It is not all running. Social events as simple as coffee and buns after a Saturday's speed work (aka torture!) or an evening learning about wines from the New World, or the summer barbecue in our new sports campus. Meet & Train loves to meet and socialise!
But am I good enough to join Meet & Train?
To benefit from membership, ideally you should already be running 5km comfortably (fast or slow, it doesn't matter). Every six months we have our Magic Mile where you run a mile as fast and as hard as you can to help you determine the most appropriate group for you within Meet & Train. This form of torture is not obligatory! To get a taste for it, have a read of Sarah Colton's Summer 2021 Magic Mile report.
So, when and where do you meet & train?
The plan for each week of the year includes four sessions with group coaching:
Tuesday at 6pm in Ballinteer Community School or 7pm in UCD (speedwork)
Thursday at 6pm in Ballinteer Community School
Saturday at 9:30am for speedwork in St Enda's Park
Sunday at 10am for the long run in Marlay Park (College Road car park)
Weekday training takes place in Marlay Park from April to September.
Meet & Train members have the chance of participating in the big races (we love the Dublin & National Masters Cross Country, Rás na hEireann Cross Country at the site of the Battle of the Boyne, the Dunshaughlin 10K, the Dublin Race Series ... and more). Some members are there to win, others simply to cross the line, while the rest of us cheer them on and take photos from the sidelines! You decide if you want to compete. But there is no doubt, you get a great thrill from running in the Club singlet! DSD and the distinctive sash on its singlet are well known in the athletics community. The Dublin Marathon is naturally the highlight of the year for this group. Have a read of this entertaining piece by John O'Grady about his first Dublin Marathon experience.
Meet & Train: We meet up and we train. Simple!
Want to improve your running but are already busy balancing work and family commitments? Meet & Train is DSD's endurance group for adults, and just might suit you! Our coached training takes place four times a week and has a healthy mix of speed work and long distance easy running. We have a plan for every week of the year, and you participate to the degree that your personal circumstances allow or to the extent that you want to achieve targets, like completing a marathon or improving your time in your local Parkrun. Oh yeah, and you get to forge great friendships! And, by late summer 2022, you'll get access to one of the best outdoor running tracks in the country!
I'm interested. What next?
Just fill in the enquiry form here, and we will be in touch. Alternatively, pop up to meet us in the College Road car park of Marlay Park any Sunday at 10am, and run with us. It's your chance to join one of the most exciting athletics clubs in the country. We don't bite. We love new members!