Clane AC - Adult Running Club
Where beginners get strong, and the strong become champions!
So come along and join us!
“Clane Athletic Club...be part of it!!!”
Adult Club Membership Details:
People who can run a comfortable 5km distance or more are welcome to join the club at any time during the year.
We run ONE beginner leader led programme (Couch to 5km) over 7 weeks at the start of the year. It runs from early January to mid-February. ***This programme is now finished***
Sorry! Our complete beginner runner group is now full.
We cannot take on any more new complete beginner runners at this time.
Click below to be directed to our 2020 membership page for full details on how to join the club:
We are located at:
SCOIL MHUIRE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Our new 200m outdoor training facility at Scoil Mhuire has become the hub of Clane AC adult running club and juvenile training sessions.
Adult club training groups on offer:
Couch to 5km - complete beginners running programme
Takes place once a year, between January & February.
***THIS PROGRAMME HAS NOW FINISHED FOR 2020***
Complete Beginner running group is now full!!!
We are not taking any more complete beginner runners at this time. We will be moving on with our C25K graduates to a new training programme.
However, if you can run more than 5km, you are welcome to join in with this 5km-10km group at any time of the year.
5km-10km - leader led progression group
This is for C25K graduates & intermediate runners.
- from mid-February onwards.
Meet at the track and run.
Every Monday and Wednesday at 8pm
(Note: this group has not started for the season yet as Couch to 5km group is still in session!)
(Max distance in Winter evenings due to darkness
- 9km approx around the village of Clane, some running may take place on the track)
(Hi-Vis Jackets are compulsory when out in the dark for the duration of the dark Autumn/Winter months.)
Track training sessions:
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm on the track
(Rain, Hail or Shine!!!)
We are very privileged to have volunteer leader Christy Maloney on board to assist with our adult training sessions.
Christy has vast personal experience in sprinting, middle & long distance running and specialises in speed work.
His training methods are inclusive, enthusiastic, friendly and encouraging to all levels and abilities.
His sessions include:
- Strength & Conditioning
- Interval training
- Sub 20 min 5km training
Open Run - 5km+ maintenance running & further distances.
This is an open non leader led leisure run "Meet & Run" group
- arranged by members via social messaging.
Any time, any place, any distance!
Now that you are part of a large established Meet & Run group, just pop your message up on our social messaging app with your time and place, and meet up with similar paced individuals and run for a chosen distance, go back when you are done! Very popular!!
(Hi-Vis Jackets are compulsory when out in the dark for the duration of the dark Autumn/Winter months.)
Long run at the weekend
- open leisure run for those who want to run a further distance in a nice location but in a group setting. (Safer & more encouraging)
This long run has organically settled on Saturday mornings with a large group who run in 5km loops of Clane starting from 8am.
However, members can put a call out on the social messaging for a Sunday run long runs either.
Unofficial morning week day runs are organised frequently between our members, usually the evening before, via our social messaging.
***Meet up time is usually after school drop off between 8am-9:30am, the meet up locations can vary however***
Where do we train?
We meet at the track and go from there.
In Winter we train on the track or around Clane on the lit pathways but in Spring/ Summer meet up locations may vary.
Locations include: Donadea, Ballinafagh lake, Monread, Prosperous, Maynooth/Kilcock greenways, the Curragh & Phoenix park.
We cater for men & women of all ages.
Important information on Couch to 5km:
Cost for C25K:
€60 for 7 weeks.
Note: This is a 7 week non-club membership fee.
Members who have completed the programme can sign up for full membership with Clane AC via our online registration system at a reduced price of €70 for the rest of the year up to 31st December 2020.
You must have a realistic expectation to participate!
You do not need to be able to run to start this plan, but a realistic expectation is that you do need to have a very basic level of fitness to participate in our beginner C25K running programmes.
i.e be able to walk briskly but comfortably for at least 3km.
How many sessions do you need to do a week to succeed with the Couch to 5km running programme?
....THREE sessions a week is required at least.
Commitment and regular frequency is the key to success.
The C25K running group moves forward weekly through the programme, for the duration of 7 weeks, and members will fall behind if they don't keep to the structured training plan that is set out for them each week.
The first two sessions can be run with the group on the scheduled training evenings, and you will be expected to do your third run, by yourself, on Friday or over the weekend.
We are unable to hold C25K training up to stay back for members who have not kept to the scheduled 3 sessions a week training plan, nor can we take on new members half way though the programme...it is not fair on the rest of the group who are working hard to progress & the volunteer leaders who are giving up their time to be there for you.
