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 fill in this online form.
For Fit4Life queries please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next meeting:Tues 6th Dec 9pm in Munster Arms
Donough Coughlan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race 1st Jan 2017. Bandon GAA Pavilion registration on the day

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  • Road Race Sun 1st Jan

    Don’t forget the annual 5mile road race for the Donough Coughlan Memorial Cup is on Sunday 1st Jan at 1pm.
    Registrations on the morning of the race in the Bandon GAA pavilions and presentation of prizes and refreshments in the GAA pavilion after the race.
    Race starts on the ByPass by the entrance to Belfry Heights and finishes by the Bandon Mart, around the corner from the Old Still bar.

    Road race flyerBandonAC_1jan17

    Preview of the course including photos is on the Munster Routes web site

    Clonakilty 10K and Half Marathon results

    The 3rd December saw 21 Members of FIT4LIFE / Bandon A.C. take part in the Clonakilty Waterfront 10K and Half Marathon.
    Margaret Murphy of Bandon A.C. placed 1st female in the 10km with Ronnie Barry of Bandon AC placed 2nd in the 10km
    Carmel Crowley of Bandon A.C placed 1st female in the Half Marathon, this was a fantastic achievement for Carmel who missed a large part of the year with injury.

    For some Members it was their first 10K and they achieved excellent times.
    Fantastic times were achieved right across the board Beginners/Intermediate and Advanced FIT4LIFE Groups

    A great day was had by all and it is all about taking part. The Finish Line is Earned Not Given.

    Bandon FIT4LIFE

    Registration Nights for existing members.

    Registration Nights for existing members.
    Mon 28th and Wed 30th in Bandon Grammar School, 7pm -8:30pm

    Registration for 2017 for existing members will be taken on 28th and 30th in BGS.
    Due to changes in insurance its important for everyone who wants retain membership for 2017 to take these opportunities to sign up.

    Hope to have updated membership form available for download later this week.

    Bandon A.C AGM 2016

    Thanks to everyone who turned up for the club’s AGM last night in the Munster Arms Hotel.
    A very successful year was reflected on and plans for the future discussed.
    Election of officers followed which saw most of the committee retaining their positions.
    Chairman Patrick McSweeney
    Vice Chair Susan McCourt
    Treasurer Carmel Lucey
    Secretary Teresa O’Donovan
    Head Coach Catherine Duggan
    Registrar Tom Laffan
    Child Officers Susan McCourt and Darren Crowley
    Grounds Officer Billy Good
    Competition Secretary Sharon Nevin
    Fiona Mangan steeped down as PRO and that role will now be filled by Evelyn O’Reilly
    President Billy Good
    Chair of Development Sub Committee Michael Weldon

    Picture features some of the coaches and committee members with some of the awards won by the club in 2016


    5km race in Blarney

    The third staging of the Dónal Ahern Memorial 5km Run/Walk will take place on Saturday 26th November 2016.

    The run/walk will commence at 11 a.m. close to Blarney GAA grounds and will continue up the avenue to Blarney Castle Estate and follow the route through the grounds that has been used for the previous two years, finishing on Blarney Castle Avenue.

    The proceeds from this year’s 5km run/walk will go towards the funding of three isolated rooms for children with CF. These rooms will be within the children’s inpatient ward in Cork University Hospital (CUH).
    Online registration is available at the this link…

    Registration is also available on the morning of the race at race headquarters in Blarney GAA Club. Refreshments will be available in GAA Clubhouse after the event.

    Prizes for top finishers.
    Further information is available on our facebook page

    Run Flyer

    Schools Combined Events results

    Irish Life Health Insurance Combined Event schools’ championships, Athlone 12/11/2016 – Report by Frank Stam

    Congratulations to Diarmuid O’Connor who qualified for the Schools International Combined Events competition against England, Wales and Scotland on 10 December in Athlone IT International Arena. Diarmuid had a dream competition in the Junior Boys category in which he broke all his personal bests. It was a very close competition and before the final 800m, Diarmuid was coming 5th, but with a great win in the 800m (and new U15 Club Record) he managed to move up to 2nd place overall with only 19 points separating athletes 2 to 5. In 2007 Sipke O’Shaugnessy took part in the same competition, and while Diarmuid just missed out on Sipke’s club records in the 60 hurdles, long jump and 200m, he did manage to break Sipke’s pentathlon club record by over 100 points.

