Training/Fixtures etc

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.
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 €1 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: Due to the current large membership there is a waiting list for new members in some ages. Anyone looking to join please fill in this online form.
For Fit4Life queries please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next meeting:Fri 18th Annual General Meeting 8pm in Munster Arms
Donough Coughlan Memorial 5 Mile Road Race 1st Jan 2017. Bandon GAA Pavilion registration on the day

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  • Cross Country Report

    County Cross Country Juvenile Report by Susan McCourt
    The cross country season is well under way now, with both County events over and the Munster Championships just around the corner. After a very wet day at the West Corks, the sun was brightly
    shinning at both County Championships, which made for very pleasant conditions for the spectators and competitors alike. The underfoot conditions were good on both days, with the
    athletes surprisingly clean after their races! Not too much washing on the ole spikes!
    Sunday Oct 2nd, was the even-age event and was held in Conna. Bandon AC had 5 teams entered with individual entries in the older age groups. The u10 girls team of Aoife Callan, Natalia
    Dawidowicz, Orlaith Deasy, Layla O Neill, Orla Ryan, Doireann Kelly & Jenny Flemming, all ran superbly, finishing well up the field and took team gold on the day, with Aoife Callan finishing in 3rd
    place, earning herself an individual medal. The u10 boys weren’t going to let the girls get one up on them. Daniel Dollard, Eoin O Callaghan, Glen DeBurca, Harry Good, Daniel Coughlan, Jack
    Twomey, Jack Coomey, Dylan Looney and Sean Hales all ran their hearts out and they too brought home a team gold. Great stuff from these young athletes. The youngest to compete on the day.
    The u12s were up next. The girls team on the day were Ciara White, Ella Collins, Ciara O Sullivan, Amy McCarthy, Niamh Quinn & Molly O Callaghan. A great tactical run by Amy secured
    her 1st place, the gold medal and the title County champion. Niamh Quinn picked up a nasty little injury in the early part of the race but showed true grit by battling on and finishing the race. All the girls ran extremely well, having to go in and out of two fields and their great team effort earned them a team silver. The boys team of Sean Deasy, Liam Murphy, Danny Crowley, Joseph Buttimer & Dara Ryan also ran very well on the day with Joseph finishing in 6th place and thus winning an individual medal. The teams luck wasn’t in on the day and they finished just outside the medals. The course for the u14s consisted of two loops and was also ran over two fields. The girls team of Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill, Kate O Neill, Clare Flynn, Emillie Good & Ellen Murphy took silver on the day and all of them finished strongly, which is great to see at this early stage of the season. Jane ran most of the race from the front and saw off any challenges to become Bandon’s
    second County champion of the day, coming home strongly in 1st place and winning gold. Callum McCourt took part in the boys u14 race and ran very comfortably, especially in the
    second lap and finished in 5th place, earning himself an individual medal. Olivia Tuthill & Katie Murphy competed in the girls u16 race and again both ran very well and finished 5th & 12th
    respectively, Olivia winning an individual medal. Naoise O Flaitheartaigh, John Muckian & Matt Devine competed in the u18 race and did very well with Naoise finishing 2nd, John 3rd and Matt
    Sunday Oct 9th, was the uneven-age event and was held in West Muskerry on what is a very challenging course. Bandon had 9 teams entered and came away with 3 gold, 4 silver, 1
    bronze & a 4th place. The u9s were up first and although it was their first county cross country championships, they were like pros, getting out fast and running ’til they dropped. Great
    determination all round. The girls team was Roisin Shannon, Clodagh Barry, Ella McCarthy, Caoimhe O Sullivan, Evelyn McCarthy, Hannah Twomey, Emma O Connell & Juliet Biggs. The
    boys team was Cillian O Flynn, Harry McCourt, Lewis Lenihan, Daniel Hyde, Jayden Wilmot, Oran Coughlan, Andrew Lane, Oisin Callan & Dara Murphy. The girls won a sliver team medal and the
    boys a bronze team medal. Cillian had a very strong finish and earned himself an individual medal finishing in 5th place.
    The u11s were the first to take on most of the huge outer loop, which has a couple of testing inclines. The girls team of Aoibhinn McKeogh, Aoife Tuthill, Maia McCourt, Aoibheann O
    Sullivan, Alex Good, Caoimhe Foley, Vicky Good, Maeve McCarthy & Claire Riordan put in a very determined effort and ran very well as a team, winning silver and just missed out on team gold by 2
    points. The boys team of Dara Walsh, Charlie Twomey, Oisin McCarthy, Adam Barry & Jack Cullinane also were very impressive, with all 5 finishing well up the field. Their effort was rewarded
    with team gold and an individual medal for Charlie who finished in 6th place. The u13s had to run all of the outer loop and a little bit extra. The girls team of Eabha
    Crowley, Ellen Murphy, Sarah Appelbe, Lucy T McCarthy & Roisin DeBurca and the boys team of Jack Cullen, Callum McCourt, Cian Walsh, Joseph Buttimer & Dara McCarthy all ran extremely
    well, after a long wait. The boys brought home a team gold with Jack finishing very strongly in 5th place, earning an individual medal. The girls were unlucky to miss out on a team medal.
    The u15s had the u13 course and another small loop. A challenging route. The girls team of Jane Buckley, Katie Murphy, Olivia Tuthill, Nicola Tuthill & Erin DeBurca all had a great race,
    winning team gold with Jane 3rd & Olivia 6th winning individual medals also. The boys, Fionn Harrington, Niall Desmond, Gavin Kenny & Peter Ronan also ran very well individually and as a
    team, again all finishing well up the field. They got team silver with Niall(4th) & Gavin(5th) earning individual medals also.
    We also had an u17 boys team of Naoise O Flaitheartaigh, Rob Downey, Fionn Dempsey & Matt Devine. Noise finished in 3rd place with the teams super effort rewarded with team silver.
    Fiona Everard won the bronze medal in the junior womens race & silver in the u19s. John Muckian was 5th in the junior mens race & 3rd in the u19s.
    Great running at this stage of the season by all athletes. Well done to you all. Well done
    also to all the coaches & parents.

