Thruxton Family Fun Run to send Air Ambulance fundraising drive sky-high

Used to the sounds of fast cars, bikes and trucks speeding around its flat-out curves, Thruxton Race Circuit will stage a different kind of contest this Sunday (14 September), with the annual Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) Family Fun Run.The family-oriented event – entitled ‘Run For It!’ and kicking off at 11.00 – is open to all ages, and HIOWAA is encouraging participants to come dressed-up in emergency services-themed outfits. Each runner who takes part in fancy dress will be entered into a best-dressed prize draw, with policemen, firemen, paramedics, doctors, nurses and perhaps even the odd superhero all likely to be spotted.Suitable for all levels of fitness, the Fun Run challenges entrants to complete a lap of the 2.356-mile circuit at their own pace, whilst for accomplished runners aged 15 and over, there is a testing six-lap Half Marathon. Competitors may donate personal sponsorship raised to any charity of their choice, but all registration fees will go to HIOWAA.The charity receives no Government funding, and relies upon the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives. HIOWAA is called out to an average of two medical and trauma incidents involving children every week. Treating young babies to children of up to 16 years of age, the Air Ambulance can reach anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes and the Isle of Wight in under 20 minutes. “HIOWAA is an incredible charity in need of fundraising efforts,” remarked Thruxton Group Managing Director Bill Coombs. “Being so local, it is obviously very important to all of us here at Thruxton to do what we can to support it.“The Family Fun Run is a popular annual event, and we believe Thruxton – with its wide track and scenic surroundings – is a great place to get out for a sprint, jog or even just a toddle. So strap on those running shoes, don the fancy dress and get yourself along here on Sunday to help raise funds for a very worthy cause!”Registration closes at 16.00 on Friday, 12 September, and is £8 for over-18s, £5 for 5-18-year-olds and free for under fives. Family discount tickets are available for £20, to include two adults and up to two children. The half marathon distance costs £10 to enter and is only open to those over the age of 15. You can register online at:

http://www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk/event/run-for-it-2014/