Bandon Athletic Club has currently the largest membership of any athletic club in Munster. The club is affiliated to Athletics Ireland and members compete in competitions at West Cork, County, Munster, All-Ireland and International competitions in Track and Field, Cross Country and road running.
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Training: Mon and Wed night in Bandon Grammar School. 7pm-8pm for younger ages and 7.30-9pm for older ages or as per coaches. No training on Bank Holidays. There is a charge of €1 per night for training. You need to be a fully paid up member to attend training. C.I.T Track is also used for training.
Membership Update: Due to the current large membership their is a waiting list for new members. Anyone wishing to join, please text the club phone 087-1135500 stating the age of the athletes.
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Next Committee meeting: Sept 8th 9pm in Munster Arms
E.G.M to discuss matters related to track development Sept 11th at 8pm in Munster Arms
Cork County Board have organized some coaching sessions between now and the end of the year.
These sessions will be an excellent opportunity for athletes to get some really good technical work done before the start of the indoor season, so would encourage athletes to attend where possible.
Full details on County Board web site
Also…just to note. The West Cork track booking from 2-3pm on Sat will be moved to 1-2pm on the days of the County coaching sessions
All registered adult members are invited to attend a club EGM on Sept 11th at 8pm in the Munster Arms Hotel.
The EGM will be discussing club development initiatives and its important for people to come along to find out the huge amount of work that has been going on behind the scenes and for the club to determine future plans which will benefit the club in the many years to come.
At the National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry stadium over the weekend there was 4 club members in action.
On Sat, Danny Allen was 4th in his heat of the 200m and just missed qualifying to the final by around .8 of a second. Danny was also 4th in his heat in the 400m later in the day, but will have learned hugely from the experience in both races.
In the 100m heats, Phil Healy qualified comfortably for the final on Sun.
The u23 35lb Weight for Height was held on Sat with the senior version and Patrick McSweeney retained his title with a clearance of 4.75m and narrowly missed 5.00m. This was his 5th Weight for Height title in a row. Next year he will contest the senior 56lb for Height where he will attempt to follow on in the footsteps of Bandon legend Tadgh Twomey who won an incredible 18 Senior titles in the Weight for Height.
On the Sun, Phil Healy placed 5th in the final of the 100m and then later in the day narrowly missed out on a medal in the 200m placing 4th.
In the Senior Men’s Shot Putt Patrick McSweeney placed 3rd winning his first medal at National Senior level while in the women’s Shot Putt Laura McSweeney placed 6th.
Well done to everyone.
A number of club members will be making the trip to Santry Stadium in Dublin this weekend for the National Seniors.
Phil Healy will be contesting the 100m, 200m sprints and Laura McSweeney is competing in the Shot Putt. While for the men, Danny Allen is in the 200m and 400m, Bobby Smith is in the Javelin and Patrick McSweeney is in the Shot Putt. Patrick will also contest the u23 Weight for Height where he will attempt to make it 3 titles in a row at u23 level.
Best of luck to everyone.
The World Masters Athletics Championships are currently being held in Lyon, France and on the opening day, Carmel Crowley wasted no time in getting on the podium as she won Bronze in the 800m race in the w45 category.
Well done Carmel.
Cork Athletics County Board and Athletics Ireland are delighted to announce that Jim Harvey will be leading an endurance seminar on Wednesday 12th August, in the CIT Athletic Meeting Rooms, at 7pm. Assisting will be one of the UK’s leading coaches, Bud Baldaro, lead coach at Birmingham University.
Both are returning to share their experiences and coaching knowledge.
This is a great opportunity to find out more about the current distance running renaissance in the US.
The seminar is suitable for coaches and athletes aged 16 and above.
Wednesday 12th August 7.00pm – 9.00pm at The Meeting Rooms CIT athletics Track, CIT
Cost is €5 payable on the door on the night
More info on Cork Athletics site
After a successful campaign over round 1 and round 2, the combined Bandon A.C and Abbey Striders team of Bandon Striders had qualified for the final of the First Division in the National League.
An early start on Sunday morning saw a number of sleepy heads on the bus as it departed Kellehers at 7am on the way to Tullamore for the final of the National League. A couple of stops along the way to pick up some more troops for the battle ahead resulted in a strong Men team with no late withdrawal or injuries arriving in Tullamore in plenty time to put up the club tent which functioned as team HQ for the day!
The action got underway at 11.30 with first up being Abbey Striders Saran Malangaslashthira who contested the 110m Hurdles placing 5th and then Saran was straight over to the Pole Vault where he finished 3rd. Patrick McSweeney placed 4th in the Hammer and Promise Okafor placed 3rd in the Long Jump while on the track Abbey Striders Damien Hickey placed 4th in the 400m Hurdles. Team events like the National League can so easily be defined by one event and when the 4x100m relay team (Scott Gibson, Daniel Hathaway, Matthew Draper, Joey Henchy) failed to get the baton around it could have set the tone for the day, but the team put it behind them and remained focused. A truly battling performance from Ronan Duggan in the 1500m resulted in a 4th place finish. Scott Gibson ran a commanding race in the 400m to record the first win on the day for the club, and shortly afterwards Patrick McSweeney placed 2nd in the Shot Putt and Shane Howard placed 2nd in the High Jump and suddenly the points total was climbing. Momentum continued with Colin Kingston placing 2nd in the Discus and Promise Okafor placing 3rd in the Triple Jump. On the track Ronan Duggan contested the Steeple Chase and placed 8th and Danny Allen placed 5th in the 200m. Thomas McCarthy placed 4th in the 800m and then jumped straight into the 5,000m where he battled bravely and finished in 8th placed. Joey Henchy placed 4th in the 100m. A very tight battle in the Javelin saw the lead swap a few times and ended with Bobby Smith placing 2nd. The 56lb Weight Throw saw Colin Kingston contest the event for the first time and finished 5th. Rough calculations being done had Bandon Striders being in strong contention for a medal placing heading into the final event, the 4x400m relay.
With a strong team on paper some nerves were present after the events of the earlier relay. On the first leg for Bandon Striders was Scott Gibson who quickly recovered from a bad start and put the team in the lead at the first change over, Daniel Hathaway and Damien Hickey held the lead and so it was left to Danny Allen on the final leg to bring the baton home and to rousing cheers from the rest of the team and supporters he crossed the line first to record a great win.
There was a few anxious minutes when the officials checked all the figures and when the presentations were made Bandon Striders were announced as 3rd place in the First Division and while there was some slight disappointment among some of the team that the placing wasn’t higher the Bronze medals were gratefully accepted and reflected a massive achievement for a very young team. They will be back next year stronger and hungrier. The team just missed out on 2nd by a mere 3 points and were just 8 points away from 1st.
A happy bus headed back to Bandon and with just few stops along the way, but as the saying goes, what going on tour stays on tour!
Photos (some stolen from Sharon)
Well done to the Bandon Striders team today which finished in 3rd place in the final of the National League First Division.
Best of luck to the men’s team who are in action on Sunday in the final of the National League in Tullamore. They are competing in the First Division and have realistic hopes if all goes well on the day of a podium finish and promotion to the Premier Division for next year.
There is a bus heading for the final on Sunday for team and officials, leaving Kellehers at 7am sharp.
There is some space for supporters so anyone wishing to travel on Sunday to support the team can text Catherine (086-2399665) to book a space on the bus.