On 14 August 2015 In Athletics News

Having helped the senior league team avoid relegation at Worcester on Sunday, James Colclough dashed off to the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France to compete in the M35 age category 400m.

James made a great start in the heats coming second in a club record time of 51.77s and qualifying for the semi finals as 15th fastest overall in the 8 heats. This was his fastest time for 4 years. In the semi final, he tried to chase the faster athletes in the early part of the race, but faded slightly towards the end and finished a gallant 6th in another fine time of 51.95s, which was also faster than the previous club record.

On 10 August 2015 In Athletics News

Phewwwww!

You'll be pleased to hear that the BRAT Athletics team managed to pull itself together on Sunday 9th August and see off the threat of relegation by finishing ahead of Gloucester on the day.

Overall we finished in second place, some 40 odd Points ahead of Gloucester in third. It is therefore Gloucester and Worcester who go down to division three whilst the BRAT team remain in the second division for 2016.

Given the number of injuries we've currently got (picked up a few more on the day too) and the fact that we still haven't got a home track (or any sight of a new one) this was a fantastic performance from everyone involved. Gloucester threw everything they had at us but bit by bit, event after event, our athletes managed to outperform theirs as well as the others from Bristol, Notts, Cannock and Worcester.

Highlights of the day were a sprint double for David Lima (100/200 A races). Other winners were Tamara Miller winning the women's 100 A race. Prince Ayeh (400 hurdles B), Ben Hall (1500m B), Alex Clegg (Javelin B), Katrina Walker (Pole vault B) and the men's 4 x100 relay team. The men's 4 x 400 team also won but we're controversially disqualified later.

In addition to these guys we had a large number of people finishing second and third in their events which really added to our points tally.

Particular mentions to those who travelled up from London/South East to compete - David Lima, James Griffith and Alessandra Rossi. Also my two joint winners of the 'man of the match' award would have to go to Jenny Coxon and Helena Eastham, both of whom went beyond the call of duty by competing in the 800, 1500, javelin, discus, leg of the 400 relay (Jenny), the 3000m, 400 hurdles and high jump (Helena) - and both doing so whilst carrying injuries!

Thanks to them and thanks to the team and all the coaches and officials for turning this season around - it would have been terrible to have been relegated two years on the trot. We must now look forward to next season and start planning ahead. Therefore, can I put a call out to every BRAT member - if you think you would like to have a go at a particular event or know of someone who might be interested, please contact me on the following number/email address. You never know what hidden talents you may have - take Helena for example; always a distance runner, she not only finished 4th in the 400 hurdles yesterday - her first ever race over hurdles, she also cleared 1.40m in the high jump, having only taken up the event a month ago!

If you feel that you would like to give athletics a go then please contact Nigel Clegg on 07896 358810 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Nigel Clegg, BRAT track & field team manager

On 05 August 2015 In Athletics News

Wednesday 5th August saw Leamington C&AC hosting the Warwickshire County 3k Track Championships within their Open Meeting at the Edmonscote Track.

Four BRAT ladies were entered and on the start line in the Senior women's race.

First home of the four was Jenny Coxon in third place overall taking the Bronze Medal. This was a double triumph for Jenny as she also smashed her PB and went under 11 minutes for the first time in 10:59.71.

Jenny was chased home hard by Becky Hair - currently in the middle of an extensive Triathlon racing block - finishing in 11:03.89

Becky herself was chased home hard by Jenny Dale making her track debut with 11:06.04 and Jenny will almost certainly be under 11 minutes in the near future.

Eloise Lee completed the quartet in a more than respectable 11:25.26 continuing her rapid return to form after a recent stress fracture to the left shin.

 

A Floodlit Four Femmes Fantastique

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On 30 July 2015 In Athletics News

 

 

Wednesday 29th July saw Helena Eastham and Jenny Coxon heading south to Watford for the fortnightly Open Track Meetings. After a fraught first 25 minutes getting out of Birmingham the trip down went smoothly, but there was some confusion at the other end as the organisers seemed overwhelmed by a very large turnout even by Watford standards - some 552 athletes resulting in 24 heats of the 1500m and three 3000m races accommodating 96 athletes.

 

Jenny was first up in heat 4 running a very solid race before a well timed strong finish to bag a seasons best of 5:09.28

Next up was Helena in heat 7 which should have been heat 5 (confused - yes so were we) where she consolidated recent performances and finished with a blistering final 300m in around 57 seconds. Helena missed a PB by the narrowest margin of only 1.5 seconds finishing in 5:04.08

 

 

 

Late Addition:

I have also just seen that Abi Saker (heat 11) also ran a PB in 4:46.61 so well worth the trip