Monday, 05 June 2017 19:59

Victory with the last throw!

For the first time in four years, in fact since we lost the track, the BRAT senior track & field team have won a league meeting.

The victory on Sunday 4th June couldn't have been closer – just nine points separating us from Abingdon.

Going into the final event, the men's discus, we trailed Abingdon by one point (355 v 356) but thanks to Jonny Briggs winning the A competition and Mark Lawrence (on his debut for the club) taking the B competition with a dramatic last throw of the day we managed to snatch victory !

The discus wasn't the only success for our male throwers; Jonny also won the hammer A, with Jack Vickery (also on debut) winning the B hammer. Alex Clegg took the javelin A and Igor Huszak (yet another athlete on debut) took the B javelin.

In total, out of a possible 64 points the men's throwers scored 58, their nearest rivals were Telford on 41.

Other winners on the day were Simon Lanckham who got a double in the steeplechase A and the 400 hurdles B races. Martin Matthews won the 3000m B race, Eloise Lee won the 1500A, Katrina Walker the A pole vault and the women's relay team grabbed a dramatic photo-finish win in the 4 x 100.

Also making their debuts and scoring what turned out to be invaluable points for the team were Ashley Fawke, Hannah Ludford and Naomi Johnson.

Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day and here's to the next one at Abingdon on Sunday 16th July – please make yourselves available as we are now joint top of the league with two matches to go.

Nigel Clegg
BRAT Track & Field team manager

Published in Athletics News

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Telford athletics track on Saturday 6th May, saw the first senior league meeting of the 2017 season.

It was also the BRAT teams’ first match back in division three for some seven years, however, given that we have had two relegations in the past three years since the track disappeared, our third place finish on the day bodes well for the season, and hopefully this result, combined with the progress being made on the new track at the university, does provide some light at the end of the tunnel.

Considering the usual round of injuries which always seem to coincide with the beginning of the season, we still managed to get out a fairly full squad – including several people making their club debuts; Colin Bailey, Steve Dunsby, Theresa Tandoh and Nikki Lawrence. All of these guys performed extremely well on their first outing.

Remarkably, we had 14 wins on the day; David Lima (100 and 400A), Jack Gray (800B and 1500A), Richard Bayliss (1500B), Dan Robinson (5000A), Colin Bailey (Pole vault B), Jonny Briggs (Discus A), Petra Bediako (200A), Karen Bailey (400 hurdles B), Eloise Lee (1500B), Molly Browne (3000A), Anne Kenchington (3000B) and finally, and my performance of the day – Becky Hair winning her first ever competitive 800 metre race. She led from gun to tape and was 20 plus metres clear of the runner in second place!

The next meeting is at Coventry on Sunday 4th June. Can I please ask everyone to make themselves available for selection and let me know as soon as possible – onwards and upwards as they say!

Nigel Clegg
Track & Field team manager

Published in Athletics News
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:38

Medals Galore at Final Midland Women's XC League

Saturday 11th February was the final Midland League XC race of the 2016-17 season, this saw both the BRAT Ladies and Men head to Warwick University for a rather cold run in the mud. BRAT Ladies started the race with three points separating them and Birmingham Uni who were currently in the bronze medal position for division one, so it was all to play for.

Molly Browne closed the league with a fantastic run her highest finish in 5th place, Leonie Balter came in strongly not far behind with a brilliant 7th place finish, Jen Dale had the race of her life to finish a great 11th and Marie Matthews was the team’s fourth scorer in a fabulous 26th place with a fine run. Megan Thomas followed closely with a superb 39th, Sarah Hinksman returning from illness showed she was on good form with a brilliant finish in 43rd, Helen Pike had a fantastic run despite the cross countries being much shorter than what she is used to, coming in at 45th, Lisa Tindle had a great run following closely with 57th and Cat Bone came through strongly with a fab 83rd place finish to complete a brilliant BRAT team! Unfortunately Eloise Lee was forced to retire half way round due to illness.

BRAT Ladies had a nervous wait for the overall league results to be announced! The senior team totalled 49 points to give them their lowest finish over the four races and … enough to secure a BRONZE medal – finishing 46 points ahead of Birmingham Uni – an amazing achievement!

BRAT had two individual medallists for the league overall for the first time in the club's history. Helena Eastham finished joint third overall having run tremendously in the first three races. Molly Browne came away with silver overall after a great run in all four races improving position with each run.

The Masters team finished impressively in 7th place, which is not only a fantastic achievement but so brilliant that in each of the races there has been a scoring masters team.

A huge congratulations to each and every BRAT lady who has raced in the league this season, the team atmosphere at races has been brilliant and the BRAT vest has been worn with pride. For a lot of ladies this was their first XC season and they have done absolutely amazingly – improving on positions and learning to love slipping around in the mud! A special mention to thank those who despite not being able to run themselves have braved the cold and embraced the mud cheering everyone on and volunteering for the club.

Below is a full list of the runners and supporters for the season, and finishing positions for division one.

BRAT Ladies Midland XC Team 2016-17:
Molly Browne (12,7, 7, 5), Helena Eastham(15,9, 13), Leonie Balter (21,15, 7), Eloise Lee (62, 52, 43), Lisa Tindle (69, 56, 85, 57), Helen Pike (76, 63, 59, 45), Claire Keene (94, 81), Rachel Brown (113, 101), Louise Beasley (126), Catherine McNicholl (142, 112), Jen Straw (19, 24, 11), Megan Thomas (45, 39), Sarah Hinksman (50, 53, 43), Claire Jackson (88), Sarah Bakewell (104), Cat Bone (84, 83), Marie Matthews (26), Anne Kenchington, Christine Bertram, Jenny Coxon.

 

Overall League Positions (3 races to score):

Molly Browne - 2nd

Helena Eastham - 5th / 3rd Senior

Leonie Balter - 7th / 5th Senior

Jen Straw - 12th / 7th Senior

Sarah Hinksman - 31st / 13th Masters

Eloise Lee - 35th / 14th Senior

Helen Pike - 40th / 17th Masters

Lisa Tindle - 44th / 18th Masters

 

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