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England Athletics awards British Airways Run Gatwick 2020 Championship Half Marathon status

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The now yearly British Airways Run Gatwick event could see new athletes from across the country come down to take part as it is awarded 2020 Championship Half Marathon status by England Athletics.

Now in its 3rd year, the British Airways Run Gatwick takes place on Sunday 10th May in Southgate Park, Crawley, Sussex

With it’s fast, flat and unique route packed with PB potential, runners of all abilities from beginners through to elite level won’t be disappointed.

British Airways Run Gatwick launches
Run Gatwick launches in 2018

Race Director David Kelly said:

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with England Athletics for 2020 and look forward to welcoming many of their 181,000 runners in May to our event.  British Airways Run Gatwick has had a huge impact since it’s launch in 2018 both in the running world and the local community and having this endorsement from England Athletics is testament to this”.

British Airways Run Gatwick already sees 54% of its runners returning year on year for it’s well known all day event experience and won Best New Event at the National Running Awards in 2019. 

Nick Welsh, Marketing, PR & Comms Manager at British Airways said:

“It’s great for the event to receive this recognition from England Athletics and, as headline sponsor, we’re excited that so many runners from all over the country will have the opportunity to enjoy the full British Airways Run Gatwick experience”.’

Commenting on this year’s Half Marathon Championships, Dean Hardman, Head of Commercial & Member Engagement at England Athletics, added:

“We are delighted for this year’s England Half Marathon Championships to be hosted by Run Series at British Airways Run Gatwick.  It’s a great course and is an event which has become very popular and well regarded with runners in only a short space of time.”

For more information goto the British Airways Run Gatwick website here.

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Crawley council promises alternative festive fun as Tilgate Park’s Magical Christmas is cancelled

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With its yearly festive market, free meet and greets with Santa, funfair rides and local entertainment, the Magical Christmas event at Tilgat Park has been exactly that for years – ‘Magical’.

But the council has now had to make the hard decision to cancel it, citing the health and safety of visitors and staff is their priority as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

The say:

“This year’s event, with social distancing guidelines in place, would have meant restricting entry by ticketing and as a result would not have been able to host the number of families who normally come without tickets, dampening the magical atmosphere of the event.”

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“We are deeply disappointed to cancel this year’s event. However the safety of our visitors is paramount and most of all, we wouldn’t have been able to offer the special Christmas experience that the public have come to expect.”

But all is not lost as the council say they are looking into alternative festive events at Tilgate and in the town centre.

It is hoped the council will announce the new events soon.

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