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.


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.

National League Final – Women Team

With some athletes injured and otherwise unavailable, it was always going to be a struggle for the women’s team to figure among the medals in the final of the Premier Division in the National League but that didn’t mean they weren’t going to try.
Rosin Howard was first up in the 100m Hurdles and finished 4th place, followed by Erin Kington in the walk who placed 4th. Aoibhinn O’Connor placed 2nd in the 400m Hurdles. In the early field events Aisling Cassidy was 3rd in the High Jump and Laura McSweeney won the Shot Put and Laura also placed 2nd in the Hammer and things were looking good with the team being called out as currently in 2nd place.
Back on the track the 4x100m relay team were 6th and Laura Nicholon was 4th in the 1500m, Moira Barrett was 7th in the 400m, Fiona Everard was 5th in the 3,000m and Aoibhin O’Connor was 6th in the 200m.
In the field event there was an unfortunate injury in the Pole Vault to Ella Stack in the warm up jumps, so instead of being the high points in the pole vault it was going to be zero! Of course everyone is wishing Ella a speedy recovery. Aisling Cassidy finished 5th in the Triple Jump and Rachel Roche was 4th in the Javelin. Fiona Everard was back on the track shortly after the 3km, this time for the 800m where he placed 7th. As the events were counting down, Bandon had slipped out of the medal placing and had an uphill battle to make the podium. In the 100m Kate Bernard was 4th, Roisin Howard was 5th in the Discus and Aoibhin O’Connor was 5th in the Long Jump. Aoibhinn and Roisin had very busy days, as well as contesting their individual events, they also took part in the two relays, so not much rest for either of them and into the 4x400m. Unfortunately the battle for medals had been lost at this stage and some very tired legs did a good job just to the get the baton around and placed 7th.
So 4th place again for the women’s team, no mean achievement in the top tier of athletics in Ireland but some very disappointed athletes who had given it all.
Well done to everyone, it was a valiant effort

West Cork Summer League

The next West Cork Summer League will hosted by Bandon Athletics Club in Bandon Town Park on Wed 19th with a 7pm start.

Boys and Girls u9 : 60m, 300m, Long Jump & Relays

Boys and Girls u11 : 60m, 600m, TurboJavelin & Relays

Boys and Girls u13 : 80m, 600m, Shot Putt & Relays

Boys and Girls u15 : 80m, 800m, Long Jump & Relays

Boys and Girls u17 : 80m, 800m, Long Jump & Relays

No pre-entry required.

Spectators and athletes pay €3 entry at the gate or €10 for family (2+2)

Recent results

Well done to Frank Stam who was the only competitor from Bandon A.C. at the All-Ireland Masters Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Sunday winning 3 national medals,
Frank won Gold in the Discus, Silver in the High Jump, Silver in the Weight for Distance and he also finished 4th in both the Shot Putt and in the Javelin.

Well done to all the athlete and coaches involved in the All-Ireland relays in Athlone yesterday, there was some impressive results.  Girls u12 won Bronze (Maia McCourt Amy McCarthy Laura Sheehy Victoria Good Caroline Wesol) Girls u16 were 6th in the final (Erin De Burca Stacey Komolafe Julie Sheehy Lauren McCourt Kate O’Neill)
Girls u18 were 5th in the final of the 4x100m (Niamh Callanan Alison Hathaway Moira Barrett Claire Roche Aoibhinn O’Connor) Girls u18 were 7th in the final of the 4x400m (Moira Barrett Niamh Callanan Alison Hathaway Claire Roche Aoibhinn O’Connor)
Boys u16 were 8th in the final (Liam Crowley Nicholas Greene Ben Mangan Dylan Chambers Tristan Chambers Mark Collins)
Boys u18 were 6th in the 4x100m and 4th in the 4×100 with the same team in both (Harry Hall Dave McInerney Gearld O’Donovan Thomas Beare)
Boys u19 were 5th (Cameron Blair Daniel Landzaad Dave McInerney Harry Hall)

At the National junior and u23 Championships in Tullamore on Sat 2nd.
In the u23 age group Laura McSweeney won the Shot Put and placed 3rd in both the hammer and the discus.
This was Laura’s 3rd u23 Shot Put title in a row and her 12th outdoor Shot Put underage title in a row, having won her first title at u12.
Thomas McCarthy was 12th in u23 800m
Scott Gibson contested the u23 400m and despite a good race just missed out on making the final. Joey Henchy finished 5th in his heat of the u23 100m and just missed out on fastest loser spot in the final.
Aisling Cassidy finished in 4th in the u20 Triple Jump and 5th in the High Jump
Plenty drama in the relays, u20 team of Cameron Blair, Dave McInerney, Harry Hall and Daniel Landzard competed in both the 4×100 and 4x400m and medalled in both! Silver in the 4x100m and Bronze in the 4x400m.
In the U23 4x100m the team of Joey Henchy, Scott Gibson, Niall Madden and Joe Gibson also finished in the medals winning Silver. Unfortunately Joey Henchy had a fall in the race and needed stitches as a result, so wishing Joey a fast recovery.

