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Cancer Research UK ‘Kids and Teens’ Mini Mile Races Free To Enter for Second Year Running

By 6th February 2018

The Grounded Events Company, organisers of the Brighton Marathon Weekend, is once again delighted to confirm that the Cancer Research UK ‘Kids and Teens’ Mini Mile Races are free to enter for the second year running, thanks to their continued partnership with Gatwick Airport.

Entries for the Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ Mini Mile Races open at 10am on 25th January 2018 here: https://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/events/mini-mile/

The partnership benefits Gatwick Airport’s national charity partner, Cancer Research UK, by waiving the entry fee to the Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ Mini Mile Races. Instead of paying an entry fee, entrants are invited to make an optional donation to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.

“Last year saw the biggest number of entrants yet for the Cancer Research UK ‘Kids and Teens’ Mini Mile Races which was absolutely fantastic,” said Tom Naylor, Managing Director of The Grounded Events Company. “We love to see children and teenagers signing up year after year and hopefully more will enter now that it is free once again thanks to Gatwick Airport. If we can inspire more children to take up running, then that’s a huge achievement for the Brighton Marathon Weekend.”

The Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ Mini Mile Races give youngsters aged 7 to seventeen the chance to run a one-mile distance around Preston Park and experience the incredible atmosphere of Brighton Marathon Weekend while having fun with family and friends.

Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager at Gatwick, said: “Gatwick Airport is proud to return as one of the main sponsors of this year’s Brighton Marathon Weekend and is pleased to confirm it is, once again, waiving the entry fee to the Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ Mini Mile event.

“As a 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.”

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.

Lynn Daly, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ is excited to be title sponsor of the Mini Mile for a third year. Since 2016 we have raised more than £50,000 and this year we’re looking to raise another £30,000. It’s fantastic that children are able to enter the Mini Mile, which is such a fun and enjoyable day, and at the same time, contribute to our research into cancers affecting children and teenagers.”


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Pic 1: Mini Milers on the start line in 2017
Pic 2: Mini Milers on the start line in 2017
Pic 3: Excited Mini Milers queueing in 2017


For further information on The Brighton Marathon Weekend:
Denise Tyler
Tel: 01273 201260
[email protected]

For further information on Gatwick Airport:
Tom Sommerfelt
Tel: 01293 507064
[email protected]

For further information on Cancer Research UK:
Lynn Daly
Senior Media Manager, South
Cancer Research UK
[email protected]
Tel: 07766 070705

Notes to Editors:


Brighton Marathon Weekend

The 2018 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.

The 2018 Brighton Marathon and the BM10k take place on Sunday 15 April 2018. The event also comprises The Cancer Research UK ‘Kids & Teens’ Mini Mile Races for children aged 7-17 (Saturday 14th April), and the 2-day Brighton Marathon Event Village on the beach (Friday to Saturday).


About London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
For further information on Gatwick Airport see www.gatwickairport.com or follow via Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatwick_Airport


About Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Around 8 in 10 young people (0-24) diagnosed with cancer in the UK now survive their disease for at least five years
  • Around 4,200 young people (0-24) are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK – that’s around 11 young people every day
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens’ vision is to find new, better and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no funding from the UK government for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating children’s cancers relies on every donation made.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Money raised through Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens will be ring-fenced to fund research into cancers affecting children and young people (aged 0-24). Donations will help find new, better and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer.
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