On Your Marks, Get Set and it’s Go for Jimmy’s 10k 2017:

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On Your Marks, Get Set and it’s Go for Jimmy’s 10k supported by M.B. McGrady & Co!

Downpatrick’s largest athletics event is set to pound the pavements in two weeks’ time and it has already reached capacity! Jimmy’s 10k race, organised by East Down Athletic Club and supported by M.B. McGrady & Co Chartered Accountants, is taking place on Sunday 12th March 2017 and has attracted record numbers – online registration closed yesterday (Tuesday 28th February 2017) after the 900 capacity was reached – today (Wednesday 1st March 2017), organisers have released 100 more spaces.  Entries are available HERE.

Olympian and last year’s female winner, Kerry O’Flaherty, joined forces with representatives from East Down Athletics Club and sponsor, M.B. McGrady & Co. to launch this year’s event.

Last year, Paddy Hamilton from Slieve Gullion Runners was first past the post, in a race that featured 875 runners, including 26 relay teams and 823 10k runners.  “Jimmy’s 10k is a hugely successful event for the local community. Organised by East Down Athletics Club in memory of its Founder Jimmy Murray, the race has grown from 70 local competitors to include hundreds of runners who travel from across Northern Ireland to take part. We’ve been on board as a sponsor for the last 8 years. Many of our staff and clients take part in the race, reflecting M.B. McGrady’s ongoing commitment for the local community, and we’re proud to be associated with such an incredible event that supports the East Down Athletic Club and raises funds for local charities,” adds Mal McGrady, Director of MB McGrady & Co.

East Down Athletics Club established the first Jimmy’s 10km in 1999 in memory of Jimmy Murray, a Downpatrick school teacher and athletics enthusiast, who was one of the founding members of East Down AC in 1987.  Explaining how the event has grown in stature, EDAC Chairman, Simon McGrattan adds: “We’ve got exceptionally strong athletics clubs in County Down and the surrounding areas, which ensures a solid level of support from our local runners every year. This is then complemented by runners from across Northern Ireland who want to benchmark their times at the start of the season.  The event’s March timing has really helped participation levels to grow as it marks the start of the competition season – being the first race in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix –  and it’s the perfect training milestone for runners who are competing in the Belfast Marathon.”

Jimmy’s 10k is taking place on Sunday 12th March 2017.  Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female runners and age group winners. There’s also team prizes for male, female and mixed relay teams.

For further information on Jimmy’s 10k, please see www.facebook.com/EastDownAthleticClub or www.EastDownAC.co.uk