both for new runners wanting a challenge and for experienced runners looking for a short, fast race. Open to runners aged 11 upwards, it is also a great first race for younger runners. The 5K route leaves Southgate Park and works its way through Crawley’s lively town centre on fully closed roads, with plenty of support along the way.

The Corporate 5K has already generated plenty of interest among local businesses wanting to compete to become the fastest business in the area whilst enjoying all the benefits of training together towards a common goal. Sponsored by Ambra Recruitment, the race offers an Ambra Corporate VIP Area at an additional fee, providing participants with food and drinks, a relaxed seating area, private toilets, a changing area and free massages.

The Family Run rounds off the races at 12.30pm with a fun, 1-mile route in and around Crawley for children aged 4 upwards. This is a wonderful chance for the youngest runners to get involved in all the action, especially those who have grown-ups competing in the adult races.

All races will start and finish at Crawley’s pretty Southgate Park, where runners and spectators can enjoy a fully-equipped event village comprising a huge bag drop and a festival stage with live music and commentary. All races include a pre-race warm-up and this is a fantastic place to soak up the atmosphere of the day and cheer on family and friends.

A delicious selection of food and drink will be available at the Food Village, with some vendors serving breakfast from 8am and the main Food Festival opening for lunch from 10am.

Of particular excitement is the presence of former sprinting and hurdling athlete Colin Jackson, who will be at British Airways Run Gatwick to support the runners and act as an ambassador for Flying Start, the race’s Official National Charity. Anyone wishing to run for charity and raise money to make a difference to others should visit the race website for more information.

Race Director Dave Kelly said:

“With race day approaching fast, we are very excited to host the inaugural British Airways Run Gatwick and welcome runners of all ages and abilities to this superb day of running. We have four events taking place on the day to make sure there is something for everyone, and there will be a fantastic atmosphere throughout the morning as each of the races start and runners return to Southgate Park cheered on by the crowds!

“It is not too late to sign up and be a part of this exciting new road race, so we would encourage runners to secure their place on the start line of their chosen race now. For individuals, businesses, families and friends, this will be a wonderful celebration of running for everyone, with the exciting backdrop of Gatwick Airport and the support of our headline sponsor, British Airways.”

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.

Runners entering the event after 30th April will need to collect their race pack from the Information Tent on race day. All those entered by 30th April will receive their race pack by post at least one week prior to the event.

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

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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