Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ass in motion kicks off

High Street Trim was a hive of activity on Friday evening as runners,joggers and walkers made their way though the offices of race sponsors Regan McEntee and Partners Solicitors to register for the latest Trim AC night fun run. The run entitled "GET YOU ASS IN MOTION" was over a 3km town centre route. The main aims of the run were to raise funds for the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Trim and the Tabor House Recovery Centre in Navan and raise the profile of our club in the local community. It drew competitors from many local training groups,schools, gyms and athletic clubs. We even had runners from Portarlington and Longford.

The warm up got underway in Market Square as Siobhan Payne (Tri and Mhi) and Aura Leisure put the young, the old,the brave and the bold through their paces. Just after eight o clock Ray Butler,TD waved the flag to set nearly 250 contestants on their way. They set out at a variety of speeds along Market St, Emmet St  turning left past the famous Steps pub through Patrick St and then along by Trim Castle for two one mile laps.

The early pace was set by Ciaran O Dwyer from Dunshaghlin AC with Clonard man Peter Mooney and Cormac Minnock keeping him in their sights. The womens race was led from the outset by another Dunshaughlin runner, Linda Fahy.  Our own club featured prominently through the efforts of Ronan Moore, Conor Daniel, Mark Saunders and Declan Swords. The women from our meet and train group took the Gathering message on board for a battle of the clans. Anita Rogers, Majella Thompson, Heather Carty and Paula Hegarty called in family reinforcements to tackle the task. The club juveniles did themselves proud with a 1-2 in both the boys and girls races.

At finish line Peter Mooney emerged the winner of the mens race and Linda Fahy led the women home. Medals were given to finishers much to the delight of the numerous underage runners under the guidance of Dorenda McGee. The category prizewinner were presented with slate plaques depicting an early 20th century street scene of Trim by Peter Higgins, a partner at the race sponsors, Regan McEntee.

Trim AC would like to thank all the participants for their support which we hope will make a difference to our two charities; the Society of St Vincent de Paul , and the Tabor House Recovery Centre. Special thanks to race sponsors Regan McEntee & Partners for the registration facilities, medals and prizes.

 Thanks to our many club members and their friends for helping marshall the start/finish areas and the race route.Mary Hawcroft got particular praise for her patience and courtesy at High St., Haggard St. junction under trying conditions. Ray Butler TD and Siobahn Payne gave the participants a rousing warmup and send off, Thumbs up to both of you. We are very grateful to Richie Walsh, from the  The Judge and Jury, Stephen Leonard, Christian Harris Scaffolding.
The cooperation of Sgt Tom Mahon from Trim Garda station and Michael Fitzsimons with his collleagues at Meath Civil Defence were invaluable in enabling the safe passage of the runners around the town.  The charities will be presented with the procceds in the coming weeks and we look forward to another similar event in the autumn.

Men,1,Peter Mooney,2,Cormac Minnock,3,Ciaran O'Dwyer.
Women,1,Linda Fahy,2,Karen Crean,3,Maria McKeown.
Boys,1,Luke Mahon,2,Peter Honer,3, Callaghan Moore.
Girls,1,Caoimhe Rowe,2,Amy Molloy, 3, Number 642

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