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Grant Thornton Runway Run backs Dame Mary’s Trust

By Richard Gillan, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton NI

Published 14/06/2016

Dame Mary Peters is joined by Richard Gillan, managing partner at Grant Thornton (far right) and Grant Thornton partners Louise Kelly, Neal Taylor and Peter Legge on the runway of Belfast City Airport
Dame Mary Peters is joined by Richard Gillan, managing partner at Grant Thornton (far right) and Grant Thornton partners Louise Kelly, Neal Taylor and Peter Legge on the runway of Belfast City Airport

With just over one week to go, more than 500 participants from businesses across Northern Ireland are warming up for the 2016 Grant Thornton Runway Run.

The 5k race will take place next Thursday (June 23) on the tarmac of George Best Belfast City Airport, lit only by the runway lights.

Already the Grant Thornton Runway Run has attracted teams of four from organisations such as Almac, Comco Plastics, Arthur Cox, Belfast Harbour, Bank of Ireland, Pollock Lifts, George Best Belfast City Airport Fire Service, Selective Travel Management, Legacy Wealth and Viridian Group.

Due to demand, we have announced additional places for the race.  I believe the demand is driven by the run’s ability to promote physical well-being for employees, whilst incorporating networking, team building, and of course, a lot of fun.

It really is a fantastic opportunity for business men and women to both strengthen relationships with colleagues and to make new contacts.

In this Olympic year, it is appropriate that the Mary Peters Trust was selected as the charity partner.

The charity provides financial and advisory support to aspiring young athletes, both able-bodied and disabled and we are delighted the race will raise both awareness and funds for the Trust.

Urging businesses from across Northern Ireland to register for the event, Dame Mary Peters said: “The Mary Peters Trust is committed to nourishing the development of sportsmen and women throughout Northern Ireland and endeavours to open up as many opportunities as possible to further their sporting goals.

“I am delighted the trust has been chosen as charity partner and I would strongly urge businesses  to get a team of four together and register.

“I praise Grant Thornton for facilitating an event which encourages fitness, networking, team building, healthy competition, and all whilst raising money for charity.

“I’m looking forward to being there to officially start the race and want to wish all the competitors the very best of luck.”

To register for the 2016 Grant Thornton Runway Run, visit athleticsni.org.  Updates for the Grant Thornton Runway Run can be found on Twitter by following @GrantThorntonNI or using the hashtag: #GTRunwayRun

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