Biggin Hill Airport opened its runway on Saturday 23rd June to host its first ever Sunrise Runway Challenge, a five-kilometre run or 15k cycle route in aid of The Chartwell Cancer Trust and Foal Farm Animal Rescue. Almost 200 participants competed in the summer solstice event in association with Biggin Runways Running Club.

Susie Edwards, Executive Assistant at Biggin Hill Airport, co-founder of Biggin Runways and event organiser, said: “We wanted to bring the community together, combining fitness and fundraising to help support two worthy causes and what better way to do it than to host our first ever cycling and running event.”

“Many of the airport staff gave up their time to help organise the event and were on site from 4.30am getting everything ready for the runners and cyclists. It would be lovely if we could make this a regular annual fixture following all the positive feedback. The silhouettes of runners and cyclists set against the rising sun was quite a sight as they headed down the runway.”

Trustee Bobby Beech who also attended the event with our team of wonderful CCT Volunteers who were up very early to help as Marshals said: “Thank you so much to Biggin Hill Airport for supporting The Chartwell Cancer Trust, once again, on this fabulous occasion. It has been a superb event and greatly organised. Thank you also to everyone who has supported us.”

The event raised a wonderful, £4,000 and Trustee Bobby Beech and Natalie Reilly from The CCT were presented with a cheque for £2,000 on the 11th July.