Training/Fixtures etc

Bandon Athletic Club has currently the largest membership of any athletic club in Munster. Affiliated to Athletics Ireland, members compete in events at all levels in Track& Field, Cross Country and road.
Training: Mon and Wed night. 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 there is a waiting list for new members in some ages. Anyone looking to join, please text the club phone 087-1135500 stating the age of the athletes. Minimum age for wait list is 7years.
For Fit4Life queries please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next Committee meeting: Sept 13th 9pm in Munster Arms
Summer Camp Will be held 11th-14th July. Form ** FULL, NO MORE BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN **

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  • National League results

    Last Sunday at the 2nd round of the National League was a very nervous time for Bandon athletes and coaches alike.
    Womens’ team were in the Premier Division and needing a good day to make the league final in August, the Men’s team who were partnered with Abbey Striders to form Bandon Striders looked in better position in the First Division but still knew they could take nothing for granted.
    The early omens’ for the womens side didn’t look good, illness and injury meant a few late withdrawals which mean the team had to be redone and athletes asked to cover events they wouldn’t normally do. The team was strengthened by the availability of Phil and Joan Healy who were back after competing in the European Athletics Championships the weekend before. Phil won the 200m in a new personal best time and Joan won the 100m, Phil and Joan then formed part of the 4x100m relay team with Kate Bernard and Aoibhin O’Connor and recorded a good win. Another win came from Laura McSweeney in the Shot Putt and she also placed 3rd in the Hammer. Rachel Roche was 2nd in the javelin and 5th in the Discus. Coach Liz Commey braved stepped up to take on the 1,500m walk and finished in a vital 2nd place. Aoibhin O’Connor was one of the busiest athletes of the day, she was 6th in 400m, the High Jump and Long Jump and was also part of both relays. Amy Crowley was 5th in the 100m hurdles and 6th in the 400m hurdles. Alison Hathaway was 5th in the Triple Jump. Heading into the last event of the day the 4x400m, the team knew it was still too close to call and every point would matter. the team of Phil, Amy, Alison and Aoibhinn put in a brave race and finished in 6th place.
    The men’s team good off to a good start in the first event of the day with Patrick McSweeney placing 2nd in the Hammer and he later placed 2nd in the Shot Put. There was win’s in the Javelin for Bobby Smith and Ronan Duggan in the 800m. Abbey Striders also provided wins for Ben O’Donovan in the High Jump and Diarmuid Clancey in the 400m Hurdles while Saran Malangalashthira was 2nd in the Pole Vault and 4th in the 100m Hurdles.
    Shane Howard was 2nd in the Long Jump. Dave McInerney was 2nd in the 200m and 5th in 400m. Promise Okafor was 2nd in the Triple Jump with a new personal best. Colin Kingston was 3rd in the Discus and Gavin Hicks finished 5th in the 56Lb for Distance in a new personal best. Great to see some of the younger members get stuck in also and future looks bright with some brave running by John Muckian (6th in 1,500) and Naoise Ó Flaithertaigh (5th in the 5km).
    However things were not all going our way, the 4x100m team of Daniel Hathaway, Scott Gibson, Dave McInerney and Shane Howard finished 2nd but Scott picked up an injury in the process and would see no further action for the day. Thomas McCarthy felt unwell in the SteepleChase and had to withdraw about halfway and then more drama in the 100m. Shane Howard lined up in the blocks with hopes for a win, but when the gun went, so did the blocks and Shane found himself on the ground. A faulty start should have been the outcome but not called by the officials, so instead of the hoped for 9 points for a win, it was zero and things were suddenly looking too close for comfort!
    The final event was the 4x400m and some points needed to be won, and the team of Ronan Duggan, Daniel Hathway, Dave McInerney and Ben O’Donovan finished in 4th place and it looked like it would be enough.

    With the points totaled, both teams seemed to be in position for the final, but all depended on results in the the other venue. As the results came through and the maths were checked and double checked, confirmation! Both team make the final after finishing in 8th place, womens team had just 4 points to spare over 9th place while the mens team had 12 points to spare. So job done and if full strength teams are available for the final, there is no reason why both teams can’t contest for a podium place so wishing them the best of luck.

    International Selection

    Best of luck to Laura Nicholson (Bandon Grammar School) who will be part of the Irish Schools team for the Schools International on Sat, where they will compete against teams from England, Scotland and Wales.
    Laura selection to compete in the Steeplechase is based on her recent performances where she won the Intermediate steeplechase in the All-Ireland Schools Championship at the start of June and then placed 2nd in the Steeplechase in the Tailteann Inter provincial at the end of June.

    Bandon Fit4Life

    Bandon A.C FIT4LIFE group will be taking on New FIT4LIFE Members on the 6th September 2016.

