Trim AC took third place in both the mens and womens team categories in the Meath 5 mile road championships on St Patricks Day. The Fr Murphy club organised the race over a good flat and fast course which treated the best road runners in the county to a safe traffic free route in and around Freyne, Baskinagh and Ballindrimna with a mile and a half of the Wood Lane taking the record field of 178 to the finish line in the village.
The mens team of Danny Byrne, Sean O Neill, Andrew Linsley and Declan Swords accumulated 140 points for the bronze behind the ever consistant Bohermeen and Dunshaughlin squads. Dannys uncle Benny was a member of the Dunshaughlin squad. Andrew Linsley made his competitive debut for Trim. Before the race he joked about wearing the red and white striped vest (Sunderland colours) which presents difficulties for a Newcastle native. Sean O Neill is enjoying a good spell at the moment having put in a great run in the Ballycotton a few weekends ago. The quartet was completed by Declan Swords who relished the opportunity to race on the routes where he trains.
In the womens team event the club was led home to third place by Ann Tobin. Laura Cotter who took part in some of the league races last summer and autumn continues to improve her times was the second finisher. Less than a minute behind Laura was Claire Smith who has made great progress since joining our meet and train group last October.
In the masters grades Josef Vitaser was third home in the M50 with a great time of 31.37. David Hawcroft took second in M60 with his 36.16 effort.
It was great to see such a strong representation from the club in the first race of the Meath running league. The next race in the series is the Dunboyne 4 miles on Sunday 27 March. Many of the newcomers who joined over the winter came into the club through the meet and train group. There will be many more opportunites for them to take part in the Meath series of runs and races.We have also had a few recruits via the world of triathlon. Their road running experiences should stand to them over the tri season.
WELL DONE EVERYBODY