On 15 January 2016 In Running News

Men’s Cross Country - County Championships - Warley Woods - 9th Jan 2016


Another successful day’s racing for the men at the combined Warwickshire and Worcestershire event saw a hatful of medals won by BRATs. Jack Gray won the Senior Men’s race outright by 15 seconds and was crowned Warwickshire Champion for the 3rd year in a row. Well done Jack, brilliant run. The senior men’s team unfortunately were not quite able to defend the Warwickshire team title they have won for the last two years but Jack, Ed Banks 7th, Chris Ashford 20th and Mark Ince 24th came home with team silver medals to add to their collection. Well done lads. Coventry Godiva won the team trophy.


A special mention to Martin Matthews in 26th place, who although a Master had agreed to be entered as a Senior along with Chris and Mark to bolster the Senior team. Sadly Martin was not one of the 4 medalists mentioned above and also missed out on the medal he would surely have won in the Masters team, but he played an important role in adding strength in depth. The other senior finishers were Tom Powell 16th though a non-scorer in this race until his transfer is confirmed, and Chris Grimley 53rd. Well done guys.


The Masters team themselves, Thanos Tsolakis 39th, Rene Vergo 41st, Huw Jones 45th and Toby Close 65th forced themselves into the bronze medal places in the Masters race. Well done to you guys, great work. Good support also from Nick Forrest 82, James Connolly 98, Nathan Smith 114, Michael Gilbride 121, Martin Ludford 125, Rob Ryan 165, and Ed Hartley 177.


Kelton Aldridge aged 17 running in the U20 men’s race, had a great run to finish in 4th place, unfortunately just outside the medals, but showing what talent he has. Well done Kelton, with two more years in this age group your prospects look good.


Tim Carter was running in the Worcestershire event and had a storming race to finish 5th despite falling mid race. Well done Tim, guaranteed selection for the County team for the Inter Counties Championships in March is well deserved.


Thanks for all the support from everyone round the course, and thanks to Richard Carney who was officiating at the funnel.



Martin Ludford


Photos by Eloise Lee


On 11 December 2015 In Running News
Hello all,
The second league race took place at Cofton Park last weekend. Another large ladies field saw the BRAT ladies team finish in another stunning 3rd place, with Beccy T finishing in her highest position in a league race, 9th place, of the season (so far)! Other team scorers were Molly (17th), Jen D (28th) and Marie (34th). The BRAT masters came home in 20th place with Christine B, Rachel B and Carol the team counters. A big well done to the other team members who were Daisy, Helena, Tabby, Danni, Rachel Y, Sarah B, Louise, Grace, Lizi, Catherine and Melissa.
After 2 races BRAT are 3rd behind Loughborough (68 points) and Birmingham uni (115 points) BRAT (217 points) and Wolves on 257 points.The next race is our defence of the Warwickshire title we won last year. This is the 9th Jan. The 3rd league race is at Gloucester on the 16th January - hope to see you there!
Geoff Mann, Team Manager
On 06 December 2015 In Running News

Men’s XC - Birmingham League, Race 2 - Cheltenham - 5th December 2015

Aerodynamics were at a premium in yesterday’s race in Pittville Park as runners fought their way round a course where the wind  was a major factor to overcome. A somewhat depleted BRAT team of 23 had taken to the start line to do battle against the other 15 teams in Division 1.

Ed Banks led the team home in 26th place, followed by Tim Carter 61, Nick Lewis 82, Mark Lawlor 94, Jon Undy 111 and Thanos Tsolakis 124, giving an A team score of 498. Well done you guys. Although we finished 12th on the day we were close enough to the teams above us that we retained 7th place overall with 2 races to go. So we are still in a respectable position, but need to consolidate in the next race to ensure we don’t start to lose ground.

The B team places were filled by Tom Walsh 131, Huw Jones 136, Rene Vergo 142, Toby Close 157, Ben Beaumont 167, and Andy Piddington 181, for a total of 914 points and a very creditable 6th place. The remaining BRAT finishers were Pete Matthews 185, Abayomi Adedimeji 191, Chris Grimley 197, Jort van Mourik 214, Nathan Smith 217, Ed Hartley 241, Rob Ryan 242, Richard Carney 245 and David Sansom 251.

Well done to everyone for digging deep and grinding out those results. There were a few happy BRATs with PB finishing positions among our results. Bad luck Nick and Karl who were forced to drop out with injury concerns.

Biggest thanks of the day goes to Raggy Gray for turning out to support and to fulfill our duty at the finish funnel, meaning that the rest of you could all enjoy racing.

Full results with times are available on the League website www.birminghamccleague.co.uk

Martin Ludford


On 16 November 2015 In Running News

London Marathon - Sunday 24th April 2016

The club has been awarded three places for next year's marathon. Please note that these are guaranteed places but not free, so the entry fee still has to be paid.


If you would like to appply for a place please e-mail in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30th November.


Demand often outstrips supply so some criteria will be applied if we need to make a selection.

