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 €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 text the club phone 087-1135500 stating the age of the athletes. Minimum age for wait list is 7years.
For Fit4Life queries please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next Committee meeting: Jul 5th 9pm in Munster Arms
Summer Camp Will be held 11th-14th July. ** FULL, NO MORE BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN **
Well done to everyone who took part in the recent Munster u14-U19 Track and Field Championships in Cork.
Full results are on Munster Site
-Pro Report by Fiona Mangan
A large number of Bandon athletes competed in the Munster U14-U19 T&F Championships in C.I.T. on 18/19 June. The sun shone through the clouds on Saturday but the rain prevailed on Sunday. However, this did not deter the athletes who performed very well on both days. Laura Nicholson won gold and set a new championship best in the GU17 2000m Steeplechase in a time of 7:22:58. Also winning gold were Aoibhinn O’Connor (GU17 Long Jump); Fiona Everard (GU19 1500m); Emily Horgan (GU19 Shot Putt); Dave McInerney (BU17 400m); Travis Coomey (BU18 Hammer) and James French (BU19 Shot Putt). Silver medal winners included Niamh Sugrue (GU15 Javelin); Ella Stack (GU16 Pole Vault); Moira Barrett (GU17 Triple Jump); Emily Horgan (GU19 Hammer); Max Hallahan (BU14 Javelin); Tristan Chambers (BU15 Triple Jump); Conor Calnan (BU16 Steeplechase); Cian Kingston (BU17 Shot Putt); Daniel Landzaad (BU18 100m) and Travis Coomey (BU18 Shot Putt and Discus). A number of athletes won bronze, including Nicola Tuthill (GU14 Hammer); Stacey Komolafe (GU15 250m Hurdles and Long Jump); Niamh Sugrue (GU15 Hammer); Ella Stack (GU16 High Jump); Aoibhinn O’Connor (GU17 100m); Mark Collins (BU14 Shot Putt); Diarmuid O’Connor (BU15 High Jump); James Kirkby (BU15 Hammer); Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh (BU17 3000m); Dave McInerney (BU17 100m); Brian Riordan (BU17 Triple Jump); Cian Kingston (BU17 Discus) and Daniel Hathaway (BU19 400m). These and a number of other athletes who just missed out on medals in fourth place have qualified for the National T&F Championships to be held in Tullamore in July. Some of the relay teams also medalled over the weekend.
Some photos also from Fiona Mangan
Cork City International Sports yesterday saw some good results for club members. In the 100m Phil Healy finished 1st followed closely by her sister Joan in 2nd place. Laura McSweeney won the women’s Shot Putt and Shane Howard placed 6th in the Long Jump.
Well done everyone.
The club Summer Camp, which starts Mon 11th is now full and no more bookings are being taken.
The National Senior Track & Field Championships which was held in damp conditions in Santry last weekend saw a number of successes for Bandon A.C. members. Phil Healy was contesting the 400m in a bid to make the 4x400m relay team for the upcoming European Championships. She won her heat comfortably on Sat and in the final on Sun looked like she was going to win Gold, but faded a little over the last 30m and finished in the Silver medal position. A remarkable achievement just a few months after her first ever competitive 400m race. Joan Healy qualified comfortably for the 100m final and then in far from ideal sprinting conditions won Bronze in the final. Laura McSweeney won Bronze in the Shot Putt and recorded a new Personal Best and increased her own club record. Shane Howard also set new Personal Best and increased his club record in the Long Jump and won Silver. Patrick McSweeney finished in the 4th place in the Weight for Height and 5th in the Shot Putt.
So 4 medals for Bandon A.C. members in the National Seniors, biggest return from these Championships for many years so well done to all the athletes and coaches involved.
Interesting note, after the National Seniors in 2013, when I reported on 4th place finishes for Shane, Phil and Laura, I remarked that the “athletes are all under 20 and have many more years ahead of them and these performances all indicate sometime in the near future the club will be celebrating a few senior medals at these championships.”
A few photos
Congrats to Phil and Joan Healy who have been selected for the Irish relay teams for the European Athletics. Joan has been selected for the 4x100m while Phil has been selected on both the 4x100m and the 4x400m
Athletics Ireland Team
On Sat the West Cork T&F Championships is on in CIT Track. Also on Saturday, a number of club members have been selected on Munster team for Tailteann Interprovincial Championships in Santry.
While the National Senior Track & Field Championships on Sat and Sun in Santry see’s a number of club members in action.
Wishing everyone in action, the best of luck.
Don’t forget that the rescheduled West Cork Track & Field day from April is now being held this Sat the 25th of June in CIT with an 11am start. Gates open at 10.15am.
No pre-entry required, €3 entry at the door for athletes and spectators.
Updated program and timetable is available here
A number of our Fit4Youth athletes took part in a 5K in the Town Park on 8th June. These athletes have been training for this since January when they started the Couch 2 5K programme. These athletes have worked very well over the last few months and the 5K was a huge success, with all participants receiving a certificate with their time, and also a goodie bag. This is a very successful section of the club which has gone from strength to strength since it began.
Report and Photos by Fiona Mangan
BANDON AC COMMITTEE MEETING – FIT4LIFE REPORT JUNE 2016
May was a good month for FIT4LIFE Members with Members taking part in various local Road Races.
The Hammies 5K saw one of our Members – Ann McCarthy being the third Lady home.
From Beginners FIT4LIFE – Michelle McCarthy took on her first 10K at the Bantry Bay Run.
The Cheetah Run is always a very popular Run with FIT4LIFE Members – this year two of our Members took part.
On Sunday the 29th May, I organised a 5K Run at Castle Freak Wood – this was enjoyed by all and we had a get together afterwards in the Wood and had Tea, Coffee and Cakes.
The Cork City Half Marathon was a bit of a disappointment this year with Competitors being sent in the wrong direction which added a half a mile extra to the entire run. Also the dead heat did not help either. Despite this FIT4LIFE Members did well. 11 Members competed in the Half Marathon and one Member competed in the Marathon.
We were very fortunate to have a Relay Team this year as a lot of our Members have now excelled onto Half Marathon level.
Singlets were not delivered in time for the Half Marathon due to extreme Flooding in France and were caught in transit. These have now been delivered and Members are collecting these from me.
FIT4LIFE were invited by Bandon AC to attend a 5K Run in the Town Park and this was put up on Facebook for anyone who like to attend on the night.
That concludes the Report on FIT4LIFE