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.
Fit4Life every Tues Kellehers @ 8pm
26th October at 2pm the Deirdre O’Reilly 5k Road Race (see flyer)
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.
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The TCS Amsterdam Marathon took place on the 19th of October. With over 12000 runners taking part this marathon is now a top European event. Attracting some of the big names from around the world it always has fast winning times for both male and female. From Bandon AC David Craig made it 2 marathons in a week, this time breaking the 3 hour mark for the 1st time with a time of 2 hour 56 minutes. Not too far behind was Tom Sheehan holding his good form running 3 hours and 4 minutes.
Good luck to all running in this year’s Dublin city marathon.
Report by Kevin Wilmot
Graz Marathon, Austria October 12th 2014
The European police marathon takes place every 4 years and this year it took place in Austria on October the 12th. It was incorporated into the main Graz marathon and was run in 27 degrees heat, so hot that over 60 athletes’ did not finish. David Craig was running on the Irish police team and they finished 8 out of the 19 countries that took part, this was the highest Irish finish to date. He also ran a PB by 8 minutes giving him a time of 3hours and 1 minutes.
Report by Kevin Wilmot
Cross Country Report from Conna Oct 12th 2014 By Tom Laffan
The UnEven age and Masters Cross Country championships took place in Conna on October 12th 2014. The championships which were hosted by St Catherine’s AC on the excellent grounds of Siobhan and Frank Hayes. The course was split over three fields which provided a mix of terrains for the athletes to complete. There were ample flat sections to allow for much faster running but there were also number of sections in the outer loop which presented a number of gradual climbs which tested many of the athletes. The weather conditions were excellent and we were graced with a lovely sunny day.
The first race of the day was the women’s Masters race with Carmel Crowley and Ronnie Barry representing the club. Both athletes had great races with Carmel taking the county masters title with Ronnie following closely in 3rd place. This was great running from these master athletes.
The juvenile races day started with the U9 competitors which is the youngest age group that are eligible to compete so for most this was their first county championship event. At 8 years of age this can be a daunting challenge for many but full credit to both U9 teams as they produced great performances. The Girls U9 were the first off and the team of Amy McCarthy, Maia McCourt, Aoibhinn McKeogh, Niamh Cotter, Claire Riordan, Aoife Tuthill, Ailbhe Gibbons, Jane Horgan and Ava Troy won 1st county team prize with Amy McCarthy also winning an individual medal by taking 4th place. The boys U9 team of Daire Walsh, Adam Barry, Conor Creswell and Luke Casey were next up and they also impressed by winning 2nd team prize. Daire Walsh led the lead the team home and also earned himself an individual medal by finishing in 6th place overall. There was a large number of athletes in this race and there is often a lot of rough and tumble to contend with. Conor Creswell took at bad tumble at the start but he bravely picked himself up and continued to race on for the team managing to score on the team.
The Girls U11 team were next to race and they were the first group to complete the challenging loop which covered 3 fields. The team of Lucy T McCarthy, Aishling McKeogh, Ellen Murphy, Hannah Buckley, Erica O Mahony all raced very well and were unlucky to finish outside the team medals. The Boys U11 team of Callum McCourt, Jack Cullen, Adam Casey, Eoghan Cassidy, Joseph Buttimer were next to race and with two of the boys competing up an age they did extremely well to win 2nd team prize with Callum leading the team home by also winning an individual 3rd place medal.
As we move up the ages the distances increase with the U13’s having to complete 2500m. The Girls U13 competing were Clare Flynn, Sarah Buckley, Jane Buttimer, Olivia Tuthill, Caoimhe Deasy, Lauren McCourt, Katie Murphy, Nicola Tuthill, Amy O Donoghue and Nicola McKeon. They worked really well as a team and earned a well deserved 1st team place. The Boys U13 team of Tim McCarthy, Fionn Harrington, Ruairi Harrington and Josh Mahony ran very strong races today and were unlucky to finish outside the medals.
The U15’s had 3500m to complete and the club were delighted to field two strong U15 teams. The Girls team of Niamh Calnan, Laura Nicholson, Michelle O’Dononvan. Moira Barrett won 1st team place. Laura Nicholson won gold and took the County U15 Girls title followed in 6th place by Moira Barrett with Niamh Calnan in 8th and Michelle O’Donovan who was competing out of age finishing in 14th place. The Boys U15 team of Christain Buttimer, Michael Laffan, Naoise O’Fhaitheartaigh, Conor Calnan, Killian Coghlan and Jude Donegan also won the 1st team place with Naoise finishing in 4th place earning himself an individual medal.
Fiona Everard, Bethany Haigue and Carina Crowley competed in the U17 race over a 4000m course. The girls ran very strongly from start to finish with Fiona taking 3rd place, Carina 5th and Bethany in 7th place.
Well one to all competing athletes today. The training continues as we gear up for the next round of competition. Thanks to all who helped and supported the athletes today.
