Gatwick Airport lands main partner role for Brighton Marathon

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by Mark Johnson

London’s Gatwick Airport has been announced as an official main partner for the Brighton Marathon and will issue 20,000 free reusable water bottles to runners and volunteers as part of the airport’s drive to promote sustainable practices.

The airport will also waive the fee for the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Mini Mile races to encourage more participants and donations to charity. 

Instead of an entry fee, participants will be invited to make an optional donation to race sponsor Cancer Research UK. Making the event free to enter will also give children, who might not have otherwise taken part, the opportunity to be part of one of the largest youth races in the UK.

The Brighton Marathon will be held on 14 April 2019 and is the second largest in the UK and the 8th largest in Europe, with 12,000 runners expected to start and up to 200,000 spectators.

Gatwick going for zero waste

Sustainability is an important focus for Gatwick as the airport continues to progress its Decade of Change programme. Gatwick was the first airport to secure accreditation as a zero waste to landfill airport by the Carbon Trust.

Gatwick has partnered with the marathon as it helps to raise money for charities nationally and regionally and because it promotes local health and wellbeing - both of which form key aspects in the airport’s community engagement strategy.

The airport will also be supporting its charity partners at the Event Village, with co-branding of St Catherine’s Hospice and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Marquees - two vital local charities that will hopefully receive more donations as a result of their increased exposure to the 200,000 spectators expected during the marathon weekend in Brighton.

“We are excited to be sponsoring the Brighton Marathon Weekend again this year and hope that giving away reusable water bottles helps to reduce litter and single use plastics at the event, while also raising awareness on how important sustainability is for our local environment”, said Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager, London Gatwick.

Brighton Marathon Weekend

“We are also supporting the Brighton Marathon Weekend because it promotes the health and wellbeing of so many local people and it raises a fantastic amount money for good causes across the region.

“The Gatwick team wish all this year’s runners the best of luck.”

Tom Naylor, Event Director, Brighton Marathon Weekend, said: “The Brighton Marathon Weekend is an event with so many positive associations, from encouraging thousands of people to get outdoors and active, to the millions of pounds raised for charity and spent in the local economy. 

“It is our goal to maintain that positive association in all that we do, including our sustainability efforts. By developing our plastics policy and reducing our impact on the environment, we hope to set new standards within the running events industry and help develop the way in which events operate and use plastics in the future. 

“We are so grateful for Gatwick’s continued support and for making the provision of reusable bottle possible.”

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