Saturday 21 April 2018

Fit: Grassroots Club of the Week: Trim Athletic Club

Proud traditions combined with inclusive attitude to all athletes makes Trim AC a very special club

Trim AC at the start of the Generali Pan Europe half-marathon
Trim AC at the start of the Generali Pan Europe half-marathon

Frank Greally

Trim Athletic Club has a proud tradition in the Royal county of Meath, dating back to 1972 when the club was known as Yellow Steeple AC, before the change of name in the early 1980s. There are over 200 members with a nice balance of membership too; about half-and-half Juveniles and Senior athletes. The club has also adopted the Athletics Ireland Fit4Life Programme, which has helped boost membership.

A number of new club members have been recruited through the club's promotions into local primary schools where coaches have introduced pupils to cross-country running.

Over the winter months the club organised a 3km time trial where each participant nominated their favoured charity and paid €10 for the five-race series club members raised €600 for the Hope Foundation.

It was a proud day too in February for Trim Athletic Club when 17-year-old Harry Purcell followed up on his national Junior 800m victory with a 1:53.67 run, earning third place in the National Senior Indoor Championship in the International Arena at Athlone IT. The experienced Niall Tuohy, Ferrybank, won in a time of 1:52.24 with UCD's Karl Griffin taking the runner-up slot. The tussle between Purcell and Clonliffe Harrier Kristaps Valters set the arena buzzing as the Trim teenager fought a stirring battle to claim Trim ACls first-ever national Senior individual medal.

The Irish University Athletics Association staged its annual championships at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre on April 11-12. Two members of the club took part. David Tobin, representing Ulster University, Jordanstown made a successful return to outdoor competition with a new PB of 7.10 metres in the long jump, earning him second place behind college colleague Adam McMullen, Crusaders. Shane Aston – who last year won the Combined Events at the Hexham Junior International in England – was going well in the combined events competition after three events when an ankle injury forced his withdrawal. He threw 41.49m for fourth place in the javelin and equalled his previous best in the high jump when clearing 1.90m.

Entries are now open for the club's premier running promotion – the fifth annual Trim Athletic Club Braveheart Trail Race.

The race on Friday, June 13.This novel event will be chip-timed and staged over a 5km course – starting at 8pm. There will be a technical T-shirt for the first 350 entrants.

Once again Trim AC will be donating proceeds of the race to the Meath/Louth branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and locally-based charities.

There will also be children's races starting at 7pm over a 1km course, Entry fee of €2 per child payable on the start line.

This unique event will again be staged along the banks of the Boyne taking in scenes used in the film 'Bravheart'.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Braveheart Run at Updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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