A run & cycle event on the runway at London Southend airport last week has raised over £6000 for the NHS.
The team of 40 participants were joined by Southend East MP James Durridge for the event which saw them aim to run and cycle 290km (180 miles).
They actually acheived 475km (295 miles).
James Duddridge said: “I’m a regular runner and have covered many miles around our town over the years, but completing three laps of the runway at London Southend Airport is definitely a first.
“This fundraiser has been a unique experience for a fantastic cause, and I would like to congratulate everyone at London Southend Airport who took part and made this event a success, raising thousands for NHS charities.”
People were asked to donate to the event via the Just Giving page which remains open until Friday 5th June after which the final amount will be announced.
Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation, which owns Southend Airport, said: “We are so proud of the team, whether taking part, volunteering to support the event or donating and raising awareness. We have surpassed our expectations and this has been a fantastic opportunity to bring everyone together during challenging times whilst raising money for the NHS.
“It was a hot day and the runway is longer than it looks once you are on it, but everyone cheered each other on and there was a great atmosphere. We were delighted to be joined by local MP James Duddridge, who ran the runway taking it all in his stride and helping this great cause. Thank you to all for your support and donations.”
Volunteers helped to ensure that social distancing measures were adhered too during the event.
Everyone who donates has the chance to win a private tour of the Control Tower at Southend.