On 21 April 2016 In Running News

National 12 Stage

Well done and thanks to the team; reserves Adam, Stuart, Ben; and supporters Eloise (who took these photos), Martin, Toby, Stuart and others.


Good performances and a decent result considering the mixed health and injuries, but our position shows you the standard that is required if one wants to achieve nationally. BRAT finished 36th and 4th team in The West Midlands behind Tipton, Birchfield and Coventry. Very pleased to beat Wolves who were competitive for most of the race but went backwards over the last four legs, where we were consistent throughout. The race was won by Highgate, ahead of Aldershot with the Midland Champions Bristol in 3rd.


Ed Banks in his usual 1st leg came in 33rd in yet another good time. Handing onto Martin Matthews, who considering he was returning from injury ran a respectable time, but on the always very quick short leg dropped to 39th. “Mr bespoke kit” and club advert Dan Robinson had promised me over 30s quicker than the Midland (and so he should), but he smashed this showing off with almost a minute and pulling back four places. The first of several ex-patients: Jon Jennings snatched a single place, but despite Karl Welborn running an excellent time we slipped back again. Young Mark Burnhope still rusty from a long layoff dropped another couple of places . Welcome to new BRAT Simon Lanckham who has come off a great XC season, but is not back to fitness and we were back to 39th again!  Huw Jones did what he said and took a few seconds off his Midland time but we had now slipped back to 41st. It was time to rally and see if the other teams had front loaded. Tom Powell although not happy with his time started the trend. The story of our race was unavoidable: “been ill, been injured.” Nobody however had a disaster, and all delivered as much as could be expected. Mark Ince who had just started back delivered more than I asked, handing onto Chris Ashford who nailed a good long leg, and looked decidedly wobbly on the home straight. Finally our consistency showed as last leg Nathan was involved in the “mass start”, finishing an excellent 2nd in his own race and also gaining another 3 places to finish BRATs in 36th. We had closed on teams ahead over the last 4 legs, realising 5 places over the last two. Well done team.


[look out for Masters National Relay Champs mail]


Long leg 5.38m and short legs 3.16m.

        Edward Banks      (33) 28:19

        Martin Matthews   (39) 17:19

        Daniel Robinson   (34) 28:33

        Jonathan Jennings (33) 17:39

        Karl Welborn      (36) 29:34

        Mark Burnhope     (38) 18:51

        Simon Lanckham    (39) 30:42

        Huw Jones         (41) 18:35

        Tom Powell        (40) 30:30

        Mark Ince         (41) 18:03

        C Ashford         (39) 29:15

        Nathan Warren     (36) 17:25



1  Highgate Harriers                   4:16:30

        Peter Chambers   (8) 26:31

        Robel Bahelbi    (5) 15:59

        C Rainsford      (5) 26:55

        Brahma Pochee    (4) 16:19

        Danny Russell    (2) 26:36

        Benjamin Noad    (2) 16:02

        Shaun Dixon      (2) 26:42

        Peter Hawkings   (2) 16:05

        Robert Wilson    (3) 27:38

        Victor Mound     (2) 15:40

        Andy Maud        (1) 26:12

        Murray Strain    (1) 15:51


Fastest short leg 3.16m:   1  Ross Murray        Gateshead       15:14

Fastest long leg 5.38m:    1  Dewi Griffiths     Swansea Har     25:28


Richard Gray

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