Sunday 25 September 2016

1,700 brave bitter cold for night run

Jane O'Faherty

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Siobhan Ahern, Ballymacoda; Caroline Ahern, Ladysbridge; Niamh O’Donovan, Bandon; Jennifer Corcoran, Castletownkennigh; and Amy Murphy, Castlemartyr, taking part in the ‘Lust for Life’ Runway 5k at Cork Airport
Siobhan Ahern, Ballymacoda; Caroline Ahern, Ladysbridge; Niamh O’Donovan, Bandon; Jennifer Corcoran, Castletownkennigh; and Amy Murphy, Castlemartyr, taking part in the ‘Lust for Life’ Runway 5k at Cork Airport

As many as 1,700 runners braved bitter temperatures in Cork on Saturday night as part of the inaugural Irish Independent A Lust For Life Runway 5k.

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With a biting wind and temperatures dropping to an unforgiving 5C, the 5km challenge at Cork Airport was not for the faint of heart.

Leading the way was Michael Bruton, who came first with an impressive time of 15.54. Meanwhile, Katie Hickson was named the fastest female, completing the run in 20.03.

The midnight run was held in aid of two local charities, Cork Mental Health Foundation and Cork City Hospital Children's Club.

Both this event and Niall Breslin's (Bressie) initiative A Lust for Life aim to raise awareness of the importance of looking after ourselves both mentally and physically.

It was the first time that Cork Airport had hosted an event like this, and one that staff said they were delighted to be involved in.

Ciaran Carton, General Manager of Operations at Cork Airport, said everyone at the airport was proud to support such a "successful and highly motivational" run.

"Hopefully this is not a once-off event, but rather the start of a great journey of self discovery for everyone that took off at Cork Airport for this inaugural runway run."

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