On 15 August 2017 In Athletics News

The BRAT track & field team overcame the showers, the thunderstorm and the opposition to claim second place in the last league meeting of the season and with it, promotion to division two - just twelve months after we were relegated. 

The day itself started off very brightly, sunshine all round as we travelled over to Sutton Coldfield, however, by the time we arrived the sun disappeared and the heavens opened. The delay of some 45 minutes, including the thunder rolling all around meant that the men's hammer and pole vault competitions were held in far from ideal conditions. The BRAT competitors overcame the poor underfoot conditions as Alex Clegg took 2nd in the men's Pole vault, Katrina Walker came joint 1st in the women's vault, whilst Jonny Briggs and Jack Vickery claimed first and second in the hammer. 

Other BRAT wins in the day came from Steve Dunsby (3000 B race), Simon Lanckham (unbeaten this season over the steeplechase barriers!), Jonny Briggs in the A discus, and Jack Vickery's second success in the B discus. Lucy Freer won the A sprint hurdles, Eloise Lee won the 800 B race, Danni Anthony took the 1500 B race and Megan Thomas made it a double for herself with a win in the 3000 B. Scream of the day came from Kate Franklin as she cleared 1.25m at her third and final attempt to win the high jump B competition. 

My performances of the day have to go to Megan Thomas in only her second appearance for the team with a brilliant performance in the 400 metre hurdles B race. Her winning time of 70 seconds in the B race was a whopping 6 seconds faster than the winning time in the A race! Richard Carney also receives a performance of the day award for all of his work sorting out the results- never an easy task at the best of times, so doing this at an 'away' venue deserves a special mention. 

And finally, I have to thank every member of the team for such a magnificent performance. We had a lot of people on holiday so the pressure really was on those who turned up to perform, and they all did. 

We must now look forward to getting onto our own track and training together as a team again. We must also try to recruit new members as the step up into the second division will be steep. We lack strength in depth, a tiny handful of injuries really impacts upon us. 

Can we all look for any potential newcomers over the next few months and let's all get back on track as soon as possible. 

Nigel Clegg 
Senior team manager 

On 27 July 2017 In Athletics News

Finally, I'm able to write up my report on the meeting on Sunday 16th July now that the results are finally available. 

This was a meeting beset by delays; the men's hammer started half an hour late as they couldn't get the cage working properly, the pole vault was delayed even longer as there was a problem with the uprights, the steeplechase water jump barrier couldn't be raised to its full height and the lap count board wasn't working - not so good with a 12.5 lap 5000m on the timetable.

Thankfully the BRAT team somehow managed to circumnavigate these problems and came away with second place - just 9 points behind Abingdon at the end of the day. 

BRAT winners were; Eloise Lee doing the double in the 800 and 1500 B races, and Carwyn Jones doubled in the high jump and triple jump B competitions. Mark Ince won the 1500 B race, Steve Dunsby won the 5000 B. Hurdles success came from Lucy Freer with a pb in the 400 hurdles A and Prince Ayeh in the sprint hurdles A race. When the steeplechase eventually got underway, Simon Lanckham won the A race. Jordan Foley won the A triple jump and throws success came from Jonny Briggs in the hammer A and Mark Lawrence with a huge pb in the B discus. And the women's sprint relay team of Stroud, Tandoh, Bediako and Johnson won easily for the second meeting on the trot. 

However the performance of the day must go to Gordon Ainsley, our lead official, for keeping calm amid all of the chaos.

Making their debuts for the team were Kate Franklin and Christine Bertram who both performed admirably in a variety of events and Megan Thomas in the 3000 metres. 

What all this means is that we are now in second place overall with one meeting left. A top three finish will see us promoted, 4th or even 5th may be enough depending upon where Telford and Coventry finish. 

The holidays are now upon us so can I ask everyone who is still in the country on Saturday 5th August to make themselves available to compete or even pop over to Royal Sutton Coldfield and cheer the BRAT team on. 

Nigel Clegg 
Track & Field team manager 

On 23 July 2017 In Athletics News

A month after setting a new club record of 17:26.5 for 5000m, Molly Browne prepared for action once again last night at Yate (in Avon-shire) in the Night of the Fast 5000's event.

This inaugural event hosted by Bristol and West was an evening of paced 5000m track races with a series of races at times from 14:30 to 22:30, and judging by the popularity - it was a sell out - it will become a regular fixture in the calendar.
 
It was a cool but fairly calm evening and at 7:35pm the lap board was again reset  to 12 and the gun was fired to start the D-race. The pacemaker moved to the front and the athletes dutifully formed a large group behind.
 
The group was moving with metronomic regularity at 82/83 secs a lap as the board  counted down 11-10-9-8-7-6-5 and 3000m was reached in 10:20.
 
The race was holding together as the pacemaker dropped out and the athletes went into the final 2k. Even without the pacemaker the pace continued unabated and the board continued to change 4-3-2. A big final 800m saw Molly home in 17:16.xx  to revise the BRAT club record for the second time this season. (tenths of second to be confirmed)
 
A great event, well organised and one to consider for next year for any budding or seasoned 5000m athletes.
 
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On 03 July 2017 In Athletics News

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.