On 07 January 2015 In Running News
Hello to you all!
Most of you by now will have heard of the B.R.A.T. club's major success at last weekend's Warwickshires at Cofton Park hosted by the club. Both the ladies' and men's team won gold and Jack (gold) and Beccy (bronze) won individual medals.
Nineteen B.R.A.T. ladies ran on a testing, muddy and well laid out course. Beccy, Helena and Marie were the team counters (in 3rd ,8th and 10th places) with Kerry, Lauren, Nicola, Lizi, Rosie, Claire, Jenny, Eloise, Rachel, Sarah, Jo, Bea, Danni, Tanya, Sam and Becky providing brilliant team support. Well done to you all! Also thanks to all involved in putting on a first class event.
The next race is the league fixture at Droitwich on 10th January (this Saturday).
Geoff Mann
On 05 January 2015 In Running News

The BRAT Senior men’s team ( Jack Gray, Ed Banks, Dan Robinson & Chris Ashford) retained the County XC title on home turf, (sorry, mud!) at Cofton Park, with Jack Gray also winning the race outright to retain the individual title he won last year. It was an amazing day for the Club as the BRAT women’s team also won the Senior team title to complete an historic double for the Club. Geoff Mann was said to be uncontrollably happy with the women’s result, so look out for his report as well!

The event was held in conjunction with the Worcestershire championships, and the whole event was hosted by BRAT on behalf of the two County Athletics Associations, so an important day for the Club on and off the course. The day started early for the events team who were in the park at sunrise to mark out the course and set up the various tents, vans, generators, finish funnels etc. Before long the big gang of BRAT volunteer marshals were all in place and the programme of 8 races began, with the U13 races first, moving through to the senior races late in the afternoon. A massive thank you to everyone who helped out in any way, it took dozens of volunteers to help lay on the event but it was well worth the effort that we all put in. A special thank you to Richard Carney for arranging and overseeing it all.

The men’s race was the final race of the day so the course was well and truly churned up, which along with the famous hill produced a real test of XC technique for the combined field of 271 runners (175 Warks and 96 Worcs), and with the sun finally making an appearance, it really was a joy to be racing in Cofton again, and with BRAT support all round the course, there was a really special atmosphere.

The positions in the Warwickshire race were as follows:

Jack Gray 1, Ed Banks 6, Dan Robinson 8, Chris Ashford 10, Nick Lewis 17, Martin Matthews 21, Rene Vergo 30, Thanos Tsolakis 37,Eliot Ward 45, Chris Grimley 50, Huw Jones 55, Toby Close 59, Ben Beaumont 66, Martin Ludford 68, Nathan Warren 72, Steve Thompson 95, Abayomi Adedimeji 103, Paul Dugmore 148, David Sansom 166.

Full results are available at http://www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk/

Have a look at Eloise's photos here.

The race was also the selection trial for the county team for the Inter Counties race at the end of the season. It looks as though there should be a number of BRATs winning their county vests as a result of their performances here.

Well done everyone!

Martin Ludford

On 24 December 2014 In Running News


BRAT have been awarded some guaranteed entries for the London Marathon on 26th April 2015.





For further details please see here on the Members Forum









On 20 December 2014 In Running News

The Telford 10K offers runners an excellent opportunity to finish the season with a strong time before the inevitable weight gain brought on by the festive period... This race traditionally has a very strong field, fast course, and a professional but friendly organisation made even better this year by the added benefit of chip timing. A 10 finisher strong BRAT delegation put in some amazing performances resulting in no less than 5 PB's and 2 SB's:

30:27 Jack Gray SB

32:44 Mark Ince PB

34:27 Karl Welborn

34:31 Nathan Warren PB

36:39 Peter Blackwell PB

36:58 Thanos Tsolakis SB

38:04 Jort van Mourik PB

39:35 Chris Grimley

40:13 Becky Hair PB

42:04 Mil Milojevic

Full results can be found here and photos can be found here. It's hard to pick among so many good results, but for me the stand-out performers of the day were Mark (pictured) who absolutely smashed the 33 min barrier for the first time, and Nathan who took nearly a minute off his previous best! Well done to all runners & supporters!

