Runners in Aberdeen are set to get a rare opportunity to take part in an event on an unusual course.
The Runway Run will give 300 participants a chance to run the length of Aberdeen International Airport’s runway at midnight.
The charity event has been organised by the operation team at the airport and CHC Helicopter pilot Captain Ryan Broadhurst.
Runners of all abilities are being invited to take part in the event on June 30.
Participants will run two lengths of the runway, a total of 3.5km. The run will raise money for three charities – Befriend a Child, Veterans with Dogs and Sue Ryder.
Carol Benzie, managing director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “We are very excited to be able to announce our Runway Run event in collaboration with CHC Helicopter.
“The event will offer runners, of all levels, the opportunity to take part in a truly exclusive and rare running event. Our last runway run event was hugely popular and this year’s run will accommodate five times the number of runners. We therefore hope that the event will help to raise considerable funds for three fantastic charities in Aberdeen.”
Runners can take part as individuals in the fun run or enter as part of a team of 12 with all the times aggregated in the team marathon.
Transponder chip technology will be used to accurately time each individual and the results will be displayed in the CHC terminal at the airport once the runway has been vacated.
Captain Broadhurst said: “I’ve always thought the Aberdeen airport runway would be ideal for a charity run.
“It’s a reasonable 3.5km distance but people probably don’t realise there is a bit of an incline as you head out on the southern end of the runway, so it’s pretty challenging, without being too hard.
“Running has become increasingly popular as a means of getting fit.
“We’ve limited spaces to only 300 and we anticipate a lot of demand to take part.”
Entry is £25 and participants are required to raise a minimum of £100 for charity. People can sign up to the Runway Run at www.aberdeenrunwayrun.co.uk