On 10 November 2015 In Running News

Whole Lotta Mud !

Men’s XC - Birmingham League 7th November 2015


Probably the biggest BRAT turnout ever assembled at a Cross country event

produced 32 BRAT finishers of the 306 who finished in Division1 in the first race of the season at Leamington. The Newbold Comyn course lived up to its reputation as an extreme test of cross country running for all three divisions of the men’s Birmingham XC League in a joint race with over 700 runners, (as well as the Midland Womens XC League which also took place earlier in the afternoon). Conditions were particularly soft and slippery all round the course, and the famous ditch seemed to be more challenging than ever.


The six BRATs who filled the A team places all had storming races, often working together; they were Jack Gray 10th (and unlucky not to finish in the top three), Ed Banks 24th, Chris Ashford 61st, Dan Robinson 63rd, Tom Anderton 70th, and Tim Carter 73rd. This scored us 308 points and gave us 7th place out of the 16 teams in Division 1, an impressive result at this level of competition. Well done you guys, you did the Club proud.


Competition for the B team places was fierce. In the end Mark Lawlor 109, Matt Bennett 121, Kelton Aldridge 122, Jonathan Winkler 131, Jonathan Undy 135, Huw Jones 138 took the honours ahead of loads of other BRATs who were breathing down their necks. The B team scored 756 and finished 4th of the 14 B teams, again a marvelous result. Great to see lots of new faces battling for the places, especially young Kelton who at 17 was running in his first senior race. Well done everyone (too many to mention all individually), including those who didn’t score, you are helping our result by finishing ahead of other clubs’ scoring runners, keep it up guys!


Full results are available on the league website.


Photos of the races are up on the BRAT club flickr gallery via the website and Eloise’s far superior shots are here.


Thanks to Richard Carney who was officiating for the League at the finish funnel.

hanks for all the support from everyone during the race and we look forward to the next race which is at Cheltenham on 5th December – full details nearer the time. We will need a couple of volunteers to fulfill our requirement to help at the finish for this race. Would suit someone who may be injured but still wants to be involved. Please get in touch to volunteer.


Martin Ludford


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