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. See “Forms & Booklets” page for forms. C.I.T Track is also used for training.
Membership Update: Due to the current large membership the club will be operating a waiting list for new members. Anyone wishing to join, please text the club phone at 087-1135500 stating the age of the athletes. Preference will be given to athletes who are willing to compete for the club in upcoming track and field events for the club. Additional info available on request.
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The 3rd race of the Killarney 5k series was held on Saturday the 22nd of February. Mark O Sullivan was the sole Bandon AC athlete taking part and was first home to take the win in a time of 16:00.
The Bord Gais BHAA 5k Race was held on the 2nd of March and as usual attracted a large crowd with 336 finishers. The course covered the two loop flat marina route. Bandon AC members competed well on the day with some fine performances. Ronan Duggan was the first Bandon man home in 16:25. Carmel Crowley was 3rd female home in 18:21 Fergus Wall was first over 45 in 17:16. Tom Sheehan continued his good form of late by wining the over 50s in 17:54, his first race in this category. Mathew Geden finished in a time of 18:53 and Ronan Sheehan 21:42.
Full results are available on the Cork running blog.
Report by David Craig
A number of activities on this weekend.
The Aviva Irish Schools’ Cross Country Championships takes place in Cork CIT this Saturday and see’s a number of club members representing their schools.
The West Cork Road races are taking place in Dunmanway at 12noon on Sun, more info on West Cork site.
And from a training point of view, Munster Performance Squad are holding a session in UL on Sun which will see a number of club members taking part, while on Sat the National Throws Squad is being held in Tullamore and Laura McSweeney is the sole club members on that squad.
Results from the 1st & 2nd day of the Munster Juvenile Indoors from Nenagh are available on the results page
Upcoming West Cork Board events include the annual West Cork Road races in Dunmanway on Sun 9th March at 12noon.
The West Cork Track and Field Championships will be held on Sun 30th and Sat 12th of April.
Info on both events are available on the West Cork Board web site
The All Ireland B Juvenile Cross Country championships took place on Sunday 23rd February in Dunboyne, Co. Meath. In the juvenile races the club was represented by a team in the Boys U11 race and two athletes in the Boys U13 race.
Although still windy, the weather held up after an extremely wet and windy night and the ground was very heavy underfoot which provided for a very challenging course for all athletes. The U11 team of Callum McCourt, Luke Quinlan, Mark Collins, Ruairi Harrington and Jacob O Driscoll ran very competitively and just missed out on a club team medal, finishing in 4th place. Callum, Luke and Mark scored for the Cork team, with Cork finishing in 2nd place and so earned themselves a silver county medal. Callum ran a great tactical race and crossed the line in 1st place to earn himself the gold medal and the national title, a great achievement as he was also running out of age.
In the U13 race, the club was represented by, Fionn Harrington and Andrew O Leary. Again these boys competed very well, as they too were out of age. Fionns experience from the National Championships in November paid off and he earned a well-deserved, gold medal, scoring for the Cork team. All these boys, along with two other U11 team members, Keelan Crowley(who got a Cork medal in the As) and Max Hallahan who unfortunately was unwell at the weekend and could not compete, have trained very hard over the last six months and will have gained great experience from their races this season. They, along with all our other club cross country teams, did the club proud and wrapped up a very successful XC season for the club
Report and photos by Susan McCourt
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There were two road races held on the 9th of February.
The Mealagh Valley 10 mile race was held near Bantry in West Cork and organised by Bantry AC. There were 77 finishers. This is a challenging 10 mile race and Tom Laffan of Bandon AC ran well to finish in 3rd in a time of 1:03:05. Eddie Wilmot was 24th in 1:14:39 and Steve Young was 51st in 1:27:19.
The Cork BHAA Jansen 4 mile road race was held on the Little Island circuit.
A large crowd of 405 runners took part. Carmel Crowley was 2nd female home in 23:56 while Tom Sheehan was 3rd over 45 finishing in 23:57.
Full results of both races available on cork running blog
Report by David Craig
Well done to all the Bandon athletes in action in the National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone.
Laura McSweeney who won a bronze medal in the shot putt on day one. Roisin Howard was also competing on day one and she placed in 4th place in the high jump and 6th place in the shot putt.
Day 2 saw Phil Healy winning Silver in the 60m sprint in a time of 7.37 just outside the qualifying time for the world indoors.
Rosin Howard was back in action again on day two and finished 6th in the 60m Hurdles.
Fintan O’Shaughnessy was 8th in the Long Jump.
Best of luck and safe travelling to the club members who are competing in the National Senior Indoors in Athlone over the weekend.
There will be some of the action live on RTE on Sunday afternoon,