On 16 August 2016 In Athletics News

A Faller at Cheltenham...

I’m afraid to report that the BRAT Track & Field team failed in its bid to stay in the 2nd division of the Midland League last Saturday at Cheltenham.

It was a brave attempt, especially when you consider that we had 23 first choice athletes unavailable through injury, work or holidays (always a problem at this time of year).

Having said that, the guys who did turn out put on a fantastic performance and very nearly managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. With just 10 events to go we were in third place just 3 points behind second spot. Whilst at the same time Halesowen, our rivals for the drop, were in fourth looking as if they may drop to fifth. Had that happened and the BRAT team hung on, we would have survived but unfortunately this is where the absences from the team took their toll. Every BRAT athlete was having to double, treble, quadruple up in events (even more in several cases) - the result being that by the last few events these guys were shattered and simply couldn’t give any more!

Thank you to everyone who made such Herculean efforts on the day.

Notable performances came from David Lima winning both the Men’s A string 100 and 200m, Ed Banks taking the B 1500m race, Simon Lanckham the 3k steeplechase B (Simon is undefeated this season in the B string), Lucy Freer winning the women’s B sprint hurdles, Eloise Lee winning the B 800m, Molly Browne and Anne Kenchington doing the double (A & B races) in the 1500m and Jen Dale winning the 3000m B race.

Plus, the women’s 4 x 100 squad who managed a fantastic second place (they had finished last in all the previous races this season).

May I thank all the athletes who have competed for the BRAT team this season. Although we have been relegated it hasn’t all been doom and gloom - there have been some excellent individual performances along the way and we’ve been able to introduce several new athletes.

It’s not easy (truth be told, it’s been almost impossible) not having a track! It’s no coincidence that since the Uni track disappeared in 2014 we’ve been relegated twice within three seasons.

However, looking ahead, there should be a new track in place soon. We’ve got a handful of youngsters coming through and if we can all pull together there is no reason why 2017 shouldn’t be a winning season for the BRAT team.

Nigel Clegg

BRAT Track & Field team manager

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