On 11 February 2014 In Junior News

BRAT Improve League Position

The last fixture of the season with a windy but dry day. Lots of mud on the course, perfect for Cross Country! We had 14 athletes competing. The team finished 17th overall (up from 19th last season) for the series.

We had 5 boys in the U11 race, 3 in the U13 and 3 in the U15. The U11 team were our best placed for the series in 11th place.

Individually, Anne Kenchington (see below) was the top performer with second place in the U17 women’s race and 5th in the series. Our next best performance was Daisy Mai Clements in 10th place, in the U11 girls, Daisy finished 10th place overall in the series. Our other female athlete was Grace Harris who finished 78th (14 places better than the last race).

The boys started in the Under 11s with Jo Thompson 40th, Jack Powell 84th, Jamie Wright 87th, Benji Godsal 103rd and Jamie Devine 116th. Jo finished 20th in the series.

The U13 boys had Alex Hickl in 45th place along with Daniel Rose in 59th and Jackson Clements in 70th. Alex finished 42nd in the series.

In the U15 boys, Nicholas Papaioannou finished 32nd, Mathew Coulson 62nd and Jacob Gollings 63rd. Nick finished 21st overall in the series.

Well done to all our young athletes and see you next season.

League Landmark for Anne

Anne Kenchington (pictured) completed a bit of a cross country landmark today as she completed her seventh year competing for BRAT in the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League.

Starting from 10 years old and now close on seventeen - this means she has competed in the 5 regular league fixtures over the past 7 years! She finished with a flourish, relishing the mud and coming storming through to second place in her race today! But best of all she finished with all her mates from other clubs around the area and they all celebrated their last race together in this great league competition!

On 28 January 2014 In Junior News

The winter has held many trials and tribulations for me, but has also had its rewards.

The end of last season was frustrating for me as I searched for faster, stronger and higher throws - throws which never came. After the final competition of the year, the 'Final Fling' in Connah's Quay, had produced nothing but a javelin personal best, the targets for the winter were outlined and the hard work began. Regular training after school at Bromsgrove High School on Mondays has improved my strength significantly, and this coupled with more technique-orientated training on Sundays and Thursdays has improved my throwing to a much higher standard.

As a result of this, I am now more confident in my throwing. On the 11th and 12th of January, I competed in a Birchfield Harriers open meeting, where I got off to a strong start to the season. I achieved a personal best in shot putt and broke a 20-year old U17 club record with a throw of 12.75m. I also achieved a new personal best in the discus, where I threw 41.11m in very windy conditions. This is also the entry standard for English Schools finals.The hammer wasn't so convincing, as I threw a metre down on my personal best, but the conditions were dismal and almost completely inappropriate for throwing. Despite this, the winter season has been a success and I hope to improve my distances further this year, break what is already a really high U17 club record in discus, extend the U17 club records that I've already set and make selection for the West Midlands team at English Schools.

Jonathan Briggs

On 20 January 2014 In Junior News

A lovely sunny day in Nuneaton without the mud of the last fixture. We had 12 athletes competing.

Anne Kenchington was once again the standout performer with fifth place in the U17 women’s race. Our next best performance was Daisy Mai Clements in 21st place in the U11 girls; Daisy is now in 9th place overall in the series. Our other female athlete was Grace Harris who finished 92nd.

The boys started in the Under 11s with Jo Thompson 31st, Jack Powell 81st,Jamie Devine 105th and Jamie Wright 114th. Jo is now 14th in the series.

The U13 boys had Alex Hickl in 51st place along with Daniel Rose in 55th and Jackson Clements in 74th. Alex is 29th in the series.

In the U15 boys, Nicholas Papaioannou finishing 32nd and Jacob Gollings 63rd. Nick is 12th overall in the series.

Well done to all and see you at Birchfield on Feb 9th.

Results here.

On 16 January 2014 In Junior News

The New Year indoor season picks up again after our little seasonal hiatus.
The Junior BRATs will be spinning at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre, at 10.30am on Saturday 18th January. This will be followed by a short run to keep it all triathlony...so to speak.
See you there.