Sunday, 07 January 2018 16:52

Cross country success for BRAT men's teams

Cross Country success for the BRAT Men

A good day out for the BRAT men's Cross Country team yesterday at this year's County Championships. The joint race took place at Warley Woods with results being split between Warwickshire / Worcestershire and Seniors / Masters.

After supporting the BRAT juniors and women in earlier races, 24 BRAT men took to the start line in the final race of the day for a testing 4 lap grassland and woodland course. We were rewarded somewhat unexpectedly with bronze team medals in the Warwickshire senior category behind Coventry Godiva and Leamington (congratulations to Tom Powell, Steve Dunsby, Jon Lundy and Chris Burrows - medals are on the way to you via Richard Carney who collected them at the presentation). Well done also to Kevin Oakes, Rob Dowse, Barry Fallon, Frank Inman and James Wright for pushing those guys all the way round.

Not to be outdone the Masters team of Nick Lewis, Rene Vergo, Toby Close and Iain Squires also took bronze medals in that category behind Leamington and Rugby - again, Richard has your medals. Good work also by Andy Kenchington, Huw Jones, Adam Western, Andy Piddington, Nathan Smith, Paul Cannon, Martin Ludford and  Michael Gilbride who kept the pressure on throughout the race.

Simon Lanckham, Ashley Fawke and Damian Cartland also put in solid performances in the Worcsestershire Championships, though we didn't have enough runners finish a team in this category.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for this race, and to the many supporters who came along to cheer our runners.

Overall a very enjoyable and satisfying day for the Club (and for the happy team manager!).


Martin Ludford

Published in Athletics News
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:06

County Championships - Junior Races

Well done to our juniors who competed at the Warwickshire County Championships. The Course was a good test for our athletes with mud, hills and a muddy ditch to contend with.

Ines Villalobos Finigan finished 24th in the U13 Girls. Peter Kippax finished 14th in the U15 Boys and Sam Barber (pictured) finished 5th in the U17 Men’s race.

Congratulations also to Kelton Aldridge who finished 7th in the Under 20 Men’s race.

This is Sam’s first cross-country season and he has made a great start. His dedication and hard work is certainly paying off.

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2017 has officially kicked off! Back to Leamington, this time with the ditch for the Warwickshire County Champs.

BRAT put out both a strong seniors and masters team, and had an additional runner in the Worcestershire champs. The two lap course offered some difficult muddy terrain and of course the infamous ditch, but that didn’t stop 9 hardy BRAT ladies donning their spikes and accepting the challenge. It was all smiles and laughter on the start line, then once the gun went game faces were on! Anne Kenchington had the run of her life to secure herself the title of Warwickshire County Champion, she was followed in by Helena Eastham who again had a tremendous run to gain herself the Warwickshire Bronze Medal. Molly Browne followed closely with a 2nd place in the Worcestershire race. It was a flurry of BRAT vests thereafter with Sarah Hinksman in next to be the first Masters Women home in an impressive 9th place. Eloise Lee despite an awful chest infection took one for the team and with a gutsy run for a 17th place finish put BRAT in silver medal position in the team standings. Helen Pike had a fab run for 17th masters women and Cat Bone returned to racing with a bang in 32nd putting BRAT masters in a brilliant 7th place overall. Claire Jackson and Catherine McNicholl had great runs in the tough conditions to finish a fantastic 41st and 51st.

The atmosphere was brilliant, with loads of family and friends supporting. It was great having the Men’s race straight afterwards, plenty of BRATs to cheer us on and great fun cheering all of the men once we had finished. Next race is the Women’s League in Wolverhampton on 14th January, let Eloise and Molly know if you wish to run! No experience needed, and absolutely everyone is welcome – what more could you want from a Saturday afternoon than a run around in some mud!

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