Jort van Mourik

On 10 December 2014 In Running News
Hello all, a short report on the ladies cross country league race for all you eager cross countrians!
The race took place at Northampton with 15 BRAT ladies looking to push the club higher in the league. Beccy, Helena and Melissa on this occasion scored the team points in 17th, 35th and 47th places. Thanks also to the rest of the BRAT team, Catherine, Rachel, Rosie, Jo, Eloise, Claire C, Annie, Danni, Yaz, Marie, Jen D and Meg.
The girls ran so well we managed to go ahead of Telford into 4th place in the league (results here). This year's league is the biggest so far with more runners and teams taking part. Well done girls on an excellent result.
The next race is the Warwickshire County Championships at Cofton Park on January 3rd, then the 10th January is the 3rd league race at Droitwich in which I'm sure we will be pushing for 3rd place.
Thanks all for reading; wishing you all a merry christmas and happy new year.
Geoff Mann
On 08 December 2014 In Running News

The BRAT men’s team got a much needed boost in the second race of the season with the return of Jack Gray and Ed Banks at a sun-drenched Abington Park. However we were again without a number of other A team regulars and our score of 477 points on the day saw us finish 10th of the 16 teams - a better result than at Leamington and one which moves us up to 11th place overall and further clear of the three relegation places.

Jack Gray in his latest comeback race, had a storming run to finish 3rd in this high quality field. He was joined in the A team places by Ed Banks 27, Dan Robinson 64, Nick Lewis 94, Richard Gray 142, and Rene Vergo 147. Well done guys, great running.

The race was won by Loughborough Students on 78 points from B’ham University 90 and Cheltenham 137.

The BRAT B Team places were filled by Huw Jones 163, Pete Matthews 165, Eliot Ward 176, Jort van Mourik 186, Toby Close 199 and Martin Ludford 206 giving a score of 1095 for 9th place on the day.

The remaining BRAT finishers were Abayomi Adedimeji 214, Iain Squires 218, Michael Gilbride 229, Paul Dugmore 251, Rob Ryan 255, David Sansom 257, Charlie Hanson 267. Derek Hardy making his XC debut was unfortunately forced to retire due to injury, but remains keen to make a name for himself in the mud in the future.

Big thank yous to Richard Carney and Harry Fowler for taking care of the admin duties for the League and the Club at the finish on the day. Thanks for all the support from the BRAT girls team after their race earlier.

Full results are now available and loads of great photos by Eloise.

No more races now before Christmas, we return to action on 3rd January with the County Campionships at Cofton Park followed by the third League race on 10th January at Coventry.

Martin Ludford

On 25 November 2014 In Running News

The next fixture on the calendar is next Saturday (6th December) at Northampton. Both the men's and women's leagues are at the same venue, with the women's race taking place just before the men's. Please confirm with Martin or Geoff if you haven't done so already.

Here are 5 possible reasons to go:

1. You love mud.

2. You want to help the club improve their league position after the first fixture.

3. You are a triathlete who hasn't raced much because it's winter.

4. You have a brand new pair of spikes that need breaking in

5. Cross country makes you tough.

See you there!


On 25 November 2014 In Running News

Report on Saturday's Cross Country, the Midlands 5 mile championship race at Wolverhampton. Three BRAT girls lined up on the start line for this year's race - plenty of mud was the order of the day!

Megan Thomas, a slightly under the weather Yaz Chaudhri and Nicola Dolan finished in 10th,15th and 18th respectively. Unfortunately we did not figure in the team race as we didnt have enough runners. Well done girls.

The next race is a league race at Northampton on 6th December and we're hoping for a good turn out so as we can improve on our outstanding first race result. Keep training all!

Geoff Mann