On 14 November 2016 In Running News

It was real Great British cross country weather on Saturday, grey and wet. That didn’t stop 11 hardy BRAT ladies heading to Leamington for the first Midland League race of the season. The course was as muddy as expected, and the hill particularly gruelling. BRAT had a tremendous set of results which has kicked us off with a 5th place senior team standing and 8th masters team, a brilliant start to the season. Great runs were had by all, and a massive thank you to Jenny Coxon for representing the club as the line judge – rather the responsibility! Fantastic day out for the BRAT Ladies once again. 



Molly Browne – 12th

Helena Eastham – 15th

Leonie Balter – 21st

Eloise Lee – 62nd 

Lisa Tindle – 69th 

Helen Pike – 76th 

Claire Keene – 94th 

Rachel Brown – 113th 

Louise Beasley – 126th 

Catherine McNicholl – 142nd


Thank you to everyone for running, next league race is the 3rdDecember in Stratford.

On 13 November 2016 In Running News

Birmingham XC League Div 1, race 1 – Cheltenham  - 12 November 2016.


The horses were in action at the racecourse a mile up the road, but the crucial racing was in Pittville Park where the cross country league got under way in earnest. Dan Robinson ran like a true thoroughbred to finish 38th in a seriously strong field, and lead the BRAT A team home. It was then great to see three BRAT debutants Chris Silver 52nd, Steve Dunsby 69th and Simon Lanckham 70th closely follow him in. Rene Vergo 118th and Abayomi Adedimeji 161st made up the scoring six for a score of 508 to take 9th place out of the 16 A teams. Well done all - impressive performances just when we needed them! It’s encouraging to see that we can hold our own even when we are not at full strength. We now have a solid start to the season and can look to make progress in the remaining races.



A Team



















































The battle for B team places was hard fought. In the end, Adam Western 172, Iain Squires 184, Ben Beaumont 193, Nick Forrest 207, Chris Grimley 214, and Toby Close 220 grabbed the honours to close the B team on 1190 points, also taking 9th place in the B team table. Well run guys!

They were well supported by Huw Jones 229, Raggy Gray 231 (his worst position ever, he wants you to know!), Andy Piddington 244, Ming Nham 246, Paul Shackleton 251, Derek Laverty 261, Owen Doherty 270, Stuart Male 278, Rob Ryan 286, Richard Carney 297, and David Sansom 299. (23 BRAT finishers in total)

Big thanks to Jort for taking on our finish funnel duties and to Jon for supporting and helping with the discs etc.

Check the League website www.birminghamccleague.co.uk for full results.

Next race Tipton on 3rd December – details to follow soon.


Martin Ludford

On 26 October 2016 In Running News

Midland  XC relays (Men's teams) – Wolverhampton,  22nd October 2016

The men's team had not entered this event since 2013, but there was an appetite for some early season competition this year and we entered 4 teams. On the day there were lots of new faces, plenty of enthusiasm and many pairs of pristine new spikes on show. Conditions for the race were so benign that even after the race the spikes hardly needed cleaning and all of the new faces were still smiling. Don't expect it like this every time guys! Anyway down to results:


Team A

Simon shot out of the blocks and led the race for the first 100m before thinking better of it, in the end he handed over in an impressive 13th place, Toby took on the poison chalice leg, retained his composure and sense of humour to deliver a solid run, Ashley ran strongly and held position with an impressive leg on debut, and finally Jonathan put in a good run to gain a place and anchor the team home in 22nd place out of 64 teams.

Simon Lanckham             13           22:37    

Toby Close                        23           25:18    

Ashley Fawke                   23           24:33    

Jonathan Winkler            22           24:45    

Team B

Strong running from Ben set the team up nicely in 36th position on the fast opening leg, and then  Adam, Martin and Huw all ran well to pick up places and finish in 30th. Huw had been selected for leg 2 in Team A but his injury concerns led him to ask to switch to a safer leg just in case.


Ben Beaumont                  36           25:31    

Adam Western                  32           25:06

Martin Cleaver                  31           26:28

Huw Jones                          30           24:58

Team C

Matt ran well just holding off the 4th BRAT team on the opening leg burn up to hand over in 44th place. Then Mark, Stuart and Nick, who only arrived from London with 25 minutes to spare, carved their way through the field to finish 32nd.

Matt Gresty                       44           26:05

Mark Connell                     38           25:56

Stuart Male                        35           26:14

Nick Forrest                       32           25:33

Team D

Andy hung on to Matt the whole way round, and kept us near lots of teams just ahead, so that Rob in his first XC race could pick up 6 places with the fastest run in this team. Ming and yours truly kept the good work going and we finished 33rd.

