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.
Fit4Life every Tues Kellehers @ 8pm
1st Jan 2015, 5 mile road race, registration and prize giving at Bandon GAA
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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Upcoming club events are ……
CIT Cross Country Fri 12th Dec 2014
A total of 54 runners turned out for this cross country race organized by CIT AC in Bishopstown. On a good night for running 45 men and 9 women lined out for this evening race which was ran under lights. Mark O’Sullivan ran a great race to win by over a minute. Finishing 3th last year in this race Mark has made a big improvement and is having a great cross country season finishing in 33th in the Inter County Cross Country Championships which gave him and the Cork team a silver medal.
Report by Kevin Wilmot
The next big event for the club will be on New Years day with the annual Donnough Coughlan Memorial 5 Mile race.
There is also a non-competitive walk, will all proceeds from the walk going to the “Friends of Jamie Wall” trust fund.
Race starts at 1pm with registration taken on the morning in the Bandon GAA pavilion with registration opening at 11am. 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:
23.41 by David McCarthy (West Waterford) on 1st Jan 2014
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.
The UnEven Age All Ireland Cross Country championships took place in Santry Park, Dublin on December 7th 2014. This was the 2nd weekend of the National Cross Country Championships and the host club Cloniffe Harriers did great work in presenting a very well organised venue for all to enjoy. Most of the athletes knew what to expect of the venue as last years championships was held at the same venue. The course was run over a combination of a short and long loop with a one gradual climb of around 200m for all to master. The ground conditions were soft in places but it still provided a fast course for all to contend with. Twenty two athletes and their supporting family and friends made the trip to Dublin.
The juvenile races day started with the U11 races and we had three boys , Callum McCourt, Joseph Buttimer and Eoghan Cassidy competing on the Cork team. The 3 boys competed in a packed field of 174 athletes and all ran great races. Callum who was always challenging those at the top of the field finished in a strong 17th place and scored on the Cork and Munster teams helping them win Gold. Jane Buckley running out of age competed for the Cork team in the Girls U13 race and she finished 67th out of a strong field of 156 athletes. Niall Desmond and Fionn Harrington were on the Cork teams in the boys U13 race. Fionn who the week before finished 4th in the Munster B’s took his good form to the nationals and finished in a very strong 30th place. Niall Desmond who is a recent arrival to cross country running also carried his good form in the Munster’s to the nationals by finishing in 10th which is an excellent result for him. He won an individual medal but he also helped the Cork and Munster team win Gold.
It was great to have two U15 teams competing at a National Level. The Girls U15 team of Niamh Callanan, Laura Nicholson, Michelle O’Dononvan. Moira Barrett and Grainne Mulcahy who notably were all running on the Cork team ran well as a team to finish in 6th place. Moira, Laura and Niamh scored on the Cork team helping them take the bronze medal. Laura also scored on the Munster team. The Boys U15 team of Naoise O’Fhaitheartaigh, Conor Calnan, Christain Buttimer, Michael Laffan, Killian Coghlan and Matt Devine finished in 10th place. Naoise finished in 39th place helping the Cork team win Gold.
Fiona Everard, Carina Crowley , Aoibh Cassidy, Alice Symington and Lilly Carey competed in the U17 race over a 4000m course . They finished in 6th place with Carina who was competing out of age finishing in commendable 19th place. Carina and Fiona scored on the Cork team winning silver.
Well done to all athletes and coaches– it’s a great achievement to qualify for a National Championships as they worked their way though Country and Provincial championships. We look forward to next years cross country season. Thanks to all for their support over the 2014 season and Happy Christmas to all.
Report by Tom Laffan
Registration for existing members for 2015 is now open and can be paid at training.
Anyone wishing to join for 2015 who was not a member in 2014 is asked to sent a txt to the club phone (087-1135500 ) with details of ages etc and someone will get back to them with info.
