Sunday 26 January 2020

Pilot joins runners in early morning Cork runway race

Amy Mulvaney

A pilot who had just touched ground at Cork airport swapped his uniform for running shorts on Saturday morning to join 1,500 early-starters on the runway for a 5km race.

The Vhi A Lust for Life run kicked off at 2am on the runway at Cork Airport, with droves of walkers, runners and joggers taking on the route through the foggy and dark early morning.

One dedicated participant of the event, in conjunction with the Irish Independent, was the pilot of a flight from Malaga which landed at 1:30am. Upon landing, he quickly changed his clothes and took to the runway ready for take off.

A Lust for Life is a well-being movement founded by mental health campaigner and musician Niall Breslin, otherwise known as Bressie, which organises events aimed at promoting positive well-being and mental health in Ireland.

“Our message is simple, we would like to put mental health on the map, and our race series helps to deliver this message around the country,” said Bressie.

“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.”

Race proceeds and fundraising will benefit the Cork City Children’s Hospital Club, local athletics clubs in the area and A Lust for Life.

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