European 1500m medalist, Ciara Mageean has made the decision to move to the UK to be part of Team New Balance, Manchester, a professional running team based in South Manchester under the guidance of coach Steve Vernon.
The team comprises of a select group of elite runners, including Team Great Britain, Olympian Ross Millington and Anna Silvander, a Swedish International middle-distance athlete. He has coached athletes to all major
athletics championships from cross country to track. Vernon is also a multiple Great Britain representative over cross-country and mountain running. He has a MSc in Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity from St Mary’s University, London.
It will mean parting from her Dublin coach, Jerry Kiernan, who Mageean has always credited with playing a key role in her return to competitive racing after her ankle injury. Mageean said: “Jerry took me on before my ankle surgery and helped me on my journey of recovery. He gave me the confidence to know that I’m as good as any athlete in the world. I have always counted Jerry as a friend as much as a coach.”
Mageean will make the move in late November, until then she will continue her base training for the season ahead, here in Dublin. The key focus for Ciara in 2018 will be the Commonwealth Games in April and the European Athletics Championships which take place in Berlin in August.
Speaking of the move she said: “I am confident that Manchester is the right place for me, at this point in my running career. The change of environment and having a professional team around me day in day out is what I need to
make the sort of progress that I want to, to be more consistent and to deliver the results I know I am capable of, especially when I pull on my Irish vest. That is what is most important to me, running for Ireland and
representing my country, my family, my friends and myself”