Original runway event ready for take-off

Original runway event ready for take-off


Picture: Oisin McHugh/FusionShooters.

Top TV sports celebrity and proud Clareman Marty Morrissey is among those confirmed for Ireland’s favourite – and original – mass participation runway event, the Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run at Shannon Airport tonight.

The popular Co. Clare broadcaster will join with 2,500 others for the biggest runway run event ever held in Ireland. This is the third year the event has been held, with numbers this year double what they were at the inaugural event in 2014, which was also the first ever such event on an Irish runway.

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Proceeds will go to the designated charities of Shannon Group, the airport’s parent company. They are Irish Children’s Arthritis Network (iCan) and Abalta Special School for students with autism in Galway.

Speaking ahead of the event, Marty said, “I’ve heard a lot about the event from people who have already participated and I’ve seen some of the footage and it looks to be a fantastic event, certainly a unique one. 

“We are only ever on runways in aircraft so the novelty factor is great. But Shannon has such history as an airport and there’s such an attachment to it in the West of Ireland that it’s no wonder the event is getting the crowds it is.

Shannon Airport Runway Run Launch with Henry Shefflin and Liam Sheedy. Pic FusionShooters
Shannon Airport Runway Run Launch with Henry Shefflin and Liam Sheedy. Pic FusionShooters

“The great thing, of course, is that all the proceeds go to two really worthy charities.  I won’t be setting a record time but I’m really looking forward to it.”

The event will be a sell-out but there are a limited number of places still available, although those intent on participating are urged to book as soon as they can to avoid disappointment. Online entry for the event is open at www.shannonairport.ie or on the eventmaster.ie website. 

Runway Run

The event starts at midnight, following the landing of the last scheduled arrival.  Registration is open from 9p.m. and event organisers are asking participants to arrive at the airport as close to 9p.m. as possible to register.  The official warm-up with motivator Richie Clifford begins at 11p.m. Traffic management plan is in place and parking is free on the night.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.