Training

Kilcoole AC Club, founded in 1970, has been facilitating the training and sporting needs of some of Wicklow’s finest athletes. Offering professionally coached running training for all ages and levels twice a week on track and road. All levels are welcome, from first timers to experienced athletes, from slow coaches to Speedy Gonzales!!

Can all new members please report to Susan Lawless or Claire Lauder when attending your first session!
They can help you settle in and find you some running buddies!

Senior Training(Over 18 years)

Charlesland Running Track -Monday 7:00 pm to 8:30pm
Charlesland Running Track -Wednesday 7:00 pm to 8:30pm

On Wednesday nights we must use lanes 2,3 and 4 ONLY, by using other lanes you will be disrupting another club’s lanes and you may be asked to leave the track.

Track Information: Charlesland running track, Greystones, Co. Wicklow.

Directions

From Dublin:
Southbound on the M50, onto the M11, Take Exit 11 off the Main M11 route(signposted Greystones), Straight through two roundabouts, down the hill, on the third roundabout, take the 3rd exit and you will enter into Shoreline Sports Park Charlesland.

From Wicklow:
Northbound on the M11, Take Exit 11 of the Main M11 route(signposted Greystones), take the 3rd Exit, under the bridge, straight through two roundabouts, down the hill, on the third roundabout, take the 3rd Exit and you will enter into Shoreline Sports Park Charlesland.

Track Etiquette

Think of others who are competing or training – don’t make a noise near the start or the areas where the field events are taking place. Don’t ever cross the finishing line unless you are participating in a race. It actually does disrupt the timekeepers and plays havoc on the electronic timing. Be polite to the officials – you need them more than they need you. Responsibility is the order of the day. If the programme is running behind, don’t assume that your event will be late. Organisers usually do their best to keep programmes on time and catch up where they fall behind. If in doubt, ask the meeting organiser. See also: Track Rules

Safety

Every runner should take a few moments and consider their safety while running. Running is generally a safe activity, but there are still perils worth considering and preparing for. For example, running at night, while often pleasant due to lower temperatures and decreased traffic brings with it the added danger of decreased visibility. The weather can pose running safety risks;running in extremely hot or cold weather, for example, requires special precautions, to say nothing of running in inclement weather.

At the Track
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
Jewellery removed or protected(studs).
Develop good lane discipline, warm up only in the outer lanes.
Do not hold conferences on the track.
Be always considerate of the needs of other track users.
On completion of a run move out of the active lanes.
Do not come to a sharp stop, other runners may be close behind you and may crash into you if you stop sharply.
Be conscious that synthetic surfaces become slippery in wet conditions.
Generally the “rules of the road”apply. So the best policy is to move after you have checked that it is safe to do so(look left and right and continue to do so).
The infield is generally the only provision for throws training. Develop the habit of not crossing the infield to get from one side of the track to the other even when throwing is not taking place.
Track Rules

Away from the Track
Roads are made for the use of vehicles;therefore, avoid running on them where possible. Use footpaths where available, unless they are frequently interrupted by road intersections or by their worn state or/plus fatigue makes foot and ankle injuries a possibility.
Roads are hard surfaces, which increases the likelihood of stress problems. Keep a careful check on high mileages and speed work.
Run facing the oncoming traffic, even when running on footpaths.
Be seen – especially at night by wearing light, bright or reflective clothing. Even in daylight with a low, bright sun from behind, the driver’s vision is often impaired.
Plan your long runs well in advance.
Know your route.
Where possible bring a training buddy.
Where possible bring a phone.
Have an emergency contact number written on paper in your pocket.
Tell someone your expected return time.
Take fluids/food with you.
If possible have fluids/food left out on your route.
If you are feeling unwell, STOP.
Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Coaches and Athletes

Always listen to your coach, it is very important. Mutual respect for other athletes is encouraged whether they are training with you or not.

“TRACK!”

If you hear this shouted at you, the chances are you are obstructing a lane or some part of the track. Recovery should be taken away from the active lanes.