On 26 April 2016 In Athletics News

On Friday April 22nd David Lima made the best possible start to the outdoor season with a new 200m PB of 20.68 (-0.6 wind); this competition was held at Florida's James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainsville as part of the Tom Jones Memorial event. The time of 20.68s also secured a place in the coming European Athletics Championships, to be hosted in Amsterdam. David expressed his grateful thanks for the continued support he receives from BRAT.

Next week he runs  at the National Training Centre at Clermont and looks forward to updating us all then.

On 02 March 2016 In Athletics News

Competing in the national Indoor U20 championships at Sheffield on February 13th , Jonathan Briggs, our star hammer and discus thrower, came 6th in his weakest event, the Shot, with a Putt of 13.20m, just short of his PB.


In his build up for possible Olympic Games selection, David Lima has been in sparkling form recently setting indoor PBs for both 60m in 6.81s and 200m in 21.01s at an international meeting on February 6th in Finland. If the track hadn’t been oversize the 200m would have been a Portuguese indoor record! He followed this up at the British Indoor Championships on February 27/28th, with another PB in the 60m with 6.77s coming second in his heat and 6.78s finishing 3rd in the semi final, just missing out on a place in the final. However in his favoured event the 200m , having finished 2nd in his heat in 21.20s, he stormed to a great 3rd place in the final in 21.35s.


David’s indoor season comes to an end next weekend when he competes in the Portuguese club championships. The BRAT club wishes David  all the best in his quest to realise his Olympic dream.


Gordon Ainsley

On 29 August 2015 In Athletics News

Saturday 29th August saw seven BRATs in action at the final BMC Meeting of the season at Tipton. A warm but fairly calm afternoon proved ideal conditions for an excellent afternoon of racing including seven 800's, five 1500's two 3ks and culminating in a grand finale 10k.

First up was Jonny Costello making his track debut in the 800m G-race. The target was 2:20 and Jonny (pictured below sticking to the pacemaker like glue) ran a perfectly executed race hitting the bell in around 67 before powering on to cross the line in first place with a time of 2:19.8.


jonny pace 800


Richard Bayliss was in the 800m D-race. Although a member of Bournville Richard runs for BRAT in the T&F League. Richard was well in the mix all the way and held his form to the line. His effort was well rewarded with a seasons best of 2:05.7 just outside his PB. An excellent finish to the season.

Next up were Rob Dowse and Nick Seagrave in the 1500m E-race. Nick and Rob put in some solid teamwork in the first two laps before Rob shrugged off his calf injury to push on in lap three. A strong final lap brought Rob home in a seasons best 5:09.0 with Nick chasing hard and just missing a seasons best in 5:19.7.

Huw Jones (pictured below at the bell) was the second debutant of the day, and not to be outdone by Jonny also ran a perfectly executed race. The target was 10 minutes and Huw ran near-on perfect 80 second laps before a final lap surge brought him home inside 10 minutes - exact time to be confirmed. He probably will not thank me for this but even more remarkable when you consider Huw is an MV50 !

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The final race - the 10k over 25 laps - had three BRATs on the line. Abayomi Adedimeji making a welcome return from injury, Ed Banks and Dan Robinson. It should be noted that Dan (pictured below in "Take Off Position") had earlier run in the 3000m A-race and both he and Ed were using the afternoon as training prep for another 10k track race next Saturday at Trafford - good luck in that one boys. The pace was being set by Tipton's Martin Williams but Ed decided to hang back and run his own race. Just behind Ed both Dan and Abayomi also settled in quickly as they prepared for the long haul. One by one by one the laps started to tick down. At about two-thirds distance Ed decided to make a move. Although he was around 100m off the lead, in the closing laps he successively wound up the pace and caught and passed the leaders finishing with a 74 sec final lap to win in 32:24.8. Meanwhile the metronomes called Dan and Abayomi were still knocking out consistent laps. Dan came home in 36:56.4 and Abayomi obliterated his PB slicing over three minutes off to finish in 38:45.4



takeoff dan 3k

On 23 August 2015 In Athletics News

Dan Robinson and Ed Banks were in action at the last British Milers Club Grand Prix of the season, which took place just down the road in Solihull. Dan and Ed were both in the 5000 C race. Ed finished in 3rd place in 15:09, just a few tenths outside the PB he set earlier this season. Dan, working his way back to fitness after a calf injury, was 17th in 16:07. Full results here.