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Runners to compete in unique event around closed airport

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Around 2,800 runners are due to take part in a charity run round East Midlands Airport this weekend.

The event is the first time runners will be able to run round the airport site, whilst it undertakes its runway resurfacing project.

Those taking part will be able to run a 10k and 2k route and will be raising funds for the airport’s charity CLIC Sargent on Sunday 27th November.

Athletes of all abilities will be able to take in the unique surroundings of the airport which is usually only accessible by staff.

The closure of the airport for the runway maintenance only happens every 15 to 20 years. It therefore gave us the opportunity to host a family running event which is ideal for people of all ages and abilities.

– Jack Kelly, Head of External Affairs East Midlands Airport

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East Midlands Airport to close for several weekends

East Midlands Airport to fully close from this weekend Credit: PA

There will be a full closure of East Midlands Airport from this Saturday (5 November) for seven weekends.

It will close on Saturdays at 20:00 and reopen at 20:00 on Monday evening. It means no flights will be operating to or from the airport during this time.

It is so resurfacing work can take place on the runway.

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Eight more flights to bring Brits home from Sharm

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Airlines have scheduled eight more flights to bring holidaymakers home to Britain today.

  • Thomas Cook will fly tourists back to Gatwick this afternoon
  • Thomson has planes bound for Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester
  • Two easyJet planes will fly into Luton
  • Monarch will also operate two flights, one to Gatwick and the other to Birmingham
  • British Airways also has a flight scheduled for tomorrow.

Nearly 2,000 tourists returned to airports across England yesterday aboard nine flights, along with around 1,500 on Friday.

But thousands more are still stranded in the Egyptian holiday resort and Government officials warned it is likely the increased safety measures mean many will have to stay in the country for a while longer.

With a limited number of flights able to leave Sharm el-Sheikh each day for the UK, it is likely that tour operators or airlines will advise some people to extend their stay at their resort.

– A Department for Transport spokesman
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