Ireland West Airport to hold first ever charity runway run

Pictured at the announcement of the Ireland West Airport Runway Run / Walk are from left to right: Mike Crowe, MS Ireland; Joe Gilmore, managing director, Ireland West Airport; Rachael Dooley, Cancer Care West; Keith Higgins, Bank of Ireland and Mayo GAA footballer; Donna Crowe, Pieta House; and Eugene Loughran, Bank of Ireland

Pictured at the announcement of the Ireland West Airport Runway Run / Walk are from left to right: Mike Crowe, MS Ireland; Joe Gilmore, managing director, Ireland West Airport; Rachael Dooley, Cancer Care West; Keith Higgins, Bank of Ireland and Mayo GAA footballer; Donna Crowe, Pieta House; and Eugene Loughran, Bank of Ireland

Ireland West Airport, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, has announced the first ever charity run/walk on the runway at its base in Knock.

On Saturday, May 28, runners and walkers will take off down the runway at 7pm and complete a 5km course as part of the inaugural Bank of Ireland runway event.

The event forms part of a programme to mark the 30th anniversary of the official opening of the airport on May 30. Last month the airport announced its new ‘charities of the year initiative’, with airport staff selecting three charities to benefit from fundraising activities this year.

The charities selected are Cancer Care West, MS Ireland, and Pieta House, and all proceeds from the upcoming event and other planned events throughout the course of 2016 will go to the three charities.

Announcing the event, Joe Gilmore, managing director at Ireland West Airport, said: “We are delighted to announce the first ever runway event on the famous runway at Ireland West Airport. Few airports around the world have such a unique history as this airport, with many learning to drive for the very first time on our 5km runway.

“The purpose of Ireland West Airport is to serve the local community and we are delighted to be working with Bank of Ireland and our three charities for 2016 in hosting this fantastic initiative that brings runners and walkers together from all backgrounds, in aid of fundraising for three great causes. It will be the first time that we have opened the runway to the public and are looking forward to making this an enjoyable and memorable experience for all involved.”

Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for U16s. A special family rate of €40 will be available for families of two adults and two children. All participants will receive a special race t-shirt, complimentary car parking, and refreshments on the evening.

To sign up and for more information visit www.irelandwestairport.com/runwayrun The number of participants is restricted to 1,500 and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

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