Level 5 – Group Training Paused

Full level 5 restrictions are back in place until the end of January. All group training is therefore suspended for the duration. Hopefully February 2021 will see us back on the track again.

Best of luck with your training over the coming weeks and remember to keep within your 5km radius, keep contacts to a minimum and keep washing those hands!

Happy Christmas Everybody!

St. Finbarr’s A.C. Monday evening road runners hit the recently refurbished Daly’s Bridge/Shakey Bridge on Monday 20th December.

Some great socially distanced Christmas scenes here. Photos courtesy of Denise Twohig.

Happy Christmas to all members and a huge thank you again to coaches Marion, Eamonn, Dan & Liam for a fantastic 2020 despite the challenges!

#staysafe #maskup #washyourhands

Masking for a Friend

While we don’t need to wear a mask during training sessions it is advisable to wear one to sessions for before and after and if in the case you need to use the Mardyke track toilets in the pavilion.

Cloth Face Coverings

A cloth face covering is a material you wear that covers the nose and mouth.

Wearing a cloth face covering in public may reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

It may help to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from people infected with COVID-19.

Cloth face coverings may help to stop people who are not aware they have the virus from spreading it.

If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus, you must self-isolate. Do this even if you wear a face covering.

Thank you.

Monday Road Sessions Resume

Monday Road Sessions Resume from 7th December 2020

Assemble at the top (West) end of Mardyke Walk as per the map below. For location information, paste coordinates 51.893954N, 8.502560W into your Google Maps search box and hit enter.

This session involves one or two 6km circuits of the Carrigrohane Road and Model Farm Road.

All those attending the Monday evening Road session MUST wear a high visibility vest and we strongly recommend light colored clothing.

This is an unstructured run suitable for all levels new to seasoned runners. Everybody sets off at their own pace and nobody gets left behind.

Come along to the barrier at the top of Mardyke Walk and ask for the person in charge. Members assemble at the barrier just before 18:15 to conduct warm-up exercises.

At 18:15 we head off on the first 6km circuit.  After one circuit, we’ll pause at the pink marker and wait for people to catch up (another chance for stretches).

At this point, you can opt for a second lap or return to the Mardyke.

  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines while at the meeting point.
  • High-visibility vests essential
  • The coach for the evening will give clear instructions as to the route.

Safe Return to Training Checklist

All members should review the following checklist before resuming training sessions:

Before

  • Ensure that you remain up to date with official COVID-19 information.
  • All attendees should, in advance of attending each session, complete Covid Health Screening Questionnaire which acts as a contact tracing form also.
  • Ensure that you are following all advice and guidance issued by your National Governing Body of Sport or relevant representative body
  • Please do not to carpool, wait in your car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, or game, instead of congregating with others prior to starting.
  • Meet no earlier than 5 minutes before training at specific meeting area.
  • There is no use of shared spaces such as changing rooms, locker rooms, showers permitted.
  • Access to the Mardyke Pavilion is for use of toilets and emergency medical assistance only.
  • Sanitise your hands before entering the sports grounds.

During

  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres between individuals where possible.
  • Stay within the small group of runners you are assigned to by your coach.
  • No spitting or clearing the nose in the presence of others.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing, or using a tissue where possible which is immediately disposed of.
  • No unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps, hugs or huddles.

After

  • Wash/Sanitise your hands
  • Maintain social distancing outside the sports grounds and do not congregate in groups post session.

Training at the Mardyke Resumes

Level 3 COVID-19 Safety Update

With the announcement of level 3 coming into effect on 1st December, Wednesday and Friday sessions will resume at the Mardyke track this week. First session this Wednesday 2nd December.

COVID-19 Safety Reminder – Keep to your Pod

  • At level 3, athletics clubs can continue to train in multiple pods of 15.
  • Keeping to your pod for a specific session will have an important role in protecting yourself and others and help the speed and accuracy of contact tracers if needed.
  • Stick to your pod for warm up, session and cool down.
  • No mixing with members from other pods before or after the session i.e. no warm up laps with members from different pods.
  • Always fill in the Online Health Screening Form on the day of every session you attend and familiarize yourself with pod meet up, bag & water bottle drop off point.