Best of luck to the athletes who have qualified for the All-Ireland Cross Country on Sun.
Some important info on AAI site regarding the logistic for the day.
Most people will be aware of the injury sustained by Cork GAA player Jamie Wall and his journey to regain full mobility again. For those who may not be familiar with it, have a read of this recent Independent article
There is also a club connection as club member Fergus Wall is an uncle of Jamie’s.
There is an upcoming 5k road race in Kinsale on 14th Dec at 10.30am which has an AAI permit in conjunction with Riverstick-Kinsale AC and some of the funds raised are going to the “Friends of Jamie Wall” fund.
Some club members might like to fine tune their preparations for our own upcoming race on 1st Jan while supporting a good cause.
Best of luck to anyone taking part
Interesting new concept if people are interested in combining a spot of jogging with a tour of Cork City.
The Even Age , Senior , U23 and Junior All Ireland Cross Country championships took place in Dundalk Institute of Technology grounds, Co. Louth on November 23rd 2014. Twenty three athletes and their supporting families and coaches made the 750km return journey for the All Ireland championship event. They were well rewarded with a lovely sunny day and a very well organised event. With the recent heavy rain it was expected that conditions would be very soft underfoot but with an overnight frost and a nice sunny day the ground conditions improved to provide ideal ground conditions for a cross country event. There were a three small climbs for the athletes to overcome over what was described as a relatively flat fast course.
We had 2 club teams competing with the girls U12 team of Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill, Clare Flynn, Amy O Donoghue, Nicola McKeon and Caoimhe Ni O’Fhaitheartargh first in action. It was a daunting task for the girls as they joined a field of 167 athletes to cover the 2000m loop course. All 6 girls had a great run and the team finished in 5th place with Jane leading the team home finishing in 23rd place. She also scored on the Cork team who won gold. Keelan Crowley and Callum McCourt were running for the Cork team in the boys U12 race. Both boys ran very competitive races. Keelan finished in 36th place and was the 3rd scorer on the Cork team who won the bronze medal. Callum who was competing out of age finished in a strong 72nd place and he will have gained valuable experience from the competition.
Grainne Mulcahy and Olivia Tuthil were running for the Cork team in the Girls U14. Both girls competed in a strong field of 145 athletes with Grainne finishing in 59th place and Olivia who was competing out of age following closely behind in 62nd place. Grainne scored on the Cork team helping them win the silver medal. In the U16 races Naoise Ni’Fhaitheartaigh , Carina Crowley and Laura Nicholson were also running on the Cork teams. Naoise running out of age had strong race to finish in 70th place. Carina and Laura finished in 18th and 37th place respectively with both girls scoring on the Munster and Cork teams who won the bronze medal places.
The Girls U18 team of Ella Nicholson, Bethany Haigh, Niamh Ahern, Sadbh Ni Fhlaitheartaigh, Fiona Everard and Sinead Caulfield competed over the 4000m course. There was a great team spirit and all the girls had a great race. Fiona and Sinead scored on the Cork team helping the county win the silver medal. Fiona also scored on the Munster team who took the 3rd place spot. Dylan O’Connor competed in the Boys U18 race having a 6000m course to complete and he ran a very strong race to score on the Cork team earning himself a silver medal. Thomas McCarthy ran in the Junior race and finished in 30th place and was the 3rd scorer on the Cork team helping them win the bronze medal place.
Carmel Crowley who is the current Club Captain led by example in the Senior women’s race as after supporting the juvenile athletes for the early part of the day she then turned around and competed for the Cork team in the 8KM senior women’s race. Mark O’Sullivan ran in the combined senior and under 23 race. He had a really strong race to finish 33rd overall and 8th in the U23 category. He was the 4th scorer on the Cork team who won an impressive silver medal place.
It was great day’s competition for all the Bandon Athletes and well done to all. Thanks to all the parents, families and coaches for supporting them over the weekend.
Report by Tom Laffan