Downpatrick road race sponsored by Finnebrogue is a huge success with remarkable PBs

Jimmys 10k Downpatrick sponsored by Finnebrogue

The 24th edition of Jimmy’s 10K and Relay took place on Sunday 10th March bringing much excitement to the streets of Downpatrick, home to Finnebrogue. This popular race, the brainchild of Joe Quinn MBE is an annual event which pays tribute to Jimmy Murray – an inspirational coach who was a founder member of East Down Athletics Club. It is an annual highlight for the town and brings runners from all over County Down to participate.

As a business deeply rooted in fostering community spirit and supporting local initiatives, Finnebrogue is in its second year as sponsor for the race, providing financial support, hampers for the first 100 registrations and a hot dog stand on the day of the race.

This event attracted crowds from across the county, injecting vitality into the town centre. And following the recent floods, this influx of visitors was a much-needed boost for businesses and the local economy.

Despite the rain, 700 solo runners, relay teams and walkers turned out to achieve some remarkable PBs. Robbie Hagan of Newcastle & District Athletic Club passed the finish line first at an impressive 31.34 mins, and Catherine O’Connor was the first female to pass the line at 36.53 mins.

Thirteen Finnebrogue runners were hot on their heels and finished in great time too.

The event was the first outing for our new Food Truck – where tasty Naked Sausage hotdogs were served to warm everyone up. Asda , the largest supermarket in the town provided the bread rolls.

Presenting the awards to the winners was Bev Mitchell, Finnebrogue’s Chief Commercial Officer and one of our relay runners on the day.