Notes on the limited return to club activities

As per previous posting under the Government guidelines for the easing of current Covid-19 restrictions Clonliffe Harriers can return to limited activity from Monday, May 18. Club members are once again referred to the document entitled Guidance for Athletes (this is attached to the end of this posting) all athletes must read and understand their obligations under this guidance.

The club are working on protocols required for the return by club members to Morton Stadium for training on the Clonliffe times i.e. Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. These protocols will mean that the clubhouse will not be open, there will be specific health and safety requirements put in place and most importantly the club must keep a record of who is training during these Clonliffe times and their contact details.(this is required in the event of contact tracing being required by the HSE) There is also a limitation on the number of athletes who can be on the track at any one time. Furthermore during phase 1 the government guidelines specifically state that it is only a group of four (therefore if this includes a coach it is three athletes) who can meet up for sporting activity/training. The club therefore is currently putting in place a bookings system. All coaches will be required to book in the athletes in their group who will be training on Clonliffe time at a specified time. The club will also during these phases have to allocate a track/field time slot to various groups and individuals. Obviously it is going to take a fair bit of time to put the required protocols in place and accordingly the committee directs that no Clonliffe athlete should be in Morton Stadium during Clonliffe training time until further notice (we would hope to be in the position to have athletes return on a controlled limited numbers bases on Tuesday, May 25).

In the meantime in accordance with government guidelines Clonliffe athletes can meet up in small groups of four (to include a coach) for training activities off site from May 18th. Please note that the following must be adhered to:

You must be within a 5KM radius of where you are training).

You must be within the age categories directed (U/13’s and O/70s are excluded under the current government guidelines)

There can be no physical contact whatsoever between the members of the small training group.

Social distancing of 2M must be strictly observed at all times between members of the training group and the general public.

Please be mindful of other users of the park where you may be training (we are all aware that at present there is an anti-runner bias out there)

Train in a quiet park at a quiet time, we would strongly advise first thing in the morning or late in the evening (please ensure to avoid the hours of 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM)

Please observe coughing and sneezing etiquette.

Please refrain entirely from spitting.

Wash your hands before you leave home to go running, bring a hand sanitiser with you, do not press any pedestrian crossing buttons and if you are stretching do not use a railings or park bench or similar to support you while you stretch.

Do not share drinks, be absolutely careful that your drink bottle does not touch against another athletes drink bottle, do not handle another athletes drink bottle, it is vitally important that cross contamination is avoided.

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 do not train, self isolate and contact your GP.

Enjoy the company of your training partners. You all deserve it so much at this stage.

When you get home wash your hands thoroughly before you shower.

Please read this! Guidance for Athletes