Southampton Airport Summer Solstice Sprint Raises Over £3500

Over 300 people took part in a 5km fun run this morning along the runway at Southampton Airport.

Kevin Montgomery, airport fire service station manager and co-organiser of the event added: “It was an early start but a fantastic way to welcome dawn on the longest day of the year – running along our runway. We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic supporters turning out at 6am and really enjoying themselves for this charity event”

Event Organiser Mike Barringer, chairman and trustee of Sophie’s Appeal – and Airside Operations Duty Officer at Southampton Airport, added: “We are so grateful to Southampton Airport for giving us and our supporters an opportunity that very few people will ever experience; the chance to run on the runway Southampton Airport.

“We have enjoyed fantastic support from Southampton Airport and its staff over the last ten years and the money raised from this event will make a huge difference to the lives of many local children battling or recovering from life threatening illnesses.”

The prizes for the fastest individuals went to Pete Sansome from Bishopstoke (Fastest Male), Karen Andrews from Hedge End (Fastest Female) and Sophie Jones from Chandlers Ford (Fastest Junior – aged 12). Darren Phillips of Eastleigh won the Best Dressed Individual award, braving the chilly morning in a skimpy Native American outfit.