On 23 September 2013 In Running News

Chrissie Wellington put on her BRAT vest and was one of the seventeen BRATs who tackled this year’s Waseley Wobbler over the hills of north Worcestershire at the weekend. Not for the faint hearted, this 8 mile multi-terrain race includes some fearsome climbs and is a real test of guts and determination, so not surprisingly BRATs were out in force and figured heavily at the prize giving after the race.

Chrissie was first woman home despite taking in some extra distance after a missed turn, while Eloise Lee took second prize in the senior women’s category. Had there been women’s team prize we would surely have won, as Hannah Irvine finished as 4th woman.

As it was there was just one mixed team competition, so Chrissie along with Thanos Tsolakis and Brendan Fitzgerald were the BRAT team who picked up the prizes for winning that. Other BRATs among the prizes were Martin Ludford (1st M50) and Roger McFadden (1st M60).

More BRATs in the top 30 were Dave Garner, Chris Richards, Rob Shipp and Ben Beaumont while Mark Bennet and Steve Washbourne looked like they enjoyed a real battle, finishing just 4 seconds apart. Ming Nham, Simon Ellison, Jeff Mosforth, and Lizi Snushall all put in gutsy performances to conquer the course, especially the killer hill near the end. Well done everyone! After that there is no cross country course you need to fear.

Many thanks to the amazing BRAT supporters club who seemed to pop up all round the course to cheer and encourage, it really is a big help to the runners to hear all that support.

Thanks also to Bromsgrove and Redditch AC for hosting this challenging but entertaining race and also for the post race refreshments; there were some “exceedingly good cakes” consumed by most of us but I think we can safely say we had earned them.

There were 128 finishers - full results are at http://waseleywobbler.com/

Martin Ludford

On 21 September 2013 In Running News

Catherine Nicholls took part in the South Cheshire 20 on Sunday 15th September. Catherine said, "It's the first time I've run this distance (gearing up for the Snowdonia Marathon next month) - thankfully the horrendous weather that was forecast didn't materialise until the afternoon! It's a nice race on mainly country lanes; well marshalled & well organised, with lots of drink stations and the all-important jelly babies! I finished in 3.27.28 - not world record or anything but pretty pleased for my first attempt at this distance".

Congratulations Catherine! Here's hoping you you have a great race (and lots of Jelly Babies!) at the Snowdonia Marathon!

On 15 September 2013 In Running News

There were some good performances from the handful of BRAT runners who made the journey down to Bristol for the half marathon this weekend.

On a course that goes out and back along the River Avon and then winds through the streets of the city, three of our runners ran PBs. Mark Ince (pictured) was first from the club, taking a huge chunk off his previous best time to run 73:49. This was a London Marathon championship qualifying time for Mark, who has had a great summer of training.

Jamie Gooch managed to take 30 seconds off his PB, running 81:24. This run should give him confidence for the Abingdon Marathon which he is running next month. The first lady from the club was Yasmin Chaudhri who ran 86:01, also a PB.

On 15 September 2013 In Running News

The teams for the Midlands 6 Stage has been emailed out and are on the forum. Please confirm your attendance with Richard Gray if you have not done so already.

We have entered four teams and due to a number of runners pulling out with injuries, there are several places available. Please contact Richard if you could like to run.

On 27 August 2013 In Running News

Four BRAT representatives were on the start line of the Coventry Autumnal 5 (incorporating Warwickshire 5 Mile Champs) which takes place on a fast, flat course around Coventry War Memorial park. Ben Beaumont and Martin Cleaver were guaranteed personal bests having never tackled the distance before and I, Rob Dowse, was hoping to crush a PB that had stood for over 12 months. However, it was Eloïse Lee, who set her PB on this course in 2012, that had the most at stake. A strong performance would improve her standings in the Warwickshire Road Race League (WRRL) and, after a recent string of prize winning runs, expectations were high. A notable absentee was Martin “Farah” Ludford, who no doubt would have dominated the BRAT field, if he were not otherwise engaged in some secret international altitude training.

A narrow start and 250 adrenalin filled runners all trying to find room to stretch out resulted in a blisteringly fast first mile. Martin and Eloïse trail blazed for the BRATs and worked together for the first couple of miles. I was a short distance behind, already aware that I was going to pay the price for the quick start. Ben was keeping me in his sights, ready to make a move should the opportunity arise.

Around half way, Martin, still feeling fresh, pulled away from Eloïse and maintained the gap until the finish to cross the line in an impressive 32:15, (59th Overall, 18th SM), setting a very high bar for himself to aim for in future. Eloïse wasn’t far behind with 32:46, not quite a PB, but enough to net her 6th woman, 1st SW and yet another prize. I suffered massively on the final incline, but managed to knock 18 seconds off my PB with a 33:20 and Ben powered down the finishing straight to squeeze in under 35 minutes with a solid 34:56. Overall, a good race and some great performances.

On 26 August 2013 In Running News

Richard Gray - Road Relays Team Manager

Hello team mates,

Yep, the summer is waning and it's time to demonstrate the speed you have acquired through the summer. Four weeks to stop plodding at the same 10K pace and get some speed work in.

Saturday 21 September, 1.40pm, Sutton Park as usual.

6 legs x 5.85K. We can enter as many teams as we like, and this year there is also a Midland Masters Champs in the same event.

Qualification for seniors to The National on 12 October will be top the top 25 teams including B teams.

Once we have selected our strongest A team, and possibly B team if there is a chance of qualification, we could consider a masters team(s) if there is sufficient interest. It is one open category 35+.

Sorry this is late, I have been emailless on hols for over a week. Entries have to be in before the 7th, so let me know if you are a definite or probable by next weekend, or Wed 5th latest for possibles if you have to sort dates out.

Please include a recent time or estimation for a distance between 5K -10K, or indeed what you think you would do on this course or the 3 mile 12 stage if it is easier to gauge.

On 22 August 2013 In Running News

On Sunday I completed my first trail race, the "Ashmei 18 Mile Trail Race" around Ullswater, in the Lake District.

When I entered, the details said that map-reading skills would not be required.... So I set off, and was fairly near the front of the pack, when at mile 3 there was some ambiguous sign-posting at a fork in the footpaths. Using my not so good sense of direction, I took the left fork... after a mile and a half I, and a group who had followed decided to check the map, and we realised that in fact we should have taken the right fork... By the time we had ran back to the junction, the marshal was there directing people the right way. So the rest of the race was playing catch-up!

The rain eased and it turned into quite pleasant running conditions, with beautiful scenery.

I completed the race, plus the extra bit (ended up doing 21.3* miles!!) and surprised myself to come 5th overall and 1st female. Now all I need to do is work on my map-reading skills!


Yasmin Chaudhri

On 16 August 2013 In Running News

In cool conditions on the streets of Bournville, athletes from all over Birmingham and Warwickshire came to take part in BRAT Club's Rowheath 5k.

The race was won in 16:11 by Leamington's Andy Savery, who became Warwickshire champion and picked up valuable points in the Warwickshire Road Race series.

The Rowheath 5k is a great curtain raiser for the autumn road racing season and many athletes were keen to test themselves on the road after a summer of track or triathlon. The six stage is only 5 weeks away now and judging by the turn out on Wednesday night, BRAT are poised to have some real success this year.

Many thanks to Richard, Nick, Gordon and Steve for putting the race on, and to all the volunteers from the club who helped the race run smoothly. Full results available here.