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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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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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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