On 19 October 2016 In Running News

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!

On 11 October 2016 In Running News

The ladies had 3 teams competing at the Autumn Midland Road Relays in Sutton Park and the teams included several new additions. A brilliant day was had with all of the girls and there were great performances in all three teams.

The A team pulled out all the stops to come an incredible 3rd place. The team included Molly Browne, Jen Dale, Helena Eastham and Daisy Wilson, who all had exceptional runs to claim BRAT's first ever medal in this event.

The B team came 13th overall and 2nd B team. This team included Jenny Coxon, Eloise Lee (both recently returned from injuries), Becky Hair and Sheridan McWilliam in her first run for the club.

The C team came 36th overall. Considering there were 82 teams that finished, this is a huge achievement to have 3 teams finish in the top 36! The C team included Megan Thomas, also recently back from injury, and some new girls in their first relays, Tabby Rogers, Victoria Moulson and Molly Fowler.

It was great to see so many girls out running, and hopefully we'll see even more taking part in the Spring relays.


Full Results:


A Team:

Molly Browne - 15:47

Jen Dale - 16:34

Helena Eastham - 16:22

Daisy Wilson - 17:17


B Team:

Jenny Coxon - 17:24

Eloise Lee - 18:47

Sheridan McWilliam - 17:48

Becky Hair - 16:25


C Team:

Megan Thomas - 18:54

Victoria Moulson - 20:16

Molly Fowler - 19:21

Tabby Rogers - 19:53



On 10 October 2016 In Running News

BRAT had some fantastic results in the Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 9th October.


Molly Browne ran superbly to win the women's race in 1:21:14, with Helena Eastham finishing in 7th place in 1:25:24. Both of them obliterated their previous personal best times.


In the men's race, Rob Dowse also had a huge personal best to go sub-90 for the first time in 1:29:48, with Nick Seagrave close behind in 1:31:06


Well done all on fantastic runs!

On 27 September 2016 In Running News

A lovely sunny and  blustery day at Sutton was rewarded with 8th place for our A team, equalling our best finishing position from 2015 and 2011 (courtesy Gordon “stato” Ainsley).Our time was down a bit on these previous finishes, but it’s a race not time trial, and is all about the position. The wind was definitely a factor, so any PB was excellent. We would have achieved 7th and be in sprinting competition with 6th with better team selection*, but (pleading forgiveness / saving face) some lads were only aware of the event late on, and I have to predict and enter the squad and number of teams way before most have replied!

Dan Robinson had the job of keeping us in the mix on the fast first leg, suitably achieving a PB coming in 10th, handing onto Simon Lanckham who delivered the managers wishes for sub 20min, only dropping one place on what may be the favourite/least favourite leg. Ed Banks, normally the lead man, showed little effect from some time off, overtaking three to 8th.  Jon Jennings, committed as ever, only dropped one place, handing onto Chris Ashford who ran the second PB of the day, and we were back in 8th, and opening up a cushion between us and Cheltenham B, yet still in striking distance of Stoke. Mark Ince, who fortunately for BRAT was not in Berlin as expected, finished only 5 seconds behind his PB, but Stoke just had too much, and 8th it was.

The B team had an outside chance of qualifying for the National Relay Champs, but it would be a big ask, bearing in mind Halesowen A team just made it, with Bournville joining them by the skin of their teeth. New boy Steve Dunsby posted his National A team intention with a great time and inside the top 25 that qualification required.  Rene Vergo was under pressure on the second leg after Steve’s fast time, but despite running well as expected, we dropped to 29th. Huw Jones carried on the fight, but we slipped further back. Regular A team man Martin Matthews coming back from a long injury, boosted out hopes by gaining four places to 29th, but although Toby Close gave his all, we promptly slipped back to 33rd. Last leg fell to Thanos Tsolakis who upped the pace a bit, but the strength in completion left us in 34th, around 2 minutes outside qualification.

Other new boys who posted their intention for higher team selection were Mark Woodus with a great time, and Kelton Aldridge who blasted out a little too fast on first leg for the C team, and probably should have finished a fair bit quicker. Good runs by Abayomi Adedimeji and Ben Beaumont. Also a welcome BRAT relay debut to Paul Shackleton, Mark Connell and Andy Piddington. Sorry that I have not mentioned everyone, but thanks to all.

BRAT women medalled with a bronze, a fantastic achievement. Hope they will be at The National to compete against the best in the country.

Richard Gray

Team Manager

On 11 September 2016 In Running News

With the nights drawing in and the leaves starting to turn, it must be almost time for the Brum Half Marathon!

Once again the BRAT club has been asked to help man the water station on the Pershore Road near Pebble Mill. If you're not running, why not come down and cheer on your club mates and thousands of others? There will be free jackets and lunch is provided - what's not to like?

You'll need to be at the water station between 07:00 - 14:00/15:00.

