On 27 October 2013 In Running News

Starting in April, this year’s WRRL has been fought out over the summer months culminating with the recent Rugby 10 mile race. As a Warwickshire club we are automatically entered in this race series. There are team and individual awards to be won. Team placings for the series depend on the number and position of clubs’ finishers, with clubs counting their best 9 results out of the ten races. Individuals’ series placings are based on their best 6 results of the ten races.

BRAT involvement in the series this year has been fairly sporadic, many people did the odd one or two races, but there were three notable exceptions: Eloise Lee, Rob Dowse and the BRAT 5k race.

Eloise flew the flag for the BRAT women, doing most of the ten races and was rewarded by winning the Senior women’s title for the series and placing fifth woman overall which is a great achievement against some strong competition dominated by some very good masters women. Well done Eloise.

Rob completed 6 races which was sufficient to give him 13th place in the Senior men’s competition and 46th overall (those masters are good as well!). Rob was the only BRAT man to complete sufficient races for a meaningful final placing, though Nick Seagrave ran 4 races and finished 27th senior and 109th overall.

Our own BRAT Rowheath 5k was one of the ten designated races in the series and not surprisingly in this race for once we had a good BRAT turnout and some great results. Thirty three BRATs completed the race out of 190 finishers and as a club we took first place in the men’s race and fourth place in the women’s race.

The final team standings for the League have now been published and show that BRAT finished 11th out of 18 teams in both the men’s and the women’s tables. Winners of the women’s team competition were Knowle & Dorridge while Kenilworth took the men’s title.

Next year let’s try to get more BRAT’s out there and see if we can get up amongst the top few teams, so if you plan to do some road races next summer why not target this series. Details of next year’s races will be published in the new year,

For information and results see http://www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk/

Martin Ludford

On 22 October 2013 In Running News

The men's and women's BRAT Club teams have won the prize draw after winning the Club Challenge at the Great Birmingham Run for the 3rd year in a row!  This means a £500 donation from BUPA to the club development fund and 15 free places for the Great Birmingham Run in 2014. It is brilliant news for the top 7 male and female BRAT Club runners in the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday - they have won the Grand Prize following a prize draw on Sunday evening against all the other team winners of the Great Run Series: an all-expenses paid trip to the Great Ethiopian Run (24th November). The top 7 men are Dan Robinson, Chris Ashford, Karl Welborn, Paddy Allaway, Nick Lewis, Mark Lawlor and Michael Dymond.  The top 7 women are Yasmin Chaudhri, Jen Coxon, Tona Walder, Eloise Lee, Rebecca Hair, Sam Rose and Hannah Irvine.  Many congratulations! 

On 20 October 2013 In Running News

BRAT were out in force (140 runners by my count!) on the streets of Birmingham today, either as athletes, supporters, marshalls, drink-stand volunteers or pacemakers, as the club's strong association with this annual event continued.

The first BRAT runners over the line were Dan Robinson in the men's race and Yasmin Chaudhri in the women's.  Many congratulations to Margaret Kenchington who recorded a 1:36 and won the 55-59 women's age group!

Photos at 5 miles can be seen here and at 11 miles can be seen here. Results are up on the Great Run website and BRAT results are in the Members Only results section.

More to follow.

On 12 October 2013 In Running News



Men's 6 Stage Relays


Today a good day was had at the races. We came very close to a club record, but not quite. A great performance with a strong team saw us finish 35th and 34th A team at The National 6 Stage Road Relays. (6x5.84K)

We finished in 1.53.58, our second fastest ever time, 54 seconds behind the 2011 team who finished 31st.

Victory over all our local rivals, 3rd in West Midlands. Oh, we also beat Birchfield !

Its safe to smile now.

Results at www.race-results.co.uk and photos here.Report to follow.



Richard Gray, your smiling team boss.


Paul Thompson    (9) 17:28


Daniel Robinson  (30) 19:09


Mark Ince        (28) 18:55


Martin Matthews  (35) 19:34


Chris Ashford        (37) 19:34


Tim Carter       (35) 19:18



Women's 4 Stage Relays

BRAT's ladies team finished 57th in a time of 1:15:01. Well done to our quartet for putting in a good performance in poor conditions.

On 08 October 2013 In Running News

Martin Ludford and Geoff Mann, Cross Country Team Managers

The Midland XC relays took place at Walsall and we entered teams in the event for the first time in several years. The 6k course was over fields at the back of the Arboretum and was a good opportunity for people to try out pairs of newly purchased spikes and to get reacquainted with grass and mud, though in fact the going was firm and pretty fast, not to mention the warm sun - most atypical!

Women (Geoff Mann manager): Three brat teams were entered,two senior woman and a masters team, three ladies to a team covering 6km each.The brat A team finished in an excellent 7th place, B team18th and the masters finished 8th.Times are below. Thanks to all who ran. Next race is at Leamington on the 9th Nov where we hope for a bit of cold and mud !! If anyone has an overwhelming desire to run x country let me know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You might enjoy!!

