Following his 4th place in the 200m in 20.87s at European Team championships in Vaasa Finland on June 23-25th, David Lima has realised his potential and long term dream and has qualified for the World Athletics Championships in London in August.  He was competing in an international meeting in La Chaux du Fonds in Switzerland this weekend and ran a club record time of 20.30s in winning the 200m, well inside the 20.44s entry standard.  He also won the 100m in another club record time of 10.14s, just 0.02s outside the qualifying standard for that event.


David therefore becomes the first BRAT athlete to compete at a World Championships and the club wishes him a successful experience at the ultimate level of competition.

Published in Athletics News
Friday, 16 June 2017 12:30

Championship Successes

Lima storms to victory in the Portuguese National Championships


The club’s star sprinter David Lima won the 200m Portuguese National Championships in Vagos on Saturday 10th June in a club record time of 20.47s, having also won his heat in a more modest 20.60s. However this in agonisingly just 0.02s over the qualifying time required for this year’s World Championships in London in August but it wouldn’t have been accepted by officialdom because the wind speed was over the accepted limit of 2m/sec. David rounded off an excellent weekend by also coming second in the final of the 100m in another club record of 10.23s, having won his heat in 10,24s.



Midland Track & Field Championships


Meanwhile 4 BRAT’s competed in the Midland Senior and U20 championships at Nuneaton on Sunday June 11th. Star performance once again came from Jonathan Briggs in his first year as a senior, finishing second in the shot in a club record distance of 13.55m and third in the discus with 42.30m, just shy of his personal best.  New boy Jake Vickery came 5th in the senior hammer with a throw of 38.09m. Sam Barber was 7th in the U20 800m with 2m 05.73s and Pavidra Savanandrajah was 7th in the senior womwn’s 100m heat in 13.86s and 5th in her 200m heat in 29.26s.

Published in Athletics News
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

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