Humans of Gatwick | Gatwick Airport

Paddy - security officer

This year I ran my 11th marathon in as many years. 

Gatwick gave me a free place for Brighton Marathon, so I could help raise some money for one of our three charities. I chose @airambulancekss, as it stood out to me.

I worked in printing all my life - 25 plus years - and went self-employed in a struggling market. My step-daughter worked at Gatwick and so I applied for a job here too. Now I work in passenger security and I love it - it’s so different to working in printing where everything is money orientated, and it’s nice to have job security...excuse the pun!
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I've completed three London and eight Brighton marathons. Generally speaking, I do them for charity, and I've raised around £10,000 throughout that time for different charities - including cancer research, as it’s a disease that has affected me. Fitting in the training is the hard part. We often set off at 2:15am to get to work so it’s tough finding the motivation to get the longer runs in when you get home. Recently I did some training with another colleague from the training department and I really enjoyed that.

My step-daughter worked at Gatwick and so I applied for a job here too. Now I work in passenger security and I love it.

Working in security you get some interesting and well known people passing through. There's the big name footballers who often like to keep themselves to themselves, but I seem to remember Billy Ocean and Jessie J were both friendly!

After fitting in 11 marathons in the last 11 years in between his shift work, there’s no stopping Security Officer, Paddy. We're proud to support him in his fantastic charitable feats and wish him all the best for future events. When he’s not pounding the pavement, he’s a referee for Southern Combination football league and assistant referee for the Isthmian league too. Hats off to you, Paddy!