The 3rd race in the Midland Ladies Cross Country League was held at a muddy if flat course at Crypt School, Gloucester. Ten BRAT ladies turned up to defend the 3rd place that we were in.

A season's best position again for Beccy (7th) and a best position so far for Molly (10th), a great run from Marie Ann (33rd), who had been ill and rallied to the cause on the day with another great run, and Becky Hair finishing in a brilliant 43rd were the team scorers.

This ensured we go into the final race at Wolverhampton still holding 3rd place. Great team performances on the day were given by Cat, Christine, Tabby, Rachel B, Sarah W and Sarah B. The final race is at Aldersley Stadium on the 13th February; hoping for a large contingent of BRATs in the final push to secure the 3rd place. See you on the 13th!

Geoff Mann

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Conditions can best be described as horrible, snow and mud – lots of it. All of our young athletes were very brave with freezing cold feet the biggest problem. We had 13 athletes competing. Once again our best team was the U13 boys with all three in the top 40 but special praise to Joe Thompson who finished a very impressive 8th backing up his 4th place in the Warwickshire last week.

Top bravery award goes to our U11 girls who all braved the cold and mud with no complaints.

We had 3 U11 boys with Tom McMillan 76th, Morgan Hill 81st and Joe Harte 98th. Our 4 U11 girls were Ines Villalobos Finigan 43rd (finishing with only one shoe), Lily Smith 88th, Poppy Close 100th and Lucy Heppel 108th.

Our very impressive U13 boys had Joe Thompson 8th and the improving Peter Kippax in 25th and Jamie Cooper improving as well in 37th. Caitlin Harte finished in 96th in the U13 girls, again with a smile despite the conditions.

We had 2 U15 boys with Hugo Villalobos Finigan finishing 35th (despite his fall) and Alex Hickl 69th.

Well done to all and see you at Perry Park on February 14th.

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Last Saturday saw a large BRAT ladies contingent turn up to reclaim the Warwickshire County Championship at Warley Woods. At the final count BRAT ladies retained the trophy by a very narrow and nail biting 2 points! Beccy Tipping won the individual championship with a flawless run to continue her fine season. Jen Dale (6th) and Daisy Wilson (15th) made up the winning team.

Team support on the day was provided by Claire C, Sarah H, Rebecca D, Lauren T, Marie Ann, Cat B, Danni, Karen R, Rachel B, Sarah W, Carmen, Sarah B, Grace and Carol. Further Brat ladies success was provided by Annie Kenchington,who is now the Warwickshire under 20 race champion and Molly Browne who finished 2nd in the Worcestershire senior ladies race. Great performance by you both!
 
Thanks to all who ran and also congratulations to senior men winner Jack Gray. Future races are 2 league races where we hope to continue our team success so far this year and the midlands and nationals. See you soon.
 
Geoff Mann
 
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