Club Cross Country- all you need to know

After an absence of a couple of years the Clonliffe Harriers club cross country championships returns tomorrow Saturday, January 15 in Santry Park. There is a bumper entry to the combined championship event of almost 80 athletes. 51 men will contest the men’s championship including on his return to racing Efrem Gidey, Sean O’Leary, Ben Guiden, the Canadian Goose Connor McGuinness, young pretenders Sean Cronin and Niall Carbery and several not quite so young pretenders! The women’s championship will be contested by 26 athletes and this might come down to a battle between Kate Hawkshaw, who has scored on every Clonliffe cross country team she race on this xc season, ladies captain Jenny Johnston, Vice Capt Laura Tuite and just turned senior Sarah Bateson. The eagerly awaited event will start at 11.00 all athletes are asked to wear their club vests for the Championship. Full instructions below:

Car Parking: please use the Clonliffe Harriers car park in Morton Stadium. Please do not use the car park in Santry Park itself.

Race time: 11.00am

Venue: Santry Park

Distance: 5k (approx.), combined men & women’s Championship Race.

Covid 19: Please all wear a face mask at all times except for your warmup and the race itself. In particular it is important that you were a face mask for the meeting up and for the taking of instructions as these will be more crowded areas.Do not attend if you have any symptoms whatsoever including symptoms of a common cold, but please arrange a test. Do not attend if you are a close contact of a confirmed Covid 19 case. Do not attend if you or a family member are waiting for the result of Covid test. We would also ask that you do not attend if you have not been vaccinated. In addition please continue to observe the Covid protocols we have put in place surrounding no handshakes, hugs, sharing of drinks and please try to observe social distancing insofar as possible.

Dressing rooms: remain closed so you should arrive ready for your warmup/race. There are no shower facilities or dressing rooms available post race.

Race numbers: these have been allocated and your race number will be in an envelope to be collected by the coach of your particular group. Your coach will therefore have your race number. Coaches please collect race numbers on the course at 10.30. If the coach is not attending can the coach appoint someone else from the group to look after this particular task.

Warm up: please warmup in small groups and be mindful of people out walking in Santry Park.

Briefing: there will be a short briefing at the start which all athletes must attend, this will take place at 10.45 am.

Course: the course will be marked (not quite up to national cross country standards must be stressed) and will consist of three big loops of approximately 1500 M each, plus a bit. Please be mindful when crossing the pathways that park users may not be expecting you.

Race finish: please stay lined up going through the finishing chute to allow the officials to record your race number and your place.

Prizes: The presentation will be made by the Club President shortly after the race at the finsh area. The Harry Cooney Cup will be presented to the winner of the men’s championship along with cash prizes to the first three finishers. The Clonliffe Women’s Cross Country Champion Cup will be presented to the first lady together with cash prizes to the first three finishers.

Results: will be published on the club website on Saturday afternoon, again as usual we would ask that you do not approach the officials looking for your finishing place or time (times in any event will be of little value as the race distance is an approximate!) .

Start list:

Officials: Course markers report to the Clubhouse at 9.00am. Race officials report to the start area on course at 10.00am.