THIRD RUNWAY… at Cork Airport

19 October 2017
By Tom Collins

No, Cork Airport is not getting a third runway! rather it is the third occurrence of a – now annual – 5km charity run which takes place on an acutal runway.

Calling all runners of the South of Ireland, Cork Airport’s popular and unique 5KM run as part of SPAR’s Fitlive series, in partnership with the Irish Independent, returns this November.

Not only is the event suitable for all levels of fitness, it is also one of Ireland’s most unique runs, as participants will be gracing the runway of Cork Airport for the 5KM route at midnight on Friday, 17th November.

Cork Airport’s Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy said: “For one special night, the Cork Airport team will grant a rare opportunity for participants to run our runway. The event always proves very popular and it’s a great way for the runners and indeed our passengers of the South of Ireland to see the airport like never before.

“We welcomed 2,000 participants from across the South of Ireland last year, with similar numbers expected again. This year’s participants will be joined and motivated by fitness coach Karl Henry and Irish Olympians Derval O’Rourke and Mark Clohisey. Health and wellbeing are very important to the Cork Airport team and we are delighted to be a part of such a superb initiative. I myself am very much looking forward to the excitement and atmosphere that this event always brings”, he added.

The run at Cork Airport is one of the healthy initiatives that make up the SPAR programme and provides families of all fitness levels the opportunity to improve their health and fitness. Those who sign up will also avail of exercise tips, workouts and running plans from Karl Henry and Mark Clohisey, along with recipes and nutrition tips from Derval O’Rourke.

Those interested in taking on the tarmac for this special midnight run, can enter on Entry costs €25 and includes a goodie bag, refreshments and fruit, race chip timing, crossing line video and a special event t-shirt.

About Cork Airport
Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland and is uniquely positioned at the start of Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way. It is the country’s second busiest and best connected international airport after Dublin with connectivity to over fifty destinations. More than 2.3 million passengers will travel through Cork Airport this year, flying to destinations across the UK, Continental Europe and the USA on year-round services to Boston Providence with Norwegian. In June, Cork Airport was named Airport Council International (ACI) Best Airport in Europe in its class (serving under 5 million passengers).

About, previously Fit Magazine Ireland’s mass participation sports hub, is in association with Irish Independent. Since May 2012, the Fit magazine and website have been encouraging fitness, highlighting the ordinary people of Ireland who are passionate about getting active, and the extraordinary alike. From the best gear, to amazing stories, real people to fit fashion, weekly fixtures and a jam-packed live events section, FIT has been incredibly popular since its launch.

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