We are delighted to announce that the Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon has selected East Anglian Air Ambulance as its new charity partner ahead of next years race on April 7th 2019! Now in its 34th year, Norfolk’s biggest road race attracts a field of 3,000, many of whom step up to the challenge of running 13 miles to raise money for a variety of good causes, with more than £250,000 raised in the last 5 years alone.
Sophie Emmanuel, Community Fundraiser at EAAA, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Norwich Half next year. As a charity we rely on the support of the community to help keep our helicopters in the sky and our doctors and critical care paramedics providing life-saving advanced A&E level care. This fantastic event will go a long way to helping us do just that. We would encourage everyone to get involved, take on the challenge, raise money for a local charity – and have lots of fun in the process.”
“East Anglian Air Ambulance do a superb job saving lives across our region,” adds Jon Woolston, Managing Partner at race sponsor Larking Gowen. “Their work has a huge impact on many families and the community as a whole. We’re delighted to have them join the well-established Larking Gowen City of Norwich Half Marathon and look forward to helping raise money for an extremely worthy cause.”
Among several new initiatives, race organisers City of Norwich Athletics Club will be staging several special training events with EAAA including hands-on CPR instruction.
“The Half Marathon and EAAA are a perfect fit,” offers incoming Race Director James Nice. “In fact their air crews and medical staff are all pretty handy runners themselves, because on landing they have to dash anything up to half a mile carrying all sorts of hefty medical kit. A couple of them have even run half marathons in Afghanistan and Iraq in very hot temperatures. Hopefully conditions around Easton, Colton and Marlingford next April won’t be quite that hot.”
To learn more about how you can help raise funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance, whether as a sponsored runner on April 7th, or entering a Business Challenge team, or by making a donation at any time, please get in touch!