Clane AC is run entirely by volunteers
Yes, its true!
Clane Athletic club is a completely volunteer based organisation.
All our juvenile coaches, running club leaders, administration staff, committee members and other club helpers comprise of local residents from around the area of Clane. Some have experience, others are just learning as they go. They have same common goal of passing on the love of athletics and personal fitness to the next generation.
They happily offer up their free time to train both the children and adults, while also covering all our administration roles...all to keep the club running at no financial gain whatsoever.
Your membership fee goes towards maintenance of our track facility, winter lighting, club equipment, and the administrative expenses that are required for general running of the club. Your fee is a valuable contribution towards this wonderful facility within your local community and plus it is also helping to secure the future of
Why join Clane AC Adult Running Club?
*Achieve your goals within a club structure, while enjoying a sense of camaraderie in a fun, sociable environment.
*Access to our social messaging group for arranging runs, getting training updates and other relevant information.
*Be part of a large, dedicated, well established, local 'Fit4Life' group with access to ‘tried and tested’ training plans all year round.
*Benefit from help & experience from our ‘seasoned’ members.
*Use of the club track at the designated open club training times.
*Proudly represent your club and community in the now well recognised "Orange & Black" adult Clane AC colours at nationwide organised walking events, road races & fun runs.
*Annual Membership includes Athletics Ireland Insurance cover and eligibility to enter all Athletics Ireland events throughout the country.
(Please note: Athletics Ireland memberships runs from 1st January to 31st December, regardless of what date you register)
*Athletics Ireland members can also benefit from discounted registration rates at Athletics Ireland approved running events using their membership number.
For example: The Great Ireland Run offered €10 off their entry fee, The RocknRoll Half Marathon Athletics Ireland championships in Dublin offer €15 off their half marathon fee.
*Flexible training options. i.e Members are free to join in on as many or as few sessions as they like, to suit their life schedules. (However, if you are part of a dedicated training programme such as the C25K, it is expected that you complete your scheduled training given to you weekly by your leader, in your own time, otherwise, you will fall behind.)
*New Adult members receive a complimentary Clane AC Hi-Vis jacket.
2020 Adult Running club membership fees
Annual Membership starts from the date you sign up, and expires on 31st December, regardless of what date during the year you join.
This is in line with Athletics Ireland rules.
You must have an annual membership with Clane AC to train with the club, avail of our coaching and use the track facilities.
2020 Membership fee:
1st January - 31st December:
€100.00 for full annual
adult club membership
The Athletics Ireland online payment system applies an additional 2.5% service fee + 2% banking fees which applies to any transaction made within the system for club membership.
Couch to 5km members:
€60.00 for 7 weeks
- beginners running programme.
(Runs January to February only)
This is not a full annual club membership
Successful C25K participants who have come through the January club programme can register for full club membership using our online registration system at a reduced price of €70.00
This membership runs up until 31st Dec 2020.
There are three official training terms:
1st: January to Easter
2nd: After Easter to end of June
(However, members continue to meet up
unofficially during the Summer break)
3rd: September to Christmas
However, as we are a well establish running group with several long term members, runs can be arranged via our club social messaging group for anytime or place, outside of our scheduled training times.
How do you join?
All returning 2019 Clane AC members will be sent out a link to register for 2020 via email by our club registrar.
Please check your junk inbox from an email from Athletics Ireland titled "email@example.com" .
Please contact our club registrar Niall Heffernan via your Clane AC Whats App group if you have not received your link yet.
BRAND NEW adult members who can run 5km+ and can join in with the meet & run group or track sessions straight away, can apply for full 2020 Clane AC membership online on the Athletics Ireland link below:
Running for COMPLETE BEGINNERS
Please don't try to use the online registration if you are a beginner runner as this type of membership is not an Athletics Ireland full annual membership.
It is a short term, 7 week membership and is dealt with separately.
Beginner adult runners must come through our Couch to 5km programme.
This is a 7 weeks dedicated leader led programme and is independent of the annual Clane AC Athletics Ireland membership.
Interested C25K participants must register with us in person.
This programme takes place in early January and finishes in mid-February.
UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2020:
Sorry!! Our complete beginner runners group is now FULL.
We cannot cater for complete beginner runners after mid-February as our leaders will be moving on with the group to other training programmes.
*Membership runs from January 1st - 31st December, regardless of what date you register*
Clane AC encourage its members to participate in weekly parkrun events, which take place all over Ireland.