On 27 September 2016 In Running News

A lovely sunny and  blustery day at Sutton was rewarded with 8th place for our A team, equalling our best finishing position from 2015 and 2011 (courtesy Gordon “stato” Ainsley).Our time was down a bit on these previous finishes, but it’s a race not time trial, and is all about the position. The wind was definitely a factor, so any PB was excellent. We would have achieved 7th and be in sprinting competition with 6th with better team selection*, but (pleading forgiveness / saving face) some lads were only aware of the event late on, and I have to predict and enter the squad and number of teams way before most have replied!

Dan Robinson had the job of keeping us in the mix on the fast first leg, suitably achieving a PB coming in 10th, handing onto Simon Lanckham who delivered the managers wishes for sub 20min, only dropping one place on what may be the favourite/least favourite leg. Ed Banks, normally the lead man, showed little effect from some time off, overtaking three to 8th.  Jon Jennings, committed as ever, only dropped one place, handing onto Chris Ashford who ran the second PB of the day, and we were back in 8th, and opening up a cushion between us and Cheltenham B, yet still in striking distance of Stoke. Mark Ince, who fortunately for BRAT was not in Berlin as expected, finished only 5 seconds behind his PB, but Stoke just had too much, and 8th it was.

The B team had an outside chance of qualifying for the National Relay Champs, but it would be a big ask, bearing in mind Halesowen A team just made it, with Bournville joining them by the skin of their teeth. New boy Steve Dunsby posted his National A team intention with a great time and inside the top 25 that qualification required.  Rene Vergo was under pressure on the second leg after Steve’s fast time, but despite running well as expected, we dropped to 29th. Huw Jones carried on the fight, but we slipped further back. Regular A team man Martin Matthews coming back from a long injury, boosted out hopes by gaining four places to 29th, but although Toby Close gave his all, we promptly slipped back to 33rd. Last leg fell to Thanos Tsolakis who upped the pace a bit, but the strength in completion left us in 34th, around 2 minutes outside qualification.

Other new boys who posted their intention for higher team selection were Mark Woodus with a great time, and Kelton Aldridge who blasted out a little too fast on first leg for the C team, and probably should have finished a fair bit quicker. Good runs by Abayomi Adedimeji and Ben Beaumont. Also a welcome BRAT relay debut to Paul Shackleton, Mark Connell and Andy Piddington. Sorry that I have not mentioned everyone, but thanks to all.

BRAT women medalled with a bronze, a fantastic achievement. Hope they will be at The National to compete against the best in the country.

Richard Gray

Team Manager

On 11 September 2016 In Running News

With the nights drawing in and the leaves starting to turn, it must be almost time for the Brum Half Marathon!

Once again the BRAT club has been asked to help man the water station on the Pershore Road near Pebble Mill. If you're not running, why not come down and cheer on your club mates and thousands of others? There will be free jackets and lunch is provided - what's not to like?

You'll need to be at the water station between 07:00 - 14:00/15:00.

So, if you fancy free stuff and an opportunity to help make the BHM the great event it is, head on over to the forum and sign up. Please also remember to let us know what size jacket you will need.


On 31 August 2016 In Running News

BRAT enjoyed a number of brilliant finishes within the Worcestershire Midweek Series, a run of four challenging races of varying lengths and terrain along some beautiful courses.

The first race was a 10km multi-terrain race across the Hagley countryside, there was a great BRAT turnout on what was a lovely balmy evening. Simon Lanckham stormed home in first place overall with second BRAT male being Ben Beaumont (13th overall). Molly Browne claimed first women home (9th overall) backed up by a strong second lap from Jen Dale to take the second women spot (32nd overall).

The second race was a testing 12km race through the Arrow Valley Park with some difficult hill climbs. The first BRAT back after a tough two lap course was Molly Browne (7th overall, 1st women), closely followed by Huw Jones (16th), Ben De Laune (27th) and Rosie Davies (40th overall, 2nd women).

The penultimate race bore less mud but no fewer hills, a rather undulating 10km along the roads of rural Droitwich. Molly Browne led the club home and secured the 1st women spot, again chased closely by Huw Jones (24th) and Jen Dale (2nd women) who ran an excellent sub 39 minute race, smashing her previous PB. Mark Connell was the second BRAT man home dipping inside the top 60, a great evening for team BRAT!

The final race which concluded the series and determined the overall finishing positions for the league (best of 3 races) was a 5 mile off road route at Clent. Molly Browne secured the series win with 1st women home (13th overall), with Ben De Laune first BRAT man home (27th overall). Rosie Davies made it a BRAT 1,2 securing 2nd women at Clent and within the league with two 2nd and a 6th place finish, Danielle Bogue had a great run despite a ridiculous number of hours spent at work leading up to the race, she finished 5th overall for the series. Both Louise Beasley and Claire Jackson took their silver medals home for their age groups after a 3rd, 4th and 5th place finish across the series. The men also saw two top 10 finishers; Ben De Laune 9th in the male open, and Martin Ludford 6th in his age group. All in all a fantastic set of results and thoroughly enjoyable races throughout the league, I am sure that BRAT’s will be well represented next year!

All BRATs who completed at least one race: Molly Browne, Rosie Davies, Danielle Bogue, Sarah Bakewell, Jen Dale, Eloise Lee, Daisy Wilson, Louise Beasley, Lisa Tindle, Claire Jackson, Ben De Laune, Chris Anthony, Robert Dowse, Simon Lanckham, Ben Beaumont, Huw Jones, Martin Clever, Nick Forrest, Mark Connell, Graeme Mallewwan, Steven Pitchford, Martin Ludford, Stephen Thompson and Richard Carney.

Photos of BRATs at the Hagley 10k can be seen here.

On 21 August 2016 In Athletics News

Competing in the Welsh age group championships in Cardiff on August 14th, Jonathan Briggs came 3rd in both the Discus with a throw of 39.71m and Shot with 12.70m.


On 21 August 2016 In Junior News

Although we didn’t have any medallists this year many of our young athletes stepped up to more serious competition by competing in the Midlands Age Group championships at Nuneaton on August 13/14th.



In the U17 age group, Sam Barber just missed  out on a podium place finishing 4th in the 800m in 2m 07.61s, whilst Lucy Freer was 7th in the 300m hurdles in 54.54s.h in 2m 42.99s


In the U15 age group John Stolberg was 9th in the 1500m in 5m 01.87s and 5th in the heat of the 80m Hurdles in 14.78s, whilst Hugo Villalobos Finigan finished one place better in the 1500m in 8th in a time of 4m 51.43s and 6th in the 800m in 2m 13.11s. In the same race Jamie Cooper was 11th in a time of 2m 42.99s and 7th in his heat of the 200m in 31.72s.


Two of our U15 girls had a busy weekend with Naomi Johnson coming 3rd in her heats of both the 100m and 200m in 13.38s and 27.33s respectively and 7th in the shot with 5.85m. Nike Lawrence was 6th in both the heat of 100m in 15.08s and 200m in 30.49s, 7th in the Discus in 13.82m and 8th in the shot with 5.05m.


All athletes gsined a wealth of experience which will stand them in good stead in the future.


On 21 August 2016 In Athletics News

On a cool evening at Bournville in Wednesday August 10th, BRATs monopolised the honours board with Jack Gray winning the race and the Senior men’s award in 15m 16s and Ed Banks not far behind in 3rd place in 15m 40s. Mark Ince was 1st in the M40 category with a time of 16m 11s. Leonie Balter was 1st female home  in 18m 05s  and Jennifer Dale 3rd in 18m 51s. The race was well supported with 210 finishers.