Huge demand for Shannon charity runway run

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Last year's runway run at Shannon Airport. Picture: Brian Arthur/ Press 22
UP to 2,000 people will line up on the runway in Shannon Airport this Friday night for a run to raise funds for TLC4CF and Milford Care Centre.

UP to 2,000 people will line up on the runway in Shannon Airport this Friday night for a run to raise funds for TLC4CF and Milford Care Centre.

Demand to take part in the Bank of Ireland Runway Night Run was such that numbers are set to double those that took part last year, with 2,000 people taking to the course.

The course will be lit up by runway lights and other lighting brought in especially for the event, and will also feature marker signs every kilometre to keep participants updated on their progress.

An additional 500 places for this year’s event were snapped up in 36 hours, while an extra 300 spaces put on because of that demand, made available through a lottery system, were oversubscribed seven fold.

The run is scheduled to begin at midnight, but the start time may be slightly delayed in the event of the late arrival of the last scheduled flight of the night.

“The weekend before last we had our 120km cycle for charity and this weekend the distance is a lot shorter but the buzz will be even bigger,” said Neil Pakey, Shannon Group CEO.

“Just under 12 months ago we had our first Midnight Run, which was a resounding success, and we had so many people enquiring afterwards about whether or not we were going to stage it again that we were left with no choice. We are delighted this year also to have Bank of Ireland back as sponsors. Without them 2,000 people would not be getting out on our runway on Friday night,” he added.

Liam Sheedy, area manager for Bank of Ireland in the Mid-West said Shannon “deserves great credit for coming up with the concept and making it such a success”.

All confirmed participants will receive a specially branded T-Shirt to wear during the race which they can pick up at the event register desk at the Airport Arrivals area from 4-8pm this Thursday and from 9pm on Friday.

Participants – only people who have signed up for the event will be able to participate - are advised to come early to enjoy the warm up session in the airport terminal building with Mr Motivator Richie Clifford. There will also be a ‘bag-drop’ for participants to store items not worn in the event itself.