On 16 July 2015 In Athletics News

Last night BRAT's Ben Hall ran at the Watford Open T&F Meetings

The fortnightly meetings are by far the biggest gathering of middle distance runners in the country. The races are graded which means that athletes are put into races with other athletes of a similar ability - regardless of age or gender. This leads to some tight exciting races with most being dragged or pushed along to a good time.

Ben was in race 22 of 28 - Yes that's right twenty eight separate 800m races on the night - and ran a seasons best of 1:59.37 just missing a PB by less than half-a-second.



On 12 July 2015 In Athletics News

Two young BRAT athletes, Jonathan Briggs and Alisha Stroud, travelled to Gateshead this weekend, July 10/11th, to represent the West Midlands area at the annual English Schools championships, their mini Olympics, where the best 1800 school children from around the country meet for a two day festival of athletics. They had previously beaten the local opposition in the area championships and also achieved the necessary standard in their respective events to be eligible for selection. However the task now facing them was rather more daunting.

Alisha came seventh in her heat of the U17 300m in a time of 41.36s, just outside her best performance to date and Jonathan was tenth in the final of the U20 Discus with a throw of 37.14m. Well done to both!

On 06 July 2015 In Athletics News



On Sunday 9th August in Worcester, the BRAT track & field team will be effectively having a penalty shoot out with Gloucester to see who remains in Division two and who gets relegated to Division three!


After this Saturday's match in Bristol the BRAT team finished a frustrating 5th, whilst Gloucester were just 14 points ahead of us in 4th place. This means that with one meeting to go we are both tied on 7 match points. Worcester theoretically could still survive but they would have to finish first or second on the day and we would have to finish last. As Worcester have only managed 5th once this season it is a tall order for them.


At Bristol, we had some really strong performances from Helena Eastham (who won both the 800 B race and cleared 1.35m in the high jump, having had a five minute lesson before the event!),


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Tia Alexander who both the B shot and long jump with Tamara Miller winning the A long jump. Alex Clegg won the B 400 hurdles and Becky Hair came home first in the 3000 B race. Unfortunately these performances weren't enough to save us - we had too many people having to compete in 3/4/5 events - basically just filling in the slots just to get us points. It's a big ask of anyone to run, jump, throw usually against specialists and expect them to finish amongst the big points. Therefore, with the 'shoot-out' looming in a months time can all athletes please clear their diaries and make themselves available for selection on Sunday 9th August.



Nigel Clegg. Team Manager

On 29 June 2015 In Athletics News

BRATs were well represented last week at the Tipton T&F Open Meeting incorportaing the British Milers Club (BMC) races.

In the 100m Petra Bediako and Sadie Forrester-Hayles were almost "twins" finishing in 13.5 and 13.4 respectively.

The middle distance events saw a mass of best performances in conditions that were near perfect on a warm but still evening.

For the ladies Becky Hair and Helena Eastham both ran PBs in the 1500m in 5:07.4 and 5:07.5 with nearly identical splits as well - despite being in different races !

For the chaps PB's for Dan Robinson in both the 800m and 1500m ( 2:10.7 / 4:18.6) and a Seasons Best (SB) for half-BRAT Richard Bayliss in the 800m ( 2:09.4 ) along with Robert Dowse who just missed a SB in the 1500m (5:20.6)

The final race the 5000m - well worth staying for - saw Ed Banks run a perfectly timed race before storming away in the final 600m to win the race in a new PB of 15:09.6 and was well supported by Mark Ince in a SB of 16:32.7.