Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:24

Indoor Championships

At the National Indoor Senior Championships at Sheffield on Saturday, U20 female,Tamara Miller, excelled in the 60m races coming 5th in the semi finals in a PB time of 7.65s.

Several of our T & F athletes took advantage of getting out of the rain at the weekend to compete in the Midland Indoor Championships at the NIA. Pride of place goes to David Lima who won the Senior 60m in a time of 6.85s. He also won his heat of the Sen 200m in 21.26s, before retiring from the semi final.

Our other medalists were Tia Alexander who was 3rd in the U20 Shot with 8.66m and ran 8.34s in the heat of 60m and Alex Clegg who was also 3rd in the U17 Men Shot with a PB of 9.29m. Alex was also 6th in his heat of the 60m hurdles in 9.81s and 12th in the long jump with 4.67m. Ren Zhang came 4th in the senior 60m hurdles final with 9.09s and was 4th in his heat of 200m with 24.46s.

Suzie Freer came 5th in the final of U20 400m with an excellent time of 64.59s. Others to compete were Alisha Stroud 6th in the U17 60m semi final with 8.34s and 4th in the semi final of 200m with 27.16s, having recorded 8.33s and 27.02s in the respective heats. Helen Light making her debut over 400m recorded 66.44s for 3rd in her heat of U20 age group. Similarly making her debut in the U15 60m hurdles Lucy Freer came 7th with 12.64s in her heat. Katrina Walker was 4th in her heat of the senior 400m with 65.68s and Petra Bediako 5th in her heat of the U20 60m in 8.16s.

Gordon Ainsley

Published in Athletics News

After a more impressive presence at the last few league meetings, a small and relatively inexperienced but determined BRAT team took part in the senior men's race of Midlands Championships at Newbold Comyn Leamington on the 25th of January 2014. Unfortunately, upon arrival Ben realised that he had "donated" his spikes to a (dis)honest finder on the Mail Box steps, reducing the team to the bare minimum (6) for qualifying.

What for most was the first encounter with the varied and technical Leamington course (including "the ditch", "the hill", and many gnarly tree roots), was made even more dramatic by the cloud burst coinciding with the start. However, thunder, lightning nor lashing horizontal rain, could stop any of us from finishing, by which time we were rewarded with bright sunshine.

First BRAT home in 50th position with yet another strong result was the ever reliable Dan Robinson, followed by Nathan Warren 101, Jort van Mourik 169, Martin Cleaver 181, Toby Close 215, and Martin Ludford 243. With 366 runners completing the 11.5k course, this meant we finished 22nd out of 34 teams. Full results here.

Well done to everybody who ran!

Note - the last fixture of the league season is this Saturday at Cheltenham for both the men's and women's teams. Please confirm your attendance with Martin or Geoff if you have not done so already. Let's end the season in style!

Jort van Mourik

Published in Running News

A few words on last Saturday's Midlands Championships at Newbold Comyn Leamington. The race started in reasonable conditions but sadly deteriorated towards the end with high winds and torrential rain which saw a few tents disappearing! 

As usual, Eloise, Lauren and Helena finished within a few seconds of each other. Eloise having a good final hill and holding off the challenge till the finish; Helena hearing mud is good for your skin fell at the stream - that could have made a good picture!
 
Eloise finished 51st, Lauren 53rd Helena 56th and Danni in 83rd brought the team home in 10th out of 27 teams. Other finishers were Tona (93rd),Gill (119th), Beth (144th),Jo (168th),Sarah (183rd),and Lizi (203rd).
 
Thanks to all who ran. The last league race is at Cheltenham on 8th February.
Published in Running News