Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club

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The Club
Braintree & District Athletic Club provides a wide range of Athletics Training and Competition for both new and experienced athletes in the Braintree Area. This includes track, field (jumping and throwing), multi event, road running, trail running and cross country.

The club has seen remarkable growth in the last few years, more than doubling in size, with growth seen particularly in the junior sections, endurance, and road running. We compete and train throughout the year with training nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Braintree Track.

Find out more about Membership or about becoming a Volunteer

New to Running?  Read about our “New to Running” group here. Also find details of our easy-going 5k/10k road running group on the Training page.

AAA Standards  The club subscribes to the AAA Standards Scheme. You can find details of the scheme and a list of our athletes who have qualified here.


***  See our Cross Country & Trail Fixtures page for more to do this Autumn.
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***  Equipment problem means no hammer or discus training until further notice.
***  See below for help needed for junior track & field events.

Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages.  

Recent News

Call for help at our home XC Fixture, 18November2018
Sunday, October 18th 2018 at 10:30 has now been confirmed as our home fixture in the Mid Essex Sunday League cross country. We would encourage as many club members to don the famous red and yellow vest and take part in the race around Notley Park. This is open to all club members  (16yrs +) and all abilities so if you haven't tried XC yet please consider giving it a go.The course is 3 laps on grass of approx 3k each which is less than two park runs. Of course we will need marshals on the day but hopefully these can be sourced from those not wishing to run or unable to run etc. Offers please to Ross Boyer.

"RunandTalk" - a welcome new initiative being championed by your club
RunandTalk is an England Athletics initiative supported by MIND, the mental health charity, which aims to improve mental health through running in England by:
* Getting people talking about mental health, sharing their experiences and removing stigma.
* Providing support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems.
* Supporting people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to, or continuing to run.
During a one-week period twice a year (linked to Time to Talk Day Jan/Feb and World Mental Health Day Oct) England Athletics are looking to encourage people to run one mile or further, and to have a chat with friends, family and other runners whilst doing it. This can take place during a normal training evening. We hope to have your support this coming October.
As part of the 'runandtalk' programme, England Athletics aim to establish a network of volunteers across Affiliated Clubs and RunTogther Groups in England to promote Mental Wellbeing through running. There are two volunteer support roles: Mental Health Champion and Mental Health Ambassador. Your club's Mental Health Champions are: Josephine Sheffield & Stuart Phillips.
If you are interested in learning more about either role please contact/speak to Josie or Stuart.

Could you help the Club run some of its junior track & field events?
The club are looking for an U13 boys and U15 boys team manager(s) for the forthcoming 2018 track and field season. If you are interested then please advise one of the coaches at the track on a Tuesday or Thursday night at training.

There are 9 fixtures throughout the summer for these age groups and it would be great if someone has some spare time to help support these age groups.lo

Fantastic turnout for Mid-Essex League cross country, 17December2017
BDAC came third out of the five clubs with some fine performances. See report on our XC News page. Picture below.

Many more athletes achieve AAA Standards, July2017
We already have 89 performances at AAA standards compared to 60 last year, nearly a 50% improvement and the season is just over half way. That shows what a great job our athletes, coaches and everyone involved in the club are doing. Latest updates are shown in yellow on the record sheet (see Track & Field, Records & Awards). Keep up the great work!

Lily Brand breaks own club record, Colchester, June2017
Well done Lily Brand who broke her own U13 club record with a throw of 30.26 at Colchester on
Sunday 11th June. Lilly is talented across all the throws events but she has now moved to 6th in the country in Javelin with her latest effort. Great work Lily, well done.

Taylor excels in the Lake District, May/June2017
At Hutton Roof Crags, 27th May, Taylor (9) finished 3rd out of 14 U11 Girls & 11th out of 26 U11 Boys & Girls. The course did a lap of a meadow to spread the field before climbing steeply up through some rocky woodland then turning onto the fell side, through a farm & back to the finish. She finished just before a hail storm raged through the village fayre blowing various marquees over dry stone walls including the Fell Race registration tent right down a farmers field!
Then at the Killington Sports, 1st June, she finished 8th out of 48 U12 Girls & 31st out of 103 U12 Boys & Girls. The course was an out & back route climbing 300' on the fellside with the last section being the steepest, around a flag post at the top with a very fast descent returning the same way to finish back in the show field to the cheers of the spectators. This is a traditional sports event & competitors travel from far & wide to compete in not only this but other track events. Pictures below.

Great turnout at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, 29May2017
A brilliant run by Tim Wollfe in the field of 1222 runners to come 3rd in 34:30, followed by Connor Culham 31st in 38:45 and another 24 club members. Well done everyone. BDAC results are here and the full results are here.

Best ever Essex Championship for BDAC, May 2017
An amazing weekend at the Essex Champs with 27 Medals won by BDAC athletes, our best ever return. 8 for the Men/Boys and 19 for the Women/Girls with 2 new championship bests and 4 club records.

Outside of the medalists, we have so many PBs and breakthrough performances showing superb strength in depth across the club. Well done to everyone involved in the club and congratulations to the athletes and coaches for this great weekends work. The future is bright. The future is Red & Yellow!

Vet M: Amr Ziko 300m 38.63 Gold                            Tim Wolfe 1500m 4.21.64 Gold

Snr M: Charlie Shingleton Triple Jump Gold 12.52m

U15B:  Eddie Brown 100m 12.1sec Bronze                 Eddie Brown 200m 24.68sec Bronze
           Jude Thorne 800m 2.07.48 Bronze                 Jude Thorne High Jump 1.55m Silver
           Jude Thorne Triple Jump 11.10m Bronze

Snr W: Chloe Cockell Hammer 40.35m Gold

U20:    Megan Larkins Shot Putt 10.60m - Gold           Megan Larkins Discus 30.13m Silver
           Megan Larkins Hammer 52.19m Silver - Club Record

U17W: Eve Wright 100m 12.22m Silver - Club Record
          Kiera Hornsby 2000m steeple chase 7:43.96 Gold
          Kiera Hornby Triple Jump 10.46m Bronze          Daisy Partridge Javelin 31.92m Silver

U15G: Leah Duncan 100m 12.34 Gold                         Amber Whitehorne 100m 12.85 Silver
          Leah Duncan 200m 25.33 Gold - Club Record   Sky Fay 300m 44.08 Bronze
          Josephine Larkins Hammer 29.68m Silver

U13G: Karis Thomas 100m 14.08 Bronze
          Sadie Frater-White 800m 2.23.67 Gold - Club Record
          Sadie Frater-White 1500m 4.55.45 Gold  - Championship Best
          Lily Brand Shot Putt 9.15M Gold                       Lily Brand Hammer 17.11m Gold
          Lily Brand Javelin 29.98m Gold - Championship Best and Club Record (picture below)

Earlier news has been moved to the news pages of the appropriate disciplines.

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Team BDAC at Little Baddow cross country, 17th December 2017

Taylor, Lake District: Hutton Roof Crags 27th May & Killington Sports, 1st June 2017

Javelin Record
Lily Brand receives award for Club Record
   U13 Javelin, Essex Champs, May 2017

High Dam
Oliver finishing the High Dam Individual Long Distance, 6th May 2017

Relay team
The relay team with Oliver at the British Orienteering Relay Champs, 7th May 2017 

Dylan: SW Triathle, May2017        Jessica & Dylan, Infinity Aquathlon, May 2017 

Dylan & Jessica, Essex Primary Schools XC Finals, Hadleigh Park, May 2017

For earlier pictures, see the Gallery page

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