Ireland West Airport set for take off with annual Portwest charity 5k runway run

Casey Rowley

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Casey Rowley

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Ireland West Airport, in partnership with Portwest, are set to welcome over 1,000 people to the airport’s runway as they once again host the annual charity 5k runway fun run on Saturday March 30th.

Runners and walkers will take-off down the runway at 17:00 and complete a 5km course with a difference. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fantastic evening for all the family with all proceeds from the runway run going towards the airports three nominated charities for 2019 – Hope House, Croi and the Jack and Jill Foundation.

This year will be a particularly memorable year for the Runway Run as it will be the last time a run will take place on the current runway which is due to be resurfaced in May 2019. The famous runway which was built in the early 1980’s has welcomed over 10 million passengers and this years run will be a historic one for those taking part. To celebrate there will be a number of prizes on the day for participants to have a chance of winning including flights to Barcelona, and Bristol and vouchers for a family stay in Hotel Westport.

Prizes include:

1st Male finisher - 2 x return flights to Barcelona
1st Female Finisher - 2 x return flights to Barcelona
2 x return flights to Bristol for the first Under-16 boy
2 x return flights to Bristol for the first Under-16 girl
€100 accommodation voucher for a family stay in Hotel Westport for the first Under-12 boy to finish
€100 accommodation voucher for a family stay in Hotel for the first Under-12 girl to finish
Looking ahead to the event Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport said ‘We are delighted to once again host what will be our 4th charity runway fun run here at the airport in partnership with Portwest. Last years event was a huge success with over 1,000 runners and walkers, of all ages, taking to the famous runway here at the airport. We are delighted to be working with local business Portwest, as the events sponsor, and our three charities for 2019 in hosting this fantastic initiative. This years run will be that extra bit special as it will be the last time we have our Runway Run on the current famous runway, which is due to be resurfaced between May and July, so it will be yet another historic occasion for those taking part. We look forward to making this an enjoyable and memorable experience for all involved this weekend and encourage people of all ages to come down and enjoy a walk or run on our runway and supporting three very worthy charities’.

Entry to the event costs €20 per adult and €5 for under-16’s. A special family rate of €40 is available for families of 2 adults and 2 kids.  All participants will receive a special technical 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 atwww.irelandwestairport.com/runwayrun. The number of participants is restricted so register online to avoid disappointment.