Recent results

Number of impressive results in the All-Ireland Pairs over the weekend.
Andrew Lane and Lewis Lenihan were 3rd in the u10 TurboJavelin
Christopher Woodland and Ronan Sheehy were 4th in the u9 Long Jump
Eoin O’Callaghan and James O’Driscoll were 9th in the u11 TurboJavelin
Emma O’Connell and Ruby Cummins were 2nd in the u10 Long Jump
Leah Crean and Natalia Dawidowicz were 6th in the u11 Long Jump
Emma O’Connell and Kate Collins were 5th in the u10 TurboJavelin
Aoife Callan and Natalia Dawidowicz were 9th in the u11 TurboJavelin.

A huge 1500m PB and win in a time of 4.36.11 at British Milers Club Grand Prix meet in Watford for Laura Nicholson

Phil Healy was in action as part of the Irish team at the European Club Championships.
On Friday she qualified for the final of the 200m where she finished 7th in a time of 24.32

She was also part of the 4x400m relay team which finished 2nd in a fast time of 3:32.65

Well done everyone.

National League Round 1 report

At the first round of the National League recently Bandon A.C had a women’s team competing in the Premier Division and in the First Division the men’s team combined with Abbey Striders.
The men’s team got off to a slow start on the day with points hard to get, but things started to change and win’s came in the 4x100m relay, the 400m (Scott Gibson), Shot Putt (Patrick McSweeney), , Discus (Colin Kingston) big points were also won in the 100m with a 2nd place for Joey Henchy, 200m with a 3rd place for Niall Madden. Ronan Duggan finished 4th in the 800m. Thomas McCarthy had 5th in both the 1500m and the 3k SteepleChase,  Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh finished in 5th in the 5km.  Tom Beare injured himself in the 110m Hurdles, but finished the race to earn points and then bravely took part in the Long Jump.
Abbey Striders provided good points also with a win in the Pole Vault (Ray Walsh), 2nd in the High Jump and 5th in the Triple Jump (Ben O’Donovan).
Final event of the day was 4x400m and it provided a dramatic finish, club was well positioned throughout the race and in the home straight Dave McInerney found an extra gear over the last 50m and powered home for another vital win.
In the Premier division there was impressive win in the 200m for Joan Healy who unfortunately pulled up injured later in the 100m. Joan had previously anchored the 4x100m relay team to a win. Ella Stack won both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, another win in the Shot Putt for Laura McSweeney who also finished 4th in the Hammer. Amy Crowley was 2nd in the Triple Jump and 6th in the 800m. Moira Barrett finished 3rd in the 400mHurdles and 5th in the 400m, Roisin Howard was 4th in the 100mH and Long Jump and 5th in the Discus. Rachel Roche was 3rd in the Javelin. Lily Carey was 4th in the walk and 6th in the 1500m.
Final event for the womens team was the 4x400m and some very tired legs took to the track for some vital points and a brave performance saw them finish in 5th place

The Men’s team are 4th overall and women’s 5th and well placed so a good 2nd round should see the two team qualify for the final.

Well done to everyone and wishing Tom and Joan a speedy recovery.



National League on Sunday

Bandon will have a men’s team and a women’s team in action in the first round of the National League in Athlone on Sunday. After a 3rd place for the Men and a 4th for the Women in the final, we are hoping for even better results this year.
Thanks to everyone who made themselves available for selection.

Timetable_for National League Round 1 2017

Teams for Sundays 1st Leg
Women’s Team
Roisin Howard,
Lily Carey
Moira Barrett,
Joan Healy,
Laura McSweeney,
Ella Stack,
Rachel Roche,
Amy Crowley, Alison Hathaway

Men’s team
Liam OReilly,
Dave McInerney,
Ronan Duggan,
Tom Beare
Thomas McCarthy,
Scott Gibson,
Niall Madden,
Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh,
Joey Henchy,
Patrick McSweeney,
Colin Kingston,
Bobby Smith, Daniel Hathaway
Plus Abbey Striders
Ben ODonovan, Ray Walsh