    In the Intermediate girls Aoibhin O’Connor took part and she also showed a massive improvement from her Munster competition by over 300 points and 4 new PB’s. Unfortunately the field was very strong this year with 6 girls scoring over 3000 points which was too hard to reach. But like Diarmuid she managed to win the 800m and in a time that improved the U17 Club Record by an impressive 19 seconds. She also took Phil Healy’s long jump club record in her stride, but Ciara McKeon’s pentathlon club record just survived.

    Well done both athletes, and Diarmuid good luck in your first international!

    Schools national ce results 2016


    New Years day Race

    Don’t forget 1st Jan 2017, 5 mile road race for the Donough Coughlan Memorial Cup.
    Race gets underway at 1pm, race HQ for the day will be the Bandon GAA Pavilion and registration will be available on the morning of the race.
    Refreshments afterwards also in GAA Pavilion.

    Numerous prizes across different categories with bonus for a new men’s or womenes course record.

    Race flyer

    Preview of the course including photos is on the Munster Race Routes site.

    Dublin City Marathon

    Well done to the Bandon A.C and Bandon Fit4Life members who took part in the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday.
    First club person home was David Craig in an time of 02:48:03 for an impressive 80th place overall. Mari Burke was the first club woman home in time of 03:40:53 for a placing of 1313. James Daly finished in 1811 in 03:55:24. Orla Leane placed 2623rd in a time of 04:17:54. Sinead Horgan placed 3149th in a time of 04:32:45.

    Munster Even-age cross country Report

    Munster Even-age cross country Report by Susan McCourt.
    Sun Oct 23rd, Carrig na bhFear, Cork.
    A sunny day yet again but cold with quite a strong wind. The conditions underfoot were dry and
    overall quite good. The course itself at first glance looked ok but on walking it, it soon became
    apparent that it was tough enough. An uphill pull at the start, turning left into a narrow part of the
    course, widening out then before turning left again to traverse the field into a strong headwind. The
    u10s & 12s continued on straight here, before turning left to go up the long uphill drag again, with
    the 10s turning left into the finish, the 12s continuing on to do the loop again.The 14s and older
    took a right on the traverse into a 500m loop before joining back in to continue as the 12s did, up
    the long pull on to their 2nd loop. The club’s new purchase made it’s debut yesterday & it was most
    welcome, sheltering us all from the strong wind. Thank you to all the parents who helped with
    putting it up and taking it down.
    The u10 girls had a great day out and their team took bronze. A fantastic result. Layla O
    Neill, Natalia Dawidowcz, Doireann Kelly, Orla Ryan, Orlaith Deasy Jenny Flemming, Sarah
    Burrows & Aoife Callan all had a terrific race with Aoife 11th & Sarah 12th winning individual
    medals and scoring with the Cork team to get Gold county medals. The boys u10 team of Sean
    Hales, Harry Good, Daniel Dollard, Daniel Coughlan, Eoin O Callaghan, Jack Twomey, Diarmuid
    Brady, Jack Coomey, Dylan Looney & Cormac O Flynn all ran very well in a race with one of the
    largest number of entries on the day, 157. Their team finished 6th, well done boys.
    The boys u12; Joseph Buttimer, Dara McCarthy, Sean Deasy, Danny Crowley, Dara Ryan &
    Ciaran Brady also ran superbly on the day and they finished 6th. The u12 girls team of Molly O
    Callaghan, Ciara O Sullivan, Niamh Quinn, Ciara White Ella Collins & Amy McCarthy were 5th on
    the day with Ella 10th & Amy 2nd winning individual medals and scoring for Cork, winning gold
    county medals. They both will now represent Munster in the All-Irelands. Well done girls!
    The girls u14 team of Ellen Murphy, Kate O Neill, Clare Flynn, Emillie Good, Nicola Tuthill &
    Jane Buckley were the first to try out the longer loop. All ran very well and the team finished 4th
    with Jane coming in 4th place and scoring for the Cork team, winning a gold county medal. The
    boys u14 team of Jack Cullen, Gavin Kelleher, Callum McCourt & Ruairi Harrington also ran very
    strongly with Jack & Gavin scoring for the Cork team and winning silver county medals. They will
    now represent Cork in the All-Irelands, and Jane will represent Munster. Super stuff!
    The club had some individual entries on the day too. Olivia Tuthill, Katie Murphy(u16) and
    John Muckian, Naoise O Flaitheartaigh(u18). All four ran extremely well with Olivia scoring for the
    Cork team winning a bronze county medal, and John and Naoise also scoring for the Cork team
    winning a silver county medal. These three also qualify for the All-Irelands. Well done to all the
    athletes on the day, who put in a tremendous effort and really gave everything for their teams. And
    also a big thanks to all the parents and coaches, without which none of it would be possible.