Geoff Mann, Women's XC Team Manager

Hi all you avid x country readers! Just a few words on the season's first league race at Leamington.

16 BRAT girls turned up to run at the testing Newbold Comyn full of enthusiasm for the coming season of cold, rain, snow, mud and fun! 290 runners finished the race, which I think is a record turnout. BRAT ladies finished 7th and the BRAT masters finished 11th. Scoring were Yaz, Jen Coxon and Jen Dale; masters counters were Tona (recent upgrade to masters!)  Margaret and Ann-Marie.

Big well done also to Bea, Lizi, Sarah, Rachael, Joanna, Claire, Tanya, Dannielle, Cat and Eloise who all played a big part.Once again thanks to all who ran. Next race is at Wolverhampton on December 7th.Bring it on I hear you all say!

Results are here.

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Martin Ludford and Geoff Mann, Cross Country Team Managers

The Midland XC relays took place at Walsall and we entered teams in the event for the first time in several years. The 6k course was over fields at the back of the Arboretum and was a good opportunity for people to try out pairs of newly purchased spikes and to get reacquainted with grass and mud, though in fact the going was firm and pretty fast, not to mention the warm sun - most atypical!

Women (Geoff Mann manager): Three brat teams were entered,two senior woman and a masters team, three ladies to a team covering 6km each.The brat A team finished in an excellent 7th place, B team18th and the masters finished 8th.Times are below. Thanks to all who ran. Next race is at Leamington on the 9th Nov where we hope for a bit of cold and mud !! If anyone has an overwhelming desire to run x country let me know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You might enjoy!!

Men (Martin Ludford manager): As you will see, the results make it look as though the team selection was done by ERNIE (manager’s apologies for this) but clearly lots of our guys really rose to the occasion and it made for an interesting race. The real surprise package was Dave Smithers whose time was only 12 seconds outside the best BRAT time of the day posted by Richard Gray. Good work by the rest of the guys kept both our complete teams about mid way in the field. In the end BRAT A finished 18th and BRAT B finished 19th out of 35 complete teams in the senior race. Martin Cleaver wins the prize for the most impressive blisters of the day.

Thanks to all who turned out to run and to support. As an opener to the season this was good experience for new and old BRATs alike and we are now looking forward to the start of the League campaign in November at Leamington.


Women's A team
Cat Phillips              26 21
Jenny Coxon           24 23
Danielle Bogue        26 07
Women's B team
Catherine Mcnicholl 34 14
Gill Brook               27 02
Sarah Bakewell       30 27
Women's Masters
Bea Pavlovic          34 34
Chris Hirsch           30 49
Lizi Snushall          34 26
Men's A
Richard Gray                        22:19
Martin Cleaver                      23:51 
David McNeil                        22:46 
Abayomi Adedimeji               24:08
            Total Time             1:33:04
Dave Smithers                    22:31
Rob Shipp                           24:36
Andy Kenchington               23:06
Martin Ludford                     24:03
            Total Time            1:34:16
Ben Beaumont                     25:41
            Incomplete team
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Monday, 24 June 2013 11:33

Midlands Athletics Championships

There were some great performances at the Midland Counties Athletics Championships, which took place at the Alexander this weekend:

Giziel Lima dipped under 11 seconds for the first time in qualifying for the final of the men's 100m, in which he came 3rd.

Tamarah Miller won the women's U20 100m in a personal best time of 12.24. Petra Bediako also ran a PB, hers coming in the final of the U20 200m.

Ed Banks (6th) and Dan Robinson (8th) both set PBs in the senior men's 5000m, with Dan only seconds away from breaking the 16 minute barrier for the first time. They were closely followed by Tim Carter in 10th.

Prince Ayeh finished 5th in the final of the senior men's 400m hurdles in a time of 63.73, whilst Suzie Freer achieved the same position in the junior women's race.

Well done to all athletes who competed!

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