New Years Day Road Race

Don’t forget the annual 5mile road race for the Donough Coughlan Memorial Cup is on Monday 1st Jan at 1pm.
Registrations on the morning of the race in the Bandon GAA pavilions and presentation of prizes and refreshments in the GAA pavilion after the race.
Race starts on the ByPass by the entrance to Belfry Heights and finishes by the Bandon Mart, around the corner from the Old Still bar.

Preview of the course including photos is on the Munster Routes web site

Munster even age XC Championships, Clarecastle, Co. Clare. Sun Oct 22nd.

Yesterday, saw our juvenile XC teams head to Clarecastle for what was a very mucky affair! Although the course was quite flat, it being over GAA pitches, it was very narrow
and the muck was ankle high for 60% of the course. Nevertheless, this did not deter these young athletes, 2 of which, Hannah Twomey u10 and Des Kenneally u12 had falls
but got straight back up and finished the race, neither wanting to let their teams down. Well done to you both!
The girls u10 were all in flying form and the team of Clodagh Barry, Ruby Cummins, Hannah Twomey, Emma O Connell, Ella McCarthy & Caoimhe O Sullivan took Club team
Gold and Clodagh came home in 6th place, earning an individual medal and also scored with the Cork team, earning a gold county team medal.
Although the boys u10 team of Cillian O Flynn, Cathal O Riordan, Harry McCourt, Eoin Sexton, Cian Cronin, Mikey Foley & Oisin Callan, all ran very well, they finished outside
the medals. Cillian came home in 12th place, earning an individual medal and also scored with the Cork team, earning a gold county team medal.
Next up, the u12 girls. They were also in flying form and the team of Amy McCarthy, Grace Nyhan, Aoibhinn McKeogh, Aoife Callan, Aoife Tuthill, Aoibheann O Sullivan, Caoimhe Foley & Caoimhe Walsh took the club team gold. Amy was 2nd home and Grace 8th, so they earned individual medals and both scored with the Cork team and got gold county team medals also.
The boys u12 team of Charlie Twomey, Adam Barry, Oisin McCarthy, Dara Walsh, Des Kenneally, Jack Cullinane & Conor Galvin didn’t have the best day at the office. Charlie
woke up with the vomiting bug, so couldn’t compete and Des took a fall at the start, so they were on the back foot from the get go. As the course was so narrow, it was difficult
to navigate past people but the boys kept working away and never gave up. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the Munster Bs!!
Ellen Murphy was our sole competitor in the girls u14 race. She ran a great race despite not having a team, running strongly right up to the end, finishing in 42nd place. Well done
Ellen!
In the u14 boys, we had Callum McCourt & Cian Walsh. Unfortunately, Fionn Merritt who had travelled, wasn’t able to compete as he was also sick. Callum & Cian both ran very
well, in now what was a complete mud bath, with Callum coming home in 7th place, picking off 2 people in the last 50m, showing you can still make up places, even at this late stage in the race. He also scored with the Cork team, earning a gold county team
medal.
We had 3 runners in the u16 girls, Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill & Katie Murphy and 2 in the u16 boys, Gavin Kenny & Peter Ronan. Again, these athletes didn’t disappoint putting in
strong performances, with Jane finishing in 13th, just outside an individual medal, Nicola in 16th, Katie in 37th, Gavin in 8th and Peter in 21st position. Jane, Nicola & Gavin did
score with the Cork team, earning themselves a gold county team medal and Gavin a silver county team medal.
Naoise O Flaitheartaigh competed in the boys u18. He ran very strongly, particularly in the 2nd loop and had a very strong sprint finish, battling the last 30m with another athlete and
coming out on top to take 5th place. He also earned a silver Cork county team medal.
And last but not least to compete on the day was Ronnie Barry. She competed in the Ladies Novice & u23 race. Ronnie ran a great race and like Naoise, had a very strong
second loop and picked people off right throughout the race, finishing in a very well earned and deserving 6th place, the first Cork woman home. Super run Ronnie! Well done
to all athletes yesterday and of course to all the parents. Again, lots of team work off the course, erecting and taking down the tent and supporting all Bandon AC athletes
Report by Susan McCourt

