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Milford AC has a proud history dating back to 1987

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Milford Athletic Club, Donegal athletes before the start of the Donegal Marathon/Half Marathon recently

Milford Athletic Club, Donegal athletes before the start of the Donegal Marathon/Half Marathon recently

Milford Athletic Club, Donegal athletes before the start of the Donegal Marathon/Half Marathon recently

Milford AC is based 12 miles north of Letterkenny, Donegal's largest town. The town of Milford has a strong sporting history, particularly in soccer and GAA, but athletics has also over many years been to the fore; especially in the days of the great summer sports.

Milford was formed in 1987 as a juvenile club only, by well-known athlete Hugo Duggan. Hugo won seven national Senior long jump titles, and also took gold in the Over-40 age category in the long jump at the World Masters Long Jump Championships in Australia in 1987. He set a county and Ulster record in the long jump of 7.40m.

The club presently has 126 Senior and 50 Juvenile members. The Senior/Masters element of the club was formed in 2011, with the increase in social running, couch to 5K etc.

Over the years the club has had notable success, with Carl Duggan winning the Under 17 cross-country title in Cavan in 1998, and James and Dan King to the fore in national Juvenile cross-country and track competitions. Gillian Marley won a silver medal in the National Juvenile 'B' Cross Country Championships in Derry in 2012.

The club's most prolific winner is Hugh Gallagher, who has won many national Masters titles in the throwing events. This summer Hugh had the distinction of becoming Ireland's oldest competitor in track and field when he competed at the GloHealth National Masters Championships in the M12 category - over 90!

Milford currently has four Grade 1 athletic coaches, and the club shares facilities with the local soccer and gaelic clubs. The club has no standard 400m track, but does have the use of a local 700m tarmac track, and a 1,000m grass track.

Plans are in process to develop a synthetic surface for 60m sprints area with long jump, shot putt/discus and high jump area.

The club is progressing well and with the current enthusiastic committee/coaches looks set to achieve further success on and off the track.

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