Sunday, 27 September 2015 20:17

Midland 6 Stage

On a lovely day at Sutton, conditions were perfect for PB for those on form.

Jack led off as usual, along with Toby Spencer of Coventry opening a gap to the chasing pack. Finishing in 2nd place in a course best and 5th fastest overall. Ed had the daunting task of not slipping down the order, and Ed was indeed undaunted holding onto 2nd and handing the pressure onto Nick. Now Nick’s tactic of weaving to prevent any overtaking was faulted and despite a really good time and PB, we were inevitably overhauled slipping to 8th. Could we build on this and snatch our best ever finish?

Dan the builder said “yes we can”, storming round, just missing out on sub 19, but BRAT were up to 7th (he isn’t a builder so don’t ask for free quotations). Mark Lawlor was on good form and another PB was achieved; however, he was ambushed by a fast charging Notts on their way to 5th, and that was the B team! Mr “last leg” (he has all his legs) Martin Matthews never says never, racing side by side with Birchfield the full 5.8K, pushing into the lead at the latter stages, but just being out sprinted at the end. A great finale.

[Fastest midland times (although not course pb) also for Dan and Martin, with Ed’s a second fastest time]

The B team were led off by ever present and reliable Kevin McMillan taking a PB on the fast first leg, in 40th. Thanks to Adam BH not feeling at all well, who had stood in absolute last minute late Friday when several changes had to be made. Chris Grimley, although not back on form yet, pulled back a place, handing onto Eliot who made a place gain a habit. A fantastic debut for Andrew Robbins who couldn’t be messing with one place, but stormed round gaining 8 places and we were back in 40th! Robin, not to be out done, ducked under Andrew’s time finishing in 38th.

Well done team with last minute changes.

Our C team was led off by Ben smashing previous times to a PB. Stuart Male had a stormer gaining 15 places, overtaking the B team and showing up the manager. A debut saw a good time for Pete Matthews, handing onto new boy Ben de Laune running well. Abayomi was not going to miss out on some glory, racing really well to yet another PB (told you it was PB weather). Finally “long time no race” Richard Carney finished the team on home ground.

Thanks C team for accommodating the absolute last minute (literally) changes.

Thanks to all the teams and supporters. Sorry I did not get chance to speak to a lot of you, but I was out on the course supporting, and as I had to walk, it took a long time to get back !

Hope to see you on the mud in November.

Richard Gray


Published in Running News
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 21:35

BRAT at the Midlands Indoor Championships

The Midland Indoor Championships, the first of this year’s track and field championships took place at the newly refurbished National Indoor Arena this weekend and BRAT came away with 3 medals. Leading the way with a silver medal in his new age group was Jonathan Briggs in the U20 Shot Put with 12.65m and right behind him with a bronze medal with 9.88m was Alex Clegg, also having just moved up to U20. A further bronze medal was won by Lucy Freer in the U15 High Jump with a height of 1.35m.  Lucy also ran in the 60mH where she came 7th in a pb of 11.10s.

Other athletes reaching finals were Jordan Foley who came 5th in both the U20M long jump and triple jump with 5.89m and 12.45m, a pb, respectively and John Stolberg 5th in the U15B 800m in 2m 35.92s and 60mH  6th in 11.77s, both PBs.

Alisha Stroud came 2nd in her semi final of the U17 300m in a pb of 42.63s but could not take part in the final due to injury.

Others taking part were Sergio Hyland, 4th in his heat of the U17 60m in 7.64s, and three new BRAT members: Sadie Forrester- Hayles 6th in the SW 60m heat in 8.37s, Kevin Samuels 4th in the heat of the SM 400m in 52.20s and Rebecca Jones 2nd in the heat of the SW 200m in 27.89s.

Gordon Ainsley

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A small team of BRATs made their presence felt at this weekend’s Midland Championships at Alexander Stadium. Leading the way, fresh from his European permit meeting race in Spain on Thursday, was David Lima who powered to a season’s best of 20.99s in winning the senior 200m. Brother Giziel Lima won his heat of the 100m in 10.90s and repeated the time finishing 7th in the final. Tamara Miller came 5th in the U20 100m in a season’s best of 12.21s and Katrina Walker was also 5th in the final of the Senior 400m in 65.46s.

Gordon Ainsley

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