Training/Fixtures etc

Training: Mon and Wed night in Bandon Town Park. 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.
Click for list of upcoming events (Please check relevant web site for any updated info.)
Upcoming club events are ……

  • Fit4Life every Tues Kellehers @ 8pm
  • Fri 21st Nov. Club AGM in the Rugby Club at 8pm
  • All Ireland Cross Country

     The Even Age , Senior , U23 and Junior All Ireland Cross Country championships took place in Dundalk Institute of Technology grounds, Co. Louth on November 23rd 2014.  Twenty three athletes and their supporting families and coaches made the 750km return journey for the All Ireland championship event. They were well rewarded with a lovely sunny day and a very well organised event. With the recent heavy rain it was expected that conditions would be very soft underfoot but with an overnight frost and a nice sunny day the ground conditions improved to provide ideal ground conditions for a cross country event. There were a three small climbs for the athletes to overcome over what was described as a relatively flat fast course.
    We had 2 club teams competing with the girls U12 team of Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill, Clare Flynn, Amy O Donoghue, Nicola McKeon and Caoimhe Ni O’Fhaitheartargh first in action. It was a daunting task for the girls as they joined a field of  167 athletes to cover the 2000m loop course. All 6 girls had a great run and the team finished in 5th place with Jane leading the team home finishing in 23rd place. She also scored on the Cork team  who won gold. Keelan Crowley and Callum McCourt were running for the Cork team in the boys U12 race. Both boys ran very competitive races. Keelan finished in 36th  place and was the 3rd scorer on the Cork team who won the bronze medal. Callum who was competing out of age finished in a strong 72nd place and he will have gained valuable experience from the competition.
    Grainne Mulcahy and Olivia Tuthil were running for the Cork team in the Girls U14. Both girls competed in a strong field of 145 athletes with Grainne finishing in 59th place and Olivia who was competing out of age following closely behind in 62nd place. Grainne scored on the Cork team helping them win the silver medal. In the U16 races  Naoise Ni’Fhaitheartaigh , Carina Crowley and Laura Nicholson were also running on the Cork teams. Naoise running out of age had strong race to finish in 70th place. Carina and Laura finished in 18th and 37th place respectively with both girls scoring on the Munster and Cork teams who won the bronze medal places.
    The Girls U18 team of Ella Nicholson, Bethany Haigh, Niamh Ahern, Sadbh Ni Fhlaitheartaigh, Fiona Everard and Sinead Caulfield competed over the 4000m course. There was a great team spirit and all the girls had a great race. Fiona and Sinead scored on the Cork team helping the county win the silver medal. Fiona also scored on the Munster team who took the 3rd place spot. Dylan O’Connor competed in the Boys U18 race having a 6000m  course to complete and he ran a very strong race to score on the Cork team earning himself a silver medal. Thomas McCarthy ran in the Junior race and finished in 30th place and was the 3rd scorer on the Cork team helping them win the bronze medal place.
    Carmel Crowley who is the current Club Captain led by example in the Senior women’s race as after supporting the juvenile athletes for the early part of the day she then turned around and competed for the Cork team in the 8KM senior women’s race.  Mark O’Sullivan ran in the combined senior and under 23 race. He had a really strong race to finish 33rd overall and 8th in the U23 category. He was the 4th scorer on the Cork team who won an impressive silver medal place.
    It was great day’s competition for all the Bandon Athletes and well done to all. Thanks to all the parents, families and coaches for supporting them over the weekend.
    Report by Tom Laffan

    Best of Luck to Phil

    The club wishes the best of luck to Phil Healy at the Athletics Ireland Awards on Wed.
    Phil has been nominated in the Emerging Athlete category. This is in recognition of her achievements in 2014 which include qualifying to the European Senior Track & Field Championships and being part of the Irish 4x100m relay team which set a new national record.
    The awards will take place on Wednesday 26th of Nov in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood.

    Preview of awards on AAI site

    Schools National Championships Combined Events

    Schools National Championships Combined Events, Athlone, 15 November, 2014

    Ciara McKeon, competing in the Junior Girls category, was the only athlete from Bandon AC who qualified for this highly contested Pentathlon competition. There were only 10 days between the provincial and the national competition, but despite this Ciara stepped it up and produced a new Club Record in the U15 girls Long Jump. She broke the record from Toni Chatterton which had stood since 2008 with 4.73m. Ciara jumped 4.74! She also improved on her shot putt from the last competition with 9.07m. Her hurdles, high jump and 800m were very similar to the last time, which resulted in an overall pentathlon score of 2762 points good for 8th place and 46 points more than in the Munster Schools championships. End of a successful year, and January awaits just around the corner with both the Munster and National Clubs Indoors Combined Event competitions.
    Well done Ciara.

