by John Bohane BANDON Grammar secondary school student James French enjoyed an exceptional year representing his province in U18 rugby, and representing his country with great distinction in shot put. James, who is in fifth year in the prestigious West Cork secondary school, won the All-Ireland intermediate title in shot put, while he represented the Munster U18 side in the Inter-Pro’s last season.
Ronnie Barry scored an impressive victory in the Cork novice cross country championship at Carrigadrohaid when she took the scalp of some more impressive opposition. Ms Barry ran a clever race keeping in touch. Stamping her authority in the last Kilometre to take the lead which she retained to the end.
TWENTY five Junior athletes from Bandon AC travelled to Leiria in Portugal to compete in the European Junior Club Track & Field Competition in September. The womens team consisted of Laura McSweeney (captain), Helena Murphy, Fiona Duggan, Aisling Everard, Emma Young, Sinead Caulfield, Erin Kingston, Ella Nicholson, Aisling Kelly and Fiona Everard. The mens team consisted of Colin Kingston (captain), Thomas McCarthy, Jake Inglis, Promise Okafor, Davide Mazzali, Scott Gibson, James
Phil Healy of Bandon A.C. ran a great anchor leg in the second semi-final of the women’s 4x100m relay in the European Championships to help the Irish team achieve 4th place in a time of 43.84 seconds in Zurich. This is a new national record, beating the old record of 43.93 which was set in the European Championships in 2010. Unfortunately the team just missed out on qualifying for
Bandon AC’s youngest athletes were in action again on Saturday 21st June when they headed to Tullamore for their final competition of the season, the U9-U11 All Ireland team competition. We had 9 pairs and 4 relay teams competing at this very high level.
Great day for Shannon and Katelyn Two athletes from West Muskerry A.C. competed in the Munster Track and Field Championships on Sunday last the 8th of June in Ennis in County Clare. Shannon Cotter and Katelyn Kelleher competed in the Girls U 12 600m. The thunder and lightning and rain did not put the girls off running their race. Both girls were placed in the same heat in the
EIGHT athletes from Bandon AC attended Athlone recently for the U12-U19 National Juvenile Indoor Championships having qualified from the Munster Championships in Nenagh three weeks earlier.
SAVE a date in your diary this May Bank Holiday for the Bandon half marathon, 10K and six mile walk. Now in its fourth year, the event continues to attract large numbers for the three individual events. It is again organised by two of Bandon’s premier sporting clubs, Bandon Rugby and Bandon Athletic Club for which it is a joint fundraiser.
The Mealagh Valley 10-Mile Race was held on 9th February near Bantry in West Cork and organised by Bantry AC. There were 77 finishers. This is a challenging 10-mile race and Tom Laffan, Bandon AC, ran well to finish 3rd in 1:03:05. Eddie Wilmot was 24th in 1:14:39 and Steve Young 51st in 1:27:19. The Cork Bhaa Jansen 4-Mile Road Race was also held on 9th February on the Little
CONGRATULATIONS to Rachael O`Shea of West Muskerry AC who won the Esther Enright Memorial Perpetual cup at a function in the Riverside Hotel, Macroom recently. She won the cup for her commitment to West Muskerry AC, to athletics and to training. She is a great role model for the athletes in the club.
1,600 athletes took to the start line for the very popular John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile race on 26.1.14. Heavy rain, high winds, sleet, snow and a 15-minute delay did not make the first half enjoyable. However, the sun came out for the second half. Attracting all the big names, including the current Dublin City marathon winner, it was always going to be a fast race, with the first two
On 18.01.14 a number of members from Bandon Athletic Club boarded a bus and travelled to Nenagh for the Munster Juvenile Indoor Combined Events Championships and Relays.
