Tuesday, 03 October 2017 16:51

BRAT Ladies at the Midland Road Relays

Saturday 23rd September saw three teams of eager BRAT ladies descend on Sutton Park ready for the Midland Road Relays. With four runners per team, BRAT had 3 teams competing! 

Leg 1 saw Anne Kenchington bring it home in a superb 4th place for Team 214, clocking the quickest BRAT short-leg for the road relays on record! Sophie Dearn was in next in a fabulous 24th for Team 215 and Hannah Ludford had a fantastic run to lead Team 216 off to a great start inside the top 100 teams (92nd). 

Sheridan McWilliam was up next for Team 214 with an amazing run clocking almost a minute quicker than last year, Sheridan passed over to Beccy Tipping who kept great momentum and had a brilliant run on her return from injury. Securing the finish was Eloise Lee who sped around the 4.33km course in a time which obliterated her 2016 time. Team 214 finished an amazing 8th place – and with the fastest finishing time of any BRAT ladies team ever!!

Team 215 went from Sophie to new member Kate Franklin who became a pivotal member of the track and field team this season. Kate had a fantastic run and sent Danni Bogue off with a good bunch to chase. Chase she did, Danni had a great run and passed 6 runners along the way. Leading Team 215 home was Christine Bertram who stepped in last minute due to an injury. On the injury comeback herself, Christine had a superb run with a fantastic sprint finish to give the team 27th place overall! 

Following from Hannah, up next for Team 216 was Helen Pike – who swapped the miles for speed! A brilliant run from Helen put the team in a great position when handing over to Rosie Forster. Despite running the Great North Run two weeks before, Rosie definitely had a turn of speed with a fantastic run to hand over to Katie Bowyer. Katie battled hard and brought Team 216 home in an amazing 75th place. For all 3 teams to be in the top 75 is amazing, and it was great to see everyone smiling (okay, perhaps once it was all over) – and even enthusiasm for the next BRAT outing over the mud. 

A massive well done to each and every runner who did their BRAT vest proud! Thank you to those who came along on the day, and to the men’s teams for supporting. Finally, one big thank you must go to Eloise, who despite being in the middle of a new house move and decorating, took on the challenging role of team captain two days before the deadline. Without Eloise we wouldn’t have had any teams entered, and her organisation on the day was fantastic. 

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FINAL RESULTS of the BRAT Running Series 2016/17

 

Men's Results:

 

1st - Chris Ashford

2nd - Simon Lanckham

3rd - Ben Beaumont

 

1st V40 - Andy Piddington

1st V50 - Martin Ludford

 

Multi-Terrain Race Champion - Martin Ludford

Short Race Champion - Ed Banks

 

Women's Results:

 

1st - Molly Browne

2nd - Jen Straw

3rd - Eloise Lee

 

Multi-Terrain Race Champion - Rosie Davies

Short Race Champion - Jen Straw

 

No female vets did enough races to qualify.

 

 

Full results can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

RACES FOR THE 2017/18 SERIES

 

London Marathon – 23rd Apr

 

Cotswold Hilly 100 Relay – 14th May

 

Hagley 10k – 17th May (MT)

Arrow Valley 12k – 14th June (MT)

Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon – 1st July

Droitwich 10k – 12th July (SR)

Stratford Summer 6 – 22nd July (SR)

BRAT 5K – 9th Aug (SR)

Kenilworth Half Marathon – 3rd Sep

Waseley Wobbler - Sep (Date TBC) (MT)

Autumn Midland Road Relays – 23rd Sep (SR)

Birmingham Half Marathon – 15th Oct

Birmingham Marathon – 15th Oct

XC League Race 1 – 11th Nov

Suicide 6 – 26th Nov (MT)

XC League Race 2 – 2nd Dec

Telford 10k - Dec (SR)

Warwickshire/Worcestershire XC Champs – 6th Jan

XC League Race 3 – 13th Jan 

Midlands XC Champs – 27th Jan

XC League Race 4 – 10th Feb

Spring Midland Road Relays - Mar (SR)

 

(MT) = Scores for the multi-terrain prize

(SR) = Scores for the short race prize

 

To breifly re-cap the rules, runners must complete 8 races in the series to count (6 for U20/U17). The multi-terrain/short race prizes will be scored from the highest aggregate score from the qualifying races.

 

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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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