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” on the left for forms. C.I.T Track is also used for training. More info on CIT
Upcoming Events Include (Please check relevant web site for any updated info.)
Fit4Life every Tues Kellehers @ 8pm See Fit4Life on Facebook
Sun 15 Dec, AAI Novice & Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships, Waterford
Wed Jan 1st, Donough Coughlan Memorial 5 Mile Race, Bandon 1pm
Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k.
There was a good turn out of Bandon AC members in the Clonakilty , half marathon and 10K on Saturday 7th of December in somewhat ideal running conditions with the rain stopping just before the start. Pride of place goes to Shane O’Rourke who finished 4th in the half marathon in 1hr 23.35. John Donegan, Dolores Gibbons, Andrea Kelleher and Mari Burke also competed well on the day. 385 competed in this race.
In the 10k there was a very large turnout with 913 runners. First Bandon athlete home was Paddy Murphy who ran a great race to finish 4th in 37.03 closely followed by David Craig of Bandon AC 5th in 37.26. The following also ran well on the day – Killian Burke, Pauline Callan, Michelle Lynch, Michael McKeon, Margaret Coughlan, Liz Kelly, Mags Looney and Maria Burke.
Report by David Craig
Under the bright floodlit CIT grounds was the venue for the annual CIT cross country race.
Just 8 women lined up for the 3000m along side 33 men who had to cover the 1000m loop 5 times.
Mark o Sullivan finished in 3th spot in 17.09, Kevin wilmot in 6th in 17.59.
Tom Sheehan paced son Ronan around to finish in 21.31 and 22.03.A great night was had by all with proceeds to Make a wish Foundation and CIT AC.
Full list of results can be found on running in cork blog
Report by Kevin Wilmot.
Wed Jan 1st……..Start the year with a 5 mile road race and enjoy the refreshments afterwards!
Bandon A.C. 5 mile road race incorporating the Donough Coughlan Memorial Cup is being held on Wed 1st Jan 2014.
Race starts at 1pm with registration taken on the morning in the Bandon GAA pavilion (click for directions) with registration opening at 11am
There is also a non competitive walk. The walk sets off at 12.30pm and the run at 1pm.
Entry is €10 for the run and €5 for the walk.
There is a large prize fund of over €1,000 with prizes across a range of categories. Also, there is a €150 prize for a new course record!
The current course records are:
24:36 by Alan O’Shea (Bantry A.C) on Sunday 31 December 2006
27:53 by Lizzie Lee (Leevale A.C.) on Mon 2nd Jan 2012
Both the run and walk start on the bypass, go through the town and out the Kilbrittain Road looping around to finish at the Old Still Bar near the Mart. Prizes will be presented at the GAA Pavilion afterwards where there will also be a draw for spot prizes for the walkers.
Refreshments will also be served.
For more info on prizes etc see race Flyer
See the route on MapMyRun
Directions to GAA Pavilion.
Directions from Cork: Take the bypass road, the G.A.A. complex is situated on the Kilbrittain road just off the end of the by-pass road. Take a right turn at the end of the by-pass and the complex is on the left after about 300m.
Directions from Bandon town centre: Take the Clonakility road, after about quarter a mile there is a small “mini” roundabout. Take a left here, the G.A.A complex is on your right with the entrance about 100 meters on your right.
2014 Ballycotton 10 mile road race
Online entries will open on Friday December 6th at 2pm and the first 2,300 will be accepted.
AAI club members and those who ran the four races in the Ballycotton Summer Series 2013 will be accepted (by post) up until Friday December 20th and for those living overseas up until Tuesday January 7th.
Valley Rovers Camogie Fun Run/Walk 17 Nov 2013
119 athletes ran in the 2nd Brinny 7k road race. There was a good turnout of Bandon club members with many in the prizes including 3th place Paddy Murphy. This was he’s 1st road race since competing in the Courtmacsherry 36 mile Ultra-Marathon on Sat 27th July 2013 in just under 6 and a half hours.
1st past the line was Kevin Wilmot, followed by David Craig, while 1st female was Margaret Callnan.
Full list of results can be found on the Valley Rovers G.A.A. web site.
The Munster Juvenile Cross Country Development and Munster Master Championships took place in Beaufort, Co.Kerry today and all athletes competing were treated to a great course in a very picturesque Kerry setting. The event was being hosted by Star of Luane AC in conjunction with the Kerry County Athletics Board. We’ve competed at this same course last year so most of athletes knew that the course was run over a fast flat course with a lovely mountain back drop. The overcast but dry and fresh day provided excellent running conditions.
The Girls U9 team of Maeve Kelly, Aoibheann Cotter and twin sisters Aisling and Kate O’Connor. All four girls raced the 750 m loop with great determination and were well rewarded by taking the 1st Munster club prize. This is the first Munster medals for this group of girls so well done. Maeve and Aisling won individual medals by finishing in 5th and 11th place. Maeve, Aisling and Kate also scored on the Cork team helping the county win Gold.