So, if you fancy free stuff and an opportunity to help make the BHM the great event it is, head on over to the forum and sign up. Please also remember to let us know what size jacket you will need.


On 31 August 2016 In Running News

BRAT enjoyed a number of brilliant finishes within the Worcestershire Midweek Series, a run of four challenging races of varying lengths and terrain along some beautiful courses.

The first race was a 10km multi-terrain race across the Hagley countryside, there was a great BRAT turnout on what was a lovely balmy evening. Simon Lanckham stormed home in first place overall with second BRAT male being Ben Beaumont (13th overall). Molly Browne claimed first women home (9th overall) backed up by a strong second lap from Jen Dale to take the second women spot (32nd overall).

The second race was a testing 12km race through the Arrow Valley Park with some difficult hill climbs. The first BRAT back after a tough two lap course was Molly Browne (7th overall, 1st women), closely followed by Huw Jones (16th), Ben De Laune (27th) and Rosie Davies (40th overall, 2nd women).

The penultimate race bore less mud but no fewer hills, a rather undulating 10km along the roads of rural Droitwich. Molly Browne led the club home and secured the 1st women spot, again chased closely by Huw Jones (24th) and Jen Dale (2nd women) who ran an excellent sub 39 minute race, smashing her previous PB. Mark Connell was the second BRAT man home dipping inside the top 60, a great evening for team BRAT!

The final race which concluded the series and determined the overall finishing positions for the league (best of 3 races) was a 5 mile off road route at Clent. Molly Browne secured the series win with 1st women home (13th overall), with Ben De Laune first BRAT man home (27th overall). Rosie Davies made it a BRAT 1,2 securing 2nd women at Clent and within the league with two 2nd and a 6th place finish, Danielle Bogue had a great run despite a ridiculous number of hours spent at work leading up to the race, she finished 5th overall for the series. Both Louise Beasley and Claire Jackson took their silver medals home for their age groups after a 3rd, 4th and 5th place finish across the series. The men also saw two top 10 finishers; Ben De Laune 9th in the male open, and Martin Ludford 6th in his age group. All in all a fantastic set of results and thoroughly enjoyable races throughout the league, I am sure that BRAT’s will be well represented next year!

All BRATs who completed at least one race: Molly Browne, Rosie Davies, Danielle Bogue, Sarah Bakewell, Jen Dale, Eloise Lee, Daisy Wilson, Louise Beasley, Lisa Tindle, Claire Jackson, Ben De Laune, Chris Anthony, Robert Dowse, Simon Lanckham, Ben Beaumont, Huw Jones, Martin Clever, Nick Forrest, Mark Connell, Graeme Mallewwan, Steven Pitchford, Martin Ludford, Stephen Thompson and Richard Carney.

Photos of BRATs at the Hagley 10k can be seen here.

On 01 August 2016 In Running News

Hello BRAT mates. I don’t really want to start talking autumn yet, but I am!

Early call for Midland 6 Stage Road Relays

Sat 24 Sept 1:40, Sutton Park. 6 legs x 5.85k each team.

We can enter as many teams as we want to pay for, and everyone is welcome regardless of standard. Teams are selected in anticipated order of speed, so any new boy concerned about being thrown on A team first leg can relax. The race attracts fast and slow, young and old, too thin and too fat, 800 to marathon runners. Give it a go and I bet you get a good time out of it.

There is also an open age category Masters within the same race, but we make Senior Champs our priority, so only those not selected for the first two teams would be considered for Masters.

First 25 finishing teams qualify for The National Champs on 8 October at the same venue, and our aim will be to qualify two teams. The National is a selection event.

I have to enter number of teams and squad by 4 September, so please let me know well before that. I am going to be away, so if you decide later in the month you will not get a response from me until the start of September.

I will need from everyone: English Athletic completion number (you tick this box at BRAT club renewal), membership must be paid up to date (shows on EA database when I submit entry), and your DOB

Any questions please ask me this week.

Richard Gray

07973 502531; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On 17 July 2016 In Running News

BRAT 5k road race – Wednesday 10th August 2016

The annual BRAT 5k road race will be taking place on Wednesday 10th August at Rowheath Pavilion on Heath Road in Bournville, (B30 1HH). Start time 7.45 pm.

This is a great opportunity to test yourself over an accurate 5km course, and see the benefit of all that training! It is also part of the Warwickshire Road Race series, and is one of the nominated races in the BRAT running league, so another opportunity to score some useful points.

Entry in advance is £5 for Club members / attached runners (or £7 if unattached). Download an entry form from the Events section of the BRAT website.

Alternatively enter on the night from 6.15 pm at £7 (£9 unattached).

Alternatively if you are not planning to run, we need a team of volunteers to help marshal and assist with the event, which is one of the Club’s major events of the year. Please contact Richard on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping out.