Jimmy’s 10K – Club Championship
After the rigours of the Stormont XC, the fourth round of the club championship drew many of us to Downpatrick for Jimmy’s 10K, named after Jimmy Murray who was a teacher and founding member of East Down AC.
Two years ago I watched such luminaries as Brian Todd and Terry Eakin run past. I thought this 10K malarkey looked hard, if not positively life threatening. A nearby medic assured me it was safe, though I had my doubts. One thing is sure – it is never easy.
Thankfully the weather was perfect and the sun came out to really set off those orange vests. The course was slightly different to recent years. The start and finish was in Ballydugan Industrial Estate, Ballydugan Road and the river section was therefore shorter. My favourite part of the race was the homeward section (surprise) along the river and through the leafy suburbs of the town.
The race was won by Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion Runners) in a time of 31min 37sec. Well done to Andy McIntyre and Lyndsey Tyro on being the highest placed Orangegrove runners and to Jacqui Maxwell in winning the female F55 prize.
Thanks to Joe Quinn and EDAC for all their hospitality and help. I am sure the club will want to return in strength for the race in 2017.
Thanks to Ian Wilson and Fionnuala McConvey for the photos.