    Intermediates 7-8 (4 – 5 Miles)
    Beginners 8-9 (Absolute Beginners)
    Advanced 8-9 (6 – 8 Miles)

    So if you know anyone that would like to join Bandon FIT4LIFE, you might pass on the Information.
    More info @ 087-4340860

    FIT4LIFE Report July 2016

    Again a fantastic Month for FIT4LIFE.
    1 Member took part in the Drinagh 5K
    3 Members took part in the Kilmurray Road Race.
    The Dunmanway Road Race organised by Doheny AC was well supported by FIT4LIFE seeing Liz Mills coming 1st in her Category, Mari Burke coming 2nd in her Category and Aoife Gardner coming 3rd in her Category. Overall a very good turnout from Bandon.
    The 21st June 2016 saw 7 Members of FIT4LIFE going to Courtmacsherry as part of their usual Tuesday night training and prior to the 10K Road Race on Friday of that week. We ran the entire course and Members had a good idea where to slow down on the course and where to sprint to the finish.
    One Member – Mike McKeon competed in the Daniel Kingston 5K Memorial Race on the 23rd June in Macroom.
    Courtmacsherry Road Race on the 24th June was again well supported by FIT4LIFE with 12 Members competing on the night. Linda McGuire from the Beginners Group took on her first 10K in Courtmacsherry.
    The Waterford Half Marathon on the 25th June was attended by one Member.
    Two Members competed in the Colour Dash on Sunday the 26th June in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
    I mentioned to FIT4LIFE that we take on the “Make your Mark on Cancer” Walk on the 17th July. This was well received by the FIT4LIFE Members. We are hoping to wear our FIT4LIFE Colours on the day. Proceeds are going to the Mercy University Hospital. We would like if Bandon AC Members could join us for this Event. We were advised that we do not need a Sponsorship Card and that a Group Rate has been put in place for us – which is €20.00 per Person. To take part normally would cost the Individual €25.00.
    Some of our Members have asked me could they run this course as some are doing the Killarney Half Marathon and Dublin City Marathon and this does not appear to be a problem as I have checked this with the “Make your Mark on Cancer” Committee.
    At the present time, I am taking names of those wishing to take part in this Event as I have been advised that FIT4LIFE Members will need to be pre-registered. All Monies will be collect the week commending the 11th July.

    The 1st July saw 6 of our Members taking part in the Ballinascarthy 10K Road Race.
    Singlets and T-Shirts have been sorted at this stage with all Members now having received these.
    Bandon FIT4LIFE Hoodies were discussed and it was agreed that these Hoodies could remain as Black and Yellow for the FIT4LIFE Group.

    This Concludes the Report on FIT4LIFE
    Linda Hodnett
    Bandon FIT4LIFE

    All Ireland Children’s games, Tullamore, Sun July 3rd.

    Yesterday, Sunday 3rd, saw the clubs youngest athletes compete at national level, in the Children’s games u9-11 or pairs competition, in Tullamore. Thankfully, the weather was much improved on Saturday and we had sunshine for most of the day, with a light breeze and no rain. There were 4 x u9 pairs, 3 x u10 pairs and 6 x u11 pairs competing with 4 relay teams, 2 x u9, 1 x u10 and 1 x u11.

    Laura Sheehy & Amy McCarthy took gold in the u11 60m, it being 3 in a row for Laura with gold the last two years also. A fantastic achievement! Kate Collins & Clodagh Barry threw really well to win bronze in the u9 turbo. Again a great achievement in their 1st All Ireland’s.

    In the long jump we had Ruby Cummins & Emma O Connell u9 and Leah Crean & Aoife Callan u10. Super jumping by all the girls on such a big day. In the u10 60m Sarah Burrows & Leah Crean got called in at the last minute by Munster to replace a pair that couldn’t go and the girls did themselves proud considering the little time they had to prepare. In the u11 600m Oisin McCarthy & Adam Barry fought bravely in two very fast races and ran very good times. In the u11 turbo Maia McCourt & Aoife Tuthill threw well but came up against very tough competition on the day.

    But 4th place was the order of the day, with 5 of our pairs finishing in 4th place, missing out on medals by the narrowest of margins, whether it be seconds or cms. Harry McCourt & Oran Coughlan 4th u9 60m, Harry McCourt & Andrew Lane 4th u9 turbo, Coen Crowley & Dara Walsh 4th u11turbo, Amy McCarthy & Aoibhinn McKeogh 4th u11 600m and Maia McCourt & Vicki Good 4th u11 60m. There were some great performances and superb PBs and it just shows you also need a little luck on the day.

