Twilight Runway Challenge raises £3000 for the Vine Day Centre
The runway at Farnborough Airport was the setting for a
unique event on the evening of Saturday 19 May 2012. Instead of the
customary jets, nearly 150 runners of all ages and abilities took
to the airstrip to raise funds to support the Vine Day Centre, a
homeless charity based in Rushmoor.
This spectacular event was the brainchild of staff from TAG Farnborough Airport and Farnborough Sixth Form College: a Twilight Runway Challenge which attracted over 200 people - local employees, students, family and friends - to support the challengers who all took part to support a local charity.
The event, which organisers hope will become a firm annual fixture in future years, raised over £3,000. It was organised as part of a commitment by many Rushmoor based organisations to work together with The Community Matters Partnership: a collective of local organisations promoting development of the local community.
Matthew Rees won the 5k challenge in an impressive time of 17 minutes, with William Hopkins completing the 3k challenge in 12 minutes. A number of participants completed the race in fancy dress: Lucy Magri-Overend and Amara Ogidi completed the 3K circuit as a three legged mix of a cow and a nun, whilst others used roller blades to skate along the tarmac. Nila Cutlan and Alexandra Johnson even completed the 5K circuit three legged!
Elaine Turner, Marketing and Events Manager who worked with Christine Eustace at the College to organise the event said "We were proud to be leading an event which brought together the local community to benefit a worth-while charity."
Tracy Marlow, MD of Community Matters said, "This is another great example of how brilliant local organisations are working in partnership to provide support to the local community. Both TAG and the Sixth Form College put hours into organising this event which was enjoyed by all who took part."
Simon Jarvis, Principal of the College added, "We were pleased to work in partnership with TAG to put on such a fantastic fundraising event. Our staff and students really enjoy getting involved in worthwhile events - and how many opportunities would you get to run down an airstrip without being chased by a jet!"
Visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/communitymatters1 to view the pictures from this event.