Category Archives: Track and Field

Fellow BRATs – help needed in first athletics league match of the season. On Sunday 19th May the BRAT athletics team will be involved in the first meeting of the season in Gloucester. Many thanks to those of you who have already responded however the women’s team are still short in a number of events;800/1500/3000m 100/400 hurdles races Long jump/High jump/Triple jump/Pole vault Javelin  Can you help? We need to gain as many points as we can which means filling as many of these events with ideally two athletes in each. The call for hurdlers, triple jumpers and vaulters is rather ambitious – I would suggest having a go only if you’ve done it before! However, Long jump, High jump and Javelin – we can teach you to be more than competent and get us some valuable points in the next few weeks. If you are interested in running, jumping…

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The BRAT sprint hurdlers enjoyed a very successful day at part 1 of the Midland Indoor Championships at HPC Birmingham on February 10th. Prince Ayeh replicated his outdoor sprint hurdle success at the outdoor championships last year by winning the 60mH in a pb time of 8.86s. Three of our young hurdlers who have moved up an age group also had a pleasing day with Eve Godsal finishing 4th in the final of the U15G 60m H in a pb time of 9.96s ,an improvement of 0.3s from her last race and similarly Zac Humphries also finished 4th in the final of the U15B 60mH in 9.92s. John Stolberg had a brilliant race in the U20M 60mH coming 6th in a pb time of 9.10s, an improvement of 0.6s. Unfortunately Simran Watson had a poor start in her heat of the U15G 60m H and whilst she finished 3rd in…

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Some very fine performances were recorded by the large number of BRAT athletes who took part in the second Midland counties indoor and outdoor throws open meeting on January 26th/27th. Star performance was by Lily Smith who broke the club record in the U13 Long Jump with a fantastic leap of 4.47m , to place her 3rd in the UK this year. Later she ran 8.83s for 60m to place her in the UK top 40. N ot to be outdone sister May recorded a pb of 3.93m in the long jump and 9.25s in the 60m. Other results which included numerous personal bests were ;- Masters 60m James Colclough 7.79s Senior 60m Hurdles Prince Ayeh 8.89s (pb) U20M 60m H John Stolberg 9.75s (pb) U15B 60mH Zac Humphries 9.82s (pb) U15B 60m Kai Lindsay-Duffy 8.32s(pb) U15B Shot Solomon Humphries 5.71m U20W 60m Naomi Johnson 8.29s (pb), Eva Gunn 8.68s…

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The start of the season took place for the track and field athletes in Sheffield with some great results for our competitors. Individual recognition for:– Alex Clegg Midlands U23 (Bronze) – Indoor Heptathlon Championships (4371pts). Juniors took part in the first Midland Counties indoor open meeting in Birmingham with a great deal of success. – U13G Lily Smith LJ 4.25m, 60m 8.9s, May Smith LJ 3.73m (pb) 60m 9.2s, – U15G Carrie Williams 60m 8.49s, Lilian Smith 9.34s, JT 20.41m, Eve Godsal 60mH 10.8s, Simran Watson 60mH 11.28s, Maisie Scamp HJ 1.35m, 60m 8.80s, LJ 3.98m, Josie Williams LJ 4.44m, SP 8.62m, 60m 8.78s, Keira Valentine 60m 8.87s, Mali Lloyd griffiths HJ 1.25m, 60m 8.63s  – U20W Naomi Johnson 60m 8.34s– U15B Kai Lindsay-Duffy 60m 8.41s  

Three BRAT athletes took part in the National Masters T & F championships   at Alexander Stadium on August 25/26th and they came away with a superb haul of five medals. Star performance was by our new member Hannes Petzer who won the M40 Javelin with a club record throw of 50.95m and was runner up in the Discus with another club record performance of 36.01m. Two more silver medals were won by Cat Goulder Davies in the W40 100m and 200m in 13.97s and 29.46s respectively. A fourth silver medal was won by James Colclough in the M35 400m in a time of 53.62s and he also came 5th in the 200m in  24.64s into a very strong head wind.      

