On 05 September 2017 In Athletics News

David Lima shines with a fabulous fourth place in 200m semi-finals.

Three BRATs travelled to the Olympic stadium in London for the World
Athletic Championships from August 4th to 11th.  Having qualified for the
100m in 10.05s and 200m in 20.30s, David was set to take his place in both
events, whilst Alison Jordan was a track judge and Gordon Ainsley and
athlete steward.

David's quest began on the first day, Friday, in the 100m. His qualifying
time exempted him from the preliminary round and he took to the stage in the
first round proper later in the evening.  Alas it was not to be because
nervous tension got the better of him and as a result of a poor start he
finished 7th in his worst time of the season of 10.41s. Speaking to him
afterwards he was very annoyed with himself but realised he tensed up
driving out of the starting blocks.

However now having had the experience of competing at world level he was
better prepared for the 200m heats on Monday. And so it was, because in his
heat he ran his second fastest time ever of 20.54s to finish 5th and qualify
for the semi finals in 22nd place of 24. David's confidence was now
increasing such that he was looking forward to the next round on Wednesday.

Before the semi final of the 200m there was much discussion on whether the
Botswana athlete Isaac Matwala should be allowed to take part having missed
the heats on Monday due to contracting novovirus at the team hotel and was
placed in quarantine for 48hours. This meant he also missed the 400m final
as well and under IAAF rules would not normally be allowed to take any
further part. However on Wednesday morning after much discussion the
decision was reversed and Matwala had to run 200m on his own before the
start of Wednesday's proceedings and try to beat a predetermined qualifying
time. This he duly did. Then more controversy when he was placed in semi
final 1, David's race, rather than semi final 3 as written in the rules.

Anyway 9 athletes lined up for the first semi final, in what can only be
described as an absolutely appalling conditions, with torrential rain, which
hadn't stopped all day. David was left a little in the first 50m and was
last coming into the home straight, but he ran a magnificent second half to
finish 4th in 20.56s, a remendous effort in such awful conditions. This
placed him 13th of the 25 semifinalists.

Gordon had the honour of leading out the athletes carrying the event banner
to the start of both the heats and semi-final. Speaking to David afterwards he was very pleased with his performance and
was content that he had done himself justice. I am sure all in the BRAT club
would like to extend their congratulations to him, the first BRAT ever to
compete in a World Athletics Championships.


by Gordon Ainsley

On 28 August 2017 In Athletics News

Over the weekend, Alex Clegg competed in the U20 Decathlon Champs at the Yorkshire Combined Events Championship. This is a report on how the 10 events went by Nigel Clegg.

The Yorkshire Combined Events championships takes place over two days at the Dorthy Hyman track in Cudworth, Barnsley.

There are combined events for all age ranges from under 13 up to seniors. Alex Clegg was competing in only his second ever decathlon and was aiming for a total of 6000 points (to beat his previous best of 5905).

Day one started well enough with a new pb of 11.86 in the 100 metres and another pb in the long jump - unlike ‘normal’ competitions where you get six attempts, in the decathlon you only get three, so having fouled on his first jump the pressure was on in the second round but thankfully he managed to steady his nerves and hit the board in the right spot for a leap of 6.10m - which was the furthest of all the under 20 group.

Shot put came next and Alex was just 4cm down on his pb with a throw of 11.35m, again in the second round.

By the middle of the afternoon the high jump competition began. It can take quite a while as athletes can choose to come in at whatever height they want to, so with a start height of 1.60m meant that Alex had to try and keep stretched and ready for nearly 45 minutes before he got to jump. Clearing 1.69m gave him victory in the discipline but he was down on his pb of 1.75m which meant that he wasn’t able to stretch his lead over the Edinburgh athlete, Cal McClennan.

The final event of day one, the 400m saw Alex come home in third place in a time of 53.91, whist McClellan won in just over 51 seconds to him a 60 point lead going into day two.

The trick to the decathlon is trying to rest up and get your body ready to go again the following morning and with the first event of day two being the sprint hurdles then any stiffness in the legs is soon found out. 

Alex ran well out of the blocks but just clipped hurdle number three which lost him some momentum and he eventually came home in fourth spot nearly 1.5 seconds behind McClellan who further extended his lead. Event seven was the discus - Alex’s second round throw drew applause from fellow competitors who recognised that it had gone some distance..however, the field official seemed to run to the wrong spot as the measurement was called at 32.57 even though throws by other competitors, which had landed in similar positions the field, were called at 35/36m. Unfortunately it wasn’t picked up at the time so points were lost.

Pole vault came next and after a nervy third attempt at 3.10m, Alex got first time clearances at 3.20, 3.30 and 3.40m leaving him with an attempt at a new pb of 3.50m. His second vault was the closest but it wasn’t to be and McClellan stretched his lead once more.

The javelin is probably Alex’s favourite individual event and his throw of 44.15m saw him claw back some points on McClellan and also gave him a valuable lead over Nathan Langley in third spot.

And then finally, after all that, you are asked to stand at the top corner of the track at the 1500m start line and run the race as fast as you can to gain those vital final points! It’s the one event which decathletes hate the most. Two days of competition, with your arms, legs and torso being twisted and turned in all directions and then you have to go out and put yourself through 1500m.