Andy Piddington              45           26:10

Rob Dowse                        39           25:55

Ming Nham                        36           26:37

Martin Ludford                  33           26:30

Well done to all who ran, great work guys,and thanks to Jort for turning out to support. It was a really enjoyable and satisfying afternoon.

Well done also to the women’s team who finished a brilliant 3rd to take the bronze medals in their race.


Martin Ludford

On 25 October 2016 In Running News

November is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing – cross country season! 

The team travelled to Wolverhampton to take part in the Midland XC Relay Championships. There were plenty of twists and turns and a number of hills in a compact 6.5km course, so there was no easing into the season. BRATs had two teams, however unfortunately our masters’ team was a runner down – but this did not stop us! 

Helen Pike led out the masters team with a 5th place finish after a fantastic run (somewhat shorter than her usual ultra-events) and Rachel Brown maintained the top 5 position with a great run on leg two, despite being an incomplete team they were well in the mix of those top places. 

The senior team was led out by Eloise Lee, after battling with injury throughout last year it was great to see her back in action. She gave a very gutsy run to put the team in a brilliant position after leg one. Molly Browne was off next, taking the team to 7th position she clocked the third overall fastest time of the day and set Helena Eastham up for the final leg. Helena had an amazing run - claiming the 5th fastest time of the day, she flew around the course bringing the team home in a podium position and securing those bronze medals. What a team effort!

It was a brilliant day, the support from the BRAT team was superb and has generated a great deal of excitement for the XC season. We are in for a treat!

Full Results:
Helen pike 27.38 (5th), Rachel Brown 31.53 (5th)

Eloise Lee 28.46 (14th), Molly Browne 24.32 (7th, 1st Second Leg), Helena Eastham 24.37 (3rd, 1st Third Leg)

On 19 October 2016 In Running News

Sunday saw thousands of eager runners travel to Birmingham for the 2016 half marathon, along with plenty of BRAT ladies taking to a home turf course, producing some tremendous results.

Two BRAT ladies were inside that 90 minute mark, Jen Dale achieved a course PB for the 8th year in a row with a speedy 1.27.37 closely followed by Daisy Wilson with a huge personal best time of 1.28.04. A flurry of BRATs followed taking on the hill and greeted with great times at the finish; Alex Mold 1.32.58, Melanie James 1.40.05, Tona Purnell 1.45.56, Annie Stride 1.47.53, Claire Scanlon 1.50.38, Karen Riley 1.50.59, Fiona Howroyd 1.54.18, Helena Markall 2.02.15, Anna Wilkinson 2.06.53, Isobel Deeley 2.07.34, Hannah Ludford 2.09.32, Louise Dawes, 2.10.28, Alison Huggan 2.21.08 and a big shout out goes to Tanya Daniels who took on the challenge of pacing duties to help her sister to a sub 2.30 debut half marathon – she did a sterling job with them clocking 2.27.51!

Well done also to Helena Eastham, Molly Browne and Louise Beasley who gave up their time to be official pacemakers, helping other runners to achieve their goals.

A massive well done to all above, and any other BRATs who ran (who sneakily didn’t put BRAT down on their entries, apologies – results were from the official website via BRAT club search)! It certainly was a very challenging course. There was plenty of BRAT support on the day, so thank you to everyone who cheered and handed out water. I am sure a lot of you will be back for another year in 2017 donning your BRAT vests with pride, in the mean time there’s plenty of cross country events to keep you busy!

On 11 October 2016 In Running News

The ladies had 3 teams competing at the Autumn Midland Road Relays in Sutton Park and the teams included several new additions. A brilliant day was had with all of the girls and there were great performances in all three teams.

The A team pulled out all the stops to come an incredible 3rd place. The team included Molly Browne, Jen Dale, Helena Eastham and Daisy Wilson, who all had exceptional runs to claim BRAT's first ever medal in this event.

The B team came 13th overall and 2nd B team. This team included Jenny Coxon, Eloise Lee (both recently returned from injuries), Becky Hair and Sheridan McWilliam in her first run for the club.

The C team came 36th overall. Considering there were 82 teams that finished, this is a huge achievement to have 3 teams finish in the top 36! The C team included Megan Thomas, also recently back from injury, and some new girls in their first relays, Tabby Rogers, Victoria Moulson and Molly Fowler.

It was great to see so many girls out running, and hopefully we'll see even more taking part in the Spring relays.


Full Results:


A Team:

Molly Browne - 15:47

Jen Dale - 16:34

Helena Eastham - 16:22

Daisy Wilson - 17:17


B Team:

Jenny Coxon - 17:24

Eloise Lee - 18:47

Sheridan McWilliam - 17:48

Becky Hair - 16:25


C Team:

Megan Thomas - 18:54

Victoria Moulson - 20:16

Molly Fowler - 19:21

Tabby Rogers - 19:53