Tuesday, 10 November 2015 20:44

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


Published in Running News
Monday, 29 April 2013 08:58

Bromsgrove and Districts Schools XC

It was a gloomy Wednesday afternoon in January and a cold wind was blowing as I stood with 50 other Year 8 and Year 9 boys on the start line of the Bromsgrove District Schools cross-country race.  My mind flashed back to how I managed to get here. I had run for my school at Sanders Park in Bromsgrove in a year 8 only event to qualify for this race. Only the top 15 qualified. The race was over 1600 metres, a short distance for me. I came 11th.  So here I was about to run 3500m against year 8 and 9 boys, some of whom were over a year older than me. The horn sounded. The bigger older boys shot off and my friend Max shouted, “we’ve had it lads!”  I set off at a steady determined pace. My next-door neighbour, Matt was competing for a different school and a friendly tension and rivalry had been building up between us all week.  About a third of the way round I was in front of Matt and from the crowd my dad joked, “Jacob is kicking your ass Matt!” This spurred me on.  Usually I prefer to run over a longer distance but three quarters of the way round although I was still ahead, I had developed a pain in my knee and each hill felt harder. I was slowing down.  As I neared the finish line and we hit tarmac I heard the thuds of a runner behind me. Shocked, I glanced back to find Matt coming at full pelt towards me! As quick as a flash I sprinted to the finish line. I crossed the line in 11th place, just beating Matt and qualifying for the Hereford and Worcestershire Schools Cross-Country Championship!

Jacob Gollings

Published in Junior News
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:52

Gray takes International glory

There was success for young (19) BRAT, Jack Gray, at the weekend as he swapped his BRAT vest to don the England kit, representing his country in the finale of the XC season, the . He competed in the Junior (under 20) age group over 7.2km on March 23rd 2013 at the Dinefwr Estate, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

The beautifully hostile scenery at the national trust's Newton House, within the expansive Dinefwr Estate, was reflected by the strong biting winds and dwindling temperatures; conditions however, did not hold Gray back.

Published in Athletics News
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