Some photos also from Tom
In association with Bandon AC and Bandon Fit4Life on the 26th October at 2pm the Deirdre O’Reilly 5k Road Race and Walk will take place in Bandon.
This is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Deirdre O’Reilly Trust Fund.
Cost is €10 per individual with a special €25 deal for a family of 4.
Keep the date free, more info shortly.
Best of luck to the athletes who will be in action next Sunday at Cork AAI County Masters and Uneven Age Juvenile Cross Country Championships which takes place next Sunday in Conna, hosted by St Catherine’s AC.
Full results and photos from yesterday are on County Web site
Some additional photos from Tom are here
Cross Country Report- Tom Laffan
The Even Age, Novice Cross and U23 Cross Country championships took place in Carrigadrohid, West Cork on October 5th 2014. The championships which were hosted by West Muskery AC was very well organised providing a fair but challenging cross country course for all athletes. This was the same course we had for this years West Cork Championships so our club athletes knew exactly what to expect of the course. We were lucky enough with the weather conditions with just 2 showers to contend with although the blustery conditions added that extra challenge. The course consisted of an inner 500m loop and an outer 1500m loop. The inner loop was over a relatively flat section while the outer 1500m loop had a number of challenging sections to deal with. We had a large number of juvenile athletes and a number of seniors competing today and all represented their club very well today.
Mark O’Sullivan competed in the U23 race and ran a very strong race from the start to finish to win the U23 County title. Ronnie Barry also ran a storming race to take the County Women’s Novice title which was an excellent result. Thomas McCarthy also competed in the novice men’s race finishing in 18th place and helping the West Cork team win 2nd team prize.
The day started with the U10 athletes who had 2 laps of the 500m course to complete. The Girls U10 team of Erica Mahony, Maeve Kelly, Niamh Quinn, Lucy J McCarthy, Aoibhinn Cotter, Kate O Connor, Aisling O Connor, Maia McCourt, Aoife Tuthill, Niamh Cotter all ran very well to win 3rd county team prize. The Boys U10 team of Hugh O Mahony, Sean Deasy, Joseph Buttimer, Cian Walsh, David O Donoghue, Eoghan Cassidy, Ronan Crowley and Padraig McCarthy were next up and they impressed by winning 1st team prize. Eoghan Cassidy and Joseph Buttimer won individual medals finishing in 2nd and 5th places.
The Girls and Boys U12 age groups were the next in action and they were the first groups to tackle the outer loop course and both teams worked hard and were well rewarded by winning 2nd team place in both races which was an impressive result. The Girls U12 team consisted of Nicola Tuthill, Clare Flynn, Amy O Donoghue, , Lily Munday, Nicola McKeon, Caoimhe Ni O’Fhaitheartargh, Emily Good, Emer Nagle, Fiona Horgan, Ellen Murphy. Nicola also won an individual medal by finishing in 6th place. The silver winning Boys U12 team consisted of Tim McCarthy, Jacob O Driscoll, Ruairi Harrington, Callum McCourt, Jack Cullen, and Adam Casey.
The Girls U14 were well represented by Michelle O’Dononvan, Andrea O’Brien, Jane Buttimer, Oliva Tuthill, Caoimhe Deasy, Lauren McCourt and Katie Murphy. They had 3000m to complete which is a very testing distance for this age group. Oliva Tuthill finished in 7th place just outside the individual medal position but led the team home to take 2nd county team prize which was a great result for this group of youg girls many of whom were competing out of their own age group. Andrew O’Leary was our sole competitor in the Boys U14 race and he ran a very strong race to finish in 29th place.
The Girls U16 of Laura Nicholson, Moira Barrett, Niamh Munday and Carina Crowley were our last full team of the day to compete and they had a challenging 4000m to complete. This team worked really hard from the start to the finish line and they well rewarded by winning the 1st team prize. Laura and Carina won individual medals finishing in 3rd and 5th place respectively. Naoise O’Fhaitheartaigh competed out of age in the U16 Boys race and he finished in a very strong 7th place just outside the individual medal places.
Fiona Everard, Bethany Haigue and Sinead Caulfield competed in the Girls U18 and all ran very well with Fiona 4th, and Bethany 5th and Sinead 7th. Gerard Crowley and Dylan O’Connor competed in the Boys U18 race having a 6000m course to complete and both lads had strong individual races with Gerard finishing in 8th place and Dylan in 14th place.
All our competitors should be very happy with their performances today. The coaches of the up and coming younger age groups should also be very happy with their team’s performances as it’s a clear recognition of the encouragement and effort you put in at each of your coaching sessions.
Thanks to all who helped and supported the athletes today.
Report and results on the two recent West Cork XC events are on the West Cork site
Some more photos of the recent trip to Portugal to compete in the European Club’s Junior Championships.
Photos from Susan Nicholson