Friday, 03 March 2017 16:10

The best mud of the season!

Men's National XC Champs - 25th February 2017

Eight of the BRAT men's cross country gang rounded off the season at the National Championships at Wollaton Park in Nottingham over a tasty course full of challenges. The best mud of the season was saved until the end, and with the senior men's race being the tenth and final event of the day, the soft and wet areas of the course were nicely churned up even before the race began. After the opening short loop the race took in four laps, each bigger than the previous one, to make up the 12.5k distance. Several of the guys were running in their first National and after soaking up the atmosphere and supporting the BRAT women's team, it proved a memorable race for all members of the team.

Simon Lanckham lost a shoe on the opening loop and so remarkably ran the remaining 12k with just one shoe. He was still the first BRAT home, finishing in 404th position out of 1762 finishers. Next home was Jon Undy in around 694th (sadly a timing chip malfunction meant he was not recorded in the published results, though the organisers ECCA are trying to look into this). Then a bit further down the field came a steady stream of BRAT finishers: Andy Piddington 980th, Huw Jones 1044th, Nathan Smith 1092nd, Martin Ludford 1153rd, Ming Nham 1229th (despite having to recover and replace a shoe 3 times!) and Owen Doherty 1393rd (in borrowed vest and shorts - thankfully you remembered your spikes Owen!).

In the team results we are showing as 99th out of 131 teams, though in reality we should be a dozen or more places higher if / when the results are eventually corrected.

Well done and thanks to everyone who committed themselves to run these Championships for the Club. It was great for team bonding and I'm sure you will agree well worth the effort! Thanks also to the BRAT women's team who supported the guys round the course.

Thanks again to all, it's been a good season – many new faces, lots of old faces, good turnouts, good team spirit, and even a bit of silverware!

 

Martin Ludford

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 18:47

BRAT Ladies at the National XC Champs

BRAT Ladies at the National Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.


For most the cross-country season has now drawn to a close following the biggest race of the year – The National Cross Country. Almost 800 ladies donned their spikes and colourful club vests to combat 8km of hills and mud in Wollaton Park. 


The BRAT ladies were a small contingent with a team of four hardy runners ready to test out their ‘real cross-country’ stamina and end their seasons on a high! 


The gun went, and of course the rain started …


Claire Keene had a brilliant run to finish 526th, probably most impressive was her ability to stay on her feet without spikes! Given her amazing progression this cross-country season Claire, you have thoroughly earned yourself some shiny new spikes for next year! 


Megan Thomas had a fabulous race to finish 280th after giving a gutsy run on a challenging course and finishing very strongly. This brought her best cross-country season to a brilliant close having placed consistently well in the league races and Midland Champs! Onto great things over summer! 


Eloise Lee was finally able to enjoy a cross-country race without battling through with an awful cold. It was fantastic to see Eloise finish her season on a high with an amazing 275th place. Eloise has run in every possible cross country race this season and finished being the second scorer for the BRAT Nationals team, a great achievement!


Molly Browne was taking on the penultimate race of her season, with Inter-Counties still to race. Molly had hopes of bettering her previous 100th place, and had a brilliant run in a competitive field to finish 47th, beating a few Midlands rivals in final sprint for the line too! 


It was great to have a BRAT team competing at by far the best race of the year! They did themselves and the club very proud and finished a credible 38th out of 90+ teams which is a fabulous achievement. It would be great to have more BRAT vests racing next year, the National really is a spectacle. 


A big thank you to Eloise and Molly who took on the role last minute of captaining the ladies XC team this season. They have done a sterling job and have encouraged lots of members to race, including newbies.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:38

Medals Galore at Final Midland Women's XC League

Saturday 11th February was the final Midland League XC race of the 2016-17 season, this saw both the BRAT Ladies and Men head to Warwick University for a rather cold run in the mud. BRAT Ladies started the race with three points separating them and Birmingham Uni who were currently in the bronze medal position for division one, so it was all to play for.

Molly Browne closed the league with a fantastic run her highest finish in 5th place, Leonie Balter came in strongly not far behind with a brilliant 7th place finish, Jen Dale had the race of her life to finish a great 11th and Marie Matthews was the team’s fourth scorer in a fabulous 26th place with a fine run. Megan Thomas followed closely with a superb 39th, Sarah Hinksman returning from illness showed she was on good form with a brilliant finish in 43rd, Helen Pike had a fantastic run despite the cross countries being much shorter than what she is used to, coming in at 45th, Lisa Tindle had a great run following closely with 57th and Cat Bone came through strongly with a fab 83rd place finish to complete a brilliant BRAT team! Unfortunately Eloise Lee was forced to retire half way round due to illness.

BRAT Ladies had a nervous wait for the overall league results to be announced! The senior team totalled 49 points to give them their lowest finish over the four races and … enough to secure a BRONZE medal – finishing 46 points ahead of Birmingham Uni – an amazing achievement!

BRAT had two individual medallists for the league overall for the first time in the club's history. Helena Eastham finished joint third overall having run tremendously in the first three races. Molly Browne came away with silver overall after a great run in all four races improving position with each run.

The Masters team finished impressively in 7th place, which is not only a fantastic achievement but so brilliant that in each of the races there has been a scoring masters team.

A huge congratulations to each and every BRAT lady who has raced in the league this season, the team atmosphere at races has been brilliant and the BRAT vest has been worn with pride. For a lot of ladies this was their first XC season and they have done absolutely amazingly – improving on positions and learning to love slipping around in the mud! A special mention to thank those who despite not being able to run themselves have braved the cold and embraced the mud cheering everyone on and volunteering for the club.

Below is a full list of the runners and supporters for the season, and finishing positions for division one.

BRAT Ladies Midland XC Team 2016-17:
Molly Browne (12,7, 7, 5), Helena Eastham(15,9, 13), Leonie Balter (21,15, 7), Eloise Lee (62, 52, 43), Lisa Tindle (69, 56, 85, 57), Helen Pike (76, 63, 59, 45), Claire Keene (94, 81), Rachel Brown (113, 101), Louise Beasley (126), Catherine McNicholl (142, 112), Jen Straw (19, 24, 11), Megan Thomas (45, 39), Sarah Hinksman (50, 53, 43), Claire Jackson (88), Sarah Bakewell (104), Cat Bone (84, 83), Marie Matthews (26), Anne Kenchington, Christine Bertram, Jenny Coxon.

 

Overall League Positions (3 races to score):

Molly Browne - 2nd

Helena Eastham - 5th / 3rd Senior

Leonie Balter - 7th / 5th Senior

Jen Straw - 12th / 7th Senior

Sarah Hinksman - 31st / 13th Masters

Eloise Lee - 35th / 14th Senior

Helen Pike - 40th / 17th Masters

Lisa Tindle - 44th / 18th Masters

 

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