INFORMATION FOR NEW STARTERS
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When does the club train?
The Club training nights are at 7pm sharp from the clubhouse in Bushy Park, Terenure, shown in the map below.
These are held every Tuesday and Thursday, every week, all year.
When can I join?
Any time of year! Just come along any Tuesday or Thursday evening for 7pm, new members are joining all the time. A member of the committee is on the clubhouse door each night to meet new members. They will explain how the club works and introduce you to the head coach Emily Dowling.
Minimum level of fitness required to join?
New members should be comfortably able to jog 5km before attending training sessions. There are a number of couch-to-5k programmes available online, click on the link for this one from Athletics Ireland: Couch-to-5k Plan
There is also a free 5k Park Run in Bushy Park every Saturday morning at 9.30am to test your ability. For more details click on the link here: Bushy Park Run
It is important that you always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
A minimum level of fitness is required to ensure you get the most out of and enjoy your training sessions with Sportsworld Running Club. Note: during the winter months we train outside Bushy Park and the warm up jog to our starting point can be up to 2 miles.
So is it suitable for beginners?
Sportsworld has members of all ages, and abilities. People competing at national level and people who just want to run to keep fit and for enjoyment. Although there are athletes competing in elite competitions there is no elitism. Everyone starts training together and usually do the same basic training session which is tapered for the training group into which a person falls.
Short answer: Yes! Talk to head coaches on your first night about your ability and level.
Sportsworld does not have a juvenile section.
There are a number of other running clubs in the South Dublin area that do train juniors such as Templeogue AC, Brothers Pearse, DSD and Tallaght AC. The current contact details for these clubs can be found on the Athletics Ireland Club Listings: Click here
How much is it to join Sportsworld?
Annual membership costs for New Members
Club membership is from January 1st till December 31st. As people join the club all year round, there are three rates for the annual club fee for new members, depending on the time of year they join (Note: Sportsworld annual membership expires on December 31st no matter what time of year you join – membership renewal fees are due in January each year).
New members fees:
-Joining from January 1st till June 30th: €115 (includes a club race singlet)
-Joining from July 1st till September 30th: €85 (includes a club race singlet)
-Joining from October 1st till December 31st: €55 (includes a club race singlet)
If you join in February you pay €115 and the following January €90 membership renewal.
If you join in November you pay €55 and €90 membership renewal again in January.
Note: All memberships expire on December 31st
Renewal is then €90 per annum due in January for all members.
Full Time Student Membership
Full Time Student membership is €50. Students must produce a valid student card and documentation showing the course is full time. Part-time students are ineligible for this student rate.
How do I join?
Come down any Tuesday or Thursday for 7pm.
Before formally joining new members can try training with the club for a couple of weeks to see if you enjoy it.
The committee member on the door meeting new members will explain how things work.
Where do you train?
Training takes place in Bushy Park during the summer and on the roads in different areas around Rathfarnham during the winter.
Training begins at 7pm from the clubhouse all year round.
Runners warm up as a group by jogging to the start point together from the clubhouse for that evenings training session. See map below for the clubhouse location.
The Sportsworld Clubhouse in Bushy Park, Terenure
What kind of training do you do?
Tuesday and Thursday evenings: There are various training sessions you may encounter at the club from sprinting to fartlek/interval training, determined each week by our qualified coaches. All runners start the same session and naturally taper into different groups. Training within a group will push you harder than training alone and give you extra motivation. As you progress you will find yourself running with stronger groups and see your race times drop (hopefully!).
Weekend Training Email: We send out a weekend training email every Friday afternoon with details for that weekends training including links to maps of where to meet. The email also includes the latest club news so you don’t miss anything! Subscribe down the bottom right corner of the website homepage: Click Here.
Saturdays: The club does track training at Tallaght track on Saturday mornings during the Spring/Summer (See map 4: Click here). During the Autumn/Winter the club does cross country training mainly in the Phoenix Park on Saturdays (See map 2: Click here). Saturday training sessions are for all members and all levels of ability. Note:
- Saturday training sessions are no more difficult than Tuesday or Thursday evenings, if you are able for them you are well able for the Saturday sessions.
- Saturday training sessions are coached by Emily and Myles so all levels of experience are looked after, like weekday training sessions.
- Saturday training is excellent for improving fitness levels, especially if you missed a session during the week.
- We always go for coffee and cake afterwards at the track or in one of the Phoenix Parks finest establishments!
Sundays: Sunday is historically the ‘long run’ in the world of running and if you are preparing for a Marathon, these are just for you. Depending on your fitness and level, there is always a group for you. Long runs are normally in the Phoenix Park as the route is primarily on grass and better for your joints wear and tear. Occasionally we train in the hills at the Waterworks around the Bohernabreena Reservoirs near Tallaght. These runs start at 9:30am and range from around 8 miles to 20 depending on your goals.
Weekly Informal Runs – There are training runs almost every day of the week. Once you know your level and fitness you can join in with the group right for you. Check with any Club Member for more details but remember, you will be more than welcome.
How to get here?
Public Transport – You can travel from the City Centre by bus on any of the following routes : 15, 15B, 49, 49A, 65, 65B and you should ask for a fare to Bushy Park which is right beside Terenure College
Driving – From the North or West side of the city you should travel on the M50 motorway till the intersection with the N81 Tallaght Bypass, turn left onto the N81. Travel for 1 mile, through Templeogue Village and along Templeogue Road until the junction with Fortfield Road. You will now see Bushy Park on your right hand side and Terenure College on your Left.
From the City Centre travel south/west, follow direction signs to the suburb of Terenure and the N81. At the main crossroads / trafficlights beside the Bank Of Ireland in Terenure follow the sign for the N81 and travel for about half a mile along the Templeogue Road. Bushy Park will be on your left and Terenure College will be on your right.
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