    Report by Frank Stam

    Munster XC Report

    The Munster UnEven age and Intermediate Cross Country championships took place in Newmarket and Fergus, Co. Clare on November 9th 2014. The XC course was set out over two challenging fields which meant that all athletes had to work extra hard in each of the races. While there was some heavy rain on the journey up to Clare the rain cleared and we had nice breezy day for all to enjoy.
    Ronnie Barry competed on the Cork team in the intermediate race and she ran a very strong race to finish in 8th place and she helped the Cork team take the bronze medal.
    The juvenile races day started with the U9 competitors which is the youngest age group that are eligible to compete so for all this was their first Munster championship event. Both U9 teams rose to the challenge with the Girls U9 team of Amy McCarthy, Maia McCourt, Aoibhinn McKeogh, Niamh Cotter, Aoife Tuthill and Ailbhe Gibbons taking the Gold medal place and the Boys U9 team of Daire Walsh, Adam Barry, Conor Creswell, Luke Casey and Ronan Aherne taking the bronze medal place. Three of the U9 girls won individual medals with Amy taking 2nd place, Maia in 8th and Niamh in 11th place. Amy also scored on the Cork team helping the county win 1st prize. Daire Walsh scored on the Cork team for the boys U9 team helping them win the silver medal.
    The Girls and Boys U11 team were next to race and they were the first group to complete the challenging loop which covered both fields. The Girls team of Lucy T McCarthy, Aishling McKeogh, Ellen Murphy and Hannah Buckley and Boys team of Callum McCourt, Jack Cullen, Adam Casey, Eoghan Cassidy, Joseph Buttimer and Sean Deasy all ran strong races and just finished outside the team medals. Callum McCourt had a very competitive race and he finished in 6th place also scoring on the Cork team that won gold.
    The two U13 teams (Girls Jane Buckley, Jane Buttimer, Olivia Tuthill, Caoimhe Deasy, Lauren McCourt, Katie Murphy, Nicola, Boys Tim McCarthy, Keelan Crowley, Fionn Harrington, Niall Desmond, Liam Crowley , Andrew OLeary and Ruairi Harrington) had 2500m to race and both teams finished in 5th place which was just outside the All Ireland qualifying place. Niall Desmond had a very strong race and he competed for the top place throughout the race and he finished in an excellent 3rd place. He also scored on the Cork team who won Gold.
    It was great to have two U15 teams competing at a Munster level and both teams did very well with the Girls taking 1st place and the boys following closely behind in 2nd place. The Girls team of Niamh Callanan, Laura Nicholson, Michelle O’Dononvan. Moira Barrett and Grainne Mulcahy ran very well as a team all finishing in the top 30 places. Laura who won an individual medal also scored on the Cork team along with Niamh. Naoise O’Fhaitheartaigh and Conor Calnan finished in 11th and 12th place leading the rest of the team of Christain Buttimer, Michael Laffan, Killian Coghlan , Jude Donegan and Matt Devine. They also scored on the Cork team who took 1st place.
    Fiona Everard, Carina Crowley , Aoibh Cassidy and Alice Symington competed in the U17 race over a 4000m course. The girls ran very strongly from start to finish earning themselves a well deserved 2nd team prize with Carina taking individual 8th place and Fiona 9th place.
    The standard across all races was very high as you would expect at a Munster championship and all our athletes should be very proud of their performances. Well done to all.
    Report by Tom Laffan


    A number of Bandon AC athletes were selected on the Munster Performance Squads and they should now have registered online and confirmed they will be attending the sessions.
    Anyone selected who has not yet done so, should do it as soon as possible. Those who are declining the squad place, should also do so as soon as possible so that other athletes can be offered the chance.
    First Munster Squad session is on Saturday 22nd Nov in Cork IT
    List of athletes and additional info on Munster site

    At a recent National Throws Squad session in Tullamore, the club had 2 athletes on the squad. Bobby Smith (Javelin) and Laura McSweeney (Shot Put)

    Club AGM

    Club AGM is on Fri 21st Nov in the Bandon Rugby Club at 8pm.
    All senior members and parent of juvenile members are invited attend and have their say in how the club are run.

    Hope to see a big turn out on the 21st.