Training/Fixtures etc

Bandon A.C. is affiliated to Athletics Ireland, members compete at all levels in Track&Field, Cross Country and road. Click here for Child Safeguarding Statement
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:Any new members looking to join please fill in this online form.
Fit4Life:Please contact the FIT4LIFE Club Mobile Phone at 087-4340860
Next committee meeting: 14th Aug at 9pm in Munster Arms

Munster XC Results

Results of Munster Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships, held in Two Mile Borris, County Tipperary on 11 th November last.
Several individual and county medals were won by members in what could be described as a tough and competitive Course.
Under 9; Aisling Guinane and Emma McElwaine both won individual and Gold County Team medals. The club team placed second overall. Boys under 9 placed seventh overall.
Under 11; Clodagh Barry received an individual medal, the club team placed seventh overall. Cillian O’Flynn won an individual and silver county medal. Club team placed thirteenth overall.
Under 13; Amy Mc Carthy won both individual and Gold county medals.   Club team placed fifth. Oisin Mc Carthy won both individual and Gold county medals. Club team placed fifth overall.
Under 17; Jane Buckley received an individual and Gold county medal. Fionn Harrington and Gavin Kenny received an individual medal and Gold county medal each.
In the Senior Women race, Fiona Everard placed, winning an individual medal and a Silver county medal.
Some of our athletes were marginally outside the medals, having also put in  fine performances.  Everyone is to be congratulated along with their respective Coaches.

  • Evelyn O’Reilly PRO

Upcoming AGM

**Dates for your diary**

Bandon Athletic club will hold it’s Annual General meeting on Thu Nov 22nd at 8pm in the Munster Arms hotel. All registered members 18 years and older are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Registration for CURRENT members only will take place Mon 26th & Wed 28th Nov @ 7-8.45pm.

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Cross Country Results

It has been a busy few weeks for Bandon AC and Fit4Life members. Fit4Life members , aside from running Marathons in Dublin and Venice, competing in the Cork Airport 5k run,  have been busy organizing and filling Shoe Boxes for Team Hope. Thank you to all who generously contributed.

On 29 th October last in Conna, our under 11 Boys placed fourth in the Juvenile B Cross Country Championships. Well done to Eoin Sexton, Ben Flynn, Shane Barrett and Eanna Burke. Under 15 Girls ; Emma Barry, Niamh Quinn and Eabha Crowley placed first.

In the Juvenile Relays Cross Country Championships, held in Castlelyons on November 4th last. This was organized and hosted by St. Nicholas Athletic Club. We were well represented in each age group with all eight teams placing. Under 10 Girls placed fourth; Under 10 Boys placed third. Under 12 Girls and Boys placed second. Under 14 Girls placed second with the Under 14 Boys in fourth place. Under 16 Girls placed second , Under 16 Boys placed first.
Amazing performances were put in by each athlete. Huge thanks to Coaches whose hard work at training has definitely paid off.

Evelyn O Reilly PRO

West Cork XC – Sun 30th Sept * Rescheduled to 30th**

West Cork Cross Country in Bandon on Sunday 30th

Same venue as last year

Non pre entry required, all athletes and spectators pay at the gate.
€3 each with €10 per family.

First race will be girls u9 at 11:30am followed by boys u9, then girls u10 etc.
Adult races will be held after the Juvenile races are over so they will start at approx 12:30pm.

Medals for top 3 in each race, prizes for top 3 teams in each race with 4 scorers per team. If there isn’t teams of 4 then we will look at teams for 3.
Presentation of team medals will start as soon as possible once all the Juvenile races are over.

Directions to course.
Pass the Bandon Mart, out the Ballinadee road with the Old Still pub on your left. After about 2k you pass Baldwins Bridge then take right at sign for Christy Coal and 2k from here is XC course.
Plenty space for parking in field directly across from course.

Distances.

U9 700m
U10 1000m
U12 1500m
U14 2000m
U16 3000m
U20 girls 3000m
U20 boys 4000m

Ladies 3000m
Men 6000m.
Individual medals for each of senior/novice and masters categories for men/ women but all categories combined for team prize
There won’t be separate races for novice/senior/master, so all the women for example will run together, and declare their category before the start.
Medals awarded to the top 3 in each category at the finish.
Overall team prize also, 4 athletes to score, so team could for example be 2 senior, 1 novice and 1 masters, or 4 novices.
and it would be possible to win more than 1 team prize if enough athletes from one club team took part.

Best Overall Club.
This year will see a perpetual trophy being awards for the Best Overall Club at the Cross Country Championships, so hoping to see lots of Bandon individual and teams among the medals. It would be nice to have Bandon name as first name on this.

