Bandon Athletic Club has currently the largest membership of any athletic club in Munster. The club is affiliated to Athletics Ireland and members compete in competitions at West Cork, County, Munster, All-Ireland and International competitions in Track and Field, Cross Country and road running.
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Training: Mon and Wed night in Bandon Grammar School. 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.
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Next Committee meeting: April 7th 9pm in Munster Arms
Well done to the Bandon athletes in action in Nenagh over the weekend.
Full results on Munster site
Medalists included; Kate Bernard, Gavin Hicks, Ella Stack, Laura Nicholson, Bethany Haigh, Aisling Sheehy.
They will now look forward to the All-Ireland Indoor’s in Athlone at the end of the month.
There will be a Munster Performance Squad session taking place at Templemore Track Co Tipperary on Saturday April 4th for the following squads:
– 100m & 200m
– 400m & long hurdles
– sprint hurdles
– high jump
– long jump/triple jump
– pole vault
– combined events
– Shot Putt
The Training session will run from 10am-12.30pm followed by a talk from international athlete Niall Tuohy who will present his ‘Top Ten Tips of Advice for leading Junior & Juvenile Athletes. The session will conclude at 1.30pm.
This is for athletes who have been selected for the Munster Performance Squad
Best of luck to club members who are competing this weekend in the Munster Indoor Juvenile Championships.
Info and timetable etc on Munster site
Best of luck also to any club members who will be in action for their school in the upcoming Munster Schools Indoor Games in Nenagh on Tues 3rd March.
Info and timetable on Munster Schools site
The National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships was held last weekend in the fantastic indoor arena in Athlone. On Sat, the sole club member in action was Laura McSweeney in the Shot Putt and she won a Bronze medal for the second year in a row. On Sun, Phil Healy and Mark O’Sullivan were flying the flag for Bandon A.C. Phil was contesting the 60m and hoping to challenge for the standard for the European Indoors. She won her heat comfortably and lined up in the final hoping to match or beat the silver medal she won last year. unfortunately it was not to be and she finished 4th which is still a fantastic achievement. Mark O’Sullivan was contesting the 3,000m which was run in 2 heats with the winner being decided on best times between the heats. Mark had a comprehensive win in the first heat and his time put him placed 13th overall which would surely have been much better if he has been in the 2nd heat but it was still a great performance and a huge learning experience.
Well done to Laura, Phil and Mark.
That is the final indoor event, so now the focus turns to outdoor athletics. The first outdoor track and field event for college students will be the InterVarsities on 10/11 April in Belfast, while for most, the West Cork Track & Field on the 12th and 25th of April in CIT will be the season openers.
National Senior Indoor Championships is on in Athlone this Sat and Sun and a number of club members will be action.
Wishing them all the best of luck.
RTE 2 will be showing a special highlights package of the event at 6.30pm on Sunday.
This Wednesday’s Athlone IT Indoor International Grand Prix will be broadcast live on the IrishTV channel, and streamed live online worldwide.
Indoor high jump world champion Mutaz Essa Barshim, former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell and 2011 women’s 100m world champion Carmelita Jeter are all competing in Ireland for the first time, with a strong men’s mile also on the list featuring Eoin Everard, John Travers, Ciaran Ó Lionáird, John Coghlan, Conor Bradley, Danny Mooney and Joe Warne.
Commentary will be from Will Downing, Dick Hooper and Jessie Barr, with Tulsen Tollett presenting.
Coverage runs from 7pm-9:30pm on IrishTV’s various platforms in Ireland and the UK – Sky 191, eVision 191, Freesat 400 and live at irishtv.ie, with live coverage also available in the UK on Sky and Freesat.
Highlights will also be broadcast on Setanta Ireland at the following times Wednesday 25 February 5:30pm, Saturday 28 February 10:30am, Wednesday 2 March 5:30pm
Additional info on AIT site
Just to let members know there will be a Strength & Conditioning Workshop taking place on Wednesday 18th February from 7-9pm at Cork IT. It will take place in the room upstairs in the red brick building located at the track finish line (Next to the track stand). Registration is from 6.45-6.55pm and the cost is EUR5 per person. There is no need to register a place, just come along on the night.
The workshop is open to athletes & coaches aged 11+ and will be run by Cork Development Officer David Matthews, the current Irish 800m record holder. The workshop will focus on S&C for endurance athletes with a theory/practical mix.
For further information please contact David Matthews at
Also…the next session of the Munster Performance Squad takes place during the mid-term break on Thursday 19th February from 10am to 1pm in Nenagh Indoor Stadium. Events covered on the day will be Combined Events, Sprints (100, 200, 400m), Hurdles (Long & Short), Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Javelin & Walks. Additional info on squad
Well done to Phil Healy who was 3rd earlier in the 60m sprint in the English Senior Indoor Championships in Sheffield in a time of 7.47.
Bandon AC and Bandon Rugby Club would like to let people know that there are currently no plans to hold the Bandon Half Marathon and 10k in 2015.
We are sorry if this has disappointed our many supporters and sponsors who have enjoyed participating in this event over the last number of years. We thank you for your support and we wish you well in your 2015 running endeavours.