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Jedward fail to return trophy despite athletics club's pleas

JEDWARD have failed to return a trophy, which went AWOL when they shot to X Factor fame, to their former athletics coaches -- a week after their coaches made an appeal for it to be returned.

Coaches at Lucan Harriers Athletics Club (LHAC) have been pleading with John Grimes, who won a perpetual trophy and was a top athlete at the club, to return it so annual winners can have the cup.

John (right) won a prestigious senior four-mile race at the club in 23 minutes 40 seconds in 2008, and his brother Edward came in second place with a time of 23 minutes 52 seconds.

But the famous popstars have been wrapped up in their busy schedules and the LHAC fears the cup has gone AWOL.

One of the boy's former coaches told the Herald: "We don't want to seem like we're chasing it and trying to put them under pressure."

LHAC coaches rang the Ray D'Arcy Show last week to appeal to the twins to contact the club and return the trophy.

Other talented athletes in Lucan have been losing out on having their names engraved on the 25-year-old trophy, and the last name to be added to the cup is John Grimes.

The coach said: "We didn't hear anything. All we heard was from the Ray D'Arcy Show was that Jedward had said they were going to go on the show."

But the boys were unable to contact the show to explain the whereabouts of the trophy because they were in Los Angeles and the time difference meant they couldn't talk on-air.

In 2009 when the time came to return the trophy, Jedward were in the throes of X Factor auditions and John Grimes could not be contacted to return the award. And the twins have been "uncontactable" since, according to LHAC members.

The perpetual cup had been presented to the club by the Credit Union, and club members said it would now be impossible to reproduce the cup and retrace all the previous winners.

One coach told: "It goes back 25 years in the club and it's been handed down, year on year. The chap who won it this year didn't get it, and the chap who won it last year didn't get it."

John Grimes proved strongest in the four-mile race "in the terrible conditions prevailing on the night in Griffeen Park (Lucan)", according to the LHAC website.

It says: "The twins, John and Edward, ran together over the next two miles before John pulled clear over the last mile to win.

"His brother Edward finished very well. Edward, too, has clearly improved a lot over recent months."

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