Manchester Airport’s Runway Run returns!

Unique 6km charity run around Manchester Airport returns 13th March

Fundraising for Manchester Airport’s charity CLIC Sargent and British Airways’ charity Flying Start, the Manchester Airport runway run is under starters orders and will return on Sunday 13th March.

Manchester Airport and British Airways are once again teaming up to give people the chance to run the unique 6km race around the airport’s busy runways whilst raising cash for charity.

The Run Around The Runway event will see walkers, joggers, family fun-runner as well as more advanced runners all take up the opportunity to spot passing planes up close and personal, as they follow a 6km route around the perimeter of the UK’s third largest airport.

The event is being held in aid of Flying Start, British Airways’ global charity partnership with Comic Relief, and Manchester Airport’s supported charity CLIC Sargent - the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people.

In 2014 celebrity guest Gary Lineker joined around 200 participants who took part in the first Run Around the Runway – and following its inaugural success the event is returning and will be opened up to even more participants to raise more money for good causes.

Participants are be required to raise a minimum of £30 in order to take part, which is in lieu of an entry fee. They will once again be joined on the start line by a number of famous faces - to be revealed at a later date.


Prizes, which include British Airways flights, will be awarded for

• 1st place overall

• 2nd place overall 

• 3rd place overall

• 1st place junior (Under 16) 

• Best fancy dress 

• Best fundraiser (for most money raised)


Wendy Sinfield, community relations manager at Manchester Airport, said: “Whether you are a serious fitness fan, an aviation enthusiast or simply someone looking for something different to do with the family for the day in early spring, then we encourage you to get involved and sign-up.

“This will be our first major fund-raising event for Manchester Airport’s new charity partner, CLIC Sargent, and will be a unique opportunity for people to be active and do some plane-spotting whilst raising money in the process for two fantastic causes.”

The fun starts at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park, located to the west of the airport, where a family fun day will take place while the runners complete the course.

Participants will follow a specially designed route around Manchester Airport’s runways which takes in the Runway Two Nature Trail through the Bolin Valley as well as being within ‘spotting distance’ of inbound and outbound aircraft, landing and taking-off.

Those competing at a more leisurely pace will be able to read information boards around the Trail giving information on woodlands and grasslands, ponds, the River Bollin tunnel, bats, archaeology and a sculpture of the British Airways Concorde made out of willow.

There will also be activities taking place at the Runway Visitor Park for supporters to enjoy including Concorde tours and the chance to go on a British Airways flight simulator. 

Anne-Marie Ryan, British Airways’ customer service manager for Manchester, added: “Following the success of the first run we hope to see many more people, young and old, taking part this year to have a great day out while raising lots of money for two very worthwhile causes.”

To find out more information about the Run Around the Runway event, or to sign up, visit:

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