Tuesday, 31 January 2017 20:55

Women's Midlands XC Champs

The 2017 Midland Champs returned to Prestwold Hall in Loughborough following the success of last year’s event. It offers a good, honest, gruelling cross country course – made worse by a slight measurement error adding an additional km to the race. A small but hardy BRAT ladies team tackled 9km of mud and hills and there were some brilliant performances.


Molly Browne had a hard battle to secure a surprise top 10 finish coming in 10th place, Megan Thomas ran a great race to finish in 69th place with Eloise Lee showing she is made of tough stuff following closely despite not feel 100% with a 73rd place finish. Cat Bone was next for BRATs in a fab 112th place, Claire Keen came in strongly to finish in 133rd and Claire Jackson hot on her heels with a 140th place finish.


The course was particularly gruelling and the added distance was certainly a challenge, but everyone dug deep and did themselves and BRAT proud!


The next race is the final Midland League race on Saturday 11th Feb, followed by a social at the Junction in Harborne in the evening, so hopefully see you all there!

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Saturday 14th January saw the BRAT ladies head to Wolverhampton for the penultimate Midland League Cross Country. Another cold, and damp day did not deter a 10-strong team taking on a course full of twist and turns and rolling hills.

BRAT had a set of amazing performances spanning the length of the field in what was probably one of the highest standards of league races there has been! Molly Browne had a great run to finish 7th - her top league placing to date. Helena Eastham showed a valiant effort to overcome tired legs with an amazing 13th place finish, Jen Dale followed in a brilliant 24th position showing she is very strong on her injury comeback. Eloise Lee ran a brilliant race, coming in 43rd a big improvement on her placing in the previous league race and absolutely obliterating her time for a similar course in the relays back in the autumn. BRAT success continued with Sarah Hinksman having a fantastic run to take 53rd, still being relatively new to cross-country, Helen Pike followed closely in 59th having improved on her 77th and 63rd finishes in the previous league races in her first year of cross country. Cat Bone and Lisa Tindle had a great sprint finish, battling it out with one another to finish 84th and 85th respectively. Rachel Brown improved on her previous league place by a whopping 13 places to come home in 101st. These performances were brilliant, especially as almost half of the team are in their first cross-country season only having raced in the mud and their spikes a handful of times.

BRAT ladies showed the midlands what they’re made of and claimed 4th place in the seniors and 7th in the masters which is fantastic.

A special mention must go to Anne Kenchington who braved the cold to come along and support despite not running herself, it helped each and every runner push that little bit harder. Christine Bertram was also brilliant doing the BRAT volunteer duties on behalf of the club so a big thank you to her.

It was a great day out all round, and a wonderful team yet again. The final league match is the 11th February and the Men and Women are all racing at the same venue. The senior women are fighting for a podium finish in the league. It promises to be a very good day, and there are talks of vast amounts of baking to refuel ready for watching the men’s race. If anyone would like to get involved racing then drop us an email, equally if you fancy just coming along and supporting and being part of the team then the more the merrier – drop us an email and we can give you details of where it is.

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2017 has officially kicked off! Back to Leamington, this time with the ditch for the Warwickshire County Champs.

BRAT put out both a strong seniors and masters team, and had an additional runner in the Worcestershire champs. The two lap course offered some difficult muddy terrain and of course the infamous ditch, but that didn’t stop 9 hardy BRAT ladies donning their spikes and accepting the challenge. It was all smiles and laughter on the start line, then once the gun went game faces were on! Anne Kenchington had the run of her life to secure herself the title of Warwickshire County Champion, she was followed in by Helena Eastham who again had a tremendous run to gain herself the Warwickshire Bronze Medal. Molly Browne followed closely with a 2nd place in the Worcestershire race. It was a flurry of BRAT vests thereafter with Sarah Hinksman in next to be the first Masters Women home in an impressive 9th place. Eloise Lee despite an awful chest infection took one for the team and with a gutsy run for a 17th place finish put BRAT in silver medal position in the team standings. Helen Pike had a fab run for 17th masters women and Cat Bone returned to racing with a bang in 32nd putting BRAT masters in a brilliant 7th place overall. Claire Jackson and Catherine McNicholl had great runs in the tough conditions to finish a fantastic 41st and 51st.

The atmosphere was brilliant, with loads of family and friends supporting. It was great having the Men’s race straight afterwards, plenty of BRATs to cheer us on and great fun cheering all of the men once we had finished. Next race is the Women’s League in Wolverhampton on 14th January, let Eloise and Molly know if you wish to run! No experience needed, and absolutely everyone is welcome – what more could you want from a Saturday afternoon than a run around in some mud!

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