Wednesday, 14 February 2018 19:51

Cross Country Cliffhanger

Birmingham League race 4 - 10th February 2018

The fate of the men's cross country team came down to wire on Saturday. Having been in the relegation places all season we needed a supreme effort at Wolverhampton in the final race of the season. With all available runners answering the call to arms we fielded the strongest team we could muster and hoped it would be enough to save us. The outcome was a real nail-biter, but our best finish of the season (10th position out of 16 teams) meant that we did enough to move out of the relegation places (just), and with 3 teams to go down rather than the expected 4 we survived by a tiny 24 point margin in a season's total of 2485 - so that famous 1% extra effort over the season was the deciding factor and we remain in the top division for next season. Well done lads! And big thanks to Richard and Ashley for helping with duties at the finish.

A team: Dan Robinson 39, Martin Matthews 76, Steve Dunsby 84, Mark Ince 90, Nick Lewis 99, Tom Powell 108 = total 496

The B team also had their best result of the season finishing a brilliant 7th to close the season in 8th place. This demonstrated our strength in depth, which in fact was our key weapon over the whole season - having lost 2 of last season's top runners before the season started and others to injury half way through the season, we still managed to field strong teams.

B team: Jon Lundy 115, Thanos Tsolakis 130, Nathan Warren 141, Abayomi Adedimeji 145, Adam Western 173, Ben Beaumont 174 = total 878

Chasing hard: Toby Close 176, Iain Squires 180, Chris Burrows 183, Andy Kenchington 186, Huw Jones 196, Raggy Gray 199, Nathan Smith 212, Will Raiment 214, Chris Grimley 216, Frank Inman 224, Kevin Oakes 226, Chris Woods 235, Rob Dowse 238, Andy Piddington 242, Paul Cannon 245, Rob Rose 274, David Sansom 292. Damian Cartland sadly had to pull out injured mid race; there were 300 finishers.

Full results and tables are at www.birminghamccleague.co.uk

So huge thanks to all who turned out at Wolverhampton and over the course of the season to run, to volunteer or to support; it's been memorable in so many ways – highs and lows, battling through adversity, BRATs galore , mud everywhere, and amazing unwavering team spirit. Thank you all!

 

Martin Ludford

Published in Running News
Monday, 05 February 2018 22:00

BRATS at BUCS

Saturday 3rd Feb saw the cream of British student athletes assemble on the outskirts of Uxbridge for the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Cross Country Champs.

Two BRATs lined up in the ladies race of 6.5km with over seven hundred other starters, The two laps were already boggy and heavy going, but continual rain on the day meant the course very quickly got churned up and became even heavier going.

Anne Kenchington running for Manchester finished in an impressive 67th place. Anne has only just returned to training after a lengthy lay off and took the opportunity to compete in her last BUCS XC before heading into her finals for her Geography degree - good luck Anne.

Performance of the day went to Molly Browne running for Coventry who finished in a superb 20th with most of the top ten having international representations already under their belts. Molly is in the first year of her Ph.D. so plenty to look forward to in coming years.

The quality of the race this year was summed up by Athletics Weekly

"The women’s race was also a high-quality affair and possibly the best ever according to some observers."

"The high quality was illustrated by National and Inter-Counties winner and Commonwealth Games-bound Jess Judd finishing fifth."

The ladies race was won by Harriet Knowles-Jones running for Manchester.

The men's race was won by Alex Yee running for Leeds Beckett. Alex can be seen below taking a spill at the river crossing.

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Published in Running News
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
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