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.
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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: May 10th 9pm in Munster Arms
Summer Camp Will be held 11th-14th July. 087-1135500 to book a place
Bandon A.C would like to extend its sympathy to the family of club member Declan O’Halloran who passed away recently.
Declan was the former chairman of Bandon A.C. and was a regular on cross-country teams of the Eighties. He was also for a time the treasurer of the West Cork Athletics Division.
Declan was an accomplished runner who featured in the prestigious BallyCotton ’10’ as recently as 2013.
Bandon A.C. members will be performing a guard of honour at the funeral mass.
May he rest in peace.
Reception on Friday morning at 11am at St. Martin’s Church, Farnivane followed by Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to the adjoining cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers to Neurology Trust at C. U. H.
DIRECTIONS TO FARNIVANE CHURCH… FARNIVANE IS ABOUT 3 MILES NORTH OF BANDON…. TAKE THE BANDON TO MACROOM ROAD AND AT FINNIS CROSS TAKE A LEFT UP FOR FARNIVANE….direction signs will be on road
Rotterdam Marathon On Sunday April 10, 2016
A large number of Irish athletes took part in this year Rotterdam marathon. Mark Hanrahan from Cork just missed out in the Olympic marathon qualifying time by 50 seconds when he ran 2.19.50 finishing 34th out of 12814 runners. Bandon A.C. David Craig continued his great form running a big PB of 2:50:12 finishing in 298th place, with a faster second half by 20 seconds.
Report by Kevin Wilmot
With the 2016 running of the Boston Marathon a few weeks ago, just a brief look back at the first ever Irish winner of that race.
John C. Lorden having been born just outside of Bandon in 1876 found himself like many Irish at the time heading to U.S.A. in search of work and settled in Massachusetts. Working as a shipping agent for a manufacturing company in Cambridge, he was only able to train at night because of his job. However he soon found himself one of the top distance runners of his generation. As the start of the Boston Marathon in 1903 he was reported as feeling unwell at the start of the race and ignored doctors orders that he should not compete, so he took his place at the start line with an impressive list of quality marathoners.
Among the other runners was John Caffrey who won in 1900 and 1901, Samuel Mellor who was the defending champion as well as as 2 future winners in Spring (1904) and Lorz (1905). However Lorden was not overawed by he had previously featured well in the race, placing 5th in 1901 and 3rd in 1902.
Once Lorden put to rest the leg cramps that had bothered him early in the race, he began his pursuit of the leaders and caught defending champion Mellor with less than three miles to go and won by nearly six minutes in 2:41:29.
The race certainly captured the imagination of the press at the time.
Boston Daily Globe ran the headline “Marathon Run a Race of Marvels” while the Boston Evening Transcript called the race “Greatest of Marathon Runs”
Lorden the following year became one of the many Irish born athletes of the era who competed for the USA in the Olympics. At the 1904 Summer Olympics in St Louis, condition were very warm during the marathon and Lordon was reported to have begun vomiting within the first half mile of the race and unfortunately he did not finish the competition. He was not alone in failing to finish the 1904 marathon as they were competing in terrible conditions. The temperature was 90 degrees and the race was held on a hilly, dusty roads with uneven footing, and traffic regularly passing by. Fresh water was available at only two places in the course with the eventual winner being reported as being revived by a shot of brandy during the race!
In 1905 Lorden again featured in the Boston Marathon finishing in 12th place in a time of 2.57.51
Lorden is also recording as being one of just 2 participants in the first ever marathon held in Newfoundland in 1909. The race was held in a stadium with 6 laps of the track for every mile it was an incredible 150 laps. Despite being just 2 runners involved, due to the high profile of those runners, the race attracted thousands of spectators into the stadium. The lead changed hands many times but finished with Lorden being beaten by McDonald who was one of the top marathoners of the time.
Lorden’s younger brother Joseph also contested a number of Boston Marathons, he finished 10th in 1911, 7nd in 1913, and 3rd in 1914 in a time of 2.28.42
Lorden while delighted with the opportunities afforded to him in the USA, remained proud of his Irish heritage and his Bandon roots just as Bandon is rightly proud of him and his achievements.
Bandon A.C. commemorated the 1903 achievements of Lorden with a monument in Bandon.
(Thanks to his grand daughter for the photo of the race finish and of the clock.)
Lorden at the finish line of the 1903 race with the huge crowd being held back by police
The prize for the winner, an English Carriage Clock
Engraving on the clock
Monument in Bandon
Monument in Bandon
Inscription on the Bandon monument
Wishing everyone who will be competing in the Cork County Juvenile Track & Field Championships on Sunday. This will be the first County competition for a number of them, so hoping for an enjoyable experience for all.
Info on Counties and timetable etc is available here
Also best of luck to the Bandon athletes who are heading to Templemore on Monday for the Munster u20/u23 Track & Field Championships.
Munster Timetable is available here
East Cork Harbour Marathon event in aid of Marymount Hospice. Race include a full and Half Marathon and also a 10KM on the 20th August.
See flyers for more info
Upcoming fund raising event for Hamilton High School on the 14th May.
See flyer for details
Entries (*Final version…no more changes!*) for the upcoming Cork County Juvenile Track and Field Championships is here
Make a note in the diary, this is one you don’t want to miss.
On Friday April 22nd at 8:30pm in the Munster Arms Hotel, one of Bandon A.C’s founding members and longest serving committee member will launch a book detailing the history of Bandon A.C since its formation in 1964. This is a detailed and very interesting read for anyone with an interest in athletics or even the social fabric of the times. Some amusing stories and rare photograph’s are sure to bring the memories flooding back.
The Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Santry on 15/16 April saw a number of Bandon A.C. members in action for their colleges. While the conditions at times were difficult with wind and rain featuring on both days there was still plenty of success stories.
Most of the excitement came on the track with the Healy sisters, Joan and Phil (both U.C.C.) providing plenty of talking points over the weekend. In the 100m sprint, Joan won Gold with Phil winning silver. Phil then set a new IUAA record of 23.93 in the 200m. In the relays Joan anchored the 4x100m team to silver but the main taking point from the weekend was the 4x400m relay. Phil was running the anchor leg for UCC and received the baton in 5th place and seemingly with no chance of making up the ground as the lead runners were well ahead. However Phil’s experience held to her as she ran an excellent leg and passed everyone ahead of her to take the victory on the line.
Laura McSweeney (UCC) won Gold in the Shot Putt and placed 4th in the Weight for Distance.
Bobby Smith (UCC) won Bronze in the Javelin. Patrick McSweeney (UCC) placed 5th in both the Shot Putt and in the Weight for Distance. Promise Okafor (CIT) placed 4th in the Triple Jump and 5th in the Long Jump. Roisin Howard (UL) placed 5th in the Shot Putt and 12th in the Javelin. Mark O’Sullivan (CIT) placed 6th in the 10,000m and Thomas McCarthy (IT Carlow) placed 13th in the 3,000m SteepleChase and 10th in the 800m semi final.
Well done to everyone involved, a number of these athletes will be on the Irish Universities team for an International in Scotland in May so wishing them the best of luck in that.
Selection of photos