Thankfully Alex likes the race and after letting McClellan lead through the first 400m in 67 seconds, he then took over and stretched the field to win by almost the length of the home straight in a very respectable 4min 29 seconds.

This wasn’t enough to take overall victory which went to Cal but a points total of 5851 was a decent effort and leaves Alex ranked 10th in the UK this year.

Pictured are the top four competitors on the rostrum all looking very relieved that it’s all over.
On 28 August 2017 In Running News
Saturday 23rd September - Sutton Park
Men 6 x 5.88km starts 1:15pm
Ladies 4 x 4.3km starts 1:40
bring the family and kids - it's a park after all.
This is an event for everyone as runners will be put into teams of similar ability.
The more teams the better. There is no selection or standard for this event.
A great way to meeto lots of fellow BRATs.
Entires need to be in by 3rd September
Men contact

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On 26 August 2017 In Triathlon News

Today at Nottingham the "BRAT Shambles" team consisting of Rob Dowse (c), Sophie Dally, Nick Seagrave and Richard Carney didn't live up to their name and performed admirably in the National Club Relay event.

The team were the sole representatives of the BRAT club and were competing in the mixed open team category on Saturday afternoon. Despite a distinct lack of experience numbering about half-a-dozen events in total for the entire team, the crew got themselves organised, never missed a changeover and finished in 4:27:00 so comfortably inside the pre-agreed target of four-and-a-half hours.

Well done all for keeping the flag flying.



On 15 August 2017 In Athletics News

The BRAT track & field team overcame the showers, the thunderstorm and the opposition to claim second place in the last league meeting of the season and with it, promotion to division two - just twelve months after we were relegated. 

The day itself started off very brightly, sunshine all round as we travelled over to Sutton Coldfield, however, by the time we arrived the sun disappeared and the heavens opened. The delay of some 45 minutes, including the thunder rolling all around meant that the men's hammer and pole vault competitions were held in far from ideal conditions. The BRAT competitors overcame the poor underfoot conditions as Alex Clegg took 2nd in the men's Pole vault, Katrina Walker came joint 1st in the women's vault, whilst Jonny Briggs and Jack Vickery claimed first and second in the hammer. 

Other BRAT wins in the day came from Steve Dunsby (3000 B race), Simon Lanckham (unbeaten this season over the steeplechase barriers!), Jonny Briggs in the A discus, and Jack Vickery's second success in the B discus. Lucy Freer won the A sprint hurdles, Eloise Lee won the 800 B race, Danni Anthony took the 1500 B race and Megan Thomas made it a double for herself with a win in the 3000 B. Scream of the day came from Kate Franklin as she cleared 1.25m at her third and final attempt to win the high jump B competition. 

My performances of the day have to go to Megan Thomas in only her second appearance for the team with a brilliant performance in the 400 metre hurdles B race. Her winning time of 70 seconds in the B race was a whopping 6 seconds faster than the winning time in the A race! Richard Carney also receives a performance of the day award for all of his work sorting out the results- never an easy task at the best of times, so doing this at an 'away' venue deserves a special mention. 

And finally, I have to thank every member of the team for such a magnificent performance. We had a lot of people on holiday so the pressure really was on those who turned up to perform, and they all did. 

We must now look forward to getting onto our own track and training together as a team again. We must also try to recruit new members as the step up into the second division will be steep. We lack strength in depth, a tiny handful of injuries really impacts upon us. 

Can we all look for any potential newcomers over the next few months and let's all get back on track as soon as possible. 

Nigel Clegg 
Senior team manager 

On 27 July 2017 In Athletics News

Finally, I'm able to write up my report on the meeting on Sunday 16th July now that the results are finally available. 

This was a meeting beset by delays; the men's hammer started half an hour late as they couldn't get the cage working properly, the pole vault was delayed even longer as there was a problem with the uprights, the steeplechase water jump barrier couldn't be raised to its full height and the lap count board wasn't working - not so good with a 12.5 lap 5000m on the timetable.

Thankfully the BRAT team somehow managed to circumnavigate these problems and came away with second place - just 9 points behind Abingdon at the end of the day. 

BRAT winners were; Eloise Lee doing the double in the 800 and 1500 B races, and Carwyn Jones doubled in the high jump and triple jump B competitions. Mark Ince won the 1500 B race, Steve Dunsby won the 5000 B. Hurdles success came from Lucy Freer with a pb in the 400 hurdles A and Prince Ayeh in the sprint hurdles A race. When the steeplechase eventually got underway, Simon Lanckham won the A race. Jordan Foley won the A triple jump and throws success came from Jonny Briggs in the hammer A and Mark Lawrence with a huge pb in the B discus. And the women's sprint relay team of Stroud, Tandoh, Bediako and Johnson won easily for the second meeting on the trot. 

However the performance of the day must go to Gordon Ainsley, our lead official, for keeping calm amid all of the chaos.

Making their debuts for the team were Kate Franklin and Christine Bertram who both performed admirably in a variety of events and Megan Thomas in the 3000 metres. 

What all this means is that we are now in second place overall with one meeting left. A top three finish will see us promoted, 4th or even 5th may be enough depending upon where Telford and Coventry finish. 

The holidays are now upon us so can I ask everyone who is still in the country on Saturday 5th August to make themselves available to compete or even pop over to Royal Sutton Coldfield and cheer the BRAT team on. 

Nigel Clegg 
Track & Field team manager