Tracing and Testing

  • You can be deemed a close contact by having spent more than 15 minutes of contact within 2 metres of someone who has COVID-19, indoor or outdoor.
  • If you are a close contact, contact tracers will advise you to restrict your movements for 14 days. They will also arrange for you to get tested.
  • If you test positive and have symptoms they will ask about people and places you have visited 48 hours before your symptoms started and until you started self-isolating.
  • If you test positive but do not have symptoms they will only ask about people and places you have visited 24 hours before your test took place and until you started self-isolating.
  • Source: HSE.ie

Thank you everybody, you are all podtastic!

Keep to your Pod – COVID-19 Safety Reminder

  • At level 3, athletics clubs can continue to train in multiple pods of 15.
  • Keeping to your pod for a specific session will have an important role in protecting yourself and others and help the speed and accuracy of contact tracers if needed.
  • Stick to your pod for warm up, session and cool down.
  • No mixing with members from other pods before or after the session i.e. no warm up laps with members from different pods.
  • Always fill in the Online Health Screening form on the day of every session you attend and familiarize yourself with pod meet up, bag & water bottle drop off point.

Tracing & Testing

  • You can be deemed a close contact by having spent more than 15 minutes of contact within 2 metres of someone who has COVID-19, indoor or outdoor.
  • If you are a close contact, contact tracers will advise you to restrict your movements for 14 days. They will also arrange for you to get tested.
  • If you test positive and have symptoms they will ask about people and places you have visited 48 hours before your symptoms started and until you started self-isolating.
  • If you test positive but do not have symptoms they will only ask about people and places you have visited 24 hours before your test took place and until you started self-isolating.
  • Source: https://www2.hse.ie/…/testing/contact-tracing.html…

Mardyke Track Protocol

Pods

Please keep within your pod at training sessions. Each pod uses:

  • Separate meeting points (place to go to on entering the track/bag & water bottle drop off point)
  • Separate warm up/stretches on specific lanes
  • Separate lanes for the session
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Pod A – using lanes 1,2,3 for warm up and session

Pod B – using lanes 6,7,8 for warm up and session

Pod C – if and when there is a need for Pod C, use lanes 4 & 5.

Once Pod A on inside lanes 1,2,3 move off the start line Pod C can move up from their meeting point to the same start line in lanes 4 and 5 and take off from there.

Pod C will be asked to make their way back to Pod C meeting point between intervals and wait for Pod A to move off the start line before again making their way up to start line where the coach is.

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Meeting Point

  • Familiarise yourself with the meeting points (please see map).
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines while at the meeting point.
  • Members are not to arrive at the Mardyke grounds any earlier than 5 minutes before start time.
  • Do not enter the track if another club has a booked session that has not yet finished. Please wait until the other club have left the track.

Entry Point

Enter only by the entry gate highlighted on the map.

Exit Point

Exit only by the exit gate highlighted on the map.

Hand Sanitisation

Members must adhere to hand sanitisation protocol and bring their own hand sanitizer to training sessions.

Dressing Rooms & Toilets

Until further notice dressing rooms will remain closed, however the toilets will be accessible.

Parking

As always there is no parking available onsite at the Mardyke Sports Grounds for track users.

Thank you everybody, you are all podtastic!

Results County Novice Cross Country 2020

Cork Athletics Grounds, Slieveroe, Riverstick, Sunday 4th November 2020.

St Finbarr’s A.C. Novice Women’s Team took the gold team medal with 10 teams racing.

A special mention for St. Finbarr’s A.C. Irene Eigan who took a silver medal, coming 2nd overall out of 61 Athletes.

PlaceTeam namePoints
1St. Finbarrs AC23
Irene EIGHAN 2
Katie HICKSON 6
Anita LOCKE 7
Rebecca MCEVOY 8

St Finbarrs Women winners of Cork Athletics Novice Women Cross-Country Championship 2020, Cork Athletics Grounds,…

Posted by St. Finbarr's AC on Monday, October 12, 2020

St. Finbarr’s A.C. Novice Men had a great turn out and came 6th out of 13 teams racing.

6St. Finbarrs AC79
Mohamed WAHBI 4
Darren MCCANN 21
Shane COONEY 26
John LONGAN 28

St Finbarrs Men in action at Cork Athletics County Novice Cross-Country Championship 2020, Cork Athletics Grounds,…

Posted by St. Finbarr's AC on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Full list of athlete results, videos and photos over at corkathletics.org.

