The team were in action at Coundon Hall Park for the 3rd race in the Birmingham League. The course is mainly flat parkland and the races here are always fast. We had a strong turnout of 23 and were aiming to consolidate on the good work of the first two races. The race certainly lived up to expectation, and was exciting to watch as Jack Gray mixed it with the front runners throughout all of the 3 laps, eventually coming home in an excellent 4th place.

The A team scorers were all well inside the top 100 which is always a good sign at this level - Jack Gray 4, Dan Robinson 56, Chris Silver 65, Chris Ashford 73, Simon Lanckham 74, and Steve Dunsby 84, giving a healthy total of 356. This was enough to give us 7th place on the day and keep us in 7th place out of the 16 teams in Division 1 with one race to go. Well done lads, great running in a very strong field, results to be proud of!

The B team scorers were Kelton Aldridge 90, Mark Woodus (on debut) 104, Mark Ince 114, Tom Powell 118, Thanos Tsolakis 124, and Abayomi Adedimeji 132, giving us one of our best ever B team scores in this division of 682. This gave us 6th place on the day and we remain in 6th place overall. Nice work lads, and a great result for the team!

The scoring runners were well backed up by Nick Lewis 139, Adam Western 163, Huw Jones 203, Nick Forest 213, Derek Laverty 216, Rob Dowse 226, Chris Pratt 236, Ming Nham 238, Paul Cannon 261, Rob Ryan 267, and David Sansom 283. Well done all, especially Chris and Paul, both running in their first Birmingham League race.

Full results are available at www.birminghamccleague.co.uk

and some good shots taken by Abbie are on the BRAT Flickr gallery.

Thanks to everyone who came along to support the lads and finally the biggest shout of the day was for Ben Beaumont and Richard Carney who took on the volunteering duties for the League and the Club at the finish. Thanks to both for making special trips to support the team. The final race is on 11th February and again we need people to come forward to take on some volunteer roles; please let me know if you can do this.

Martin Ludford

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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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Men’s Warwickshire XC Champs – Leamington – 7th January

A good turnout of 22 BRAT men ran in the jointly held Warwickshire and Worcestershire XC championship race at the notorious Newbold Comyn course complete with the infamous ditch and the beacon hill.

Having watched and supported the BRAT juniors and the BRAT women’s team in earlier races, the men had 3 tough laps of the churned up course, along with 300+ others to complete their 10k race.

With 4 to count we expected to be in with a shout at team medals of some description, maybe in the Masters race we thought. However the senior team of Jack Gray, Ed banks, Dan Robinson and Ben Beaumont excelled and won the team gold medals for the club in the main category ahead of Coventry Godiva (silver) and Leamington (bronze). Well done lads, great running!

Jack Gray was also the overall winner of the race, and won the individual gold to defend his County title for the fourth year in succession. Nice one Jack!

In the Masters category the BRAT team of Rene Vergo, Thanos Tsolakis, Nick Lewis and Adam Western just missed out on bronze team medals behind Kenilworth (gold), Rugby (silver) and Bournville (bronze). Well run guys, better luck next year! 

Simon Lanckham running as an individual placed a creditable 12th in the Worcestershire senior race

Individual results in the combined seniors / masters race were:

Jack Gray

Sen

1

Ed Banks

Sen

7

Dan Robinson

Sen

18

Simon Lanckham

Worcs

41

Rene Vergo

Mas

43

Thanos Tsolakis

Mas

46

Nick Lewis

Mas

48

Ben Beaumont

Sen

73

Abayomi Adedimeji

Sen

85

Adam Western

Mas

108

Derek Laverty

Mas

114

Huw Jones

Mas

123

Paul Shackleton

Mas

149

Rob Dowse

Sen

156

Andy Piddington

Mas

166

Nathan Smith

Mas

177

Chris Pratt

Mas

184

Martin Ludford

Mas

191

Nick Seagrave

Sen

193

Ming Nham

Mas

196

Michael Gilbride

Mas

206

David Sansom

Mas

292

Thanks to everyone who ran and all who turned up to support our teams on another memorable and enjoyable day for the BRAT Club

Finally while packing away I have ended up with a few bits of lost property clothing which were left after the race - give me a shout if you think any of it may be yours.

Martin Ludford

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