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
  • 26th October at 2pm the Deirdre O’Reilly 5k Road Race (see flyer)
  • Munster Cross Country

    The Even Age Munster Cross Country championships took place in TwoMileBorris , Co. Tipperary on Sunday October 26th 2014. Moycarkey-Coolcroo AC were the host club and they provided an even course with a two loop circuit within one large field providing spectators with a great view of the course. The welcome lack of hills on this course was balanced out by the strong wind which the athletes had to contend with on the course.

    The club were very well represented across the age groups today and in the first race of the day the Girls U10 team of Erica Mahony, Maeve Kelly, Niamh Quinn, Aoibhinn Cotter, Kate O Connor, Aisling O Connor, Ciara White, Maia McCourt, Aoife Tuthill, Niamh Cotter, Erika Crowley and Amy McCarthy. They competed in a field of 127 athletes and won 3rd team prize which was a great result. Amy McCarthy led the team home finishing in 16th place and also scored on the Cork team who took the silver County place.

    The Boys U10 team of Hugh O Mahony, Sean Deasy, Joseph Buttimer, Cian Walsh, David O Donoghue, Eoghan Cassidy were next in action again competing in large field of 124 athletes and the team finished in a strong 7th place out of 17 teams.

    The Girls U12 team of Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill, Clare Flynn, Amy O Donoghue, , Lily Munday, Nicola McKeon, Caoimhe Ni O’Fhaitheartargh carried forward their consistent form from the recent County races to win 2nd team place. Jane Buckley led the team home finishing in 12th place earning herself an individual Munster medal. The Boys U12 team consisted of Tim McCarthy, Jacob O Driscoll, Ruairi Harrington, Callum McCourt, Keelan Crowley, Jack Cullen, and Adam Casey ran a very competitive race to finish in the 4th team place. Keelan was the 4th Cork athlete over the line and helped the County win the silver medal place.

    The Girls U14 had 3000m to run and given that 5 out of the 7 strong team of Michelle O’Dononvan, Jane Buttimer, Grainne Mulcahy, Oliva Tuthill, Caoimhe Deasy, Lauren McCourt and Katie Murphy were competing up an age they did very well to finish in a strong 7th team place. In the Girls U16 race Carina Crowley, Niamh Munday and Laura Nicholson competed and we were unfortunate not to have a full team in this age group. However the 3 girls did very on the day. Carina and Laura won individual medals finishing in 8th and 12th place respectively and they also scored on the Cork team that won the silver place. Naoise O’Fhaitheartaigh competed out of age in the U16 Boys race and he finished in a strong 20th place as he gears up for his in age Munster race in two weeks time.

    It was great to see a Girls U18 club team compete as Sadbh Ni Fhlaitheartaigh and Niamh Ahern who have been training consistently well all year joined Fiona Everard, Bethany Haigue and Sinead Caulfield on the start line for the 4000m race. All girls ran a great race to win 3rd team prize. Fiona led the team home finishing in 6th place. Fiona and Bethany also helped the Cork team win the Munster title. Dylan O’Connor competed in the Boys U18 race having a 6000m course to complete and he ran a very strong race to finish in 14th place helping the Cork team win the silver medal.

    The Munster racing standard is one of the highest in the country and all our athletes should be very happy with their performances today. Thanks to all who helped and supported the athletes today

    Report and pictures by Tom Laffan

    TCS Amsterdam Marathon

    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

    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 results

    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

    Deirdre O’Reilly 5k Road Race

    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.

    Upcoming XC

    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.