An unfortunate crop of injuries meant we were without several regulars for the final race at Wolverhampton, so we completed the league season but not exactly with a bang. Thankfully the guys who did make it to that start line gave it their all and ensured we completed 2 teams on the day. Several new boys along with some old campaigners decided to make a name for themselves and delivered really good performances, which is encouraging for the future.

The A team scorers were; Ed Banks 28, Jon Undy 95, Kelton Aldridge 96, Rene Vergo 102, Huw Jones 122, Mark Liptrot 134. A Team total 577

Although the A team finished a disappointing 14th on the day and we dropped from 7th to 9th place in the final league standings, the result kept us well clear of the relegation places (despite Athletics Weekly reporting otherwise). The B team came home in 7th place on the day and held on to 4th place overall, a very creditable result for the season.

The B team scorers were; Ben Beaumont 140, Toby Close 147, Andy Robbins 152, Nick Forrest 158, Adam Western 165, Martin Cleaver 177. B Team total 939

Martin Ludford 199, Owen Doherty 205, Richard Carney 229, David Sansom 233 were the other finishers.

Well done to all those who did turn out to represent the Club, and a big thank you to Jort, Rob and Raggy for supporting and looking after the discs at the finish. Good to see people getting involved.

Full results are on

Congratulations also to the BRAT women’s team who had a memorable day as you have no doubt heard, finishing 3rd in the Midland Women’s League and picking up Bronze medals. A massive achievement, which will really help to put the Club on the map; well done Geoff and the girls!

Martin Ludford

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The final league race took place at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton last weekend. BRAT ladies went into this race needing to defend 3rd place which they did magnificently to finish in our highest position ever. The team finished only 11 points behind Birmingham University in 2nd place; the league was won by Loughborough University. Team scorers on this occasion were Molly, Jen D, Helena and Becky H.

Excellent support was provided by Marie, Christine, Claire C, new girl Lisa, Cat, Sarah W, Rachel Y, Sarah B and Lizi.

This has been the best season ever with retention of Warwickshire trophy, 5 mile Midland Cross Country champions, 3rd in the Cross Country Relays plus individual honours in these races. Maybe we could be challenging the university teams next year; who knows? Final race is the Nationals at Donnington Park on the 27th February.

I would like to thank everyone who has run this year. Thanks all.

Geoff Mann

Eloise's photos of both the men's and women's races can be found here. Thank you Eloise for your photos throughout the season.

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Saturday, 06 February 2016 10:18

Midland XC Championships - Men's Race

Men’s XC - Midland Championships – 30th Jan 2016

With Stafford Common flooded and unavailable, eight hardy BRATs travelled to the hastily rearranged location near Loughborough for the Midland Counties XC Championships which saw 350 of the region’s keenest XC runners race around the grounds of Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire, an interesting new venue for almost everyone I suspect.

Tim Carter had a great run to finish in 36th place, his best ever at this event, Mark Lawlor was very happy with his 83rd place, Huw Jones stormed round to finish 118th, an impressive result for an M50. Ben Beaumont 131st, Nick Forrest 153rd and Martin Cleaver 154th were battling hard all the way and were the other counters to bring the team home, with yours truly in 243rd place still trying to recapture race fitness. Bad luck for Tom Powell who had to pull out when his spikes disintegrated under him on the final lap when well placed for a top 50 finish.

This gave us 11th place out of 32 in the team competition, a good improvement on 15th place last year and 22nd place in 2014. Thanks and well done guys, definitely worth the trip!

Full results available on

Attention now turns to the final Birmingham League race at Aldersley in Wolverhampton on 13th Feb.

Martin Ludford

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