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Beara AC



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Beara AC is Cork Athletics newest club, first registered in January 2018

Beara AC Information Sheet

Our Story

Beara AC is a new Athletics Club, affiliated to Athletics Ireland, for adults and juniors on the Beara peninsula.

Born out of an enthusiasm for road and trail running, but with a view to covering wider athletic disciplines. Beara AC hopes to be a focal point for running and athletics events on Beara. Under this umbrella are two Park Runs - (Bere Island and Glengarriff), a Sunday Run in Eyeries, and West Cork Trail Runners. There are also a number of great events, some under threat, and we want to ensure that running in Beara continues and develops, that talent is spotted and encouraged, and that we get opportunities to come together to run, train, learn, socialise, have fun and compete.

Beara AC is a club run by runners, for runners on a totally voluntary basis.


Adult Member Registration for Jan-Dec 2018 is €50 Adults while Concession Registration for Jan-Dec 2018 is €25

Membership and Athletics Ireland Registration will only be complete on receipt of both a completed membership form and payment of the membership fee.

Registration covers:
•    Athletics Ireland Registration - insurance for training in the club, and competing in events
•    Opportunities for weekly training - current ideas are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
•    Thursday - Coached Running Drills for improvers 5k-10k in Castletownbere
•    Saturday - Park Run "Plus" - Join us for a training session after the Park Run on Bere Island.
•    Sunday - Eyeries "out and back* route for improvers
•    Opportunity to purchase and compete in Beara AC kit
•    Social Facebook Group
•    "Secret" Facebook/WhatsApp Group for Training Groups with training plans and coaching tips
•    Individual support and advice from trained coaches and leaders.
•    Opportunities for free and discounted Coach Education programmes Coming Soon ... with the help of our members ...
Workshops, Talks, Social Events, Fit4Life, Fit4Youth, Events Calendar, personalised training plans, strength training, Junior opportunities, Little Athletics, competitions, races and events, tours and visits, website, newsletter, jumps and throws introductions, trail running introduction ... and lots more, driven by our talented membership through our committee.

Come and achieve your personal best with us!


Who can join?

We are currently looking to recruit adults 18+.  We are really keen to start offering training and competing opportunities for Juniors 12-18 but need to first ensure our coaches and leaders have the right training to coach and safeguard junior athletes. We also hope to arrange fun sessions of Little Athletics/active play for 8-12 year olds.

Where & when will you train?

The Thursday evening training sessions will be in Castletownbere, the weekend sessions currently in Bere Island, and Eyeries. Full details of times and venues will be decided and communicated via our Facebook group in early February. We'll increase the opportunities in the summer months.

Will you train in all weathers?

Pretty much, if it is safe to do so! Please wear hi-viz clothes or vest to all sessions and clothes appropriate to the temperature and weather

What can I expect from training?

The training will depend a bit on the participants, but groups should organically form depending on pace. All "improvers" training sessions will include a warm up, drills (practice of running technique) a main session designed to increase speed or speed-endurance - intervals, hill repeats, fartlek. time trial, and a cool down with stretching.

How fit do I have to be?

Our initial recruitment drive is for "improvers", so adults that can comfortably take part in moderate physical activity - jogging or running for 30-45 minutes. You should be able to run or run/walk a 5k/3 miles which will be the approximate distance covered in initial training sessions.

Are you doing a beginners course?

Yes - we hope to get a Fit4Life/Couch to 5k on the go in April. This will be for complete beginners!

Isn't it club just for "elites" or people that want to enter races?

Not at all! Probably one of the most popular reasons for participating in any group exercise is to gain fitness - and working out in a group offers accountability, so you're more likely to meet your fitness goals and also meet people and have fun along the way.

As a club, we will promote competition opportunities for all abilities and races are part of that - including cross country, trail, road runs and athletics meets. Participation in these events is about expanding horizons and improving your own fitness and performance, but we think it's more fun in a team!

Do I need any special kit?

If you are new or returning to running invest in some good shoes. If possible get them fitted by a salesperson in a specialist running equipment shop, who will make sure the shoes are suitable to support your running style, and the surface you will be running on. The best kit to train in is technical fabric that "wicks" away sweat, keeping you cool and dry during your work out.

Are there any rules I need to be aware of?

Some athletics events have very particular rules but road races/trail races are generally very uncomplicated. When you sign up for a road race there will usually be a document or an email/webpage displaying the rules. All members of Beara AC entering races will be expected to abide by the rules of that race - for example in terms of swapping/transferring places or numbers. The club will take disciplinary action if any athlete is found to be taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Contact Beara AC

Contact us via our Beara AC Facebook page or on the Beara AC Gmail account

About Us

Cork Athletics County Board is a constituent member of Athletics Ireland. Cork Athletics is the governing body, administering athletics, track and field (T&F), cross-country (XC) and running in county Cork. The Board comprises elected representatives of constituent athletic clubs and running clubs. Cork County Board AAI organises Championship races and competition, including road, track & field (T&F) and Cross-country (XC), at junior, juvenile, senior and masters levels, and selects representation for the county. In addition, training and education is provided for coaches and officials. The Board also regulates the Athletics Ireland race/event permit (licence) process for county Cork.
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