On 19 October 2017 In Running News

BRAT Successes at Birmingham International Marathon and Great Birmingham Run

Sunday 16th saw the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon and the 10th year of the Great Birmingham Run (Half Marathon) with nearly 100 BRAT's racing both the morning and afternoon, with many more on the water station and along the course.
Chris Ashford was the surprise the winner of the Birmingham International Marathon finishing in a time of 2:33:46, with both himself and Dan Robinson (3rd overall 2:36:39) having run Chester Marathon and both breaking 2:30 only the weekend before. He surprised both himself and the commentators when crossing the line and the announcement of "this wasn't the athlete we were expecting" was heard to ring out at the finish line. Well done Chris and Dan - now for some time off for both of you!
First female BRAT marathon finisher and age group podium contender, was Helen Pike (3:24:10) setting a new PB, but would normally be found running 26.2 miles as a warm up for one of her many ultra races with which she has had great success over this year. 
In the afternoon Steve Dunsby (23rd 1:18:03) led the BRAT's home in the Great Birmingham Run stepping up from a fantastic season of track, 5k and 10k races this year. Claire Keene (01:39:21) was first female finisher for the club proving her ability at a new race distance and setting a new target for herself at future races.
Special mention should go out to "crazy Stewart Grainger" who was taking on a challenge of 40 by 40, completing both the marathon (26.2 miles) plus the half marathon (13.1 miles) and a short jog warm up (0.7 miles) to hit his target. Great work Stewart!
Thanks to all those BRAT volunteers at the waterstation and the support out on the course. As ever the BRAT's showed how to race and support in an event that we hope will grow over the coming years! Well done all!
A wall of fame of every BRAT runner can be found here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1518546678241349&id=132721093490588
Pictures can be found here and more will be added as we receive them: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1518941084868575&id=132721093490588
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