At a time when most cross country spikes are cast away, damp and dreary, into a long-summer slumber, two BRATs were competing in the UK’s historic cross country finale: The Home Countries International.
The Home Countries International is a British royal rumble. Here, the home nations (England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland) are joined by the regions (Midlands, South and North) and the armed forces to fight for their chance to be crowned champions of the mud.
Two BRATs were selected for Team Midlands to compete in the imposing historic setting of Margam Castle, Wales.
In the women’s race (8km) Molly Browne crowned her exceptional XC season with a strong run, helping the Midlands to claim fourth place in the team championships. Molly finished 19th overall in a high-class international field. Well done Molly!
In the men’s race (10k) Jack Gray built on a successful end to his cross country season in a punishing hard run-race. Biding his time Jack positioned himself well, breaking the field up with a bold move at the 6km mark. In the final 2km Jack batted with a lead group of five to come away with an unexpected individual bronze medal.
All in all, a brilliant day where two BRATs shone on an international stage.