The final league race took place at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton last weekend. BRAT ladies went into this race needing to defend 3rd place which they did magnificently to finish in our highest position ever. The team finished only 11 points behind Birmingham University in 2nd place; the league was won by Loughborough University. Team scorers on this occasion were Molly, Jen D, Helena and Becky H.

Excellent support was provided by Marie, Christine, Claire C, new girl Lisa, Cat, Sarah W, Rachel Y, Sarah B and Lizi.

This has been the best season ever with retention of Warwickshire trophy, 5 mile Midland Cross Country champions, 3rd in the Cross Country Relays plus individual honours in these races. Maybe we could be challenging the university teams next year; who knows? Final race is the Nationals at Donnington Park on the 27th February.

I would like to thank everyone who has run this year. Thanks all.

Geoff Mann

Eloise's photos of both the men's and women's races can be found here. Thank you Eloise for your photos throughout the season.

Published in Running News
Saturday, 06 February 2016 10:18

Midland XC Championships - Men's Race

Men’s XC - Midland Championships – 30th Jan 2016

With Stafford Common flooded and unavailable, eight hardy BRATs travelled to the hastily rearranged location near Loughborough for the Midland Counties XC Championships which saw 350 of the region’s keenest XC runners race around the grounds of Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire, an interesting new venue for almost everyone I suspect.

Tim Carter had a great run to finish in 36th place, his best ever at this event, Mark Lawlor was very happy with his 83rd place, Huw Jones stormed round to finish 118th, an impressive result for an M50. Ben Beaumont 131st, Nick Forrest 153rd and Martin Cleaver 154th were battling hard all the way and were the other counters to bring the team home, with yours truly in 243rd place still trying to recapture race fitness. Bad luck for Tom Powell who had to pull out when his spikes disintegrated under him on the final lap when well placed for a top 50 finish.

This gave us 11th place out of 32 in the team competition, a good improvement on 15th place last year and 22nd place in 2014. Thanks and well done guys, definitely worth the trip!

Full results available on

Attention now turns to the final Birmingham League race at Aldersley in Wolverhampton on 13th Feb.

Martin Ludford

Published in Running News
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:54

Midland XC Championships

After a last minute venue change BRAT ladies headed to Prestwold Hall in Loughborough for the Midland XC Championships. Greeted by a very muddy, hilly and exposed course the team were up against a challenging 8km race in tough conditions.

Despite a small team the BRAT ladies did themselves and the club proud coming in 9th place overall! Led home by Molly Browne with a 16th pace finish, Claire Capper had a brilliant run to finish 50th, Cat Bone with number in hand finished 91st, Sarah Wallis in 107th securing the team finish and Sarah Bakewell finishing strong in 132nd! With almost 200 runners in the field these were a fine set of results!

Next race is that all important Midland League finale in two weeks, where BRAT ladies will be fighting for that bronze medal, then it's onto the big one - Nationals at the end of Feb!

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