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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the club only for Civil Servants?

This is something a lot of people ask but don’t worry this is just our name, the club is open to all new members. The club was originally formed in 1867 and named Civil Service Harriers as most of the members were Civil Servants.

When do you train?

Training takes place at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday. On Saturday training is at 10am and Sunday at 9am. 

When can I join?

You can join anytime during the year. Come along to the clubhouse for any Tuesday session and try training with us for a couple of weeks.

What is the cost?

Annual membership is €120. Once you have decided to join print off the membership form (see below link) and bring complete form along with membership fees and give it to one of the committee members who attend training sessions.

Membership Form 2019

How fit do I need to be?

New members should be comfortably able to jog 5km before attending training sessions. It is important that you always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

What standard are members?

We have various standards from elite athletes to beginners. 

Sample training schedule*


Location can vary from a 800m route across the road from the clubhouse during winter months to other locations within the park:

5 x 1mile with 2min recovery or 6 x 800 with recovery or 8 x 1km with 2 min recovery 


During winter months we generally do 6-8 mile pace run starting at the Clubhouse and running outside the park towards Chapelizod. When evenings get brighter we train within the Park in various locations including around the Polo Grounds.


Saturday sessions can vary depending on time of year. During cross country season training sessions will usually be on what is known as the “Munich Mile” which is an off road loop beside the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park. 


This is our ‘long run’ session. Long runs are in the Phoenix Park and usually the route is off road on the trails around the park. Long runs are generally 8-14 miles depending on level of fitness but you will always find a group for you.

*The number of reps and distances will depend on your level. Whilst the A group may do 8 x 1km, the C group may to 4 x 1km.

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