Tuesday, 03 October 2017 16:51

BRAT Ladies at the Midland Road Relays

Saturday 23rd September saw three teams of eager BRAT ladies descend on Sutton Park ready for the Midland Road Relays. With four runners per team, BRAT had 3 teams competing! 

Leg 1 saw Anne Kenchington bring it home in a superb 4th place for Team 214, clocking the quickest BRAT short-leg for the road relays on record! Sophie Dearn was in next in a fabulous 24th for Team 215 and Hannah Ludford had a fantastic run to lead Team 216 off to a great start inside the top 100 teams (92nd). 

Sheridan McWilliam was up next for Team 214 with an amazing run clocking almost a minute quicker than last year, Sheridan passed over to Beccy Tipping who kept great momentum and had a brilliant run on her return from injury. Securing the finish was Eloise Lee who sped around the 4.33km course in a time which obliterated her 2016 time. Team 214 finished an amazing 8th place – and with the fastest finishing time of any BRAT ladies team ever!!

Team 215 went from Sophie to new member Kate Franklin who became a pivotal member of the track and field team this season. Kate had a fantastic run and sent Danni Bogue off with a good bunch to chase. Chase she did, Danni had a great run and passed 6 runners along the way. Leading Team 215 home was Christine Bertram who stepped in last minute due to an injury. On the injury comeback herself, Christine had a superb run with a fantastic sprint finish to give the team 27th place overall! 

Following from Hannah, up next for Team 216 was Helen Pike – who swapped the miles for speed! A brilliant run from Helen put the team in a great position when handing over to Rosie Forster. Despite running the Great North Run two weeks before, Rosie definitely had a turn of speed with a fantastic run to hand over to Katie Bowyer. Katie battled hard and brought Team 216 home in an amazing 75th place. For all 3 teams to be in the top 75 is amazing, and it was great to see everyone smiling (okay, perhaps once it was all over) – and even enthusiasm for the next BRAT outing over the mud. 

A massive well done to each and every runner who did their BRAT vest proud! Thank you to those who came along on the day, and to the men’s teams for supporting. Finally, one big thank you must go to Eloise, who despite being in the middle of a new house move and decorating, took on the challenging role of team captain two days before the deadline. Without Eloise we wouldn’t have had any teams entered, and her organisation on the day was fantastic. 

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 21:25

Where's the mud?

Midland  XC relays (Men's teams) – Wolverhampton,  22nd October 2016

The men's team had not entered this event since 2013, but there was an appetite for some early season competition this year and we entered 4 teams. On the day there were lots of new faces, plenty of enthusiasm and many pairs of pristine new spikes on show. Conditions for the race were so benign that even after the race the spikes hardly needed cleaning and all of the new faces were still smiling. Don't expect it like this every time guys! Anyway down to results:


Team A

Simon shot out of the blocks and led the race for the first 100m before thinking better of it, in the end he handed over in an impressive 13th place, Toby took on the poison chalice leg, retained his composure and sense of humour to deliver a solid run, Ashley ran strongly and held position with an impressive leg on debut, and finally Jonathan put in a good run to gain a place and anchor the team home in 22nd place out of 64 teams.

Simon Lanckham             13           22:37    

Toby Close                        23           25:18    

Ashley Fawke                   23           24:33    

Jonathan Winkler            22           24:45    

Team B

Strong running from Ben set the team up nicely in 36th position on the fast opening leg, and then  Adam, Martin and Huw all ran well to pick up places and finish in 30th. Huw had been selected for leg 2 in Team A but his injury concerns led him to ask to switch to a safer leg just in case.


Ben Beaumont                  36           25:31    

Adam Western                  32           25:06

Martin Cleaver                  31           26:28

Huw Jones                          30           24:58

Team C

Matt ran well just holding off the 4th BRAT team on the opening leg burn up to hand over in 44th place. Then Mark, Stuart and Nick, who only arrived from London with 25 minutes to spare, carved their way through the field to finish 32nd.

Matt Gresty                       44           26:05

Mark Connell                     38           25:56

Stuart Male                        35           26:14

Nick Forrest                       32           25:33

Team D

Andy hung on to Matt the whole way round, and kept us near lots of teams just ahead, so that Rob in his first XC race could pick up 6 places with the fastest run in this team. Ming and yours truly kept the good work going and we finished 33rd.

Andy Piddington              45           26:10

Rob Dowse                        39           25:55

Ming Nham                        36           26:37

Martin Ludford                  33           26:30

Well done to all who ran, great work guys,and thanks to Jort for turning out to support. It was a really enjoyable and satisfying afternoon.

Well done also to the women’s team who finished a brilliant 3rd to take the bronze medals in their race.


Martin Ludford

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 20:56


November is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing – cross country season! 

The team travelled to Wolverhampton to take part in the Midland XC Relay Championships. There were plenty of twists and turns and a number of hills in a compact 6.5km course, so there was no easing into the season. BRATs had two teams, however unfortunately our masters’ team was a runner down – but this did not stop us! 

Helen Pike led out the masters team with a 5th place finish after a fantastic run (somewhat shorter than her usual ultra-events) and Rachel Brown maintained the top 5 position with a great run on leg two, despite being an incomplete team they were well in the mix of those top places. 

The senior team was led out by Eloise Lee, after battling with injury throughout last year it was great to see her back in action. She gave a very gutsy run to put the team in a brilliant position after leg one. Molly Browne was off next, taking the team to 7th position she clocked the third overall fastest time of the day and set Helena Eastham up for the final leg. Helena had an amazing run - claiming the 5th fastest time of the day, she flew around the course bringing the team home in a podium position and securing those bronze medals. What a team effort!

It was a brilliant day, the support from the BRAT team was superb and has generated a great deal of excitement for the XC season. We are in for a treat!

Full Results:
Helen pike 27.38 (5th), Rachel Brown 31.53 (5th)

Eloise Lee 28.46 (14th), Molly Browne 24.32 (7th, 1st Second Leg), Helena Eastham 24.37 (3rd, 1st Third Leg)

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