Thursday, 02 March 2017 18:47

BRAT Ladies at the National XC Champs

BRAT Ladies at the National Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.


For most the cross-country season has now drawn to a close following the biggest race of the year – The National Cross Country. Almost 800 ladies donned their spikes and colourful club vests to combat 8km of hills and mud in Wollaton Park. 


The BRAT ladies were a small contingent with a team of four hardy runners ready to test out their ‘real cross-country’ stamina and end their seasons on a high! 


The gun went, and of course the rain started …


Claire Keene had a brilliant run to finish 526th, probably most impressive was her ability to stay on her feet without spikes! Given her amazing progression this cross-country season Claire, you have thoroughly earned yourself some shiny new spikes for next year! 


Megan Thomas had a fabulous race to finish 280th after giving a gutsy run on a challenging course and finishing very strongly. This brought her best cross-country season to a brilliant close having placed consistently well in the league races and Midland Champs! Onto great things over summer! 


Eloise Lee was finally able to enjoy a cross-country race without battling through with an awful cold. It was fantastic to see Eloise finish her season on a high with an amazing 275th place. Eloise has run in every possible cross country race this season and finished being the second scorer for the BRAT Nationals team, a great achievement!


Molly Browne was taking on the penultimate race of her season, with Inter-Counties still to race. Molly had hopes of bettering her previous 100th place, and had a brilliant run in a competitive field to finish 47th, beating a few Midlands rivals in final sprint for the line too! 


It was great to have a BRAT team competing at by far the best race of the year! They did themselves and the club very proud and finished a credible 38th out of 90+ teams which is a fabulous achievement. It would be great to have more BRAT vests racing next year, the National really is a spectacle. 


A big thank you to Eloise and Molly who took on the role last minute of captaining the ladies XC team this season. They have done a sterling job and have encouraged lots of members to race, including newbies.

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Monday, 05 December 2016 21:20

Ladies Midland XC League - Stratford

Race two of the Midlands XC League saw the BRAT ladies heading to Stratford for a new course. We weren’t sure what lay in store but upon arrival it was clear this was going to be a hilly one. A walk of the course later (where we got out of breath just walking) we concluded this was the hilliest course any of us had ever run. However, it turns out BRAT ladies are pretty swift over a hilly course with the senior team finishing a superb 3rd overall climbing the overall standings. Great runs were had by all, the course was extremely challenging and there were a couple of spectacular falls– both Helen and Jen took a tumble but in true XC spirit got straight back up and chasing down people. BRAT ladies have ended 2016 on an absolute high, and it is exciting to see what happens in the remaining races in 2017! A big thank you to everyone who has raced so far, see you back in the mud after Christmas! 

 

Full Results:

 

Molly Browne 7th

Helena Eastham 9th

Leonie Balter 15th

Jen Straw 19th

Megan Thomas 45th

Sarah Hinksman 50th

Eloise Lee 52nd

Lisa Tindle 56th

Helen Pike 63rd

Claire Keene 81st

Claire Jackson 88th

Sarah Bakewell 104th

Catherine McNicholl 112th

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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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