Athletics Ireland has confirmed that this year’s national senior track and field championships will take place in the Morton Stadium over the course of four days, Saturday the 22nd, Sunday the 23rd and then the following weekend Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th. The championships is spread over four days and then is broken into further sessions in order to comply with the current Covid 19 restrictions of a maximum of 200 individuals at any outdoor venue (these numbers include competitors and officials).
Athlete should review the attached document which sets out the schedule and contains very important information concerning medical questionnaires, most importantly for any overseas based athletes these athletes must comply with 14 day self isolation requirements, in addition of course there are currently local restrictions and athletes from those affected counties need to comply fully with government and health authorities directives.
Athletes should also note the recent directive from World Athletics concerning the you know what racing flats which can no longer be worn in a track race.
Please note that the championships are being held ”behind closed doors”this means that no spectators whatsoever including coaches are permitted to attend the event. From a Clonliffe Harriers perspective the club’s committee in order to assist Athletics Ireland with the running of the event and in particular to ensure compliance with government and health restrictions have agreed to the suspension over the course of the championships of the club’s stadium rights. This means that in addition to the cancellation of Clonliffe Harriers training on both Sunday mornings that the committee specifically instructs that club members cannot and ought not attend Morton Stadium for these championships. If a club member attends at Morton Stadium you will suffer the embarrassment of security telling you that you cannot enter the premises. Clonliffe members who are not therefore either competing at a particular session as an athlete or officially officiating are best advised to stay home have a cup of coffee and watch the live stream!
The club’s committee thanks all our club members for your cooperation with this issue during these challenging times.
There are also currently available entry lists which are huge. Obviously with the limited competition available there is huge demand from athlete to take part in these championships. If you have entered but for whatever reason are now not going to compete Athletics Ireland have requested that you notify them ASAP to assist them with the administration of the championships.
We wish all our members competing in this year’s National’s the very best of luck and that all pay absolute attention to all health directives and requirements and remain safe and well.