Level 3 COVID-19 Update

Level 3 COVID-19 safety measures will come into place on 7th October 2020.

Summary of Athletics Ireland update:

Key Restrictions at Level 3

  • No competition/events.
  • Outdoor training pods of up to 15 permitted.
  • Stay in your county except for work, education or essential services.

Level 3 Training

  • Outdoors: Non-contact training only in pods of up to 15 (exemption for professional/elite/inter-county sports/senior club championship).
  • Indoors: Individual training only. No exercise classes.

View the full Athletics Ireland Notice.

Please remember the following safety protocols while training:

  • Maintain Social Distancing:
    – Participants should arrive ‘ready to train’ and not require the use of a changing area.
    – Maintain 2 meter distance before and after training and during where at all possible.
    – No unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps, hugs or huddles.
  • Maintain Hand Hygiene:
    – Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer to the session and use regularly.
  • Maintain Respiratory Hygiene:
    – Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or use a tissue where possible which is immediately disposed of.
    – No spitting or clearing the nose in the presence of others.
  • Stay at home and not attend training if you feel unwell or are displaying any COVID symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or loss of smell or taste.

Mardyke Track Protocol

Pods

Please keep within your pod at training sessions. Each pod uses:

  • Separate meeting points (place to go to on entering the track/bag & water bottle drop off point)
  • Separate warm up/stretches on specific lanes
  • Separate lanes for the session
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Pod A – using lanes 1,2,3 for warm up and session

Pod B – using lanes 6,7,8 for warm up and session

Pod C – if and when there is a need for Pod C, use lanes 4 & 5.

Once Pod A on inside lanes 1,2,3 move off the start line Pod C can move up from their meeting point to the same start line in lanes 4 and 5 and take off from there.

Pod C will be asked to make their way back to Pod C meeting point between intervals and wait for Pod A to move off the start line before again making their way up to start line where the coach is.

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Meeting Point

  • Familiarise yourself with the meeting points (please see map).
  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines while at the meeting point.
  • Members are not to arrive at the Mardyke grounds any earlier than 5 minutes before start time.
  • Do not enter the track if another club has a booked session that has not yet finished. Please wait until the other club have left the track.

Entry Point

Enter only by the entry gate highlighted on the map.

Exit Point

Exit only by the exit gate highlighted on the map.

Hand Sanitisation

Members must adhere to hand sanitisation protocol and bring their own hand sanitizer to training sessions.

Dressing Rooms & Toilets

Until further notice dressing rooms will remain closed, however the toilets will be accessible.

Parking

As always there is no parking available onsite at the Mardyke Sports Grounds for track users.

Thank you.

Munster Novice & U23 XC Sunday 18th of October

Cancelled due to Level 3 COVID-19 Government Directive.

Munster Novice & U23 XC at Two Mile Borris, Sunday 18th of October 2020.

Host club Moycarkey Coolcroo Athletic Club require all attending athletes and club representatives to read the following information carefully. The document details important notes about:

  • COVID Safety measures (pages 25 & 26)
  • Schedule/Timetable (page 32)
  • Driving, Parking, Entering the Carpark and Leaving (pages 9 to 13)
  • Course (page 5)
  • Requirement to fill out the Athletics Ireland Covid 19 Screening Questionnaire online.

Full Document Link at MunsterAthletics.com.

The event taking place is subject to Government COVID-19 safety updates.

COVID-19 Safety Measures County Novice X Country

Cork Athletics Grounds, Slieveroe, Riverstick, Sunday 4th November 2020.

