On 16 August 2016 In Athletics News

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

On 01 August 2016 In Athletics News

Having been racing across 3 continents this summer, David Lima finally returned to our shores to compete at the England Senior Championships at Bedford on July 30th/31st.


In what was a very busy weekend, David warmed up for his 200m races on Sunday, by entering the 100m on Saturday and was just shy of his PB  finishing 3rd in his heat in 10.44s and 4th in the semi-final in 10.33s, and so just missed out on a place in the final.


In  the 200m, David cruised through his heat in 20.86s in 2nd place and similarly in the semi-final in 20.85s, but had the misfortune to roll over on his ankle on the bend and as a precaution he withdrew from the final, when a podium place was surely his.


The club look forward to welcoming him back for the final league match next Saturday, August 6th at Cheltenham.

On 12 July 2016 In Athletics News

Representing Portugal, David Lima has been competing in the 200m at the European athletics championships in Amsterdam from July 6th-10th, where he may have had his last chance to achieve the Olympic qualifying time of 20.60s. David sailed through the heats in the 5th fastest time overall of 20.82s, finishing 3rd in his heat.  In the semifinals, competition was much more fierce and he came 7th in a time of 20.88s into a considerable headwind, and so unfortunately failed to progress to the final.


In the English schools championships at Gateshead on July 8/9th, our star thrower, Jonathan Briggs, came a very creditable 6th with a throw of 42.54m, just below his personal best.


Well done David and Jonathan!

On 05 July 2016 In Athletics News
Another exceptionally close meeting on Sunday 3rd July saw the BRAT team finish a disappointing 5th out of 6 but by the tightest of margins - just four and a half points off 4th place and less than 30 off third! 
That's two meetings on the trot where we have been the team which has lost out in a tight finish.
Unfortunately what this does mean is that we will need a minor miracle to escape relegation when we travel down to Cheltenham at the beginning of August - our fate, as they say in football, is no longer in our own hands! We have to finish in the top two slots and then rely on Cheltenham or Halesowen finishing in the bottom two places. Stranger things have happened and the BRAT team will keep on battling to the end.
Performances of the day were Jenny Scott winning the A string Javelin, whilst the B string winners were Simon Lanckham (steeplechase), Sam Hart (discus), Alex Clegg (javelin), Arnes Trotter (400 hurdles) and Anne Kenchington (3000m).
A tough day all round, of the 34 men's events (A and B combined), six guys did a total of 27 of them. When the new track arrives we really do need to have a very hard recruitment drive - these guys were practically crawling away from the trackside on Sunday!
Onwards to Cheltenham, and upwards next season.
The results are here and Martin's photos are here.
Nigel Clegg 
BRAT track and field team manager