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.

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.

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*****  No LONG JUMP in August until Tuesday16th August  *****


* South Eastern Athletics Association Championships: Entries now open, details here.
   A high level competition just 1 level below the England Championships but with no
   qualifying standards. An excellent opportunity to gain experience at this level.
* New member discounts on kit, see the Club Kit page under "About Us".
* See Road Running fixtures for details of 3k races for adults and children, also for
   the Ware Festival of Running.
* The Club seeks a member or parent to co-ordinate its volunteers, see below.

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

Recent News

AAA Standards Results Update
More excellent performances. See the table near the foot of the Track & Field Records page. Well done to everyone on the list; the performances are very special.

A very successful month for our female athletes 30th June 2016
The following records were broken as well as a catch-up on one in February.
Hannah and Eve both broke records that stood for 19 years and were held by athletes who went on to represent GB. Congratulations to the following:
  Eve Wright U15G 100m 12.28secs Cambridge 25/6/2016
  Hannah Smith U15G 60m hurdles 8.78secs Lee Valley 6/2/2016
  Hannah Smith U15G 75m hurdles 11.89 Cambridge 25/6/2016
  Chloe Cockell Senior Ladies Hammer 43.04m Braintree 18/6/2016
And we have a brand new club record for the first senior lady Pole Vaulter
  Chloe Cockell Senior Ladies Pole Vault 1m Braintree 18/6/2016

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k road race 30th May 2016
Well done everyone on today's race today. Results on the Road Running results page; picture of (most of) our runners below.

Barry Plowman "Chase The Train" 8.9 mile race 22nd May 2016
Barry completed the  Aylsham to Wroxham, Chase The Train 8.9 mile race in 1.04.02 (official time), 18th out of 164 finishers. This is where you a get 10 minute start on the train and have to try and keep in front of it. Unfortunately the train finishes in around 50 minutes! Pictures below from the chasing train and at the end.

Josie Sheffield is now an England Athletics Mental Health Ambassador
England Athletics are working with charity MIND to help improve mental health through running, by encouraging those that are experiencing mental health issues to either start running, or to return to running. Mental illness can be so debilitating and the thought of any exercise can seem impossible. However with the help of others sufferers can start to recover.

Essex Championships Results, 14-15th May 2016
Under 15 girl Eve Wright took her first ever County Championship Gold at the Essex Champs at Chelmsford.  Wright in only her second year competing was the fastest qualifier from the semi-final and in a close final, ducked for the line to take gold in a new pb of 12.42 seconds, taking her to 4th in the UK rankings.
The girls continued their fine early season form and took a total of 9 county medals with Kiera Hornsby claiming double gold in the unusual combination of 3k and Triple Jump.  U17 Daisy Partridge made it three years on the trot as Javelin gold medalist with a great set of throws, the longest going out to 33.70m top the podium again.  Senior lady Chloe Cockell added a gold in Hammer to her tally of medals through the junior ranks and Melissa Gurteen leapt to a new pb of 9.74m taking silver in the U17 Triple Jump.  12 year old Rachel Carter took an excellent silver medal in the Hurdles and Megan Larkins took Silver in the Discus with 29.31m and 41.92m in the Hammer.

The male team members also faired well with Senior Man Charlie Singleton taking two medals, gold in Long Jump with a leap of 6.15m and Triple Jump bronze with 12.57m.  First year U17 Conor Page took his excellent winter cross country form to the track taking bronze in the 3k, with fellow U17 Sam Larkins throwing the Hammer to 27.66m to claim silver.  Finally Veteran Amr Ziko, took the 100m silver medal in a time of 11.93.
Once again the local club were among the most successful clubs in the county with many of the athletes set to be selected to represent Essex.

Braintree 5 (Skyline 120), 17th April 2016
Race report and a link to the results are on the Braintree 5 page. The BDAC team photo is in "Pictures" below. For photos of most competitors, see the Braintree 5 page.
Paul Miller wishes to thank all the helpers. Without the vast amount of help in whatever form the Race would not be able to go ahead. Whether you were marshalling out on the road, putting out signs, or one of the other many helpers, you all played a vital role ensuring the smooth running of the event. You will appreciate that many months of planning go into the Race every year and it is only on the day that all the pieces come together to make what was a great race.
He is standing down as Race Director and says that it was a great day to finish on and thanks you all for making it a special day. He hopes you will all continue to support the race and its new Director.

