Belfast Telegraph

Grant Thornton's charity effort set to be runway success

Belfast City Airport is giving Grant Thornton the run around, as the business advisory firm launched its runway run.

In the first event of its kind in Northern Ireland, the firm is giving runners a chance to head down the 5k course at the city airport at 11pm on June 24.

The company will be raising money for the City Airport's community fund, but runners are being encouraged to take part for their chosen charities.

Partner in charge of Grant Thornton Northern Ireland, Richard Gillan, said: "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."

Those looking to register for the event can do so at

Michelle Hatfield, HR and community responsibility director at the airport said: "Belfast City Airport is here to serve the local community and we're delighted to work with Grant Thornton in this first for running in Northern Ireland.

"In supporting the airport's community fund, local youth projects in the area will benefit and the legacy of the race will remain long after the final runner crosses the finish line."

Belfast Telegraph