  • All athletes must fill out the Cork Athletics COVID Health Declaration Form which will be available online at CorkAthletcis.org on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November (9 am deadline for form submission on the Sunday morning)
  • 13:30 Novice Women arrive & get Numbers
    13:45 Novice Women Warm up
    14:00 Novice Women race start
  • 14:30 Novice Men arrive & get Numbers
    14:45 Novice Men Warm up
    15:00 Novice Men race start
  • There is no running around the field before or after for warm up/cool down. There is a small area assigned for warm-up/ stretches (around 1/2 acre).
  • No toilets
  • No medals (they will be posted out later)
  • No photographs (athletes are asked to arrive, race and leave…no hanging around)
  • No parking on side of road
  • Athletes only, no spectators

Competition Day

To protect against infection;

  • Participants must refrain from handshakes, hugs and high fives.
  • Keep 2m away from other people at all times.
  • Cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Try not touch any surfaces at the event.
  • Athletes should arrive ready to participate where possible and as close to the check in time as possible.
  • Participants should bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer if possible.
  • Wearing of a buff / neck scarf / facemask at all times around the start/finish area, only to be removed and disposed of when the race/event starts.
  • Athletes will be told to listen to the instructions of officials regarding keeping a safe distance.
  • While warming up athletes should maintain a safe distance from others at all times.
  • Athletes should stay away from the public immediately post-race when they are breathing heavier.

Post Competition

  • All athletes will be expected to leave as soon as they finish.
  • Adhere to egress signage.
  • If an athlete becomes unwell after competing, they should first contact their GP and read the HSE guidelines and then inform the Competition Organisers. The Competition organisers will then follow advice provided to them by the HSE on the next steps.

Cross Country COVID Protocols for Athletes:

Source Athletic Association of Ireland

A Practical Guide for Athletes at Cross Country Competition following the Covid-19 Restrictions

Notes for this document:

The guidelines in this document relate to a return to athletics cross country competition within the current Government and Sport Ireland Covid Expert Group guidelines. This document will be reviewed in line with future government announcements.

Key Notes:

  1. Permits competitions limited to 200 people maximum (including officials, athletes, volunteers) where the facility can always ensure adequate social distancing. No spectators are permitted, and the venue must be closed to the public.
  2. You must adhere to any domestic travel restrictions in place.
  3. Permits individuals to extend their travel beyond their County.
  4. If you feel unwell do not present to the competition.
  5. If you are recovering from Covid19 seek medical advice prior to attending.
  6. PreCompetition
  7. During Competition
  8. Post Competition

We know that athletics provides great mental and physical health benefits for our society. We have a duty of care to ensure that our competition organisers ensure that we operate within a safe environment.

This practical guide, prepared by our team in consultation with medical experts and in line with Government and World Athletics Guidelines, outlines the robust measures Athletics Ireland strongly recommend competition organisers to implement and maintain to help safeguard all members during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow all of us to get back to training safely, improving the wellbeing of members across the country.

Our measures and procedures are under constant review and updated as advice from government, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions.

Pre-Competition

For involvement in the event, participants must:

o Have entered for the event.
o Not have been off the island of Ireland in the last 14 days.
o Not have been a close contact of someone diagnosed with Covid-19 or someone waiting on a Covid test or test results in the last 14 days.
o Not be in a period of self-isolation and/or cocooning under the current Health Policy Rules.
o Not be displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
o Adhere to any domestic travel restrictions in place.

Participants must read and understand all notices from the competition organiser, to include:

o Covid-19 specific guidelines.
o Competition specific messages.
o Competitor etiquette (No spitting, no hand shaking etc).
o Venue maps.

• Participants must enter before the competition, no on the day registrations will be taken.

Competition Day

• Athletes must complete a COVID 19 screening questionnaire at check in for the competition.
• To protect against infection;

o Participants must refrain from handshakes, hugs and high fives.
o Keep 2m away from other people at all times.
o Cover their coughs and sneezes.
o Try not touch any surfaces at the event.

• Athletes should arrive ready to participate where possible and as close to the check in time as possible.
• Participants should bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer if possible.
• Wearing of a buff / neck scarf / facemask at all times around the start/finish area, only to be removed and disposed of when the race/event starts.
• Athletes will be told to listen to the instructions of officials regarding keeping a safe distance.
• Toilet etiquette (advised by Dept of health) must be adhered to.
• Adhering to competition ingress and egress plans.
• While warming up athletes should maintain a safe distance from others at all times.
• Athletes should stay away from the public immediately post-race when they are breathing heavier.

Post Competition

• All athletes will be expected to leave as soon as they finish.
• Adhere to egress signage.
• If an athlete becomes unwell after competing, they should first contact their GP and read the HSE guidelines and then inform the Competition Organisers. The Competition organisers will then follow advice provided to them by the HSE on the next steps.

Thank you everybody and best of luck!!