On 16 June 2017 In Athletics News

Lima storms to victory in the Portuguese National Championships

 

The club’s star sprinter David Lima won the 200m Portuguese National Championships in Vagos on Saturday 10th June in a club record time of 20.47s, having also won his heat in a more modest 20.60s. However this in agonisingly just 0.02s over the qualifying time required for this year’s World Championships in London in August but it wouldn’t have been accepted by officialdom because the wind speed was over the accepted limit of 2m/sec. David rounded off an excellent weekend by also coming second in the final of the 100m in another club record of 10.23s, having won his heat in 10,24s.

 

 

Midland Track & Field Championships

 

Meanwhile 4 BRAT’s competed in the Midland Senior and U20 championships at Nuneaton on Sunday June 11th. Star performance once again came from Jonathan Briggs in his first year as a senior, finishing second in the shot in a club record distance of 13.55m and third in the discus with 42.30m, just shy of his personal best.  New boy Jake Vickery came 5th in the senior hammer with a throw of 38.09m. Sam Barber was 7th in the U20 800m with 2m 05.73s and Pavidra Savanandrajah was 7th in the senior womwn’s 100m heat in 13.86s and 5th in her 200m heat in 29.26s.

On 05 June 2017 In Athletics News

For the first time in four years, in fact since we lost the track, the BRAT senior track & field team have won a league meeting.

The victory on Sunday 4th June couldn't have been closer – just nine points separating us from Abingdon.

Going into the final event, the men's discus, we trailed Abingdon by one point (355 v 356) but thanks to Jonny Briggs winning the A competition and Mark Lawrence (on his debut for the club) taking the B competition with a dramatic last throw of the day we managed to snatch victory !

The discus wasn't the only success for our male throwers; Jonny also won the hammer A, with Jack Vickery (also on debut) winning the B hammer. Alex Clegg took the javelin A and Igor Huszak (yet another athlete on debut) took the B javelin.

In total, out of a possible 64 points the men's throwers scored 58, their nearest rivals were Telford on 41.

Other winners on the day were Simon Lanckham who got a double in the steeplechase A and the 400 hurdles B races. Martin Matthews won the 3000m B race, Eloise Lee won the 1500A, Katrina Walker the A pole vault and the women's relay team grabbed a dramatic photo-finish win in the 4 x 100.

Also making their debuts and scoring what turned out to be invaluable points for the team were Ashley Fawke, Hannah Ludford and Naomi Johnson.

Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day and here's to the next one at Abingdon on Sunday 16th July – please make yourselves available as we are now joint top of the league with two matches to go.

Nigel Clegg
BRAT Track & Field team manager

On 05 June 2017 In Athletics News

Competing in his first ever decathlon in the National Combined Event Championships at Bedford on May 28/29th, Alexander Clegg finished a brilliant 4th and 3rd in the incorporated Midland championships in a club record score of 5905 points in the U20 event  and recorded or equalled 6 personal bests en route.

 

He started day 1 with a pb in the 100m with 11.98s and followed this up with another pb of 6.01m in the Long Jump. In the next event the shot he was just short of his recent pb with 11.23m and then equalled his pb in the high jump with a leap of 1.75m. Alex rounded off day 1 with 53.13s in the 400m to rank 7th overall.

 

Alex opened day 2 with a pb in the 110m H in a time of 16.86s and then threw a pb in the Discus of 32.42m. In the Pole vault he recorded his second highest height ever with 3.23m before unleashing a pb in the Javelin with a might throw of 46.04m, the second longest in the competition. However he saved the best until last and found the energy to win the final event the 1500m by 11 seconds in a magnificent 4m 29.75s.  

 

His score beat the previous club record by over 400 points.

On 11 May 2017 In Athletics News

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Telford athletics track on Saturday 6th May, saw the first senior league meeting of the 2017 season.

It was also the BRAT teams’ first match back in division three for some seven years, however, given that we have had two relegations in the past three years since the track disappeared, our third place finish on the day bodes well for the season, and hopefully this result, combined with the progress being made on the new track at the university, does provide some light at the end of the tunnel.

Considering the usual round of injuries which always seem to coincide with the beginning of the season, we still managed to get out a fairly full squad – including several people making their club debuts; Colin Bailey, Steve Dunsby, Theresa Tandoh and Nikki Lawrence. All of these guys performed extremely well on their first outing.

Remarkably, we had 14 wins on the day; David Lima (100 and 400A), Jack Gray (800B and 1500A), Richard Bayliss (1500B), Dan Robinson (5000A), Colin Bailey (Pole vault B), Jonny Briggs (Discus A), Petra Bediako (200A), Karen Bailey (400 hurdles B), Eloise Lee (1500B), Molly Browne (3000A), Anne Kenchington (3000B) and finally, and my performance of the day – Becky Hair winning her first ever competitive 800 metre race. She led from gun to tape and was 20 plus metres clear of the runner in second place!

The next meeting is at Coventry on Sunday 4th June. Can I please ask everyone to make themselves available for selection and let me know as soon as possible – onwards and upwards as they say!

Nigel Clegg
Track & Field team manager