For the second year in a row, over 250 colleagues from across Team Heathrow took off down the runway in our Midnight Marathon event.
The more than 250 colleagues that ran in this year’s challenge were from organisations right across the airport including Mace, Atkins, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific took up this year’s challenge.
Of course many of our own Heathrow heroes (Heathrow Airport Limited employees) turned out too including colleagues from Security, Development, Legal and Business Assurance, and our Finance department who were even joined by Credit Suisse, one of our investors.
It was a terrific test of endurance with the added ingredient of a fun run in the mix, albeit a slightly surreal one as our competitors raced along our northern runway in the dark! And with any competitive race, there could only be one winner.
So a huge well done to fabulous Fred Tasker from Baggage Operations – our fastest runner for the second year in a row.
Over £40,000 raised for charity
With donations still flooding in, we’ve already matched and exceeded last year’s fantastic £40,000 raised for charity. Thank you to everyone for your continuing generosity to this year’s fab four charities of choice: Oxfam, Help for Heroes, Harlington Hospice and the Heathrow Community Fund (find our more about our charities below).
Well done to all our runners, volunteers and everyone who went out of their way to make this another memorable midnight marathon.
How the event worked
The event consisted of 12-person relay teams as well as a separate fun runners section. Each relay member was required to complete a 2.2 mile stretch of the northern runway within a 16 minute maximum time limit, before handing over to the next team member.
Fun runners were allowed to run as many lengths as they could within the time limit.
- Oxfam – 2016 is the last year of our partnership with Oxfam and we want to hit £1m by the end of it. Since joining forces in 2013 we’ve helped fund Oxfam projects such as: providing safe clean drinking water, setting up people with their own businesses, campaigning for women’s rights, helping equip schools and train teachers, help establish health care centres providing free health care for those in need. Let’s ensure we reach our target with the help of the Midnight Marathon.
- Help for Heroes – Many Heathrow employees have close links with the armed forces and Border Force and the Met Police partner them. Their funds provide better support for British servicemen and women through projects including Personnel Recovery Centres, helping to launch injured soldiers back into the next phase of their lives.
- Harlington Hospice – Harlington Hospice provides support to people at the ends of their lives and their families throughout the Borough of Hillingdon. The hospice provides a much needed service to many families in the local community to Heathrow, making it a charity we are very proud to support.
- Heathrow Community Fund – Heathrow has been giving funding to its local community groups for 20 years via the Community Fund. The Fund’s programmes make a huge impact locally.