Take Your Marks for the Return of Jimmy’s 10K, backed by M. B. McGrady & Co Chartered Accountants on Sunday 20th June.
Jimmy’s 10K gets the green light to return to a new venue on Sunday 20th June!
On Sunday 20 June runners will be lining up at a new start line to mark the return of Jimmy’s 10k. In an historic move, this year, the race will change locations from central Downpatrick to Bishopscourt Racing Circuit to allow for staggered starts and social distancing. Band A will start at 10.30am and Band B at 12.30pm.
The change in venue sees the much-loved race, organised by East Down Athletics Club and supported by M.B. McGrady & Co Chartered Accountants, moving full circle as the first Jimmy’s 10k race in 1999 was held at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit.
Mal McGrady, partner at M. B. McGrady & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Consultants, said: “Jimmy’s 10k has a deserved reputation as one of the flagship events on the region’s running calendar and has always been a hugely successful event for the local community, so we are proud to support its return later this month.
“The change in location for this year, due to Covid restrictions, offers runners the unique opportunity to experience running on a racing circuit in a fun, safe environment.
“We’ve been on board as a sponsor for the last 11 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 Athletics Club and raises funds for local charities.”
While many have taken up exercise and been enjoying the great outdoors throughout the pandemic, it is hoped the event, will see runners, old and new as the deferred entrants mix with the recent sign ups. Paul Burns, Chairman at EDAC said: “We are delighted that Jimmy’s 10K is returning for 2021 as it is such an important event for the community.
“The 10k is a fantastic opportunity to get on your trainers and get out there, and I hope people of all ages and abilities will be inspired to take on the challenge and race with us all in a safe running environment.
“This is the first time we have been back at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit since the very first Jimmy’s 10K was held there in 1999. The winner that year, Robert Wilson is still an active member of Willowfield Harriers and is looking forward to seeing how the times in 2021 compare to his result back then.”
Paul added:”I’m grateful to the Jimmy’s 10 Committee, the team at Bishopscourt and our sponsors for working tirelessly behind the scenes on this year’s event – let’s make the 2021 Jimmy’s 10k a day to remember!”
Jimmy’s 10k is taking place on Sunday 20th June 2021. XXXXXX
The race will see runners take to the new 10k route setting off in two separate waves. Entrants who had previously entered the event in 2020 have been sent an email to advise them of the new date and to confirm their entry has automatically been transferred. Deferred runners are also being offered a virtual version to allow those who may not want to run that route to take part also. A limited number of new entries are on sale and can be booked at:
Prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female runners as well as age group winners.
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