The first ever night-time run at an Irish airport was a runaway success last night, with 1,200 places participating in the unique event at Shannon Airport.
For the first time in the airport’s history, the runway was 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, took place.
The runway was closed 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.
The run commenced at the terminal building from where runners, all of whom were chip-timed, embarked on a triangular course that takes them out onto one of the airport taxi-ways to the main runway. They then proceeded 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.
Rory Moloney was the quickest of the men finishing the course in 15 minutes 07 seconds. Carmel Mac Domhnaill was the first woman across the line finishing the course in 18 minutes 05 seconds.