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Peter McDermott`s latest Coaching Paper has just been posted. See Coaching Corner on menu above. The timing is perfect with athletes about to return after their break. Peter reports that there are about four more articles for coaching corner after this latest.

No Training for Gladys`group tonight

Gaadys has cancelled training tonight for her group.

Stadium track closed next week

Members please note that the outdoor track is closed from 5.00pm on Tuesday until Saturday for lane painting and other maintenance works.  We understand that the indoor track will be still available. The club have made a booking of the track in ALSAA for Tuesday from 7.00pm to 8.00pm as an alternative for athletes.

Nutrition and Hydration article

The latest and final article until the Autumn by Peter McDermott is now available in “Coaching Corner”. The subject matter is vitally important for all athletes, particularly Juvenile athletes. Juvenile and junior athletes and their parents are encouraged to have a read and make SOME changes!

Note to all you Facebookers

Stephen Harkness, the Clonliffe facebook man says: Within the next 7 days the club will stop posting on the Billy Morton page on Facebook. Due to a technical issues last week I had to change the personal  account name of Clonliffe Harriers AC to Billy Morton. Unfortunately  I am unable to resolve this issue and have to close this account but all is not lost. We have a like page called  Clonliffe Harriers AC were you can continue to follow us and not miss out on all of the on goings within the club if you follow the link below this will bring you to the page:

Coaching Corner latest

Readers are directed towards the “Coaching Corner” section of this web site to see the latest from Peter McDermott. This article is the text of a lecture given by Dr.Liam Hennessy in University Limerick some years ago where he made some vitally important points about training , recovery and nutrition. This series by Peter McDermott is an extremely welcomed and important body of work for athletes and coaches alike. It is well worth anyone`s time to read, debate and maybe even learn!

Clonliffe Stewards for Sunday`s Virgin Night Run

As part of the club`s fund raising activities we will be assisting with stewarding at Sunday`s Virgin Night Run. The race starts at 9.00pm. Clonliffe have been assigned a section near Ringsend. All stewards to meet at Ringsend Library at 7.30/7.45pm. If available contact Joe Cooper 08722560004.

Notice to Juvenile athletes: Training as usual this week

Juvenile athletes please note that training for all groups continues this week as normal. Tonight and Thursday at 7.00pm.

Abbottstown training on Tuesday for Gladys`group

Gladys will be training her juvenile group in the National Indoor Arena on Tuesday (28th) meet there at 6.45pm. Collection afterwards at 9.15pm. Any issues please contact Gladys on 0879852836.

Clonliffe track/field usage for upcoming season

With the track and field season about to swing into action there is now obviously going to be a considerable increase in the numbers of athletes, across all sections of the club seeking track time during Clonliffe training hours in the stadium. To assist the club captain has as in previous years, assigned the following lanes:

Lanes 1 – 4 middle distance groups

Lanes 5 – 6 exclusively sprints groups

Lanes 7 and 8 juvenile groups

Lanes 9 and 10 sprints groups

Javelin on the infield (athletes beware)

Hammer/Discus please use the practice cage

Hurdles please talk to the captain and a lane will be freed up

All coaches and athletes are asked to observe this and if for any reason you wish to deviate coaches please talk to one another and the club captain for permission.

In order to ensure that as many groups as possible can use the lanes the following is also suggested:

All warm up and cool downs should be done off track ie on the infield or outside of the track area completely.

If groups are doing reps they should step off the track for their recovery (checking of course for oncoming traffic!) In other words if there is a group of athletes doing 200 reps they should not hog the whole lane by walking or jogging the final 200 as that lane will be tied up for full session.

Groups please do not come onto the lane you are using for your rep until you are ready to go. A 30 second countdown is not on!

Athletes doing reps and athletes on the track please be aware of track etiquette and if you are coming upon a slower or stationary athlete shout ‘track’. It is up to all to try and avoid impeding one another, however, if an error does occur and you as an athlete are impeded please draw breath and try to keep calm!

Most important. Beware of field events and in particular javelin. These athletes will be training on the infield. It is vitally important that all athletes are aware and alert to this.

If various groups could structure their training so that some are warmed up and ready to go at 7 p.m., others ready to go on to track at 7.30, 8 p.m., 8.15 p.m. etc. all will get better usage of the facility.

In the event of difficulties or problems arising, which over the course of the season undoubtedly there will be a couple of issues, athletes are asked to bring any such to the attention of their coach who in turn will talk to the club captain.

Finally the best of luck to all our athletes for the coming season.


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