    Bandon A.C AGM 18th Nov 2016

    Notice is being given that the Bandon Athletic Club Annual General Meeting is being held on Friday 18th of November in the Munster Arms Hotel Bandon at 8pm.
    All current adult (over 18) members and parent/guardians’ of juvenile members are invited to attend.
    The AGM is an important event in the calendar so it would be great to see a a good turnout on the night.
    A motions or nominations for the night should be with the secretary by Fri 11th.

    Munster Schools Combined Events results

    Munster Schools Combined Events results – Report by Frank Stam

    Four from the club competed, on a windy but sunny day, in CIT on 5 October and two managed to qualify from strong fields for the All Ireland Schools Combined Events (pentathlon) on 12 November in Athlone IT indoor sporting Arena.

    Diarmuid O’Connor came 2nd in the Junior Boys with a new PB in the 60m hurdles and good performances in all his events. Aoibhin O’Connor, Intermediate Girls, also came 2nd with PBs in the 60m hurdles, shot putt, and 800m. Both will now have a chance to qualify for the Schools International Combined Events which will take place on the 10th of December in Athlone.

    In the Minor Girls category Amy O’Donoghue scored PB’s in all her events, but could not take part in her 800m due to injury. In the Intermediate Boys David McInerney had a PB in his hurdles and ran a good 200m, but didn’t finish his long jump and 800m.

    Well done all, so shortly after the summer break!

    This year the Minor athletes had to compete in the same events as the other athletes, which requires an earlier competency in the hurdles and high jump. Something to keep in mind for next year.

    Primary Schools Cross Country

    Well done to everyone who took part in the Bandon Primary Schools Cross County on 30th Sept and thanks to everyone who helped out on the day to make it a success. Special thanks to Bandon Rugby Club who kindly provided the venue.
    A total of 860 children took part (438 in morning session & 422 in afternoon session). 389 girls & 471 boys.

    Photos from Fiona Gayson

    County Cross Country

    Best of luck to all the club members in action at the County Cross Countries on Sunday.
    Course map and directions to venue on Cork County web page

    West Cork Cross Country

    Well done to all the Bandon athletes in action yesterday at the Cross Country. Wet weather made for tough going at times, but there was some impressive results for club members and a tough run will be good practice for the Country Cross Country in a few weeks.