Men (Martin Ludford manager): As you will see, the results make it look as though the team selection was done by ERNIE (manager’s apologies for this) but clearly lots of our guys really rose to the occasion and it made for an interesting race. The real surprise package was Dave Smithers whose time was only 12 seconds outside the best BRAT time of the day posted by Richard Gray. Good work by the rest of the guys kept both our complete teams about mid way in the field. In the end BRAT A finished 18th and BRAT B finished 19th out of 35 complete teams in the senior race. Martin Cleaver wins the prize for the most impressive blisters of the day.

Thanks to all who turned out to run and to support. As an opener to the season this was good experience for new and old BRATs alike and we are now looking forward to the start of the League campaign in November at Leamington.


Women's A team
Cat Phillips              26 21
Jenny Coxon           24 23
Danielle Bogue        26 07
Women's B team
Catherine Mcnicholl 34 14
Gill Brook               27 02
Sarah Bakewell       30 27
Women's Masters
Bea Pavlovic          34 34
Chris Hirsch           30 49
Lizi Snushall          34 26
Men's A
Richard Gray                        22:19
Martin Cleaver                      23:51 
David McNeil                        22:46 
Abayomi Adedimeji               24:08
            Total Time             1:33:04
Dave Smithers                    22:31
Rob Shipp                           24:36
Andy Kenchington               23:06
Martin Ludford                     24:03
            Total Time            1:34:16
Ben Beaumont                     25:41
            Incomplete team
On 06 October 2013 In Running News

Take your calendar off the wall and look at next Saturday (12th October). What are you doing in the afternoon? Thought so; you're watching BRAT take on the National 6 Stage of course. Get up to Sutton Park for the 1:30 start. Bring the kids. Bring the parents. Cheer the boys on.

Good luck to Dan, Mark, Chris, Martin, Paul and Tim!

On 29 September 2013 In Running News

The season of good road running performances by BRAT athletes continued this morning in Nottingham, where Tim Carter and Dan Robinson both ran PBs at the half marathon. Both have taken their excellent summer track form onto the roads this autumn, running 71:55 and 72:15 respectively.

Full BRAT results to follow.

On 27 September 2013 In Running News

Richard Gray, Men's Road Relays Team Manager

We once again trekked to Sutton Park to beat as many Midland rivals as we could and qualify for The National Champs.

There was potential for a record breaking team and B team qualification, but a subsequent assortment of injuries and circumstance meant that was not to be. The keen and the brave, however, were not disheartened, particularly as some athletes had recently smashed their PB and new boys were keen.

We entered four teams, struggling to complete the final “All Stars” team with late but welcome offers.  Still not a bad turn out.

The day started badly with a phone call on the way to the park with the first drop out scheduled for 2nd leg, followed in 3 minutes with a call saying they were back in. Heart rate already up.

Near the start, two more “I’m not going to make 1st leg; I’m not going to make 2nd leg. Thank you David Sansom for swapping from 5th to 1st at the last minute. All quickly adjusted and sorted.

A team first man Dan was on best form ever and tore up the first leg in a fantastic PB of 18.58, beating two of the victorious Coventry team times and 37th fastest on the day. Mark Ince also dumped all his old times back to a former generation storming round in a PB of 19.18.  Chris Grimley positive as ever remembered not to start with the baby buggy unlike park runs, but a few weeks old baby had taken its toll. New boy Michael Dymond justified his selection with a good run, handing to off-form Martin Matthews who would have preferred not to run for the A, but although very disappointed his time confirmed he should be there. Finally Chris Ashford obviously fresh from his top ten Aquathlon World Champs finish chased hard to reduce a 38 second gap behind Bournville to sit on their shoulder coming into the last turn. The chase down and mileage proved too much on the final 100m as Bournville survived by 6 seconds over a total time of 2 hours.

13th A team.  Well done boys.

Nathan Warren new boy to 1st leg alongside Martin “Im on fire” Ludford and David Sansom stepping into the breach, led away the B,C and D “All Star” teams respectively. Predictably the B came in first but at that point they adopted a new tactic in an attempt to qualify in the top 25th. Doug Talbot decided to hide in the pen thinking he would not be noticed, presumably intending to steeplechase the barrier when the leader was in sight and post a 17m 43s fastest time of the day type time, however, the extremely moral and correct team manager scalded him and sent him on his way to post a good 21.31s time, or is that 38m42s! (I would take this version Doug unless you have a Stevie Wonder alternative) Selvin Mills posted a great time for C and Ben Beaumont brought in D. Leaving a reverse order of C, D, B.

In order of teams not positions 3rd leg boys Stevie”heavy legs”Tit, James Connolly and James Gooch kept in the fight. 4th leg saw decent times and the fourth and last leg saw Alistair Gorrie complete an incomplete D. Martin Cleaver for B and Rob Ryan C, the latter easily heading the others. Although well adrift, B team David McNeil was disappointed with what looks a decent leg, chasing 5th leg C team Adam Higgins posting a good time.. Finally last leg saw young “English” John Llewellyn finish the C team miles ahead of the B team and a lonely and slightly green feeling manager bringing up the rear(unfortunate description.)


Well done and thank you everyone who ran and supported. See you at The National.