On the 28th April, the Mid Cheshire 5km road racing series hosted the English 5k Championships. Two BRATs entered, and both hoped to score well in the nationals.

As the 1000 strong field descended on the rural closed-road circuit, the dry calm evening was seemingly a message from the gods, inviting all who twitched behind the start line to believe:

“Perhaps it’s my night”.

In the women’s race Becky Hair clocked a superb 18:33, shattering her PB by a colossal 23 seconds. When crossing the line, a wide eyed, smiley if a little weary Becky proclaimed “I did it”. It was only three hours and a few glasses of prosecco later, she realised by how much she ‘did it’ by, when she discovered she’d finished a marvellous 18th overall in the Nationals.

In the men’s race Jack Gray hoped to build on a surprisingly decorated end to his cross country season. Jack ran a good race working with the lead pack throughout. In the last 1k he lost touch with 2nd and 3rd, but held on to a credible joint 4th (with a handy dip) five seconds behind a national medal, and with a time of 14:19.

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2017 has officially kicked off! Back to Leamington, this time with the ditch for the Warwickshire County Champs.

BRAT put out both a strong seniors and masters team, and had an additional runner in the Worcestershire champs. The two lap course offered some difficult muddy terrain and of course the infamous ditch, but that didn’t stop 9 hardy BRAT ladies donning their spikes and accepting the challenge. It was all smiles and laughter on the start line, then once the gun went game faces were on! Anne Kenchington had the run of her life to secure herself the title of Warwickshire County Champion, she was followed in by Helena Eastham who again had a tremendous run to gain herself the Warwickshire Bronze Medal. Molly Browne followed closely with a 2nd place in the Worcestershire race. It was a flurry of BRAT vests thereafter with Sarah Hinksman in next to be the first Masters Women home in an impressive 9th place. Eloise Lee despite an awful chest infection took one for the team and with a gutsy run for a 17th place finish put BRAT in silver medal position in the team standings. Helen Pike had a fab run for 17th masters women and Cat Bone returned to racing with a bang in 32nd putting BRAT masters in a brilliant 7th place overall. Claire Jackson and Catherine McNicholl had great runs in the tough conditions to finish a fantastic 41st and 51st.

The atmosphere was brilliant, with loads of family and friends supporting. It was great having the Men’s race straight afterwards, plenty of BRATs to cheer us on and great fun cheering all of the men once we had finished. Next race is the Women’s League in Wolverhampton on 14th January, let Eloise and Molly know if you wish to run! No experience needed, and absolutely everyone is welcome – what more could you want from a Saturday afternoon than a run around in some mud!

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