Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:50

BRAT Running League - After 3 Races

Here are the results of the BRAT running league after the first 3 races (see bottom of page for link).


Top 3 Men:

1. Chris Ashford

2. Simon Lanckham

3. Nathan Warren


Top 3 Women:

1. Jen Dale

2. Molly Browne

3. Helena Eastham


The 4th race in the series is this Wednesday 8th June  at The Arrow Valley 12k in Arrow Valley Country Park, Redditch, B98 OLJ at 7:30pm

Published in Running News
Thursday, 21 April 2016 10:52

National 12 Stage

Well done and thanks to the team; reserves Adam, Stuart, Ben; and supporters Eloise (who took these photos), Martin, Toby, Stuart and others.


Good performances and a decent result considering the mixed health and injuries, but our position shows you the standard that is required if one wants to achieve nationally. BRAT finished 36th and 4th team in The West Midlands behind Tipton, Birchfield and Coventry. Very pleased to beat Wolves who were competitive for most of the race but went backwards over the last four legs, where we were consistent throughout. The race was won by Highgate, ahead of Aldershot with the Midland Champions Bristol in 3rd.


Ed Banks in his usual 1st leg came in 33rd in yet another good time. Handing onto Martin Matthews, who considering he was returning from injury ran a respectable time, but on the always very quick short leg dropped to 39th. “Mr bespoke kit” and club advert Dan Robinson had promised me over 30s quicker than the Midland (and so he should), but he smashed this showing off with almost a minute and pulling back four places. The first of several ex-patients: Jon Jennings snatched a single place, but despite Karl Welborn running an excellent time we slipped back again. Young Mark Burnhope still rusty from a long layoff dropped another couple of places . Welcome to new BRAT Simon Lanckham who has come off a great XC season, but is not back to fitness and we were back to 39th again!  Huw Jones did what he said and took a few seconds off his Midland time but we had now slipped back to 41st. It was time to rally and see if the other teams had front loaded. Tom Powell although not happy with his time started the trend. The story of our race was unavoidable: “been ill, been injured.” Nobody however had a disaster, and all delivered as much as could be expected. Mark Ince who had just started back delivered more than I asked, handing onto Chris Ashford who nailed a good long leg, and looked decidedly wobbly on the home straight. Finally our consistency showed as last leg Nathan was involved in the “mass start”, finishing an excellent 2nd in his own race and also gaining another 3 places to finish BRATs in 36th. We had closed on teams ahead over the last 4 legs, realising 5 places over the last two. Well done team.


[look out for Masters National Relay Champs mail]


Long leg 5.38m and short legs 3.16m.

        Edward Banks      (33) 28:19

        Martin Matthews   (39) 17:19

        Daniel Robinson   (34) 28:33

        Jonathan Jennings (33) 17:39

        Karl Welborn      (36) 29:34

        Mark Burnhope     (38) 18:51

        Simon Lanckham    (39) 30:42

        Huw Jones         (41) 18:35

        Tom Powell        (40) 30:30

        Mark Ince         (41) 18:03

        C Ashford         (39) 29:15

        Nathan Warren     (36) 17:25



1  Highgate Harriers                   4:16:30

        Peter Chambers   (8) 26:31

        Robel Bahelbi    (5) 15:59

        C Rainsford      (5) 26:55

        Brahma Pochee    (4) 16:19

        Danny Russell    (2) 26:36

        Benjamin Noad    (2) 16:02

        Shaun Dixon      (2) 26:42

        Peter Hawkings   (2) 16:05

        Robert Wilson    (3) 27:38

        Victor Mound     (2) 15:40

        Andy Maud        (1) 26:12

        Murray Strain    (1) 15:51


Fastest short leg 3.16m:   1  Ross Murray        Gateshead       15:14

Fastest long leg 5.38m:    1  Dewi Griffiths     Swansea Har     25:28


Richard Gray

Published in Running News
Thursday, 07 April 2016 15:54

Midland 12 Stage Road Relays

This was a great race at the sharp end, where during leg 11, the top three were all within 15 seconds of each other after nearly 4 hours racing! Bristol ended up with the fire power on the last leg, overhauling Cheltenham who just held off Notts.


