The word 'dominate' is often overused in athletic triumphs, but that is exactly what the BRAT club did with its exemplary turnout and podium-placing performance at the renowned annual Suicide Six off-road race race at Baggeridge Country Park on Sunday 24th November. 
With a mass start reminiscent of the ancient Greeks charging into action against the Persians at the original Battle of Marathon, a frenzied pack of over 550 hardy Midlands runners charged directly uphill from the muddy start line and head-long into what would be an unforgiving six miles that would test every athlete's personal limits, on a course voted by Runners World Magazine as one of the toughest in the country.
From the very outset, it was the phenomenal Jack Gray who set the pace at the front, immediately putting a considerable distance between himself and the chasing pack after less than one mile. He proved untouchable, finishing in a time of 34:37 - only around 30 seconds off the course record. A masterful victory from such a talented young runner. 
Fellow BRATs, Tom Anderton and Steve Brooks also picked up second and third place prizes with times of 36:36 and 36:48, respectively. And Mr Gray senior picked up the First Male Vets award with an expertly timed run of exactly 40:00. 
Birthday girl Daisy Wilson received a special gift with her prize for First Main Lady, and third lady overall, with a time of 45:38. Melanie James reminded everyone of her unstoppable form by being both the First Female Vet and the fastest female overall with a time of 43:29. And Anne Kenchington scooped the prize for the Fastest Lady Under 20 with a time of 45:32.
In fact, half of the Top 10 placings were BRATs, as were half of the Top 20 - and with over 50 BRATs competing, and with such podium acknowledgements, this was both an outstanding club performance and a commendable display of club support for one of the West Midland's most popular off-road races.
The day's achievements were then celebrated with a muddy medley of over 60 hungry BRAT runners and supporters descending upon one of Tipton's best-known eateries, to tuck into its famous local Cow Pies, with completion certificates being awarded to only the most voracious.
It is easy to see why this race has become so popular with the BRAT club and should remain a strong club tradition for the future.
Be sure to put the Suicide Six in your calendar for next year. 


By Rhys Pippard

Published in Running News

Geoff Mann, Women's XC Team Manager

Hi all you avid x country readers! Just a few words on the season's first league race at Leamington.

16 BRAT girls turned up to run at the testing Newbold Comyn full of enthusiasm for the coming season of cold, rain, snow, mud and fun! 290 runners finished the race, which I think is a record turnout. BRAT ladies finished 7th and the BRAT masters finished 11th. Scoring were Yaz, Jen Coxon and Jen Dale; masters counters were Tona (recent upgrade to masters!)  Margaret and Ann-Marie.

Big well done also to Bea, Lizi, Sarah, Rachael, Joanna, Claire, Tanya, Dannielle, Cat and Eloise who all played a big part.Once again thanks to all who ran. Next race is at Wolverhampton on December 7th.Bring it on I hear you all say!

Results are here.

Published in Running News
Sunday, 20 October 2013 18:05

BRAT winner at Junior Classic Mud Runner

Two Junior BRATs took part in the Junior Classic Mud Runner event on Sunday 20th October 2013. Jackson and Daisy-Mai Clements braved the 5km run at Eastnor Castle, Hereford, in particularly muddy conditions due to the recent heavy rain.  The course which is usually used as the Land Rover test track, is billed as extreme cross country, but is wonderful fun. They also got to jump in the "Muddy Tub of Love" at the end of race, which is a giant hot tub especially layed on for the runners.  Daisy raced the course in June, and was delighted to win the trophy for the fastest U11 girl. Jackson and Daisy have been attending the cross country training on a Monday evening which has vastly improved their stamina.  They ran in a fab time of around 23 mins, coming over the finish line together. 
Published in Junior News