The BRAT track & field team saved themselves from the threat of relegation on Saturday at Stoke by finishing in fifth place on the day, whilst Stoke could only manage second, which was not enough for them to save themselves. In reality, we were always going to be fairly safe given that Halesowen had finished bottom in all three of the previous meetings and have struggled to get athletes out to compete but given that we only had eight women available again then there was still the feint possibility that we could still trip up. Our winners on the day were Jonny Briggs (Discus A), Jack Vickery (Hammer B) and Hannes Petzer (Javelin A) and making her debut for the team, Sophie Dalley – welcome to the team Sophie. In the end we finished third in the division but that only tells part of the story. At the halfway stage…

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Despite having only 8 women available for the third league match of the season, the BRAT team managed to overcome a relegation threatened City of Stoke team by just five points and therefore all but assure ourselves of remaining in division two next season. Naomi, Eva, Amelia, Molly, Eloise, Amanda, Judith and Rosie (on debut) managed to grab vital points on a sun-drenched, World Cup fuelled Saturday in Abingdon. Providing excellent support were the men’s team who managed eight wins on the day, including winning 6 of the 8 throwing events and coming second in both the remaining throws. Winners on the day were Jonny Briggs (Hammer A and Discus A), Igor Huszak (Javelin A), Dan Robinson and Martin Matthews taking A and B wins in the 5000m and a hat-trick of wins on debut for Hannes Petzer (Javelin A, Hammer B, Discus B) – welcome to the club Hannes!…

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New member Mike Bowler smashed the senior decathlon record at the Senior/U23 England Athletics combines events championships, incorporating the BUCS championships, at a Bedford on May 26/27th, scoring a very impressive 7263pts and taking the BUCS title , whilst finishing with the silver medal in the EA Championship. Also breaking the previous club record was the previous holder Alex Clegg , who scored 5766pts, finishing 11th in both the BUCS and EA U23 championship. Success continued at the Midland senior championships at Nuneaton on June 10th, where Prince Ahey won the 110m Hurdles title in 16.00s, whilst Jonathan Briggs won the shot with a put of 12.76m Not to be outdone our juniors recorded  some fine performances representing South Birmingham Schools at the West Midlands Schools championships at Alexander Stadium  on June 9th. Pride of place went to another new  member , Josh Hale, who won the Inter Boys(U17) 400m in…

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Ever wanted to try long jump, shot put, javelin or any other athletics event but didn’t know where to start? Over the next few weeks on Tuesday evenings starting on 12 June, Nigel Clegg who is our athletics team manager will be doing some intro sessions to allow BRATs to try out various events. No experience is needed for these sessions as Nigel will adapt the sessions to your current experience level. The sessions will be at the uni track (Postcode B15 2RA, check this file for further directions) starting at 6.30ish – warm up and then get started around 6.45/50pm until 7.45/8pm. On Tuesday 12 June we will look at Javelin and High jump and possibly long jump. For more information please email Nigel Clegg at athletics@bratclub.co.uk. We will also post details of sessions on the Facebook Event Page as they become available.

The BRAT senior athletics team followed up its good start to the season with an even better performance at Worcester on Saturday 2nd June. We had many individual winners on the day; Mike Bowler, fresh from his brilliant second place last weekend in the decathlon at the English Athletics Championships, on his debut for the club did a fantastic treble – pole vault A, 110 hurdles A and discus A. Fellow decathlete, Alex Clegg did the double in the pole vault B and 110 hurdles B as did Jordan Foley in the long jump and triple jump A with perfect back up from John Philip Stolberg who won both the B jumps. James Colclough (400 B) and Igor Huszak (Javelin B) also produced stand out performances as did Josh Hale, on his debut for the club, in winning the 400 A race. Starring for the women’s team were Amelia Rouse…

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The sun shone brightly in Rugby on the opening day of the 2018 Midland Senior League. I was somewhat concerned given the number of athletes missing, a combination of BUCS, Birmingham 10K and various injuries, plus several late withdrawals had weakened the team with everyone having to compete in more than one event – never ideal! However I needn’t have worried as everyone performed out of their skin on the day and as a result the BRAT team ended up in third place overall. Among the many highlights on the day were Becca Jones who competed in seven events, and Prince Ayeh, Katrina Walker, Jonny Briggs and Helen Pike who also took the ‘multi-events’ approach. Winners on the day were Mario Juez (on his debut) who won both the 400 and 800 A races, Prince also did the double with the 110 hurdles A and Pole Vault B, Dan Robinson…

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The final indoor meeting of the season took place at the Birmingham High Performance Centre on Saturday 17th March with a number of our athletes putting in some final preparation for the forthcoming outdoor season – although judging by the current weather, spring and summer still seem a very long away off! There were a number of BRATs competing across a variety of events and the personal bests certainly flowed; In the long jump, Maisie Scamp went over 4 metres in three of her four attempts with a best of 4.08m. Josie Williams equalled her pb with a leap of 4.09 whilst Monique Thomas did a unique double with pbs in the shot and long jump. Lily Smith also did the double with pbs in the shot and discus – the discus competition being held outside in blizzard conditions with a paramedic on standby, presumably to treat athletes for frost…

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