Running Club in Dublin

Your first step to joining a running club in Dublin

We are delighted that you are taking your first steps to joining a running club. Check out the below FAQ for some further details. Whilst we have members of all levels including beginners we do ask that new members have the ability to run 5k before attending sessions. Drop us an e-mail and we can arrange for you to join one of our training sessions and try it out for a couple of weeks before committing.

If you decide to join please click on the below registration link which will bring you to the Athletics Ireland website and allow you to register. Please choose “New Membership Application” and select Civil Service A.C. from the drop down list.  Please note this is a two stage process but for any questions please contact

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 & Thursdays. Saturday training is at 9am

On Sundays, members meet at the clubhouse at 9am for a long run, followed by coffee. However, this isn’t a coached session.

When can I join?

You can join any time during the year. Drop us an e-mail and we can arrange for you to join one of our training sessions and try it out for a couple of weeks.

What is the cost?

Annual membership is €120. To register click on the “Register Now” icon above and follow the instructions.

If you wish to pay in person please print off the membership form (see below link) and bring complete form along with membership fee to training and to one of the committee members who attend training sessions. Get in touch to find out more.

Membership Form 2022

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. 

Is the club open to all ages?

All members must be 18 years old or over.

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. 

*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.