It was real Great British cross country weather on Saturday, grey and wet. That didn’t stop 11 hardy BRAT ladies heading to Leamington for the first Midland League race of the season. The course was as muddy as expected, and the hill particularly gruelling. BRAT had a tremendous set of results which has kicked us off with a 5th place senior team standing and 8th masters team, a brilliant start to the season. Great runs were had by all, and a massive thank you to Jenny Coxon for representing the club as the line judge – rather the responsibility! Fantastic day out for the BRAT Ladies once again. 

 

Results: 

Molly Browne – 12th

Helena Eastham – 15th

Leonie Balter – 21st

Eloise Lee – 62nd 

Lisa Tindle – 69th 

Helen Pike – 76th 

Claire Keene – 94th 

Rachel Brown – 113th 

Louise Beasley – 126th 

Catherine McNicholl – 142nd

 

Thank you to everyone for running, next league race is the 3rdDecember in Stratford.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 20:56

BRAT LADIES KICK OFF XC IN STYLE

November is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing – cross country season! 

The team travelled to Wolverhampton to take part in the Midland XC Relay Championships. There were plenty of twists and turns and a number of hills in a compact 6.5km course, so there was no easing into the season. BRATs had two teams, however unfortunately our masters’ team was a runner down – but this did not stop us! 

Helen Pike led out the masters team with a 5th place finish after a fantastic run (somewhat shorter than her usual ultra-events) and Rachel Brown maintained the top 5 position with a great run on leg two, despite being an incomplete team they were well in the mix of those top places. 

The senior team was led out by Eloise Lee, after battling with injury throughout last year it was great to see her back in action. She gave a very gutsy run to put the team in a brilliant position after leg one. Molly Browne was off next, taking the team to 7th position she clocked the third overall fastest time of the day and set Helena Eastham up for the final leg. Helena had an amazing run - claiming the 5th fastest time of the day, she flew around the course bringing the team home in a podium position and securing those bronze medals. What a team effort!

It was a brilliant day, the support from the BRAT team was superb and has generated a great deal of excitement for the XC season. We are in for a treat!

Full Results:
Helen pike 27.38 (5th), Rachel Brown 31.53 (5th)

Eloise Lee 28.46 (14th), Molly Browne 24.32 (7th, 1st Second Leg), Helena Eastham 24.37 (3rd, 1st Third Leg)

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Sunday saw thousands of eager runners travel to Birmingham for the 2016 half marathon, along with plenty of BRAT ladies taking to a home turf course, producing some tremendous results.

Two BRAT ladies were inside that 90 minute mark, Jen Dale achieved a course PB for the 8th year in a row with a speedy 1.27.37 closely followed by Daisy Wilson with a huge personal best time of 1.28.04. A flurry of BRATs followed taking on the hill and greeted with great times at the finish; Alex Mold 1.32.58, Melanie James 1.40.05, Tona Purnell 1.45.56, Annie Stride 1.47.53, Claire Scanlon 1.50.38, Karen Riley 1.50.59, Fiona Howroyd 1.54.18, Helena Markall 2.02.15, Anna Wilkinson 2.06.53, Isobel Deeley 2.07.34, Hannah Ludford 2.09.32, Louise Dawes, 2.10.28, Alison Huggan 2.21.08 and a big shout out goes to Tanya Daniels who took on the challenge of pacing duties to help her sister to a sub 2.30 debut half marathon – she did a sterling job with them clocking 2.27.51!

Well done also to Helena Eastham, Molly Browne and Louise Beasley who gave up their time to be official pacemakers, helping other runners to achieve their goals.

A massive well done to all above, and any other BRATs who ran (who sneakily didn’t put BRAT down on their entries, apologies – results were from the official website via BRAT club search)! It certainly was a very challenging course. There was plenty of BRAT support on the day, so thank you to everyone who cheered and handed out water. I am sure a lot of you will be back for another year in 2017 donning your BRAT vests with pride, in the mean time there’s plenty of cross country events to keep you busy!

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