Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:17

National 6 Stage Relay

Hello BRAT mates,

Last Saturday (04-Oct-2014) we raced in The National 12 stage Road Relay in Sutton. A solid and determined performance from all, everyone finishing within 76 seconds, of each other, which would probably have been under a minute gap but for the dreaded lurgy.

BRATs finished 39th A team. This was a little down on recent Sutton finishes, but we were without our two quickest which could take a chunk off.

We once again were the quickest in Birmingham and 4th in West Midlands, beating Birchfield and Coventry. Very disappointing Midland team performances saw only Notts in the top ten, and for the West Midlands Tipton were in a lowly 20th, although Bud Boldero's charity event would have drawn some of their team. The top ten was dominated by South Eastern clubs and honours went to Aldershot with their very strong young squad, always in the top 4 and keeping 1st for the last three legs.

Now then. BRATs were lead of by Ed(street fighting man)Banks, who recovering from a sickly week was in no mood to negotiate road priority. Ed being known for his aggressive nature, overcame poorliness and other competitors to post another sub 19 time and being rewarded with a referee's warning for attempted gbh. Sour grapes I think because he beat Mr. protest. Handing onto Dan(I'm sorry for The Midland boss..[I should think so..]) Robinson wasted no time in taking team glory for the quickest leg. Well done Dan. Following leg was under scrutiny for having not run The Midland and Tim(I have a busy social life) Carter was disappointed with his performance but justified selection. Mr consistent Chris(does anyone know any races on far flung continents ?) Ashford did just that, racing well within 4 seconds of his Midland time. Old man Martin( I'm ever so poorly but brave) Matthews coughed and spluttered his way to a respectable time, justifying his manager's faith. Finally sporting his GI Joe haircut Mark(glory or bust) Ince ran 1 second quicker than at The Midland, which is OK in my books, closing down but failing to overhaul Wolves last man.

Didn't rain, didn't get disqualified, decent performance, good day.

Thanks everyone, including reserves Nathan and Eliot and all who raced The Midland.

Looking forward to seeing a whole load of you on the country at Leamington 8 Nov.

Richard Gray




Distance: 5.85K

46 Birmingham Running A & T 1:56:48

Edward Banks (53) 18:59

Daniel Robinson (46) 18:55

Tim Carter (53) 19:46

C Ashford (48) 19:38

Martin Matthews (49) 20:11

Mark Ince (46) 19:19

Published in Running News
Saturday, 27 September 2014 16:10

Midlands 6 Stage

Hello BRAT mates. 

Last Saturday we raced The Midland 6 stage Road Relay Champs at Sutton, entering three teams. Originally we had hoped to qualify two teams, required to finish in the top 25 A teams, but as usual failing bodies depleted the squad to render that unobtainable. Nevertheless despite being without three team regulars the A team was strong. Ed Banks, fresh from his sub 32 10K led us off, racing BRAT A into the top 10 and a great time. Martin Matthews returning closer to form ran well but dropped three places on the always very competitive 2nd leg. He handed on to Dan Robinson who looked good and brought us back where we belong in the 10, although Dan was more than disappointed with his run and has vowed to be much quicker at The National. No pressure then Dan. Welcome to new old boy Jon Jennings, fitting into the team last minute with a great enthusiasm and producing a respectable time, although we had dropped to 14th and had work cut out to climb back in the 10. Chris Ashford maintained the Tri-boys' exotic racing calendar reputation; he was Jet-lagged after very successful racing in Canada and a Friday return flight. He was potentially going to fall asleep somewhere out on the course, but stamina and determination produced a very solid time and put us back to 11.  Mark Ince as usual was given the glory or bust leg just in case there was a 400m sprint required, and managed to snatch another place but we just missed out on top 10.

Although our aim is to be in the top ten, we once again are Birmingham’s number one, Mark overtaking Birchfield on the last leg.

BRAT B & C had lots of late changes but we completed both teams, being one of seven who completed three teams.

Nathan Warren led off BRAT B, but had to be somewhere else straight after which resulted in a great time and justified an A team place. Young Eliot showed his potential with a quick time which has set him a target for the XC season. Chris Grimley and family, although he did not run with a push chair on this occasion, ran a solid time considering marathon mileage. Kevin McMillan having driven from Malvern, started with his heart at about 120bpm as he ran straight from the car to the start line, just beating Chris by a couple of seconds. Former elder Statesman Martin Ludford only dropped one place and was happy with his performance. Unfortunately starting back from layoff I dropped a further two places to finish 40th.

Francios-Xavier led off the C team, struggling to comprehend a race could be this short. Alistair Gorrie took over, gaining 8 places with a great time. On third leg returning from new found cycling pastures to his first race in a long…….time, it was great to welcome back new Elder Statesman Harry “H” Fowler who gained two more places. Rob Ryan coming back from serious illness did a great job and maintained the same position. Ben Beaumont stepping in almost last minute to a gain three places and justify a B team place. Finally thanks to Paul Robertshaw definitely stepping in last minute to complete the C team with what can be a lonely last leg.

Thanks everyone for racing well and thanks to all supporters. Follow the links for results, photos and video.

The National Road Relay Champs are next Saturday and I will send out the team mail tomorrow (Sunday 29th).

Richard Gray

1  Bristol And West Ac   St. 1882 'A'  1:49:48

        William Christof (3) 18:11
        Benedict Westhenry (2) 18:30
        Owain Jones      (1) 17:53
        Matthew Whitfield (2) 18:28
        Oliver Mott      (1) 18:30
        Stephen Mitchell (1) 18:16

11  Birmingham Running Athletics & 'A'  1:57:49

        Edward Banks     (10) 18:35
        Martin Matthews  (13) 19:38
        Daniel Robinson  (10) 19:18
        Jonathan Jennings (14) 21:18
        Chris Ashford        (12) 19:41
        Mark Ince        (11) 19:19

40  Birmingham Running Athletics & 'B'  2:10:10

        Nathan Warren    (45) 20:34
        Eliot Ward       (38) 21:05
        Chris Grimley    (39) 21:17
        Kevin McMillan   (37) 21:15
        Martin Ludford   (38) 23:13
        Richard Gray     (40) 22:46

71  Birmingham Running Athletics & 'C'  2:27:51

        Francois-Xavier Li (83) 24:11
        Alistair Gorrie    (75) 23:08
        Harry Fowler       (73) 26:04
        Rob Ryan           (73) 25:38
        Ben Beaumont       (70) 22:56
        Paul Robertshaw    (71) 25:54

        1  Ryan McLeod        Tipton Har A   17:21    

        2  Toby Spencer       Coventry G A   17:40   

        3  Owain Jones        Bristol&W  A   17:53       

        4  Phil Nicholls      Wolverhamp A   18:00     

        =  Alastair Watson    Notts Ac   A   18:00   

        6  Jacob Allen        Rugby & No A   18:07   

        7  Richard Kay        Tipton Har A   18:11   

        =  William Christofi  Bristol&W  A   18:11   

        9  Stuart Spencer     Notts Ac   A   18:12  

       10  Martin Williams    Wolverhamp A   18:13    

Published in Running News
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:43

Autumn Road Relays

Saturday 20th September - Midlands 4/6 Stage Relays, Sutton Park

Saturday 4th October - National 4/6 Stage Relays, Sutton Park

Teams and information to follow. For more information speak to Richard Gray or Ed Banks.