Next West Cork Athletics event is the West Cork Road Races on Sunday 24th March,
Droumleena Lawn (Show grounds) Dunmanway, 12 noon.
This is open to all registered members of West Cork Athletic clubs
Under 9: 500m
Under 11: 1000m
Under 13: Girls 1200m, Boys 1500m
Under 15: Girls 1500m, Boys 2000m
Under 17: Girls 2000m, Boys 3000m
Junior/u20 : 3,000m
1st race of the day will be girls u9 then boys u9, then u11 etc
All athletes have to be registered with clubs in West Cork Division.
Singlets or club t-shirts with club name and colour is required.
Cost to compete: €2, Pay on the day, no need to pre register.
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each race
Medals for all finishers.
The races will start and finish near the entrance to Droumleena Lawn which can be used for parking.
Our annual awards/social night is on next Saturday 9th March at 8.00 pm in Bandon G.A.A. Pavilion. As well as overall awards for track and field/cross country, each coach will present individual awards to athletes that he/she mentors. It’s always a great night, we would ask that all members and their families attend. Music and refreshments will be provided.
Program for West Cork Track and Field has been decided. It’s over two days; Sunday 7 th April @ 11.00 and Saturday 13 th April at 12.00. We would encourage all members to come and compete and gain experience in CIT.
Congratulations to Phil Healy for placing third in her 400m semi final in Glasgow last weekend. Unfortunately due to been clipped in a collision she did not progress to final.
Carmel Crowley – Masters athlete recently received an award for her International achievements in Cross Country for 2018. Other recipients of ‘Aspiring Young Athletes Awards’ were Gavin Kenny, Diarmuid O’Connor, Lauren McCourt, Niamh Sugrue, Tristan Chambers and Fionn Harrington. Congratulations to you all.
Bandon Fit4Life is going from strength to strength. Beginners are now at three miles. The marathon training is underway, currently reaching ten miles. Aiming for the Cork to Carrigaline (15.5 miles) run in six weeks time. Linda Hodnetts group are training for Dublin marathon. The advanced group are preparing for Cork City half/full marathon. They are currently running thirteen miles at training. Keep up the good work.
Recent Juvenile medallists at the Munster Indoors are; Lewis Lenihan Under 13 , was third in shot putt. Molly O’Donovan Under 13, was second in shot putt. Eoin O’Callaghan Under 13, was first in walk and second in shot putt. Congratulations to all who competed and attained their personal bests in this season.
4 senior athletes, namely Phil Healy, Shane Howard, Joe Gibson and Fiona Everard, competed in the
National Indoor Championships last weekend.
Phil Healy received Gold in the 400m race, attaining a time of 52.81 seconds in the Final. Phil has also been selected to be on the Irish team that will compete in the European indoor championships in Glasgow, this March.
Shane Howard also placed first for Gold in the senior mens long jump, with an enviable jump of 7.44.
Joe Gibson and Fiona Everard performed well also, finishing outside the medals.
To come away with two Gold medals is excellent, and we would like to congratulate all four senior athletes and their respective coaches.
The results of the Munster Schools Cross Country , held In W.IT. show that some of our members have progressed to the All Ireland schools finals next month.
Wishing them all the best in their endeavors.
On another celebratory note, we would like to wish Mr. Michael O’Reilly- Long time member and loyal supporter of Bandon Athletic Club a very happy 90th Birthday.
Amazing news from Vienna, from the International Indoor Meet, where Phil Healy won the 400m race in 52.31 seconds. This is the fastest time in the Europeans and the World Championships. Next on Phil’s agenda is the European Indoor Athletics Championship which is taking place in Glasgow in early March. Congratulations to Phil and her Coach from all at Club.
Shane Howard won the Senior Long Jump at the AAI games held in Dublin last weekend. Congratulations!
Bandon AC were recently presented with an award for being the best Juvenile B Cross Country Club in Munster. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches involved.
At the All Ireland under 23 Indoor Championships in Athlone, on January 27 th last, Joe Gibson received bronze in the 60m sprint, Fiona Everard also won bronze in the 1500m race. Excellent start to the year for them both.
Following on from this, Fiona placed sixth in the 3000m race last Saturday in the AAI Championship held in Dublin. Laura Nicholson also competed and placed third.
Finally, Grace Nyhan placed tenth in her race at the All Ireland B cross country which took place in Dundalk last weekend.
Congratulations to Phil Healy, Bandon AC member, Ireland’s Fastest Woman!
Phil was the overall winner of the 2018 West Cork Sportstar of the Year at the 21 st Annual Awards ceremony in the Celtic Ross Hotel, in association with C103fm and The Southern Star. An excellent night was had by all.
Diarmuid O’Connor and his Coach Frank Stan have to be commended on achieving a new championship best at the Irish Life National Combined Events , which were held in Athlone last weekend.
Our girls under 18 Relay team placed third in the Munster Indoors Championship held in Nenagh last weekend also. Congratulations and well done to those that competed and placed.
Best of luck to our members who will be representing their respective Secondary schools in the West Cork Schools Cross Country In Dunmanway. Up for grabs is the EBS Perpetual Shield for the best boys / girls school.
Evelyn O Reilly
Results from recent Munster B Cross Country Championships held in Riverstick.
Sean Murphy placed fifth in the boys under 9 race.
Ruby Cummins received a County medal for placing ninth. Our under 11 girls team placed sixth overall .
Grace Nyhan who was in fine form secured first place , along with Aoibhinn McKeogh who placed sixth. Both these girls received individual medals. Their team , including Ciara McCarthy and Aoife Tuthill also secured team gold medals in the under 13 race.
The under 13 Boys team placed sixth.
In the girls under 15 race, Ella Collins placed third, Emma Barry placed tenth- earning them both individual county medals. Ella and Emma also won team gold with Eabha Crowley who placed fourteenth and Niamh Quinn who was seventeenth.
Boys under 15; Callum McCourt placed third for an individual county medal. Callum along with Dara McCarthy (fifteenth), Joseph Buttimer (seventeenth) and Cian Walsh (twenty first) won team gold.
In other news, we would like to congratulate Phil Healy on her recent award for “Inspirational Performance on Irish Soil”, presented by Irish Life Health National Athletics Board.
Another inspirational athlete is member Laura Nicholson. Laura has been selected along with thirty eight other athletes to represent Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships. This takes place in Tilburg in the Netherlands on ninth of December next.
Wishing our members the best of luck in the upcoming Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k race next weekend.
Best of luck to our juvenile members representing their respective schools in Riverstick, which will take place in early 2019.
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.
**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.