On 17 November 2014 In Junior News

A gloomy day in Wolverhampton but at least it didn’t rain. We had 17 athletes competing. Our strongest teams were the U11 girls where we have a team of 6 athletes and the U13 boys where we have 5 athletes.

The top team performance was the U13 boys who finished 5th overall with our top runner Hugo Villalobos-Finigan finishing 14th. Daniel Hickl and Daniel Rose finished in 32nd and 33rd respectively with Joe Thompson 57th and Ryan Valentine 111th.

In the U11 Boys Benji Godsall finished 100th. In the U11 girls we had Ella Black 50th, Ines Villalobos-Finigan 60th, Abigail Thompson 101st, Kiera Valentine 120th, Poppy Close 126th and Lily Smith 134th.

In the U13 girls we had Daisy Mai-Clements 47th, Caitlin Harte in 116th and Kiera Black in 169th.

The U15 boys saw Jacob Gollings in 53rd and Alex Hickl in 56th.

Well done to all to all the athletes and I look forward to seeing you all at Warley Woods on Dec 7th.

On 27 October 2014 In Junior News

From Sunday 02nd November the Junior session on Sunday morning will be moving to the Abbey Stadium on the edge of Redditch.

This is just down the A441 dual carriageway from junction 2 of the M42 and close to the cemetry / crematorium and just before the retail park and Sainsbury store.
Kings Norton School has been a reasonably good venue through the summer but the range of events we can do there is very limited.
Additionally as we move into winter the grass will inevitably get very wet, muddy and slippy and may be unsafe for running.
To allow everyone a little more time to get there the session will run from 10:30 - 12:00pm
We appreciate that everyone does not have a car and may be dependent on public transport so I have set up a discussion topic on the BRAT website Forum.
If you can offer a lift or would like one please add your details and hopefully people can link up and get sorted out.
Also could we please remind everyone that the cost is £2 per-child per-week. This money goes straight towards facility hire costs which are ever increasing.
Richard / Nigel / Mike


On 17 October 2014 In Junior News

West Midlands Young Athletes XC League 12th October 2014 Warwick Hatton

A foggy day in Warwick with the sun emerging towards the end of the event. We had 18 athletes competing. We had 10 debuts notably 6 new U11 girls. The races were high quality and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with lots of smiling faces after the races.

There were many standout performances but the highlights were Ella Black’s debut in the U11 girls where she finished 19th out of 125 finishers, and the U13 boys where the team finished 6th with 3 boys: Daniel Hickl, Daniel Rose and Hugo Villalobos Finigan finishing in the top 30 ably supported by Joe Thompson and Ryan Valentine.

We had 2 U11 Boys with Jack Powell 30th and Benji Godsall 79th both improving on last year’s performances. 6 U11 girls with Ella Black 19th, Ines Villalobos Finigan 58th, Abigail Thompson 69th, Kiera Valentine 108th, Lily Smith 118th and Poppy Close 120th.

In the U13 boys we had Daniel Hickl in 22nd, Daniel Rose in 27th , Hugo Villalobos Finigan 29th, Joe Thompson 58th and Ryan Valentine 114th. In the U13 girls we had Caitlin Harte in 114th and Kiera Black in 153rd.

The U15 boys saw Alex Hickl in 44th and Jacob Gollings in 50th.

Well done to all to all the athletes and I look forward to seeing you all at Wolverhampton on November 16th.

On 16 September 2014 In Junior News

BRAT athletics and cross country team member Benji Godsal (U11) is taking part in a number of events to raise awareness of meningitis and fundraising for the Meningitis Research Foundation.  Two of these events include a 5k run at Cannon Hill Park with his family and competing in the Birmingham Junior Half Marathon.  

Please read Benji's story below or follow this link for more details/to donate: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Lisa-Godsal

In September 2014 I am hoping to raise awareness of meningitis and money for the Meningitis Research Foundation. The reason I am doing this is that when I was four years old I contracted meningococcal septicaemia. I was very poorly and although the doctors warned I might end up blind or deaf or lose a limb, thankfully as my symptoms were caught so early and the staff at the Children’s hospital were so fantastic I made a speedy recovery and after a few days in intensive care I was able to go home. I had to return to hospital as an outpatient for a week and it took a long time for me to be able to return to school full time. I was one of the lucky ones, however, in making a full physical recovery but whilst I was in hospital we saw several young babies and children who had not been so lucky.

The w/c 15th September is meningitis awareness week as knowledge and awareness of the symptoms are key in early treatment. If you want to know more about the symptoms there is information on the Meningitis Research Foundation website www.meningitis.org

I am also hoping to raise money for The Meningitis Research Foundation who funds research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia and also provides excellent support for those affected by the disease and their families. To raise money I have already held a cake sale with my friends, myself and family are taking part in a 5k fun run at Cannon Hill Park, myself and Eve are running in the Birmingham junior half marathon, I am playing my trombone in a charity concert and we are also helping run a Scarecrow trail in Bournville on September 13th to raise funds.

I do hope you can support me in any way you can. Please spread the word about symptom awareness especially to those with young children. I would be very grateful if you feel able to sponsor me in my 5k Fun Run, you can donate directly on our just giving page to sponsor me today. Thank you!