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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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Businesses show their support for Gatwick’s growth as protesters continue their campaign

With only four days left before the consultation closes, 29 companies and business organisations that together represent over 25,000 companies Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London have come out in support of Gatwick’s plans.

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With only four days left before the consultation closes, 29 companies and business organisations that together represent over 25,000 companies Sussex, Surrey, Kent and London have come out in support of Gatwick’s plans. The open letter to Stewart Wingate, the airport’s CEO, is signed by organisations including Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Business and sector specific associations (full list below).

In the letter the business organisations describe Gatwick as ‘a linchpin of the regional economy and a significant national asset’ that contributes ’over £5bn to UK GDP and supports 85,000 jobs.’  It goes on to say:

As the UK heads into a new chapter, Gatwick will have a vital role to play in fuelling trade, tourism and commerce, and providing links to global markets. When Gatwick thrives and grows, so too does the national and regional economy, so the airport’s growth ambitions deserve our full support.’

Clearly this growth should not be at any cost, and given our businesses and employees are based in the local communities in and around the airport, we fully understand that the impacts of expansion need to be considered and carefully managed.

‘But we believe the strength of Gatwick’s plans lies in their simplicity. By unlocking much-needed new capacity from within the airport’s existing runways and footprint, Gatwick’s growth plans are a low-impact way of delivering significant benefits.’

We are firmly in support of Gatwick’s plans which we believe will play a crucial role in allowing our businesses, our employees and our region to continue to prosper.’

The support from businesses comes one month after 75% of residents surveyed across Sussex, Surrey and Kent said that they also supported Gatwick’s growth plans, with just 14% opposing.

The public consultation on Gatwick’s draft master plan runs until 10 January 2019 and can be accessed here

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

“This vote of confidence in our plans for growth is particularly powerful as organisations representing over 25,000 businesses have thrown their weight behind our draft master plan. 

“Businesses know we can’t take the region’s economic growth for granted. By sending this letter they recognise the airport’s vital role in creating local jobs and opportunities, and that growing Gatwick is essential for the future prosperity of our region.

“With only a few days left I would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in our ongoing consultation to show their support for the airport’s growth plans.”

But protesters like CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions) say the effect of any part of the plan would be highly detrimental for all residents.

In a recent statement they said:

“This master plan simply blights these areas again to the threat of airport expansion beyond 2030. The fact remains that Gatwick was not selected by the Airport Commission due to lack of unemployment in the surrounding counties; lack of connectivity to the rest of the UK and the world; it is predominantly used for European leisure travel.”

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