Saturday 27 December 2014

Mooreabbey Milers AC is a new club in Co Tipperary

Frank Greally

Published 02/09/2014 | 02:30

Moreabbey Milers AC
Moreabbey Milers AC

Moreabbey Milers Athletic Club is based in the parish of Galbally and Aherlow in the wonderfully scenic Glen of Aherlow in Co Tipperary.

The club was formed three years ago and members train at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights, all year round, under the expert guidance of Tom Blackburn.

A favourite training route for many club members is the Sunday morning long run on the roads surrounding the lovely Glen of Aherlow.

It is all about team building at this progressive Tipperary club - an example of this was the weekend 'Family Trek' to Lake Musky in the Galtee Mountains.

The club's success to date is largely due to the enthusiasm of its membership and the consistent hard work of the very active club committee. Club members compete in numerous events all over the country across a range of distances - 5k, 10k, 10 miles, half-marathon and marathon - as well as hill and mountain running events.

Tom Blackburn is current Munster Mountain Running Champion and another club member, Michael Cunningham, won silver in this championship. Robert Cunningham placed 13th in the event in his first season of mountain running. Tom Blackburn went on to finish third in the Irish Mountain Running Association National Championship and Michael Cunningham was fifth in the same event.

This year has seen many Mooreabbey members take part in hill and mountain races at both junior and senior level and there was reason for celebration too when Stuart Maloney won gold at 5,000m in the Over-35 age category at the recent GloHealth National Masters Track & Field Championships in Tullamore.

The club also organises an annual 'Mile Dash' on New Year's Eve. It is exactly a mile from the village of Galbally to the monument known as Mooreabbey and the event gives members the opportunity to measure their fitness over an accurately measured mile and then set training and racing goals for the year ahead.

Mooreabbey Milers AC also hosts an annual 8k road race in the village of Galbally. The route for this event is spectacularly scenic, taking in stunning views of the nearby Galtee Mountains and the surrounding countryside. This race has been part of the very popular Ballyhoura Active Race Series for the past two years.

The club's involvement in county and provincial cross-country and road championships has also been very successful over the past few years. The biggest team success for the club so far this year was the Men's Intermediate team victory in the Tipperary Road Race Championships.

Mooreabbey Milers AC members are now looking forward to competing in forthcoming events such as the Dingle and Charleville Half-Marathons and the Glen of Aherlow Loop De Loop half, full and ultra marathons. This is a vibrant club with a fit and very active membership.

Keep up with Mooreabbey Milers AC on the club's Facebook page.

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