Hello team mates, supporters and BRATS,

Mr. Element (cold, wind, rain – well, a little bit) did not distract us from our pleasure and duty.   At the end of the day, we had a great result for BRAT Club and the racers.

Facts of The National to be celebrated 

1) Highest place since Rowheath Harriers 28th in 1991.

2) Fastest club short leg in our history. 5th fastest on the day.  Well done Jack Gray

3) Fastest club long leg since 1995   Well done Paul Thompson.

4) 4th in West Midlands.   Well done us

5) Beat my predicted team target time… What?! (I must be getting soft – must watch “Bridge over the River Kwai” again and toughen up)

Results and previous three years below.  Traditionally we have always targeted the Midland as the priority ahead of The National, but this year with circumstance we upped our game. BRATs finished 9th Midland team, 4th in West Midlands behind Tipton, Coventry, and Birchfield (just). That is really good, the only disappointment being Cheltenham and Stoke ahead from the Midlands. Just like the XC league. They are our targets for next year.

We always put our two fastest legs at the front in order to stay in touch. Forget that, this time we were amongst the front-runners, coming in 10th after leg 2.

Paul Thompson ran a solid first difficult leg in 27.32, our quickest National long leg since 1995. He handed onto Jack who stormed through the field with urgency into 10th, but without flashing indicators or police escort was baulked by slower traffic. (Fastest short leg in our history and 5th o/a on the day. Not bad I suppose; NB: must try harder.)  Ed confidently took over, under pressure from so-called "fast boys”, his swerving and holding arms out perpendicularly managed to hinder their progress (poor coaching advice as he ran an extra 1k due to swerving). Chris Grimley ran a brilliant leg, demonstrating his massive progress this year. Dan Robinson, still recovering from injury, delivered what was expected and should be happy on his way back to form. Our drop from 10th to 33rd was expected, and to stay in the top 40 was our aim. Old bloke was next, running well to a respectable time and slowing our fall to one place. Mr. Reliable as ever, Martin Matthews, reversed our trend gaining one place. He handed over to Ben Clarson (sounds like a Finnish rally driver name to me) who reversed his poor recent form and affirmed his ability, with or without handbrake turns (very poor....ed). Sniffing but not coughing Robin Biles was pushed late on into a long leg, and without a moan but maybe a whimper did what was written on the tin (Not that Robin looks like a tin….?).  New boy to road relays, Kevin McMillan, did not disappoint in his first taste of Sutton 12 stage. A perfect example of how to be selected, by hanging about at the bottom of the hill in order to post a time 1s behind me. (Good move Kevin, come again.) Tim Carter ran the last long leg, really fired up after a week of warm weather training / socialising, but suffering from jet / holiday lag (delete as appropriate). David McNeil just made it back up from London straight onto the stage, running a very good time and closing down Birchfield every step, but finishing 13 seconds short (Yes, Birchfield A team!)

Thank you to Thanos who was reserve on the day, and also to everyone who made themselves available. Thanks for the support everyone. Thanks to Gordon Ainsley and me for stats’, although Gordon is rather quicker at delivering. Results at www.race-results.co.uk

See you at the track league?  If not September 21st for the Midland 6 stage Road Relays at Sutton.

Richard Gray.

        Matthew Graham   (22) 27:14

        Andrew Connick   (11) 14:53

        Daniel Mulhare   (3) 26:44

        Matt Taylor      (6) 16:03

        Paskar Owor      (4) 27:16

        Richard Ward     (6) 16:06

        Lozano Alberto   (4) 25:39

        Kristopher Gauso (1) 14:20

        Philip Wicks     (1) 26:29

        William Cockerel (2) 15:53

        James Kelly      (1) 26:51

        Neil Speaight    (1) 15:26

        Paul Thompson    (26) 27:32

        Jack Gray        (10) 14:28

        Edward Banks     (22) 29:10

        Chris Grimley    (28) 16:42

        Daniel Robinson  (33) 30:01

        Richard Gray     (34) 17:12

        Martin Matthews  (33) 29:23

        Ben Clarson      (33) 16:51

        Robin Biles      (36) 31:43

        Kevin McMillan   (36) 17:13

        Tim Carter       (36) 31:04

        David McNeil     (37) 17:25

        Jonathan Tune    (54) 29:54

        Paul Thompson    (43) 14:52

        C Ashford        (39) 28:58

        Peter Blackwell  (45) 17:48

        Richard White    (47) 31:21

        Nick Lewis       (47) 16:55

        Ben Clarson      (47) 31:33

        Abayomi Adedimej (47) 17:49

        Daniel Robinson  (46) 30:24

        David McNeil     (44) 17:42

        Tim Carter       (42) 30:10

        A Tsolakis       (42) 18:15

        Edward Banks     (36) 28:50

        Matthew Bayliss  (40) 16:34

        Richard White    (40) 29:48

        Robert Shipp     (47) 18:36

        Robin Biles      (45) 29:41

        Steve Titmarsh   (47) 18:11

        C Ashford        (47) 30:33

        Andy Kenchington (44) 17:12

        Richard Gray     (43) 32:13

        Ben Clarson      (43) 16:54

        Mark Ince        (43) 30:51

        Chris Grimley    (44) 18:33

        Martin Matthews  (38) 28:24

        Anthony Gray     (34) 15:30

        Edward Banks     (44) 31:45

        Chris Horton     (46) 17:23

        Richard Gray     (45) 31:34

        Andy Kenchington (45) 16:47

        Patrick Allaway  (45) 31:57

        Matthew Bayliss  (43) 16:09

        Guy Evans        (43) 31:35

        Mark Hirsch      (42) 17:11

        Mark Ince        (42) 31:35

        C Lindesay       (40) 17:35

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