Preference will be given to those who have applied but been rejected (we may ask to see proof of this) and to those who actively support the club.

Supporting the club could be in many ways e.g. competing for BRAT in team events at any level, coaching support, admin support, or other general helping out.


Thanks and Good Luck




On 13 November 2015 In Running News

The first race of the new season started with a stunning 3rd place behind the universities of Birmingham and Loughborough; the race was held at the ever popular Newbold Comyn, Leamington.

Twenty B.R.A.T. ladies lined up at the start with eager anticipation! With four to count this season Beccy Tipping starting in fine form with an excellent 13th place; the remaining counters Helena Eastham, Jen Dale and Sophie Ward finished 31st, 34th and 52nd place respectively. The masters team, with Sarah Hinksman, Christine Bertram and Cat Bone finished the day with a superb 7th place.
A big thanks to all who ran including Becky Hair, Molly Brown, Tabby Rogers, Claire Capper, Lauren Turvey, Adele Rainment, Rachel Brown, Sarah Wallis, Rachel Young, Sarah Bakewell, Bea Pavlovic, Lizi Snushall and Carol Sinkinson.Well done and thanks to you all.
The next race is at Cofton park on the 5th December,hope you can make it!
Photos can be found here.
On 10 November 2015 In Running News

Men’s XC - Birmingham League 7th November 2015


Probably the biggest BRAT turnout ever assembled at a Cross country event

produced 32 BRAT finishers of the 306 who finished in Division1 in the first race of the season at Leamington. The Newbold Comyn course lived up to its reputation as an extreme test of cross country running for all three divisions of the men’s Birmingham XC League in a joint race with over 700 runners, (as well as the Midland Womens XC League which also took place earlier in the afternoon). Conditions were particularly soft and slippery all round the course, and the famous ditch seemed to be more challenging than ever.


The six BRATs who filled the A team places all had storming races, often working together; they were Jack Gray 10th (and unlucky not to finish in the top three), Ed Banks 24th, Chris Ashford 61st, Dan Robinson 63rd, Tom Anderton 70th, and Tim Carter 73rd. This scored us 308 points and gave us 7th place out of the 16 teams in Division 1, an impressive result at this level of competition. Well done you guys, you did the Club proud.


Competition for the B team places was fierce. In the end Mark Lawlor 109, Matt Bennett 121, Kelton Aldridge 122, Jonathan Winkler 131, Jonathan Undy 135, Huw Jones 138 took the honours ahead of loads of other BRATs who were breathing down their necks. The B team scored 756 and finished 4th of the 14 B teams, again a marvelous result. Great to see lots of new faces battling for the places, especially young Kelton who at 17 was running in his first senior race. Well done everyone (too many to mention all individually), including those who didn’t score, you are helping our result by finishing ahead of other clubs’ scoring runners, keep it up guys!


Full results are available on the league website.


Photos of the races are up on the BRAT club flickr gallery via the website and Eloise’s far superior shots are here.


Thanks to Richard Carney who was officiating for the League at the finish funnel.

hanks for all the support from everyone during the race and we look forward to the next race which is at Cheltenham on 5th December – full details nearer the time. We will need a couple of volunteers to fulfill our requirement to help at the finish for this race. Would suit someone who may be injured but still wants to be involved. Please get in touch to volunteer.


Martin Ludford


On 22 October 2015 In Running News

Welcome to the new cross country season!

The season opened with the Midlands Cross Country Relays at Uttoxeter, Staffs. Nine B.R.A.T. ladies making two senior women teams and one masters team. The new venue was fairly flat and dry with four stream crossings laid out.

The BRAT A team comprising of Beccy Tipping, Helena Eastham and Marie Ann Voice finished a superb 3rd place to start the new season with a well deserved bronze medal each. The B team comprising of Sarah Bakewell, Sarah Wallis and Yaz Chaudhri finished in 21st place which was ahead of some A teams. The masters team including Bea Pavlovic, Cat Bone and Rachel Brown finished in a hard fought 8th place.Well done to all runners. The next race is the 1st league race at Leamington on the 7th November. Hope to see you at some stage over the coming season.
More photos can be found here.
Geoff Mann, Women's XC Team Manager
On 15 October 2015 In Running News

In addition to the cast of thousands that would rival Ben Hur or Cleopatra who are already taking part as athletes, water station helpers or other helpers, BRAT wil be supplying all but one of the Pace Making Team at the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run on Sunday.

Although they will not be in BRAT kit (wearing sponsors kit no less) please remember to give them a shout. They will be pretty obvious because they will have a flag sticking up above their heads !! The team will be pacing at various times from 1:35 through to 2:30.


The team is:

Chris Ashford, Vicky Smith, Tom Anderton, Toby Close, Ben Beaumont, Chris Woods, Yaz Chaudhri, Helena Eastham,

Richard Carney, Simon White, Stuart Lawrence, Sarah Wallis, Graham Anderton and Catherine McNicholl