Sunday 11 December 2016

Bressie leads the take-off on airport runway

Ryan Nugent

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

Participants at the start of the VHI ‘A Lust for Life’ run in Cork Airport. Photo: Sportsfile
Participants at the start of the VHI ‘A Lust for Life’ run in Cork Airport. Photo: Sportsfile

Runners, joggers and walkers pounded the runway in the middle of the night for the annual 'A Lust For Life' event at Cork Airport at the weekend.

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A huge crowd of runners took off from the main runway at Cork's international airport at 2am on Saturday morning.

The VHI's 'A Lust for Life' run, in conjunction with Independent News and Media (INM), was won by Eric Curran, who crossed the finish line of the 5km route in just 15.22 minutes.

His nearest competitors were Frank Quinlan, with a time of 16.01, and third-placed Shane Healy, who got home in 16.29.

In the ladies' section, the winner was Brigita Luske with a time of 20.11.

Co-founder of the event, Niall 'Bressie' Breslin, who also ran the race, said the overwhelming message from the run was to put mental health on the map.

"It's so encouraging to see people embody the 'A Lust for Life' message nationwide and I was delighted to join everyone at the Cork Airport night run," he said.

"I'd like to thank VHI and the Irish Independent, who help to make our run series happen.

"I have seen first-hand the benefits of running and exercise and it's fantastic to see the people of Cork get behind the initiative," he added.

INM's Brendan Hughes told of his delight at the company's association with the event.

"To witness more than 1,500 people racing on a fog-engulfed runway in Cork in the middle of the night is something quite special," he said.

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