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Southend Airport controllers fly their way to glory in ‘Run the Runways’ aviation fundraiser Posted On 11 December 2020

Southend’s air traffic control team successfully finished day 7 of the Run the Runways national challenge on their journey to £10k, regardless of heavy fog on the day

 

The team of Southend Airport air traffic controllers took off for a fundraising run recently, as they ran the distance of the runway for charity. Each participant achieved the required 1,739 metres, which is just over one mile. It is a part of a nation-wide campaign on behalf of Aviation Action, which is a UK-based charity dedicated to helping those associated with the aviation world, and it’s called Run the Runways. Southend’s local runway in Rochford, Essex, is, perhaps surprisingly, larger than one of London’s six major airports, London City, which boasts a runway of 1,199 metres.

 

The idea is that airport staff all around the country are running, walking or jogging the distances of the countries’ most iconic runways every day in December, even including Christmas Day, with the ultimate aim of raising £10,000 in support of unfortunate fellow members of staff in the aviation industry who have been made redundant due to the pandemic.

 

The team consists of Mark Attrill, Jeff Pacey, Henry Spurgeon, Colin Dale, Jon Williams, Mia Fitzmaurice and Eve Leonard, who each ran 1,739m around the long stay car park and had an extra special motivator along the way, accompanied as they were by one-year-old border collie, Mango. Mango’s owner, ATCO Eve Leonard, has said: “This is our second fundraiser as a team following on from running the length of Southend to Paris on the runway in May for the NHS. We always like to challenge ourselves and this was another opportunity to do so.”

 

On Wednesday December 9th, Southend Airport followed this success up by hosting a Christmas-themed Reindeer Run the Runway event, as they fundraised for charities in the local community in place of their annual Santa Flights. Participants had access to the runway itself as they travelled the distance in a one-off festive treat.

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