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 The O’Connell family from Ballinadee — mum and dad Gemma and Danny, with their children Nikita, Darren, Jessica, Jack, and Emily. Pic: Brian Lougheed
The O’Connell family from Ballinadee — mum and dad Gemma and Danny, with their children Nikita, Darren, Jessica, Jack, and Emily. Pic: Brian Lougheed
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Runway success as 2,500 runners take off at Cork Airport

Up to 2,500 runners braved last night's weather to hit the tarmac for the annual Cork Airport 5km Runway Run.

 Pictured with Stephen Geoghegan (left) and Enda Kiernan is Captain Katie Hogan, who had just landed her jet and immediately went to register to take part in the SPAR Cork Airport 5k Runway Run. Pic: Brian Lougheed

Pictured with Stephen Geoghegan (left) and Enda Kiernan is Captain Katie Hogan, who had just landed her jet and immediately went to register to take part in the SPAR Cork Airport 5k Runway Run. Pic: Brian Lougheed

After the last flight landed last night, airport officials lead the runners out onto the runway for the fourth year of the run.

The event was organised by Cork Athletics on behalf of Athletics Ireland and in aid of Cork Airport’s 2018 Charity of the Year, Shine Centre for Autism.

 Trevor and Linda McCarthy from Skibbereen nearly ready for take-off at the start of the SPAR Cork Airport 5k Runway Run. More than 2,500 runners participated. Pictures: Brian Lougheed

Trevor and Linda McCarthy from Skibbereen nearly ready for take-off at the start of the SPAR Cork Airport 5k Runway Run. More than 2,500 runners participated. Pictures: Brian Lougheed

Participants include Cork and Ireland legendary athlete Sonia O'Sullivan and fellow Olympian Mick Clohisey

Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “We are delighted to host the 5km Runway Run for the fourth year, and welcome the 2,500 runners set to take part this year.

 Irish Olympians Mick Clohisey and Sonia O’Sullivan who took part in the SPAR Cork Airport 5k Runway Run.

Irish Olympians Mick Clohisey and Sonia O’Sullivan who took part in the SPAR Cork Airport 5k Runway Run.

“Cork Airport is extremely busy at the moment, with scheduled flights to over 40 destinations. Holding a midnight event, when no planes are landing or taking off, means participants have a unique chance to run, jog or walk Cork Airport’s normally active runway, along with supporting the vital work that is being done by Shine.”