County Juvenile XC report

Although the rain held off on Sun and it was quite warm, the conditions underfoot, along with the wind & hilly course, made for a very challenging day for all our athletes. They all rose to the challenge with 5 teams competing on the day and all finishing in the top 4.
U10 girls team of Clodagh Barry, Ruby Cummins, Hannah Twomey, Emma O Connell, Roisin Shannon, Ella McCarthy & Caoimhe O Sullivan took Gold.
u10 boys team of Cillian O Flynn, Cathal O Riordan, Harry McCourt, Eoin Sexton, Mikey Foley, Cian Cronin, Oisin Callan, Conor Quinn, Oran Coughlan & Finn Nyhan placed 4th and Cillian got an individual 4th place medal.
u12 girls team of Amy McCarthy, Grace Nyhan, Aoibhinn McKeogh, Aoife Callan, Aoife Tuthill, Aoibheann O Sullivan, Caoimhe Foley & Caoimhe Walsh took silver and Amy got 3rd overall.
u12 boys team of Charlie Twomey, Adam Barry, Oisin McCarthy, Dara Walsh, Conor Galvin, Jack Cullinane, Sam O Brien & Des Kenneally took gold and Charlie & Adam got individual medals placing 3rd & 6th respectively.
u14 boys team of Callum McCourt, Cian Walsh, Joseph Buttimer & Fionn Merritt took bronze with Callum earning an individual medal placing 6th.
Ellen Murphy u14 and sister Katie u16 put in steady performances in their respective races, finishing 16th & 8th. Gavin Kenny & Peter Ronan u16 ran superbly finishing 4th & 5th, earning individual medals.
Laura Nicholson took the gold & County title in the u18 race, as she comfortably ran a very measured race, in full control at all stages of the race. Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh took 3rd place in the u18 race and again ran very well throughout. Well done to all who took part.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the teams, taking the scores at the finish line, erecting the gazebo and returning it to the car and for cheering on & supporting all the athletes.
Report by Susan McCourt

Info for Sundays Cross Country

Some info for Sunday’s West Cork Cross Country.
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 the 3 categories will be combined for Senior team prize

West Cork Cross County on Sun 17th Sept at 11:30am.

West Cork Cross County on Sun 17th Sept at 11:30am.
Venue is just outside Bandon on the Ballinadee road. More info closer the date.

Races for u9, u10, u12, u14, u16, u20, Senior, master and
this year there will also be a novice section, this is for people who have never won an individual medal in cross country at west cork or county level.
Have to be 20 or older this year, no upper age limit
Senior/master/novice distances are 3km for women and 6km for men.
Juvenile races start at 11:30, so senior races would be starting around 12.30

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 to form more than 1 club team took part.

Perfect opportunity for someone to try their hand at a spot of Cross Country for a change!

National League Final – Men’s Team

While the wet conditions made for a difficult day for competing at times the Bandon men’s team put together a great team performance to place 2nd in the First Division of the National league. Having placed 3rd in each of the last 2 years, the aim this year had been to improve on that and win promotion to the Premier Division, so mission accomplished!
However it wasn’t without drama and not all plain sailing, some late withdrawals meant some minor changes to the team. First track event was the 110m Hurdles which Cameron Blair bravely contested for the first time and put in a good performance to finish 5th in a close race. In the early field events Patrick McSweeney won the Hammer and Saran Malangaslashthira placed 4th in the Pole Vault. in the 400m Hurdles Damien Hickey placed 4th and then in the 4x100m relay the team of Joey Henchy, Scott Gibson, Matthew Draper and Dave McInerney finished 2nd in a close race. In the 1500m Ronan Duggan finished 3rd and then in the 400m Scott Gibson also placed 3rd, while in the field events Patrick McSweeney followed up his earlier win with another win in the Shot Put, in the Long Jump an ill Shane Howard bravely managed to get one jump which was enough for a win as the points were starting to add up nicely. Niall Madden was 7th in a competitive 200m and Ronan Duggan placed 5th in the tight 800m. Colin Kingston placed 2nd in the Discus, Ben O’Donovan finished joint 1st in the High Jump and Shane Howard was 2nd in the Triple Jump. Naoise ÓFlaitheartaigh put in a great race in the 5km and finished an impressive 2nd place. Fiacra Harrington was 5th in the Javelin and Dave McInerney was also 5th in the 100m. In the finial field event of the day Dave Heath placed 2nd in the Weight for Distance.
So early estimates had the men’s team in 3rd place and needing a good performance in the 4x400m relay to catch 2nd place with 3rd place well secure. Niall Madden got the team off to a good start and handed over to Scott Gibson who handed over to Daniel Hathaway who handed over to Dave McInerney with all still going according to plan. However Dave picked up an injury early and while he bravely brought the baton home in 5th place, it didn’t look like it was going to be enough.
So bags were packed then a short wait for the results to be checked, and then to much surprise the Men’s team were called out as 2nd on the day which was a deserved result with a lot of blood sweat and tears shed over the course of this league campaign. 2nd place means promotion to the Premier Division next year which brings a whole lot of additional challenges but that is for next year!

For now well done to everyone.