2017 Shannon Runway Run cleared for take-off

2017 Shannon Runway Run cleared for take-off

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Ireland’s first mass participation event at an airport, the Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run, at Shannon is set for take-off again this year, with Friday June 16th confirmed as the date for the hugely popular event.

An estimated 2,000 participants of all grades and ages will gather for the fourth annual event that remains the largest of its kind at an Irish airport and will raise vital funds for two worthy charities, Cahercalla Community Hospital & Hospice, and Home Share Clare.

This year the event will take on a new route, wrapping itself around the airport – both landside and airside – ahead of a grandstand finish outside the airport terminal.

With a four year track record, the event has now doubled in size from its inaugural year, 2014, and this year will again involve a ‘Corporate Challenge’ as companies enter up to 10 staff, with times for the first five finishers accumulating in to an overall team prize for the fastest company.

With interest in the event set to be high again this year, organisers are urging participants to book early.  “With such an emphasis on healthy activity, mass participation events are huge today but this one has particular appeal as it’s such a novel course and we are expecting great interest again this year. We are, therefore urging those who want to participate to book early and avoid disappointment,” said Shannon Airport Managing Director, Andrew Murphy.

“People just love the idea of running at an airport; it’s just so different to typical mass participation events. There’s also great excitement on the night as we have people arriving up to two hours beforehand to take in the build-up with ‘Mr Motivator’, Richie Clifford, leading the warm-up.

At the end of it all it raises much needed funds for our designated Shannon Group charities, which this year are Cahercalla Community Hospital & Hospice, which provides hospice care for patients with active and progressive diseases, and Home Share Clare, a Brothers of Charity service that provides short respite breaks to adults and children with learning disabilities.   So those who join us on the night do so for a very good cause.”

Marie Meehan, head of Bank of Ireland, Clare commented: “Bank of Ireland is delighted to be involved once again this year in supporting Shannon Airport’s Runway Night Run.

“Shannon was the first airport in Ireland to do anything like this four years ago and each year the event is getting bigger and bigger. Participants are travelling from around the country to take part which is testament to the quality of the Bank of Ireland Shannon Airport’s Runway Night Run.

“Many Bank of Ireland colleagues are taking part on the 16th June and we are really looking forward to the event.”

Event t-shirts – sizes provided on a first come first serve basis – will be provided to all participants, with registration taking place on Thursday June 15th from 12pm-2.30pm and again on the night of the race, Friday June 16th, from 9pm.

Online entry for the event is open at the Shannon Airport Facebook page link: – http://fal.cn/uGzU or on the eventmaster.ie website:-https://eventmaster.ie/whatson.php?event_type=Running

All who register will also be entered for attractive spot prizes.

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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.

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