FIT4LIFE Report September 2018.

Last Tuesday Night saw the return of new people wanting to join FIT4LIFE. This was very evident in the beginners group with 20 out on the Road. As always, the mileage was down on the first night in the Intermediate and Advanced Group, giving people a chance to settle in. This was also reflected in the beginners group where there was a walk-run program in place.
 
The weekend just gone saw 6 Members compete in the John Buckley 10 Mile Road Race.
 
With less than 50 days to go to the Dublin City Marathon, distances have been increased and have gone up to the 20 Mile mark. We have 11 Members taking part in the Dublin Marathon this year.
 
There will be a lot more on the horizon for Bandon FIT4LIFE with various events coming up i.e. Cork Rebel Run and the Airport Run to name but a few.
 
In my opinion, FIT4LIFE is getting to be a much bigger and a much stronger club and its not just down to me, its every member in FIT4LIFE that makes a difference.
 
-Linda Hodnett

Fit4Life New Season

Bandon FIT4LIFE are delighted to announce that new Groups will be taken on, on Tuesday 4th September.
Intermediate/Advanced Group will be at 7:00 p.m. (Those who can run 4 – 7 Miles comfortably).
Beginners Group will be at 8:00 p.m. (Those who have not ran before or just starting back)
Meeting at Kellehers DIY just by the main road to Cork

Sports results

A great day of athletic last Sunday with a good crowd in attendance including Olympic medalist and World Champion Rob Heffernan who paid tribute to Catherine Duggan and posed for lots of photos with fans. Also in attendance was Phil Healy who is the current Irish record holder of the 100m and 200m, Phil presented prizes and posed for lots of photos with fans and club members

Well done to Rachel O’Shea of West Muskerry AC who won the 800m at our sports last Sunday and became the first winner of the Catherine Duggan Memorial Trophy.
Rachel is no stranger to winning in Bandon, having won a number of West Cork titles in Bandon over the years.
Bandon AC would like to thank the Duggan family for donating this trophy and for Ronan Duggan for making the presentation on the day.

Well done to Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh who won the Men’s Mile at the sports last Sunday and became the first winner of the Bob Hales Memorial Trophy.
Bandon Athletic club would like to thank the Hales family for donating this trophy and for Sean Hales and his son Sean junior for making the presentation on the day.

The Patton Trophy for the Best Overall Senior/Junior athlete at the sports resulted in a tie between 3 athletes, so they will each get to hold the trophy for 4 months.
Laura McSweeney and Emmet Callan from Bandon AC and Brian Lynch from Old Abbey AC.
Well done to Laura, Emmet and Brian.
The O’Donoghue Trophy for the Best Overall Junior/Senior club at the sports was won by Bandon AC, well done to everyone who contributed to this success.
Lots of more photos on club Facebook page
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Bob Hales Perpetual Trophy

Bob Hales of the renowned family from Knocknacurra which is a townland just outside of Bandon was a prolific middle and long distance runner. From an area that produced a number of top class athletes not alone Bob but his brother Sean and in subsequent years Patsy O’Flynn to be followed by Bill Nolan. All of whom lived within a couple hundred metres of one another. Each of whom were of Olympic standard. Hales been selected for the 1912 Stockholm games, O’Flynn competing as part of the USA team of 1920 in the steeplechase where he finished runner-up and Nolan been unlucky not to have been selected for the 1 mile in 1932 having sustained an injury during a run-off for selection.

Bob’s early career saw him become GAA 880 yards and 1 mile champion in 1911 and the following year became the IAAA 1 mile champion and was runner-up in the 4 mile event. He was also selected to compete internationally that year and set an Irish record for the mile in Scotland. In 1913 he departed for the United States to earn his fortune on the running circuit and he set a new Irish record for the 2mile event in Celtic Park in New York. The outbreak of the Great War put an end to that however, there being far less races above all else far less competitors so the money was not there to be won. He returned home to Ireland to resume his running career, which he did successfully until the follow on from the Easter Rising and the subsequent War of Independence saw a different race been run with him and his fellow family members to the forefront in securing independence. The family farm was their training ground with its own track and underlay with cinders from the local railway station and gas works. The field in question even to the present day is known as ‘The Free State Field’. At the end of his running career Bob became a respected coach to many a subsequent athlete.

The Hales family have kindly donated a perpetual trophy for the sports in Bob’s memory and the “Bob Hales Perpetual Trophy” will be contested for in the 1 mile open event. The club are indeed grateful to the family for donating this.

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