The BRAT men’s team got a much needed boost in the second race of the season with the return of Jack Gray and Ed Banks at a sun-drenched Abington Park. However we were again without a number of other A team regulars and our score of 477 points on the day saw us finish 10th of the 16 teams - a better result than at Leamington and one which moves us up to 11th place overall and further clear of the three relegation places.

Jack Gray in his latest comeback race, had a storming run to finish 3rd in this high quality field. He was joined in the A team places by Ed Banks 27, Dan Robinson 64, Nick Lewis 94, Richard Gray 142, and Rene Vergo 147. Well done guys, great running.

The race was won by Loughborough Students on 78 points from B’ham University 90 and Cheltenham 137.

The BRAT B Team places were filled by Huw Jones 163, Pete Matthews 165, Eliot Ward 176, Jort van Mourik 186, Toby Close 199 and Martin Ludford 206 giving a score of 1095 for 9th place on the day.

The remaining BRAT finishers were Abayomi Adedimeji 214, Iain Squires 218, Michael Gilbride 229, Paul Dugmore 251, Rob Ryan 255, David Sansom 257, Charlie Hanson 267. Derek Hardy making his XC debut was unfortunately forced to retire due to injury, but remains keen to make a name for himself in the mud in the future.

Big thank yous to Richard Carney and Harry Fowler for taking care of the admin duties for the League and the Club at the finish on the day. Thanks for all the support from the BRAT girls team after their race earlier.

Full results are now available and loads of great photos by Eloise.

No more races now before Christmas, we return to action on 3rd January with the County Campionships at Cofton Park followed by the third League race on 10th January at Coventry.

Martin Ludford

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Sunday, 09 November 2014 20:32

Birmingham League - Leamington, 8th November

The BRAT men’s team got their league campaign underway with the traditional joint opening fixture at Leamington, complete as usual with mud, the hill and the dreaded ditch. The men’s race incorporated all three Divisions of the Birmingham League (a total of 736 finishers) and followed the Midland Women’s League race earlier in the afternoon. Consequently the ground was heavily churned up giving the runners a real test over the 3 lap course – six miles of strength sapping slog.

The team was weakened by the absence of several of our usual A team scorers and so the door was open for a number of new (and old) boys to try to make a name for themselves. It was encouraging to see 24 BRATs turn out on such a foul day especially as several of them were new members making their debuts.

The whole team responded superbly and we finished the day in 12th place out of the 16 teams (provisional results). This may not sound great but in this sort of company there are no easy races and to have four teams below us is a relief. We are also a good way clear of the three relegation places. With the return of a few of the missing runners for the next race we will have good prospects of climbing the table.

The A team scorers on the day were Dan Robinson 61, Martin Matthews 63,  Mark Ince 72, Nick Lewis 111, Eliot Ward 121, and Ian Lahart 145 giving a total of 573.

The B team scorers were Andy Kenchington 146, Peter Blackwell 149, Paul Clarke 150, Richard (Raggy) Gray 152, Huw Jones 168, and Pete Matthews 181 for a total of 946 (9th B Team on the day).

Good back up also came from Michael Fahy 185, Steve Titmarsh 189, Toby Close 190, Martin Ludford 191, Jonathan Winkler 195,  Jort van Mourik 196,  Iain Squires 206, Paul Dugmore 257, Tom Keenan 265, David Sansom 274, Chris Davy 281 and Charlie Hanson 284.

Thanks and well done to all who turned out to run or to support, also to Richard Carney who was officiating on the finish funnel. Chris Ashford was also there with his camera so hopefully there will be some of his photos around soon.

Full results with times can be found on www.birminghamccleague.co.uk. Eloise's photos are here.

The next race is at Northampton on 6th December

Martin Ludford

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The men's and women's cross country teams both travelled to Cheltenham for the least fixture of the season on Saturday. Here are the team managers' reports:

Women's Race

Eight BRAT girls, myself, Michael and Claire's mom (!) travelled along with the BRAT men for the last league race at Cheltenham. Division 1 status was not under threat this year unlike last year when it was only preserved at the final race; no wonder I'm grey !!!!.