    Bandon Results

    Senior Women – 1 Ronnie Barry, Bandon AC,

    Boys U9 – 1 Killian O’Flynn, Bandon AC, 3 Harry McCourt, Bandon AC. Team – 1 Bandon AC, 2 Bandon AC,

    Girls U9 -2 Heather McCarthy, Bandon AC, 3 Evelyn McCarthy, Bandon AC. Team, 1 Bandon AC, 3 Bandon AC

    Boys U 10 – 2 Daniel Coughlan, Bandon AC, 3 Team 2 Bandon AC,

    Girls U10 Team – 1 Bandon AC,

    Girls U12 1 Amy McCarthy, Bandon AC, Team 1 Bandon AC, 2 Bandon AC,

    Boys U12 – 3 Adam Barry, Bandon AC. Team, 1 Bandon AC, 3 Bandon AC

    Girls U14 – 1 Jane Buckley, Bandon AC, Team 1 Bandon AC, 2 Bandon AC,

    Boys U14 – 2 Gavin Kelleher, Bandon AC, Team 1 Bandon AC, 3 Bandon AC

    Girls U16 -3 Olivia Tuthill, Bandon AC. Team – 1 Bandon AC

    Boys U16 – 2 Gavin Kenny, Bandon AC, Team – 2 Bandon AC

    Junior Girls -3 Kate Murphy, Bandon AC

    Junior Boys – 1 John Muckian, Bandon AC, 2 Matt Devine, Bandon AC

    Fit4Life Aug 2016 Meeting

    FIT4LIFE Members attended a lot of Events during the Months of July and August.
    The 15th July saw Members take part in the Shannonvale 10K Road Race where Caroline McSweeney competed in her first 10K. Liz Mills again placed in her Category
    Sunday the 17th July was the Make Your Mark on Cancer Walk. 17 Members took part in the Event. 16 Members ran the entire Route from the Viaduct to Bandon which clocked in at 13.9 Miles. One Member joined us at Innishannon with his two Kids and completed the 6K part of the Route. Everyone received a Certificate of completion at the end.
    5 Members took part in the Killarney Half Marathon. Ciara Prendergast competed in her first Half Marathon.
    The Fearghal Beamish 5K was on the 5th August in Ardfield. 4 Members attended this Run.
    Kilbrittain held their annual 5K Road Race on Saturday the 6th August 2016. 1 Member competed in this Run.
    Sunday the 7th August saw Catriona O’Leary from FIT4LIFE represent Bandon AC in the National League Finals in Tullamore.
    Again on Sunday the 7th August, Leonie Weir took on another Half Marathon in Dublin
    Saturday the 14th August saw Catriona O’Leary represent Bandon AC in various Events held in CIT. Catriona achieved medals in the 100m Hurdles, Long Jump and High Jump. What an asset to have in
    The 28th August saw 14 Members take part in the Clonakilty 5K and 10 Mile Road Race and our FIT4LIFE Colours were out in force
    Fiona Horgan of Bandon AC took part in the 5K Road Race Section of this Event
    A new season has started for FIT4LIFE and we are now taking registration for new Members. Denise is doing the Administration for FIT4LIFE. 14 New Beginners started on Tuesday the 6th September.
    Bandon AC invited FIT4LIFE to come out on XCountry with them to Castle Freake on Sunday the 11th September 2016.
    That concludes the Report for FIT4LIFE

    West Cork XC

    The West Cork Cross Country Championship will be held on Sunday 18th Sept at Drapers farm with first race at 11am.
    Location is on the directions page on this site

    This is the same venue as used previously. Basically, if you coming from Bandon, turn right after you pass the Pharmacy which is also on your right. There will be signs on road.

    Races for u9, u10, u12, u14, u16, u20, Senior and masters.
    Races get underway at 11am with Girls U9, then boys u9, u10’s etc.
    Senior and Master races when the underage races are finished, so that will be approx 12pm.
    Medals for first 3 individuals and for the top 3 teams in each race.

    No pre-entry required, all athletes and spectators pay at the gate, entry at the gate is €3 for juveniles and €5 for adults.