On 05 October 2015 In Running News

National 6 Stage Road Relays

Hello BRAT team and BRAT mates.

A very good team performance with some outstanding individual performances saw BRATS deliver one of our best results at The National Road Relay Championships, the top club road race in the UK.

Finishing 37th A team and 3rd West Midlands team,with a slightly weaker team than at the Midland, saw total overall individual performances quicker by over 50 seconds. Jack Gray finished in a fantastic 11th overall just missing the club record by 1 whole second. Ed Banks also ran a stormer delivering a course PB.

Jack led off in fine form, always in the leading pack which dwindled to a handful as the pressure increased, and finished just behind the lead in 4th and a fantastic 17:29 over 5.85km.  Ed Banks was inevitably under pressure from the top teams second leg fliers, but that is what Ed likes as another PB was delivered keeping us in the top 20. Stuart Male had the cruelest leg given out by the heartless manager, but he finished within 7 seconds of his great Midland time. We had dropped to 40th which is what was expected, however, Martin Matthews never disappoints and another class run within 8 seconds of his Midland time saw 2 places clawed back. Chris Grimley on 5th leg, smashed his Midland time with yet another course PB, handing onto Dan Robinson for the pressured last leg. Dan was disappointed with his time, but I don’t see that. He was only 6 seconds slower than that at The Midlands in what was a relatively lonely leg after he had gained two places and was clearly significantly faster than teams around us.

An exciting race saw Tonbridge just hold off a fast chasing and very strong Derby by 4 just seconds, Tonbridge also finishing a B team in 10th place ! (Must be Kent’s Shepperd Neame ale).

Results at www.race-results.co.uk

Well done and thanks team, and especially Eloise for the fantastic carbo loading cake and photos.

Richard Gray

41  Birmingham Running A&T              1:56:43   37th A team.

        Jack Gray        (4)  17:29
        Edward Banks     (18) 18:31
        Stuart Male      (40) 21:14
        Martin Matthews  (38) 19:08
        Chris Grimley    (44) 21:12
        Daniel Robinson  (42) 19:09


1  Tonbridge AC                   'A'  1:47:24

        Ben Cole         (8) 17:43
        Corey De'Ath     (4) 17:41
        Thomas Cox       (7) 18:11
        Christopher Olle (2) 17:54
        Henry Pearce     (2) 17:47
        Kieran Reilly    (1) 18:08



Fastest of all  legs

        1  Andy Maud          Highgate   17:03      
        2  Jonathan Davies    Reading      17:14     
        3  Thomas Lancashire  Bolton     17:17     
        4  Andrew Butchart    Central      17:19    
        5  Richard Weir       Derby     17:21     
        =  Carl Smith         Leeds City     17:21      
        =  Graham Rush        Cheltenham  17:21   
        8  Daniel Studley     Bristol and West   17:22      
        9  Stephen Mitchell   Bristol and West   17:25    
       10  Alexander Tovey    Windsor     17:27        
       11  Daniel Cliffe      Liverpool   17:29     
        =  Jack Gray          BRAT           17:29
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