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Unique run fully subscribed as 1,200 go to post for Bank of Ireland Runway Run at Shannon Airport on Friday night

02 July 2014

The first ever night-time run at an Irish airport will be a runaway success this Friday, with all 1,200 places available for the unique event fully subscribed. 

For the first time in the airport’s history, the runway will be closed for three hours in the name of charity as the 5km Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run in aid of the Samaritans, a designated Shannon Airport charity, takes place.  The Samaritans is a registered charity that provides emotional support to people in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.  

The runway will close from 10.45 p.m. until 2 a.m., allowing plenty of time for the staging of the unique event at 11 p.m. on what is Ireland’s longest runway.

Speaking ahead of the event, Shannon Airport Operations Director Niall Maloney said that the airport could have filled double the capacity. 

“The attraction of running in Ireland’s first ever night-time runway event proved even greater than we anticipated as we are fully subscribed for the event and there has been a rush over recent days of applicants that we have unfortunately had to turn down.  Our capacity for the event is 1,200 and we could probably have done twice that amount, such has been the interest.”

The event is expected to raise in excess of €15,000 for the designated airport charity, Mr Maloney added.  “Ultimately this is a fund-raising event for the Samaritans and in that regard we would like to acknowledge the very generous support of the Bank of Ireland”

Participants are asked to get to the airport in plenty of time, with registration opening at 9 p.m. at the Airport Check-In area and closing at 10.30 p.m. Participants will be able to enjoy a vigorous warm-up with ‘Mr Motivator’ Richie Clifford before the tape is lifted at 11 p.m.

The first of the runners are expected to complete the circuit in 15 minutes, with those walking the runway route to be finished within the hour also.  “Short of an official running track, there won’t be as level or as smooth a course for an event anywhere in the country this year.  It really should be a great night for all, particularly the charity,” added Mr Maloney.  

The run will commence at the terminal building from where runners, all of whom will be chip-timed, will embark on a triangular course that takes them out onto one of the airport taxi-ways to the main runway.  They will proceed down the runway for just over 2,200 metres before turning back towards the finish line, which is again near the terminal building, along a second-taxi way. 


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