Tuesday, 25 October 2016 20:56

BRAT LADIES KICK OFF XC IN STYLE

November is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing – cross country season! 

The team travelled to Wolverhampton to take part in the Midland XC Relay Championships. There were plenty of twists and turns and a number of hills in a compact 6.5km course, so there was no easing into the season. BRATs had two teams, however unfortunately our masters’ team was a runner down – but this did not stop us! 

Helen Pike led out the masters team with a 5th place finish after a fantastic run (somewhat shorter than her usual ultra-events) and Rachel Brown maintained the top 5 position with a great run on leg two, despite being an incomplete team they were well in the mix of those top places. 

The senior team was led out by Eloise Lee, after battling with injury throughout last year it was great to see her back in action. She gave a very gutsy run to put the team in a brilliant position after leg one. Molly Browne was off next, taking the team to 7th position she clocked the third overall fastest time of the day and set Helena Eastham up for the final leg. Helena had an amazing run - claiming the 5th fastest time of the day, she flew around the course bringing the team home in a podium position and securing those bronze medals. What a team effort!

It was a brilliant day, the support from the BRAT team was superb and has generated a great deal of excitement for the XC season. We are in for a treat!

Full Results:
Helen pike 27.38 (5th), Rachel Brown 31.53 (5th)

Eloise Lee 28.46 (14th), Molly Browne 24.32 (7th, 1st Second Leg), Helena Eastham 24.37 (3rd, 1st Third Leg)

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 13:08

New BRAT Club Running Championships

This year there will be a new BRAT Club running championships series to encourage participation and some friendly in-club competition between members.

The series will comprised of 20 races throughout the year, of which you need to do at least 8 to score (6 for U20s) and (edible) prizes will be awarded at the end of the year. 

The series will run from April-March. Key club events will stay in the series each year, with other races changing each year to keep the series interesting. See below for the list of events in the series and the rules.

 

2016/2017 SERIES:

  1. 6/12 Stage Midland Road Relays – 2nd April
  2. London Marathon – 24th April
  3. Hagley 10k (Multi-terrain) – 18th May
  4. Arrow Valley 12k (Multi-terrain) – 8th June
  5. Arden 9 Miles (Road) – 19th June
  6. Droitwich 10k (Road) – 13th July
  7. BRAT 5k (Road) – 10th August
  8. 4/6 Stage Midland Road Relays – 24th September
  9. Waseley Wobbler (8 mile Multi-terrain) – September – Date TBC
  10. Great Birmingham Run – 16th October
  11. November XC League – Date & Venue TBC 
  12. Suicide 6 (6 mile Multi-terrain) – 27th November
  13. December XC League – Date & Venue TBC
  14. Telford 10k (Road) – 11th December
  15. Warwickshire/Worcestershire XC Champs – Jan 2017 – Date & Venue TBC
  16. January XC League – Date & Venue TBC
  17. Midlands XC Champs – Jan 2017 – Date & Venue TBC
  18. February XC League – Date & Venue TBC
  19. National XC Champs, Nottingham – February 2017 – Date TBC
  20. Coventry Half Marathon OR Droitwich Half Marathon – TBC once dates confirmed to avoid clash with National XC.

 

RULES:

  • 8 races to score
  • 6 races to score for U20s
  • Competitors must complete 8 races (6 for U20) in order to qualify for a prize*
  • Prize* for top 3 male and female plus first male and female in each age category based on their best 8/6 scores
  • *This is a trial year so prizes will be in the form of chocolate bought out of Eloise's own pocket and bragging rights!
  • Age categories will be: U20, Senior, V40, V50, V60, V70
  • Scoring: The first male and female in each event will receive 200 points, with 2nd place 199 points etc. For the road relays the scores will be based on finishing times. For the 12 stage men’s relay where they have legs of two different lengths, the fastest in each length leg will receive 200 points with the 2nd fastest on each receiving 198 etc.
  • Key club races will stay in the series every year and other races may change each year to keep the series interesting
  • I will try to include varying distances, with one marathon a year and a maximum of 3 half marathons.
  • If you have any suggestions for races you think should be included next year, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The first race of the new season started with a stunning 3rd place behind the universities of Birmingham and Loughborough; the race was held at the ever popular Newbold Comyn, Leamington.

Twenty B.R.A.T. ladies lined up at the start with eager anticipation! With four to count this season Beccy Tipping starting in fine form with an excellent 13th place; the remaining counters Helena Eastham, Jen Dale and Sophie Ward finished 31st, 34th and 52nd place respectively. The masters team, with Sarah Hinksman, Christine Bertram and Cat Bone finished the day with a superb 7th place.
 
A big thanks to all who ran including Becky Hair, Molly Brown, Tabby Rogers, Claire Capper, Lauren Turvey, Adele Rainment, Rachel Brown, Sarah Wallis, Rachel Young, Sarah Bakewell, Bea Pavlovic, Lizi Snushall and Carol Sinkinson.Well done and thanks to you all.
 
The next race is at Cofton park on the 5th December,hope you can make it!
 
Photos can be found here.
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