Message from our Chairperson 17th May 2020

Dear Members,

I hope you and your family are good and that you have managed to stay fit and healthy over the past two months.

While the weeks have passed very quickly, it has been very sad for the club that our athletes have missed out on so many activities this year e.g. National Senior and Juvenile Indoor T&F, many road races, Schools T&F, Juvenile T&F Leagues and our Easter Egg hunt to mention just some.

Our biggest disappointment was the cancellation of the St Patrick’s Festival 5K. Not only did we not get any badly needed funds but we were left with quite a few bills. But the reality is we are all in this together – not just MSB, but everybody, world wide.

While we do not know when all will be normal again, the club is working closely with our governing body, Athletics Ireland and the reopening process starts from the 18th May when the older juveniles and seniors will be allowed meet with their coach in groups of 4 (including the coach).

We have to complete risk assessments and put plans in place to ensure all coaches and athletes follow the Government Guidelines of Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Etiquette and Social Distancing at all times. This also means that for the moment, we cannot allow access to the club house in Sarah Place or the cabins in Porterstown and all coaches have to book training times in order that we limit the number of athletes using the track area in Porterstown.

Please take note the following guides from Athletics Ireland:

We would ask that all members, athletes, coaches, officials, parents and anyone associated with the club in any capacity, make themselves aware of the contents and follow the guidance advised. I know the coaches are eager to get back working with all the groups but, in the meantime, avail of the good weather and get out, stay fit, get strong and be ready to enjoy group training soon.

Yours in Sport, Mary Friel, MSB Chairperson


Message from our Chairperson 27th March 2020

Hello to all our members and supporters.

I hope you are all staying safe in these very strange times. And strange indeed they are for those of us who believe in and promote the benefits of exercising together.

Coaches get a lot of their energy from the young people they work with and I know they miss the training sessions. Some of them are trying to encourage the individuals in their groups to keep up some level of exercise while maintaining appropriate physical distance.

The committee asked if I would identify some websites or resources that might be of use to our members or for parents to direct their children towards and below are a few. If you and your loved ones are restricted to home, then some activities are still possible. Use your garden space for jumping and skipping. Use internal floor space for stretching and core work. Two cans of beans in a plastic bag and some tape is a makeshift dumbbell.

Organising a time for these exercises (possibly with friends who are doing the same in their homes) and recording the efforts and progress might help with our motivation. I look forward to watching our MSB athletes return to training and competing fresh and stronger once this period passes. And do not forget to mind your whole self, find those moments (negotiate with your children for your space) where you can stand back and refresh yourself.

Take care, Mary Friel, MSB Chairperson


Exercise sheets


This page has the Strava sign in (a virtual running group), some videos, plus some other resources.


Exercise videos

A 20 routine for young and old.


For younger children