Ed was first off the line for B.R.A.T., looking lean and confident, and although this is a new course, I reckon Ed ran a sort of pb with a brilliant 28.11, in 8th  place, achieving 21st quickest long leg overall. Brilliant. Dan “I’ve fallen out with Adidas” Robinson took on the baton delivering another great time, adding he would run even quicker at The National (Don’t disappoint Dan!)


Kevin McMillan stepped at late notice into a long, possibly his first long, and although dropping to 10th; he should be very pleased with that run. Chris Ashford is obviously fond of the number 8, and promptly re-established B.R.A.T. back to our last year’s finishing position. That was the long legs over, now over to new boy Iain Squires to set a short leg benchmark, although he may have been confused having over the week moved between the A and B teams and at least a couple of legs in each!


No problem, 8th we remained. Young Tom Powell (well young relative to me) upped the pace but had no one close enough to chase, handing onto another 12 stage new boy Mark Liptrot who ran well, but we dropped to 10th. Rene Vergo as consistent as ever, gained ground on the team ahead, handing onto new B.R.A.T. boy old boy (there is a logic in there) Mark Burnhope who snatched 9th. Could we reclaim our rightful 8th place I hear you cry, well, no we couldn’t!


Nathan Warren ran a quick time but as is the luck of relays, we dropped back to 10th.  Ben Beaumont, who had also been pulled between both teams and several legs, ran his very best as can always be relied on, and guess what, yes we were still 10th.  Finally Mr Consistent, Huw Jones brought us home, yes you don’t need me to tell you in what position.


Unfortunately we could not complete a B team, always a real shame. Toby Close led off and ran a great first leg. Martin Cleaver literally had a long leg dumped on him around 10.00 Friday night, and although being far from perfect 1500m training, should really be pleased with his performance. Andrew Robbins snatched a place securing 45th overall, handing onto Adam B-Higgins who ran the fastest B long, enjoying overtaking five and moving up to 40th. From now on it was the vintage parade in various forms of health and fitness. First it was me (middle statesman), in my first tentative steps since last May, and pleased I was. Andy Kenchington (youngest statesman) continued The Rowheath Old School with a very good time. Next kit man “H” Harry Fowler (elder statesman and does he look it !) decked out in as many promotional examples of BRAT technical garb’ he could get on, continued his impressive come back (I beat him). Richard Carney (younger statesman) pulled us up a place as we broke into the top 40. Following on was XC Manager Martin Ludford, very closely following H (In age), who ran well and was pleased on another comeback, gaining one place into 39th (I beat him as well). Alas 10th leg was to be our last, which Rob Ryan delivered with a time he should be pleased with, and 40th was where we bowed out.


Thank you to every athlete and the few supporters who made it to give us a shout. Remember, The National on the 16th. If you are not competing, come and watch the best athletes in the country.

Richard Gray

A team       10th    4.26.28

28.11   8   Long   Ed Banks   (21st fastest long leg)

29.28   8   Long   Dan Robinson

31.38  12  Long   Kevin McMillan

29.22   8   Long   Chris Ashford

19.12   8   Short   Iain Squires  

17.31   8   Short   Tom Powell

18.28  10  Short   Mark Liptrot  

18.03  10  Short   Rene Vergo

18.49   9   Short   Mark Burnhope                                                                                                                                              

17.43  10  Short   Nathan Warren

19.27  10  Short   Ben Beaumont

18.36  10  Short   Huw Jones             


B Team       

33.24   45  Long    Toby Close

35.10   46  Long    Martin Cleaver

34.09   45  Long    Andrew Robbins

33.37   40  Long    Adam Balderson Higgins

20.39   41  Short    Richard Gray

19.09   41  Short    Andy Kenchington

21.28   41  Short    Harry Fowler

23.34   40  Short    Richard Carney

20.48   39  Short    Martin Ludford

21.40   40  Short    Rob Ryan       


Fastest short  Douglas Musson, Notts,  15.15

Fastest long  Graham Rush, Cheltenham, 26.32

Results at

Published in Running News