On 19 June 2016 In Athletics News

Competing in the National U20 championships at Bedford on June 18th, Jonathan Briggs set a new personal best of 13.85m in the Shot Put, finishing in a very creditable 8th position. This was an agonising 2cm below the existing BRAT club record.

Well done Jonathan!

On 14 June 2016 In Athletics News

Despite only a very small number of our senior/U20 athletes contesting the Midlands Championships on June 11/12th at Nuneaton, the club still won 3 medals. Leading the way was our star field eventer Jonathan Briggs who gained silver medals in both U20 Discus and Shot Put with throws of 44.66m, a personal best, and 13.41m respectively. He narrowly missed a further medal in the hammer, placing 4th with a throw of 46.77m.

 

Our other medallist was Prince Ayeh who recorded a personal best of 16.35s in the senior 110m Hurdles , coming 3rd.

Petra Bediako, returning this year from injury, finished 7th in the final of the senior women’s 200m in 27.69s. BRAT’s other finalists were Ed Banks and masters Dan Robinson in the senior men’s 5000m, coming 8th in 15m 29.15s and 14th in 16m 14.72s respectively.

 

Meanwhile David Lima continued his search for the perfect conditions to secure the Olympic qualifying time in the 200m, by competing in the International Games in Geneva , Switzerland on June 11th, but alas the wind was unfavourable and he came 4th in the 100m in 10.41s and 5th in the 200m in 20.88s.

On 07 June 2016 In Athletics News

Competing for Portugal in the XIX Trofeo Athletics International in Salamanca Spain on June 4th, David Lima  continued with his excellent start to the season by winning the 200m in 20.62s, just 0.02s outside his personal best, but still short of the elusive Olympic qualifying time of 20.50s.  He also came 3rd in the final of the 100m in 10.30s, having qualified in 2nd place in the semi finals in the same time.

On 06 June 2016 In Athletics News

On a balmy afternoon in Nottingham this Saturday, the BRAT track and field team took part in the second league meeting of the 2016 season. Having finished fourth in Tamworth at the beginning of May we were hoping to push on and grab a top three finish this time out.

Unfortunately, our total of 327 points on the day meant that we finished fourth again only 30 points off top spot.

This small gap is made more frustrating as we had several gaps in the men's team which, had they been filled, would have gained us enough extra points to move up at least a couple of places... what might have been!

Performances of the day must go to; Jonny Briggs for two 'A' category wins in the shot and discus, plus a under 20 club record in the hammer (we're he finished second), Sam Hart for an unusual hat-trick, three wins in the 'B' categories of shot, discus and javelin. Alex Clegg won the 'A' javelin, whilst Molly Browne won the 'A' 3000 metres (plus ran the best leg of the day in the 400 relay!)

Other winners were Carwyn Jones in the 'B' high jump, Katrina Walker in the 'B' sprint hurdles and Alessandra Rossi in the ladies 'B' high jump. Must make special mentions to Sam Barber and Eva Gunn who made their senior club debuts and to Alex Jessett, another recent recruit to the club, who throw the javelin for the first time since leaving school and managed second in the 'A' stream.

Thank you to all of the above and indeed to everyone who gave up their time and put up such a good fight.

We travel over to Tipton on Sunday 3rd July for the next meeting - can anyone reading this please make the effort to make themselves available. We are in a relegation dogfight so every event needs to be filled as every single point will count.

The day's results can be found here.

Nigel Clegg
BRAT track & field team manager