Secondary Schools XC

The West Cork Secondary Schools XC which is normally held in Dunmanway in Sept, will now be held on Tuesday 16th Jan 2018 to better line up with South Munster/ Munster and All-Ireland Schools XC.

Next West Cork event is the West Cork Cross Country Championships in Bandon on Sunday 17th with the first race at 11:30am.

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new category for Cross Country

At the West Cork Cross Country in Bandon (just out Ballinadee road) on Sun 17th.
this year as well as having a senior and masters section, 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.
3km for women and 6km for men.
Juvenile races start at 11:30, so senior races would be starting around 12.30
More details on venue etc closer to date.

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 some of the many road runners / Fit4Life groups within the clubs to try their hand at a spot of Cross Country for a change!

Summer Leagues

As yet another year of West Cork Summer league events drawn to a close, its a good time to reflect on these league events.
So what are these leagues? They are night time events hosted by clubs in the West Cork region to promote athletics in the region. On each night there will be a sprint, a longer distance race and 1 field event for each age group. The field events will vary so athletes get a flavour of a number of events over the summer.
The main focus here is the promotion of a love of athletics and competition, no medals for just turning up but the hope is everyone will leave with at least one medal and most importantly a smile and determination to compete again. While the leagues might be low keys events, they certainly ain’t lacking in talent, many a future All-Ireland champion and international athlete fostered their love of athletics at a young age on a summer night in West Cork surrounded by and cheered on their club mates.
The relays in particular are always a big hit in the Summer Leagues, these are not the usual inter-club relays but are mixed up to try and balance the teams, so club rival’s from earlier in night are suddenly team mates and wearing a different singlet for a few minutes. Rules for the relays can be flexible, many a time 3 teams of 5 contested a relay with the objective of everyone getting a medal, of course this doesn’t stop a competitive race and in many cases added to the excitement.
Dohneys A.C, Clonakility Road Runners, Bandon A.C and Skibbereen A.C were the hosts of Summer League in 2017 and all were well attended with some great competition on each night.

So that is the end of the Summer Leagues for 2017, but thought’s will soon turn to Cross Country and West Cork Athletics will be organizing at least 1 Cross Country before the County Cross Country Championships to give athletes some competition preparation.
The weather and courses might be different, but hoping the smiles at the end of the day will still be as plentiful.

Summer League – Skibbereen 26th July

The next West Cork Summer League will hosted by Skibbereen Athletic Club
Venue: soccer pitch on Baltimore road
Date: Wed 26th
Time : 7pm start (with sprints first)

Boys and Girls U10 80m 300m Long Jump

Boys and Girls U12 100m 600m TurboJavelin

Boys and Girls U14 100m 600m Shot Putt

Boys and GirlsU16 100m 600m High Jump

Boys and Girls U18 100m 600m High Jump

Mixed club relays U10,12,14,16,18

No pre-entry required.
Spectators and athletes pay €3 entry at the gate or €10 for family (2+2)

Summer League Bandon

Well done to everyone who took part last night in the West Cork Summer League in Bandon, and also thanks to everyone who helped out on the night.

During the night, the trophy for the Best Club in West Cork was presented to Bandon A.C.
This trophy was awarded on the basis of results in the Track & Field Championships held in CIT in April.

Bill Allen Chairman West Cork Athletics, presenting the trophy to Patrick McSweeney Chair Bandon A.C also in picture Declan Coakley Sec West Cork Athletics, Susan McCourt ViceChair Bandon AC, John O’Donovan Bandon AC, Anne Crowley Bandon AC with some Bandon athletes.

Next Summer League on 19th

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)

Summer League

Well done to Clonakility Road Runners who hosted their first summer league event last night in the fantastic setting of Clon Rugby grounds in glorious sunshine.
Athletes from Bandon, Dohneys, Skibbereen, West Muskerry, Durrus, Bantry and the host club put on a fine display of athletics and as usual the relays at the end of the night proved to be a great hit.
Next West Cork league is in Bandon town park on Wed 19th