With the track season about to open the mods thought it would be a good idea to create an introduction to track thread to answer any questions you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask
Calendar/ Where to find a track race
Here is a schedule for a Dublin series know as the Graded meets which are open to all members of AAI affiliated clubs:
DAB Graded meet Calendar 2012 (Please see attached file)
Each event is broken into a number of races depending on your level (and number of entrants in each race i.e if there are only 2 in one grade and 3 in the grade above/below they will run them together)
These are all electronically timed for accurate results.
Other championship races across the country can be found on websites such as
Also the following sometimes lists open meets which are usually a bit more beginner orientated:
If anyone has any other races they know if feel free to add. I know the Wiclow Fit4Life group host a good few races during the summer as well as some local athletics clubs.
Aside from these the BHAA also hold some track races (1 mile, 3000m, 2 mile) during the summer.
There is also a good group of high quality races known as the IMC/BMC (Irish/British milers club). These are not for beginners but follow similar format as graded meets (divided into different races depending on ability)
Spikes: these are lightweight shoes with spikes in them for grip normally used from 100m - 5000m on track. Unless you are racing regularly they can be a non essential piece of equipment and some runners get away with racing flats for distances from 3000m and up usually.
Please note: If you have used spikes for cross country please be aware that tracks do no permit spikes bigger than 5mm. If you want to use your Cross country spikes you can pick up 5mm spikes and change them into the shoes. These can be picked up in many sports shops such as elvery's/ lifestyle sports
If you are looking to buy spikes they may be limited in the selection in most major sports shops some well established running specialist shops include
http://www.runways.ie (Parnell St. Dublin)
Note (General guidelines with spikes is to go up one size from your usual footsize)
General Training plans
General Track and field outlines for all events
Index of Letsrun threads (very good track based site)
Sprinter training idea's from Charlie Francis
Very Good sprinting forum
Clyde Hart (famed 400m coach) training outline
Joe Rubio's competive 1500m guide (very high mileage but good ideas for everyone)
Running Times Training articles
Improving 3000m Time
Long Jump training
Long Jump Overview
Good track books:
Jack Daniels Training Formula by Jack Daniels
Winning Running by Peter Coe
High Performance middle distance running by David Sunderland
Bill Bowerman's High-Performance Training for Track and Field by Bill Bowerman
If anyone has anything to add please feel free to do so and I will update this thread