On 15 August 2017 In Athletics News

Success shines through the showers in Sutton...

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 

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