Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:37

Men's Cross Country - 11th Feb 2017

The BRAT men's team finished the League season strongly in the final race at the University of Warwick. We turned out 24 runners and were rewarded with 6th place on the day, and 7th place overall for the season. Jack again battled with the leaders for the whole race and finished a magnificent second just behind Cheltenham's Graham Rush. Strong runs by Ed, Chris, Steve, Mark and Simon brought the team home with 308 points.

Loughborough Students won the League championship for the season ahead of Cheltenham and Birmingham University.

The B team (Rene, Kevin, Ben, Adam, Ashley and Iain) also had a good result, finishing 6th on the day and moving up to 5th place overall for the season. Raggy, Andy, Huw, Nick, Derek, Nathan, Paul,Nick, Ming, Owen, Rob, and Richard also battled well and kept the BRAT colours flying. 

Many thanks to all who ran and to everyone who supported the runners, especially the girls team following their race earlier on. Big thanks to Abayomi and Rob Dowse for volunteering for the finish funnel duties this time; hope you are both back in action soon.

Full results with times are on the League website at

Thanks to everyone who has been involved over the season, hope you enjoyed it!

Finally, congratulations to the BRAT women's team who finished in a brilliant 3rd place in the Midlands women's League this season behind only Loughborough Students and Birchfield Harriers. Another impressive season girls, well done.

Martin Ludford


The BRAT men's finishing positions were as follows:

2 Jack Gray

27 Ed Banks

54 Chris Ashford

67 Steve Dunsby

74 Mark Woodus

84 Simon Lanckham

A team score 308


97 Rene Vergo

115 Kevin McMillam

122 Ben Beaumont

124 Adam Western

139 Ashley Fawke

161 Iain Squires

B team score 758


162 Richard Gray

168 Andy Kenchington

174 Huw Jones

175 Nick Forrest

184 Derek Laverty

192 Nathan Smith

193 Paul Shackleton

196 Nick Seagrave

205 Ming Nham

214 Owen Doherty

242 Rob Ryan

254 Richard Carney




Published in Running News

The team were in action at Coundon Hall Park for the 3rd race in the Birmingham League. The course is mainly flat parkland and the races here are always fast. We had a strong turnout of 23 and were aiming to consolidate on the good work of the first two races. The race certainly lived up to expectation, and was exciting to watch as Jack Gray mixed it with the front runners throughout all of the 3 laps, eventually coming home in an excellent 4th place.

The A team scorers were all well inside the top 100 which is always a good sign at this level - Jack Gray 4, Dan Robinson 56, Chris Silver 65, Chris Ashford 73, Simon Lanckham 74, and Steve Dunsby 84, giving a healthy total of 356. This was enough to give us 7th place on the day and keep us in 7th place out of the 16 teams in Division 1 with one race to go. Well done lads, great running in a very strong field, results to be proud of!

The B team scorers were Kelton Aldridge 90, Mark Woodus (on debut) 104, Mark Ince 114, Tom Powell 118, Thanos Tsolakis 124, and Abayomi Adedimeji 132, giving us one of our best ever B team scores in this division of 682. This gave us 6th place on the day and we remain in 6th place overall. Nice work lads, and a great result for the team!

The scoring runners were well backed up by Nick Lewis 139, Adam Western 163, Huw Jones 203, Nick Forest 213, Derek Laverty 216, Rob Dowse 226, Chris Pratt 236, Ming Nham 238, Paul Cannon 261, Rob Ryan 267, and David Sansom 283. Well done all, especially Chris and Paul, both running in their first Birmingham League race.

Full results are available at

and some good shots taken by Abbie are on the BRAT Flickr gallery.

Thanks to everyone who came along to support the lads and finally the biggest shout of the day was for Ben Beaumont and Richard Carney who took on the volunteering duties for the League and the Club at the finish. Thanks to both for making special trips to support the team. The final race is on 11th February and again we need people to come forward to take on some volunteer roles; please let me know if you can do this.

Martin Ludford

Published in Running News
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:28

Cross Country League Dates 2017/18

The league dates and venues for the 2017/2018 season are:


Sat 11th November - Cheltenham (M) / Coundon Coventry (W)

Sat 2nd December - Trentham (M) / Welcombe Hills Stratford (W)

Sat 13th January - Warley Woods (M)  / Cofton Park (W)

Sat 10th Februry - Wolverhampton (M+W)




Sun 15th October - Hatton Park, Warwick

Sun 19th November - Warley Woods, Smethwick

Sun 10th December - Perry Park, Birmingham

Sun 14th January - Abington Park, Northampton

Sun 11th February - Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhapmpton




Warwickshire and Worcestershire Champs

Sat 6th Jan - venue tba (Warley Woods or Sennelys Park possibles)


Midland Champs

Sat 27th Jan - Nottingham


National Champs

Sat 24th Feb - Parliament Hill, North London


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