Posted on Wednesday 13 May 2015 by Ulster Business

Grant thornton run cleared for take off

Hannah McHugh (Marketing Executive, Grant Thornton), Peter Legge (Tax Partner), Richard Gillan (Partner in Charge, Grant Thornton) Louise Kelly (Audit Partner, Grant Thornton) prepare for the Grant Thornton Runway Run at Belfast City Airport.

Northern Ireland’s business community has the chance to follow in the tyre tracks of flights from around the world by taking part in the first official runway run at George Best Belfast City Airport.

The 5k race has been organised by business advisory Grant Thornton and will take place on June 24th at 11pm, outside the runway’s operating hours.

The race is open to all businesses and organisations in Northern Ireland who are invited to enter a team of four in one or more of three categories – male, female and mixed.

Prizes will be awarded in each category with team members’ finishing times combined to determine the winner.

Richard Gillan, Partner in Charge of Grant Thornton, Northern Ireland said it wanted to organise a different kind of event.

“We wanted to create a fun sporting event that encourages friendly competition and which promotes team building among Northern Ireland’s business community. We didn’t want a race around a local park which you can do any time - we’ve pushed the boundaries to create a unique 5k race that we believe will capture everyone’s imagination.

“At Grant Thornton we are delighted that through the run we can support Belfast City Airport’s award winning Community Fund charity, but we would also encourage teams to race for their own chosen charities.”

The race will be organised by Athletics Northern Ireland who accurately measured a 5k course.

For full terms and conditions or to register a team go to  


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