Published on March 22nd, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer


Ireland West Airport Announces 5km Runway Fun Run

With the removal of Covid related restrictions, Ireland West Airport has announced that it will once again be partnering with three charities for the coming year. A number of events will take place during the course of 2022 which will engage passengers and staff with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the three charities. The headline event for 2022 will be the return of the annual 5km runway fun run sponsored by Portwest, which will take place on the runway at Ireland West Airport on Saturday, September 10th at 5 pm. The airport has also announced that the Childhood Cancer Foundation, The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and Sensational Kids Charity have been selected by airport staff as its charity partners for 2022. Following the onset of Covid-19 in 2020 and the subsequent impact on the airport and indeed everyday life, the airport was forced to suspend its annual charity programme in 2020 and 2021 and cancel its hugely popular annual runway run. 

Runners and walkers will take off down the runway at 5 pm and complete a 5km course with a difference. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a fantastic evening for all the family, raising much needed funds for the three charities in 2022. This year will be the first year the runway run takes place on the newly resurfaced runway. 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 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 by clicking here.

Commenting on the launch of the runway run and the announcement of this year’s preferred charities, Ireland West Airport Managing Director, Joe Gilmore said, “After a tough period over the last two years for both the airport and indeed charities around the country, we are delighted to be relaunching our annual charity programme and partnering with three great charities in 2022. Our Staff Charity programme has to date raised almost €150,000 for Irish charities and we hope this year will again see much needed funds raised for the three new charities, who all undertake such fantastic work in our communities. The return of our hugely popular runway run for the first time since 2019, which will take place on our newly resurfaced runway, we hope will be more popular than ever as normality returns to everyday life”

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