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Published on March 8th, 2016 | by BoyleToday.com

Runway walk at Knock Airport

Ireland West Airport are delighted to announce, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, the first ever runway run/walk on the runway at Ireland West Airport.

On Saturday 28th May, runners and walkers will take-off down the runway at 19:00 pm and complete a 5km course as the inaugural Bank of Ireland Runway Run / Walk touches down at Ireland West Airport.

The event forms part of a programme of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the official opening of the airport on the 30thMay 2016. Last month the airport was delighted to announce its new ‘charities of the year initiative’ with the airport staff selecting three charities to benefit from the airports fundraising activities this year. The charities selected are Cancer Care West, MS Ireland and Pieta House and all proceeds from the runway run / walk and other planned events over the course of 2016 will go to the three charities.

Announcing the event Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said ‘We are delighted to announce the first ever runway run/walk 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’

Eugene Loughran, Senior Relationship Manager with Bank of Ireland said ‘Bank of Ireland are proud to sponsor this unique runway event, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the official opening of Ireland West Airport and supporting Pieta House, Cancer-care west and MS Ireland’.

Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for under-16’s. A special family rate of €40 will be available for families of 2 adults and 2 kids.  All participants will receive a special race t-shirt and complimentary car parking and refreshments at the airport will be provided on the day. Participants can sign up and find more information at www.irelandwestairport.com/runwayrun. The number of participants is restricted to 1,500, and those interested are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

 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, Eugene Loughran, Bank of Ireland

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