On 08 June 2015 In Athletics News

After the disappointment of the first league meeting a few weeks ago, the BRAT track and field team came out fighting in very blustery conditions in Gloucester.

The performance of the day came from David Lima (100 and 200 double) and there were many other notable efforts including Arnes Trotter winning the 400 hurdles B race and Shai Hutchinson taking the Discus B event. All four relay teams fared well and on another day probably would have won. We still seem 'ring rusty' - the lack of a fixed track where everyone can meet and train together is a huge problem. The other teams roll up and get on with it, whilst we are still saying hello to team mates we haven't seen in ages and then familiarising ourselves with what a proper track, long jump pit, high jump bed and throwing cage look like! Still, one day soon...

Our vocal support is as good (and loud) as ever and now includes a new recruit - BRAT dog! Jenny Coxon's extremely well behaved black labrador (forgive me if its not a labrador - all dogs look the same to me!). We've adopted him as our team mascot, he does wear the BRAT team colours after all! After all the excitement we finished 4th on the day, just 5 points behind Bristol in 3rd place and about 10 points short of Notts in 2nd. Yet another tightly contested season - having seen the results from Division One it could be argued that the standard in Division Two is actually higher. As a result we have now moved out of the relegation zone but we are only one point ahead of Gloucester and two ahead of Worcester. All to play for - next stop; Bristol, Saturday 4th July. Please make yourself available!

Nigel Clegg - Track & Field Team Manager

On 26 May 2015 In Athletics News

This year saw far fewer BRATs than normal contest the County T&F Championships, but nevertheless there were several successful performances to celebrate. Star performer in the Warwickshire Championships was Jonathan Briggs who was first in the U20 Hammer with a club record throw of 49.08m, first in the Shot with a personal best of 12.92m and first in the Discus with 41.18m. Alisha Stroud continued with her mastery of the 300m, winning the U17 final in a personal best time of 41.84s. Prince Ayeh won the senior men’s 400mH in 62.39s. Our other medallist was Petra Bediako, continuing her comeback after injury to win the bronze in the U20 100m in 13.01s. Other finalists were Sadie Forrester Hayles, 4th in the Senior 100m, Kevin Samuels, 4th in the Senior 400m and John Stolberg, 7th in the U15B 1500m.

Competing in the Worcester Championships James Colclough had a successful afternoon in his build up to the World Masters Championships by winning the masters 100m in 12.0s and 2nd in the 200m in 23.7s, a club record.

In the recent British Universities championships Jack Gray ran a splendid 10,000m coming 3rd in 30m 59.33s

Full results attached

Gordon Ainsley

On 21 May 2015 In Athletics News

Alison Jordon has been appointed to a European Athletics photo-finish role.

Alison, who is a longstanding BRAT member, and current holder of the club's Guy Harrison Award for volunteering, has been appointed to the European Athletics VDM and photo-finish judges panel between 2016-2019. She is a level three track judge and level three photo-finish judge as well as a member of the International Meeting Officials (IMO) group in 2015 for both disciplines, is one of 14 officials from across the continent to be selected for the role.

The assessment for this European Athletics role took place in Prague in March on the weekend of the European Indoor Championships. A series of practical and written exams followed to determine which of the 28 officials on the course would join the panel. This now means that Alison will be guaranteed an officiating role at at least two European meetings in 2015.

Despite being such a highly experienced photo-finish judge who performed the role at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, as well as being Chief PF at the European Team Championships in Gateshead in 2013 and IPC European Championships in Swansea last year, Alison still finds time to turn out and officiate on behalf of the club at Midland T&F league meetings and for the juniors' Heart of England T&F league. 

 Many congratulations to Alison!

On 28 April 2015 In Athletics News

After the disappointment of getting relegated to Division 2 of the Midland League last season, the B.R.A.T. track and field team were looking to bounce back and start the new season strongly. Unfortunately due to the distance and the availability of many of our athletes we weren't as competitive as we could have been and only managed a 5th place finish on the day. Most athletes had to compete in two or three events to fill spaces. We can do much better than this given the size and strength of our club. Please make sure you have the next fixture in your diary - 6th June in Gloucester.

The athletes who did make the long journey down to Yate showed real commitment. Special thanks must go to Martin Cleaver, Adam Balderson Higgins, Bea Pavlovic and Rachel Young who all stepped in at the last minute to compete in the distance events. Newcomer Tom Peake (pictured) made a good club debut in the 100m, 200m and shot put. Jenny Scott, willing as ever, did an incredible seven events! Nigel Clegg, as usual, did a great job of organising and motivating the team and our coaches and officials played a big part. Thank you to all involved.

Now let's get more people out and move up the league where we belong!