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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Published in Running News
Monday, 05 December 2016 21:20

Ladies Midland XC League - Stratford

Race two of the Midlands XC League saw the BRAT ladies heading to Stratford for a new course. We weren’t sure what lay in store but upon arrival it was clear this was going to be a hilly one. A walk of the course later (where we got out of breath just walking) we concluded this was the hilliest course any of us had ever run. However, it turns out BRAT ladies are pretty swift over a hilly course with the senior team finishing a superb 3rd overall climbing the overall standings. Great runs were had by all, the course was extremely challenging and there were a couple of spectacular falls– both Helen and Jen took a tumble but in true XC spirit got straight back up and chasing down people. BRAT ladies have ended 2016 on an absolute high, and it is exciting to see what happens in the remaining races in 2017! A big thank you to everyone who has raced so far, see you back in the mud after Christmas! 

 

Full Results:

 

Molly Browne 7th

Helena Eastham 9th

Leonie Balter 15th

Jen Straw 19th

Megan Thomas 45th

Sarah Hinksman 50th

Eloise Lee 52nd

Lisa Tindle 56th

Helen Pike 63rd

Claire Keene 81st

Claire Jackson 88th

Sarah Bakewell 104th

Catherine McNicholl 112th

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:11

Midland 5 Mile XC Championships

The 2016 champs were held at Bulwell Hall in Nottingham – a new venue! Two BRAT Ladies represented the club taking on a challenging 5 mile course on a rather cold Saturday. With a few steep climbs and ditch to contend with it certainly was a good honest XC course. Molly Browne finished strongly in 5th place, running a fair bit quicker than in the 2015 event. Claire Keene confirmed she is well and truly back in action with a brilliant run to finish 47th outsprinting several runners in the last few meters. It was a shame BRAT couldn’t defend their title, but we will certainly be back in 2017! 

 

Well done to Jack Gray for winning the men's 7 mile race by over a minute!

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