It’s more than just a race. It’s about community
and most importantly it’s about choosing to better yourself as well as bettering others.
One of the most inspirational points of the event itself for me is the fact that people
are choosing to compete in an event that takes place at midnight on a Saturday night. It’s
also a fantastic event to make your first. It’s hugely competitive as well for those
season runners and CHC and Aberdeen Airport provide incredible prizes for all of those
that are taking part. My favourite bit has to be the start and this anticipation starts
very early on, we have a lot of entertainment going on in the terminal and lots happening.
We have nutritionists, we have personal trainers and it all works towards this one pinnacle
point of the evening and that is the start. As runners are then transported by bus out
to the actual runway, the countdown begins, everybody starts to hussle towards the start
line and anticipation is growing. The adrenaline is starting to run. I’ve never heard of any
race on the runway before. And it’s really different to be honest running at this time
of the night on a runway like seriously yeah wanted to be part of it. That’s the unique
thing about it it is just the place you take off and land all the time doing it for yourself.
I think it’s so competitive within the fundraising market that they’re all having to compete
for fun so every event they can do and obviously every pound they can collect nowadays is a
bonus because a lot of people are struggling in the world. And then the gun goes off and
then the 300 runners accelerate onto the runway itself and the first turn as you enter the
runway and you’re looking down at this 2 mile stretch of just flat terrain that is glowing
in the dark with all of the runway lights shining it’s an incredible experience. You’ve
got the vibe that you’re at the airport, you bring your passport, you get a run on the
tarmac which at any other point you don’t get to do. I think that’s the best part about
it. This year I found it not as tough as last year was. Maybe because I was doing a bit
more running this year as well so hopefully that works. It’s astonishing for me to believe
now that 2 years in the event has raised over £70,000 for our chosen charities. It’s hard to believe that that’s what happens when
people come together and people in mass can spend time just putting a little effort into
raising a bit of money for those that are in need.