AT the Cork County Annual Awards night in the River Lee Hotel recently a number of Bandon Athletic Club members received awards. Receiving awards to commemorate an International appearance in 2013 were Roisin Howard who represented Ireland in Combined Events in Portugal in June. Carmel Crowley who represented Ireland in Cross Country at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country in November. Patrick McSweeney who represented Irish Universities in the
National Uneven Age Cross Country Championships The Woodies National Uneven Age Cross Country Championships took place on December 15th in conjunction with the Novice Championships at Waterford Institute of Technology. Waterford AC have to be commended for the excellent facilities, event organisation and the warm welcome provided. The competition to qualify for this national event is very hard to achieve and all athletes who competed should be very proud. Bandon
THE annual “Durrus 5” mile road race / walk will take place this year on Saturday, the 14th of September at 2:30 p.m. The route will be the same as in 2012 starting and finishing on Church Road. The race has an Athletics Ireland Permit and the route has been accurately road measured.
TWO West Muskerry A.C. athletes were in action on Sunday last the 30th of June last in the All Ireland Junior Track and Field Championships in wet and blustery conditions. In the 400m Grainne Moynihan ran a stormer of a race in wet and windy conditions and was well deserving of the gold Junior medal.
Congratulations to all the competitors of Carrigboy NS who took part in Cork City Sports recently.
BANTRY Community Games were well represented with 47 children participating in the recent Cork Community Games finals held at the CIT Athletics Track in Bishopstown. Good weather prevailed throughout and the events ran off smoothly.
Competitors in the Mealagh Valley 10 Mile Run, working hard during their run, undistracted by the wonderful scenery around them.
by Stephen Johnson 103 runners took part in this year’s Kenmare Bridge 10-K Race on Saturday, 9th February, which was won by Shane Simcox from the Mallow Athletic Club in a time of 34:49. Arthur Fitzgerald from Farranfore was second and in third place was Willie Reidy from the Riocht Athletic Club in Castleisland, who was also the first man over age 40 to complete the race.
by Stephen Johnson THE Kenmare Athletic Club will host its second annual 10km Kenmare Bridge Run on Saturday, 9th February, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The entry fee is 15 euro on the day or e-mail email@example.com. There will be cash prizes and a spot prize raffle.
DUE to illnesses, only three athletes travelled to Co. Wexford for the uneven ages All-Ireland Cross Country Championships, but all three came away with medals. Darragh McElhinney finished fifth in the boy’s under 13 race, to claim an individual medal, and was the first Munster finisher, to help Cork win the inter-county Gold, and Munster to win the Inter-Provincial Gold.
DUNMANWAY girl Caitlin Hurley gained national honours recently when as part of the West Muskerry U12 cross country team they won the All-Ireland title. The team is made up of Sophie Harrington, Jennifer Cotter, Caitlin Hurley, Sarah Kelleher, Katie Dineen, Aoife Twomey and Meabh O`Riordan.
Another fantastic day for West Muskerry AC WEST Muskerry A.C. were in action on Sunday last the 29th of October in Conna in the County B Cross Country Championships. Again big numbers turned up for the races and medals were awarded to the first 6 across the finish line and the first three teams.
BANTRY AC had five athletes competing in the Munster Cross Country Even age Championships in Beaufort, Co. Kerry on Sunday. Liam Cotter and Darragh McElhinney competed in the age group above their own, finishing 5th and 11th, thereby qualifying to represent Munster in the All Ireland Championships, and helping Cork to win Silver in the inter-county standings.
THE HSE Community Games National Finals were held recently over two weekends in Athlone at which Bantry Community Games had 10 participants. At the swimming finals, Jack Coughlan of Durrus competed in the boy’s U14 backstroke and Una O’Sullivan of Bantry competed in the girl’s U14 breaststroke, both representing Cork very well, having qualified initially at the Bantry finals and then at the county finals.
DUE to the knock-on impact on local GAA fixture scheduling of the replay date for the drawn All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Galway, the registration and start times for the second annual Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5Km have now been changed.
DUNAMWAY athlete John McCarthy travelled to London to represent Team Ireland in the Paralympic Games recently. John took up Paralympic athletics in 1995 and has since represented Ireland at two Paralympic Games, winning discus silver at Athens 2004 and finishing ninth in the club throw event.
FOLLOWING on from last year’s very successful inaugural event, the second annual Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5km fun run will take place on Saturday, September 29th next at 4pm. Registration costs €8 and all proceeds will be donated to charity; runners, walkers and families alike are all welcome.