Trim 10 Mile Road Race 2019 - START (1 mile mark)
This is a photograph from the 5th annual running of the Trim AC 10 Mile Road Race and Fun Run which was held in Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland on Sunday 3rd February 2019 at 12:00. The race attracted almost 1,500 finishers which demonstrates again the popularity of this race as entry was capped at 1,500. Indeed the event shows growth year on year mirroring the growing popularity of the race. The race started on the Trim/Athboy road on the town's ring road and proceeds to take an anti-clockwise loop out towards the village of Dunderry and townland of Kilbride before returning back to the Trim Industrial Estate for the finish. The route is held on quiet country roads with some hills at 3, 6, 8 mile segments. The road is well marked and marshaled and is comfortable able to accommodate the race at its current size.
The weather for this year's race good for racing but bitterly cold. There was a hard frost overnight but this brought clear bright skies and crisp air. There was a significant breezy headwind from around the half way mark until the the finish.
This photographs is part of a large Flickr photoset of photographs of photographs from the 1 mile mark and also from the 200meters to go mark. The full Flickr photoset is available at www.flickr.com/photos/peterm7/albums/72157706458418584
Waterstops were provided at the 4.5 and 7 mile marks on the course. All access roads were well stewarded. Indeed the majority of the race was run on closed roads. The event was sponsored by Nally's SuperValu, who are based in the heart of Trim, and many other local business establishments. Credit must go to the Trim AC team for their flawless organisation. If the first three years of this year are anything to go on then this race will continue to grow in popularity. Runners from clubs and groups in almost every county in Ireland were represented today. For runners around the North Leinster and Midlands area this 10 mile race serves as a perfect training progress stepping stone to the Bohermeen Half Marathon which will take place in March 2019 and is located only 15 minutes drive from Trim. Today's race also served as the Meath AAI 10 Mile Road Race Championships.
The 10 Mile Road Race is becoming somewhat an endangered species of the Irish road racing calendar. The popularity of shorter races and in some cases the half marathon sees less 10 mile races being organised. There is also the considerable road management associated with the 10 mile distance. However, today's race in Trim shows that there is still huge appeal in these races. As the Ballycotton 10 Mile slogan used to be "A classic race ... at a classic distance". The Trim 10 Mile is slowing becoming the Ballycotton of North Leinster with the club's offering of this classic distance.
Timing and overall event management was provided by the Co. Kildare based company Popup Races. The results and more details about the race will be found on their website at www.popupraces.ie