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.
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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 €2 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: Existing members, membership for 2017 is now due. Any new members looking to join please fill in this online form.
For Fit4Life queries please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next committee meeting:Tues 14th Feb 9pm in Munster Arms
Athletes wishing to be entered, please complete the form at
before Thursday at 8pm
Laura Nicholson was part of the Irish team on Sat at the Aintrim International where she placed an impressive 17th out of 33 athletes
Bandon AC had two teams in action on day one of the National league in Athlone on Sat.
Women’s team are placed 6th and a good performance in the second leg should see them qualifying for the final. Women team has wins in the 60m with Joan Healy, in the Shot Put with Laura McSweeney and in the Long Jump with Roisin Howard.
The men’s team are placed 7th and also in with a great chance of making the final. For the men team Shane Howard won the Long Jump, Ronan Duggan was 5th in the 800m and 8th in the Shot Put and Joey Henchy was 8th in the 60m.
Phil Healy ran in two guest 60m races and achieved the time for the European Indoors in both races which is a great achievement.
Shane Howard won one of the guest 60m races and Roisin Howard guested in the Shot Put also.
The Munster Indoor Championships for Senior and Masters was held in Nenagh on Sunday.
In the Masters age group Liz Commey had a very busy and successful day.
She was 2nd in the 60m, 1st in the Long Jump in a new masters Championships record, 2nd in the Shot Putt and won the High Jump equaling the existing masters championships record
In the Senior age group, Shane Howard won the Long Jump in a new Senior Championships record while Roisin Howard was 3rd in the Shot Put and was 5th in the Long Jump.
Well done everyone
No January committee meeting. The next committee meeting will be in February.
Best of luck to Amy O’Donoghue, Jack Cullen and Diarmuid O’Connor who are competing in the Munster Indoor Combined events in Nenagh this week.
Also, this weekend see’s the Munster Junior Indoor Championships and a number of club members will be taking part in that, wishing them all the best of luck.
Munster Juvenile Indoor Competition Booklet for 2017 is available here, anyone competing in Munster Indoor Championship over the next couple of months should be aware of the various rules and regulations, the booklet also contains timetables for the events.
Some info on age group for 2017 for athletics competitions
2017 Age groups
Well done to everyone who took part in the annual Donough Coughlan Memorial 5mile road race and to the many helpers as well as Bandon GAA who provided the pavilion for registration and prize giving. Thanks to Bandon Red Cross and Bandon Guards who facilitated the smooth running of the day, John Walshe and Liam O’Brien who looked after the results.
Sean McGrath East Cork AC won the race in 25.22 from John Meade St Finbarrs with Tim Twomey Leevale AC in 3rd.
First woman was Niamh Moore of Cork Varsity in 29.53 who held of the challenge of Carmel McCarthy just 6 seconds behind and Teresa Murphy of Kent AC.
John Muckian Bandon Ac was the 1st junior.
Jerry Forde of Blarney Inniscarra was the 1st wheelchair athlete home.
In the team prizes St Finbarrs won the men’s with Bandon Ac taking the women’s team prize.
Full list of finishers is Bandon_5_1Jan2017
Placing in the various age groups is Bandon_5_1Jan2017_Categories
Schools’ Combined Events International
Last Saturday Ireland hosted the Schools’ Combined Events International for the first time in Athlone International Indoor Arena. U16 & U18 boys & girls teams, each with 4 athletes, from Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland competed in a pentathlon. Diarmuid O’Connor competed for the U16 team and exceeded all expectations by scoring PB’s and CR’s in all his 5 events resulting in a new points record as well. No doubt inspired by the occasion, he topped his team. All of them doing very well making it into the top 10, and being rewarded with a silver team medal behind England. The only fly in the ointment was that Diarmuid missed out on an individual bronze medal by a cruel 2 points, or less than 0.1 sec in the 800m. While he won his 800m heat, with the best placed athletes after 4 events in it, somebody in another heat ran the fastest 800m of the day in 2 min. flat turning the tables. But be like that Cork race walker who used his disappointment of coming 4th in the Olympics to become a world champion. To improve all your events by such margins is an admirable achievement. So big congrats to Diarmuid!
Report by Frank Stam
AAI website review of the event : http://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/silver-lining-for-ireland-at-schools-combined-events
FIT4LIFE REPORT – DECEMBER 2016
Referring back to our AGM, I was delighted to hear of the breakdown in number of FIT4LIFE Members which I think is increasing year on year.
The biggest Event for 3 of our FIT4LIFE Members was the Dublin City Marathon. This involved extensive training every Sunday. Some Non-Competing Members also availed of the training which saw us do up to 21 Miles on a Sunday.
Training on Sunday is ongoing as Beginners Group have voiced their opinion that they do not want to be beginners any more, for a group who just started out in September. There is a massive drive in this group and it suits me as once they are up to speed, they will be joining the Intermediate Group in January 2017.
After lengthy discussions with Bandon Strength and Conditioning, I secured a block of 4 classes for FIT4LIFE Members. This was hugely received by FIT4LIFE Members. I did not want to tie FIT4LIFE Members into something that they would find difficult, so a 4 week class is perfect.
We have now commenced our training with Bandon Strength and Conditioning with 16 Members taking part and this is being enjoyed by all
Valley Rovers 7K took place on the 6th November and Anne Bamford placed 3rd in her category. In total 13 Members took place in this Race.
On the 13th November 20 Members of FIT4LIFE went on a practice run of the Bandon AC 5 Mile Route and all agreed it was achievable and all are looking forward to the 1st January. Should Bandon AC require any help with this Race in terms of baking, stewarding etc., please let me know.
Also on the 13th November 7 Members took part in the BHAA Road Race in Ballinhassig – Sheila Trunwit and Anne Bamford placed in their Categories.
Run in the Dark saw 4 Members take part in this Event.
I contacted Bob Hilliard of The Clonakilty Waterfront Committee to help me out in providing a person that would go through the 10K Route with FIT4LIFE Members, prior to the Race on the 3rd December. Bob contacted Meadbh O’Leary (one of the Physical Therapists who would be working on the day) to take us around the course, prior to the Road Race on the 3rd December. After doing the Route with Meadbh, all were very confident of running this on the day.
On the 3rd December 2016, 21 FIT4LIFE Members between the 10K and Half Marathon competed in this Event. 4 Members from the Beginners Group took on their first 10K and excellent times were achieved.
This concludes the Report on FIT4LIFE for December and indeed for 2016.
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