Tuesday, 05 April 2016 13:08

New BRAT Club Running Championships

This year there will be a new BRAT Club running championships series to encourage participation and some friendly in-club competition between members.

The series will comprised of 20 races throughout the year, of which you need to do at least 8 to score (6 for U20s) and (edible) prizes will be awarded at the end of the year. 

The series will run from April-March. Key club events will stay in the series each year, with other races changing each year to keep the series interesting. See below for the list of events in the series and the rules.


2016/2017 SERIES:

  1. 6/12 Stage Midland Road Relays – 2nd April
  2. London Marathon – 24th April
  3. Hagley 10k (Multi-terrain) – 18th May
  4. Arrow Valley 12k (Multi-terrain) – 8th June
  5. Arden 9 Miles (Road) – 19th June
  6. Droitwich 10k (Road) – 13th July
  7. BRAT 5k (Road) – 10th August
  8. 4/6 Stage Midland Road Relays – 24th September
  9. Waseley Wobbler (8 mile Multi-terrain) – September – Date TBC
  10. Great Birmingham Run – 16th October
  11. November XC League – Date & Venue TBC 
  12. Suicide 6 (6 mile Multi-terrain) – 27th November
  13. December XC League – Date & Venue TBC
  14. Telford 10k (Road) – 11th December
  15. Warwickshire/Worcestershire XC Champs – Jan 2017 – Date & Venue TBC
  16. January XC League – Date & Venue TBC
  17. Midlands XC Champs – Jan 2017 – Date & Venue TBC
  18. February XC League – Date & Venue TBC
  19. National XC Champs, Nottingham – February 2017 – Date TBC
  20. Coventry Half Marathon OR Droitwich Half Marathon – TBC once dates confirmed to avoid clash with National XC.



  • 8 races to score
  • 6 races to score for U20s
  • Competitors must complete 8 races (6 for U20) in order to qualify for a prize*
  • Prize* for top 3 male and female plus first male and female in each age category based on their best 8/6 scores
  • *This is a trial year so prizes will be in the form of chocolate bought out of Eloise's own pocket and bragging rights!
  • Age categories will be: U20, Senior, V40, V50, V60, V70
  • Scoring: The first male and female in each event will receive 200 points, with 2nd place 199 points etc. For the road relays the scores will be based on finishing times. For the 12 stage men’s relay where they have legs of two different lengths, the fastest in each length leg will receive 200 points with the 2nd fastest on each receiving 198 etc.
  • Key club races will stay in the series every year and other races may change each year to keep the series interesting
  • I will try to include varying distances, with one marathon a year and a maximum of 3 half marathons.
  • If you have any suggestions for races you think should be included next year, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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With only the hardiest answering the call, just seven BRATs made it to the season’s finale at Donington Park in Leicestershire for the 129th English National XC Champs which took place on a testing course over undulating farmland, with over 1700 runners finishing the race, which was won by Jonny Hay of Aldershot Farnham & District. Arduous was the verdict of most finishers!

The BRAT team was a mix of youth and experience, with at least three of the team running in their first National. Well done to all and thanks for turning out to represent the club in this prestigious event. New recruit Tom Powell led the team home in an excellent 218th position followed by Ed Banks 262nd, Jon Undy 396th, Martin Cleaver 753rd, Andy Robbins 1052nd, Andy Piddington 1129th (the six counters), and Martin Ludford 1180th. We finished 55th out of 123 teams, so a respectable result but one which we can certainly improve on in the coming years.

Eloise's photos of the event can be found here.

The club season is now over but next Saturday (12th March) will see the Inter Counties Championship take place again on our doorstep in Cofton Park. Many of the top names of the national cross country scene will be on view, plus we have a number of BRAT runners selected for both the Warwickshire and the Worcestershire teams so why not come along to support. A few of us are helping with marshalling etc. as usual, but the organisers are still on the lookout for a few more volunteers to ease the load. If you are interested please get in touch.

Martin Ludford

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Thursday, 03 March 2016 13:24


Hello BRAT mates,



Yes the nights are brighter and the daffodils flourishing. Get the sun cream and racing flats out, and shout: “No more 10K pace in the mud, I want to run much faster and ignore my heart monitor.”  Well I can help, it’s Road Relay 3 mile time, so get speedy, feel the BRAT team spirit and contact me.


Midland 12 Stage Road Relays,  Sat 2 April, 12.00, Sutton Park.  8x3m & 4x5.4m legs.

I have to enter teams and need to know definites, probables and possibles by 10 March. I can enter a much larger squad of names places, so you are not committed yet. I need to have a good idea of how many teams to enter. Everyone can enter regardless of speed or age!

To save me looking up detail for those not on the system, please confirm your DOB, UKA competition number, check that you are a paid up BRAT member, and let me know an estimated time for either 5K, 10K, or this race stage time.



For your diary:


National 12 Stage Road Relays is on Sat 16 April pm, Sutton Park. Qualification is for the top 25 teams from The Midland Relays above. Team members are by selection. Normally we only qualify one team, but who knows, if we have a good response we could qualify two, so possibly 24 places to be had. Mail to follow.

Masters (35 to very very old): BMAF National Road Relays, Sat 14 May, pm, Sutton Park.  Everyone from 35 wanted, slow or fast. Mail to follow.

Any question always welcome.


Richard Gray.  07973 502531

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