The rest of the juvenile races for the day were left to he boys in the club to challenge. The Boys U11 team of Ruairi Harrington, Mark Collins, Max Hallahan, Luke Quinlan, Jacob O’Driscoll and Callum McCourt were next up for the club and they had a 1000m loop course to complete. The race was went off fast form the start and race positions continued to change throughout the race – all boys ran really well to earn themselves the well deserved Munster club winning title. Luke(5th), Callum(6th) and Mark(10th) won individual medals and also scored on the Cork team helping them to win Gold.
Fionn Harrington and Andrew O’Leary competed up and age in the U13 boy’s race and they had to run over 1500m loop course which took the athletes out over the second field. Andrew ran a very strong race and should be very happy with his placing. Fionn who recently competed in U12 National Championships finished in 11th place today earning himself an individual medal and was also the 6th Cork scorer helping the county team win Gold.
David Laffan, Fiachra Harrington and Owen McCarthy competed in the Boys U17 race over a 3000m course. All 3 lads ran great races today and with David (8th) , Owen (10th) and Fiachra (13th). David and Owen won individual medals and also scored on the Cork team winning Gold. Fiachra was very unlucky to miss out on 12th place, he set the pace for the entire race with the Carrig Nabhfear athlete in pursuit and just missed on the final sprint to the finish. The boys U19 team of Alan Cremin, Adam Casey, Killian McSweeney and Ciaran Murphy had a 4000m course to complete. Ciaran and Adam challenged one another stride for stride for the first 3000m but with 1000m to go Ciaran pushed on to take the Munster title with Adam finishing in 2nd and Killian in 3rd. Alan had a great run today and was a crucial member of the team helping the club win the Munster title. All four lads also helped to ensure that Cork won the Munster title.
Carmel Crowley competed in the Women’s Masters and she battled from the start for the lead position and ran a great race to finish in second place. She did however win the O45 section of the race. Tom Laffan also competed in the means masters race and with the much appreciated vocal support from fellow club supporters he had a very enjoyable run.
Well done to all today.
Report by Tom Laffan. Pictures by Tom and Finbarr Harrington
The 1st day of the Munster Performance Squads takes place this Saturday November 30th at Cork IT Track. Registration is from 9.45am-10.00am sharp in the red brick building next to the track stand and is for all athletes that have been selected on the squads.
More info available here
Munster Juvenile ‘B’ & Masters Cross Country is taking place in Beaufort, Co. Kerry at 11.30am on Sunday so best of luck to any athletes in action there.
Official Opening of ‘The Clare O’ Leary Walkway’, Bandon, Co. Cork
In honour of the achievements of Bandon-born mountaineer and adventurer Clare O’ Leary, the official opening of ‘The Clare O’ Leary Walkway’ will take place on Saturday November 30th at 2pm.
The official opening will be conducted by Cllr. Noel O’ Connor, Mayor of County Cork and Dr. Clare O’ Leary will be in attendance on the day.
The Clare O’ Leary Walkway follows the path of the old Cork – Bandon Railway parallel to the N71 for a distance of approximately 3km and is accessed via the public car park approx 2.8km past Innishannon on the left-hand side of the N71 heading towards Bandon.
Bandon Town Council initially proposed that the popular railway walk between Bandon & Innishannon be officially named ‘The Clare O’ Leary Walkway’ in honour of the outstanding achievements of Bandon woman, Clare O’ Leary. This proposal was then taken to the Bandon Area Committee where it gained the support of Cork County Council.
Clare O’ Leary is one of the world’s leading female adventurers and high-altitude climbers. Her accomplishments include:
- being the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest (2004),
- scaling the Seven Summits (The highest mountain on each continent)
- Climbing Ama Dablam’ in the Himalayas
- Skiing across the Greenland Iceland cap.
- Skiing to the South Pole
In February of 2013 Clare O’ Leary and fellow adventurer Mike O’ Shea successfully travelled the length (778km) of the frozen Lake Baikal; the planet’s oldest and deepest lake; in Eastern Siberia. Clare O’ Leary is also a patron of the Cork University Hospital Charity and works as a Gastroenterology Consultant.
All-Ireland Athletics Ireland Indoor Combined Event Championships
On Saturday 11 January 2014 the All-Ireland indoor Combined Event championships will take place in the International Athletics Arena at Athlone Institute of Technology. Entry is open for all age groups U14 and up, and the format is a pentathlon consisting of: 60m hurdles, long jump, shot putt, high jump and 800m. Note that no qualification is required, but you will need to consult with your coach about taking part. It is recommended that all juvenile athletes start their athletics careers with the Combined Events, it’s great fun to do and helps you improve in all other sports too. Who wants to miss such an opportunity to compete in this superb indoor facility in Athlone?
But ….. you need to train for it!