Lauren (35th), Eloise (40th) and Jen C (51st) were team counters with able back up from Tona (61st), Nat (69th), Gill (88th), Claire (116th) and Sarah (156th). Well done to all who ran.This has probably been the best year we have had numbers wise and good to see.
 
The ladies finished the season in 7th place out of 12 in division 1, a great result given the calibre of teams in the league. They also placed higher than the men's team did in their league!
 
We have a record number of girls, 16, running in the nationals (I hope !) at Nottingham on 22nd feb for the last cross country race of the season. Thanks all.
 
Geoff Mann, Team Manager

Men's Race

The League season concluded with the final race at Pittville Park in a joint fixture with the Midland Women’s League. So after cheering the girls to the finish in their race in bright sunshine, 19 BRAT men toed the line just as the latest Atlantic storm arrived. Thankfully it was not quite as bad as the Leamington episode two weeks ago but it still made for some extremely uncomfortable running conditions, with driving rain and winds every bit as strong as forecast. The course was heavy going most of the way round although the recent heavy rain had already meant that the usual stream crossing was removed from the course, a source of disappointment for a few but relief for most!

In the A team places Ed Banks 35th, Dan Robinson 42nd and Tim Carter 43rd were flying high up the field and finished in great positions. Backed up by good runs from Chris Ashford 74th, Nick Lewis 89th and Eliot Ward 106th the team came home in 10th place with 389 points. Well done lads, great work.

This meant we finished 9th overall for the season, a good result in this sort of company. Loughborough Uni. won the league title for the season ahead of Birmingham Uni. and Tipton Harriers, while Wolverhampton, Severn and Warwick Uni. are relegated to be replaced by Worcester, Bournville, and Sutton who will be promoted from Div 2 for next season.

The B team scorers were Michael Dimond 114, Dave Smithers 126, Martin Ludford 148, Mike Ellis 157, Toby Close 164, and Owen Doherty 168 to give the B team 877 points and 5th place on the day. This secured us 4th place for the season overall which is another fine result. Great work lads.

There were several other BRATs finishing not far behind in case of any slip ups - Jort Van Mourik 169, Steve Thompson 174, Ben Beaumont 184. Michael Gilbride 185, Rhys Pippard 190 and Tom Keenan 203. Charlie Hanson battled well for 2 laps but was forced to pull out with a lap to go. There were 208 finishers. Full results are available at http://www.birminghamccleague.co.uk/. Eloise's photos can be found here.

Thanks to everyone braved the elements to support the team around the course, and special thanks to Mike Purnell, Richard Carney and Rob Andrews for helping with team admin and for assisting the League officials at the finish in horrible conditions. Without volunteers like these the races just wouldn’t happen. If anyone else fancies getting involved next season, for instance when injured, the club and the League are always looking for extra help. Please give me a shout and I can explain some of the jobs and roles which need to be covered.

Thanks to everyone who has turned out to run for the Club over the course of the season; big BRAT turnouts are a feature of these League races and they help to give us an advantage over much of the competition, not to mention the great club atmosphere and spirit which they produce. Long may it continue!

Martin Ludford

Final League standings after the 4 races are below

 

A Team

Points

1

Loughborough

484

2

Birmingham University

641

3

Tipton Harriers

657

4

City of Stoke AC

884

5

Birchfield Harriers

895

6

Cheltenham & County H

929

7

Coventry Godiva

1141

8

Kenilworth Runners

1426

9

B.R.A. T. Club

1480

10

Rugby & Northampton

1577

11

Telford AC

1977

12

Halesowen

2033

13

Staffs Moorlands

2137

14

Wolverhampton & Bilston

2152

15

Severn AC

2209

16

Warwick University

2451

 

   
     
 

B Team

Points

1

Loughborough

1354

2

Cheltenham & County H

2137

3

Kenilworth Runners

3286

4

B.R.A. T. Club

3317

5

Wolverhampton & Bilston

3750

6

Warwick University

3823

7

Birchfield Harriers

4001

8

Halesowen

NS

9

Rugby & Northampton

NS

10

City of Stoke AC

NS

11

Severn AC

NS

12

Coventry Godiva

NS

13

Tipton Harriers

NS

14

Birmingham University

NS

15

Telford AC

NS

16

Staffs Moorlands

NS

Martin Ludford, Team Manager

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