    Last up, at the end of a very long day, with a lot of kids up since the crack of dawn, competing and waiting about in between, were the relays. Always exciting and great to watch our four relays didn’t disappoint. All age groups had to run heats to qualify for the final. The u9 girls ran their heart out and were really unlucky to miss out on a place in the final. The u10 girls qualified from a very fast heat and after a great run by all four finished 5th in a great time. The u11 girls also qualified from a very fast heat and they ran absolutely out of their skins to take bronze on the day behind their Munster rivals, Doneen & Leevale. The u9 boys qualified for the final from heat 2 behind Leevale. Once that whistle went in the final, these boys were not settling for 4th or 3rd place and gave absolutely everything they had and battled superbly down the home straight finishing in 2nd place just behind Derg and ahead of Leevale. It’s also worth mentioning that this team dropped the baton in the Munsters but picked it up and still managed to finish 3rd, to qualify for the All Ireland’s. A lesson we could all learn from, that even if the situation looks hopeless, keep trying, don’t give up. And now they have earned themselves well deserved All Ireland medals. A fantastic team performance from boys so young.
    Well done to all of the above young athletes who traveled such a long way and competed so well on the day, their parents and their coaches. Off the track, there was the usual comraderie also with ‘all for one & one for all’ the theme of the day. A special thank you to Trevor Collins for taking some great photos on the day. Ye all did Bandon AC proud. Take a bow.

    Report by Susan McCourt.

    Juvenile results from Sun

    Busy day on Sun in Tullamore, with relays, Pairs competition and Combined Events all taking place.

    In the Juvenile Combined Events in Tullamore on Sun, Diarmuid O’Connor won Silver in the U15 age group.

    All-Ireland relays for u9-11 saw 3 Bandon teams in actions with 2 teams among the medals.
    Boys u9 won Silver
    Girls u11 won Bronze and girls u10 placed 5th

    All-Ireland Pair’s Competition on Sunday, there was a number of Bandon teams in action. Well done to everyone who took part.
    Among the medals were;
    Girls U11, 60m sprint, Laura Sheehy and Amy McCarthy won Gold.
    Girls U9 turboJavelin, Kate Collins and Clodagh Barry won Silver

    National u20 and U23 Track & Field Championships

    The National under 20 and under 23 Track and Field Championships was held in Tullamore on Sat, in what was at times very difficult conditions with heavy rain and strong winds, but Bandon athletes are made of tough stuff!
    Gavin Hicks won Gold in the Weight for Distance, placed 5th in the Shot Putt and 7th in the Discus. The Junior men’s relay team of Scott Gibson, Joey Henchy, Daniel Hathaway and Matthew Draper won Silver. Joey Henchy was the unfortunate victim of a false start in the 200m.
    In the Under 23 age group, Laura McSweeney continued her recent fine form with a Gold medal in the Shot Put and a Silver in the Hammer. Shane Howard was once again over the 7m mark in the u23 Long Jump and won a deserved Gold. Promise Okafor won Bronze in the Triple Jump.
    Well done everyone and to all the coaches involved.

    Munster u14-u19

    Well done to everyone who took part in the recent Munster u14-U19 Track and Field Championships in Cork.

    Full results are on Munster Site

    -Pro Report by Fiona Mangan
    A large number of Bandon athletes competed in the Munster U14-U19 T&F Championships in C.I.T. on 18/19 June. The sun shone through the clouds on Saturday but the rain prevailed on Sunday. However, this did not deter the athletes who performed very well on both days. Laura Nicholson won gold and set a new championship best in the GU17 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 7:22:58. Also winning gold were Aoibhinn O’Connor (GU17 Long Jump); Fiona Everard (GU19 1500m); Emily Horgan (GU19 Shot Putt); Dave McInerney (BU17 400m); Travis Coomey (BU18 Hammer) and James French (BU19 Shot Putt). Silver medal winners included Niamh Sugrue (GU15 Javelin); Ella Stack (GU16 Pole Vault); Moira Barrett (GU17 Triple Jump); Emily Horgan (GU19 Hammer); Max Hallahan (BU14 Javelin); Tristan Chambers (BU15 Triple Jump); Conor Calnan (BU16 Steeplechase); Cian Kingston (BU17 Shot Putt); Daniel Landzaad (BU18 100m) and Travis Coomey (BU18 Shot Putt and Discus). A number of athletes won bronze, including Nicola Tuthill (GU14 Hammer); Stacey Komolafe (GU15 250m Hurdles and Long Jump); Niamh Sugrue (GU15 Hammer); Ella Stack (GU16 High Jump); Aoibhinn O’Connor (GU17 100m); Mark Collins (BU14 Shot Putt); Diarmuid O’Connor (BU15 High Jump); James Kirkby (BU15 Hammer); Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh (BU17 3000m); Dave McInerney (BU17 100m); Brian Riordan (BU17 Triple Jump); Cian Kingston (BU17 Discus) and Daniel Hathaway (BU19 400m). These and a number of other athletes who just missed out on medals in fourth place have qualified for the National T&F Championships to be held in Tullamore in July. Some of the relay teams also medalled over the weekend.

    Some photos also from Fiona Mangan