Gatwick Airport to partner Brighton Marathon Weekend


  • Gatwick announces two year partnership with the event for 2017/18
  • Entry fee waived for Mini Mile race with participants instead invited to make donation to race sponsor, Cancer Research UK

Gatwick Airport is proud to announce a two-year partnership with the Brighton Marathon Weekend, organised by The Grounded Events Company, for 2017/18.

As a main sponsor of the event, Gatwick is waiving the entry fee to the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Mini Mile Races. Instead of an entry fee, participants will be invited to make an optional donation to race sponsor and Gatwick Airport’s national charity partner, Cancer Research UK.

Making the event free to enter will also give children, who might not have otherwise taken part, the opportunity to be a part of one of the largest youth races in the UK.

The Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Mini Mile gives youngsters aged seven to 17 years old the chance to run a one-mile distance around Preston Park and experience the atmosphere of Brighton Marathon Weekend while having fun with family and friends.

Alison Addy, Gatwick’s Head of Community Engagement, said:

Gatwick is proud to be one of the main sponsors at this year’s Brighton Marathon Weekend and is especially looking forward to encouraging as many young people as possible to take part in the various races, scheduled across the weekend.

“As an accredited family friendly airport, Gatwick is fully committed to providing all children, regardless of age, ability or background with the opportunity to take part in sport and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Tom Naylor, Managing Director of The Grounded Events Company, said:

“This is a fantastic new partnership which means that any child can take part and we’re delighted that Gatwick Airport have made this possible.

“We are always blown away by the enthusiasm and commitment of the children who take part and look forward to encouraging more and more children into running. We hope that this is a big step towards increasing participation in sport.”

Money raised in sponsorship and donations through the Mini Mile Races will support Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens and help fund vital research into cancers affecting children, teens and young adults.

Lyn Daly, spokesperson for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens, said:

“Being able to make this even free to enter is a fantastic addition to an already great event and we are very grateful to Gatwick Airport for making this happen.

“By raising vital funds, every step the children take along the mile will help bring us one step closer to beating children’s cancers sooner.”


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Brighton Marathon Weekend

The 2017 Brighton Marathon Weekend is organised by The Grounded Events Company, which was established in June 2007 by Tim Hutchings (CEO) and Tom Naylor (Managing Director). The inaugural event took place in April 2010 and has since established itself as a premier fixture on the UK’s sporting event calendar.

2017 set to be the biggest event to date with increased participant fields for the Brighton Marathon and the BM10k taking place on Sunday 9th April 2017. The event also comprises The Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races for children aged 7-17 (Saturday 8th April), and the 2-day Brighton Marathon Weekend Exhibition (Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April 2017).

Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. It’s also the biggest funder of research into childhood cancers in the UK.

  • In the UK, more than four children (0-14 year-olds) are diagnosed with cancer every day (around 1,500 a year)
  • Around 2,200 teens and young adults (15-24 year-olds) are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK – that’s around six teens and young adults every day

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