Annual Awards for 2015 Presented at the Party on 18th March 2016
The annual awards evening and party was bigger than ever this year. Many thanks again to everyone who helped put on a fantastic night. Congratulations to all of our winners and everyone who competes for the club giving us our most successful year ever in 2015. The full list of awards winners is here. Pictures on facebook.

Barry Plowman at the Groundhog Track Marathon, Telford, 5th March 2016
Barry completed this marathon at a very cold Telford, finishing 7th out of 79 in 3:24:08, the first time he has done a whole race in gloves! Picture below of the first lap of 105.5 and Barry at the finish with his medal. Refuelling consisted of a banana every half hour and water. He is now on Insulin for diabetes and told to keep off all sugar/energy drinks and gels. He plans to return to the road next time which will be the Abingdon Marathon in October.

Six compete at the English Championships: Sheffield 13th & 14th February 2016
The England Championship is the highest level of competition possible for our athletes and it was tremendous to see the red and yellow of BDAC present at the indoor championship at Sheffield. Qualifying standards are exceptionally high so making the champs is a huge achievement.
U17 man Ryan Morgan got us underway with a fabulous performance in the triple jump. Ryan is the East of England and Essex Champion and lept to an impressive 12.72m coming 6th in the country, an outstanding achievement.
Leah Duncan, in her first year of the age group, had a busy weekend running 5 races. She smashed her PB in the 60m running 7.94 in the heat and then winning her semi final in 7.90.
In a final in which everyone had run under 8 seconds, it was a blanket finish and Leah came an outstanding 5th in England. She followed this up with a 6th place in the country in the 200m and again ran a pb of 26.02 seconds.
U15 boy Freddie Martin started concentrating on sprints only last year and did amazing to reach the championship. He has had a foot injury for the past few weeks and recovered just in time to once again run under 8 seconds just missing his pb but ran great to bag a quick 7.95 seconds.
U15G 60m hurdles club record holder Hannah Smith, beat her pb and club record running 9.77 to make it through the heats into the semi final; an excellent achievement. Hannah missed out on making the final but already looks set to compete at this level for sometime.
U20 man Lewis Thorn, a regular at this level, doubled up in the 60m and 200m running his second fastest ever indoors despite missing some winter training with an injury.
Finally, Ben Slayman making his debut at the English Championship, had the mis-fortune to injury himself in his warm up and despite trying to run through it, had to pull up in the 60m.
*** Well done to all six athletes. If current predictions come true we predict 10-15 making the entry standards next year and that could make us one of the best represented clubs at the championship - how amazing would that be!

East Anglian Orienteering Championships, 14th February 2016
Club athlete Daisy Partridge, inspired by Active Essex, added a new accolade to her list of achievements at the weekend after winning the Women's Open at the East Anglian Orienteering Championships. Under 16 Daisy had to run up three age classes to compete for the Open Trophy, the first time a junior has achieved this. Currently ranked No. 1 Under 16 in the UK, she ran a near perfect race on the 7.5km course in a time of 57 minutes 45 seconds, beating her nearest rival by over 15 minutes. Daisy was also presented with the Joan George Trophy for the Best Performance by a Junior. Daisy, who does her endurance training with the Club, travels to Belgium this weekend with the England team to compete in the annual Interland competition.

Track and Field League Fixtures for 2016
We are pleased to announce details of the track and field fixtures for this summer (see the Track & Field Fixtures page). The Team Manager details have been updated (see the Track & Field Team Managers page) and they will shortly be in touch to check which events you can make. Please make an effort to turn out for the team as much as possible.

Eastern and Essex Championships, 20 medals and many PBs, w/e 7th February 2016
It was another superb championship at Lee Valley with club members taking a total of 22 medals. There were PBs all-round and a number of first timers at the fantastic indoor track. Given the performances, a number of our athletes are on to have a great outdoor season. What was also pleasing was just the sheer number of BDAC athletes taking part and having fun together as a team. Congratulations to our medalists and everyone who took part. Pictures below.
Medal Winners:
Senior Men:  400m - Charlie Singleton - Essex Bronze
  Long Jump - Charlie Singleton - Essex Bronze
U20 Men: 60m - Mahmoud Barrie - Eastern and Essex Gold
U17 Men: Triple Jump - Ryan Morgan - Eastern and Essex Gold
     Long Jump - Ryan Morgan - Essex Silver
U13B: 60m hurdles - Ruben Hedman - Eastern and Essex Bronze
Senior Women: 60m - Kirsty Ronald - Essex Bronze
     Long Jump - Kirsty Ronald - Essex Bronze
U20 Women: Shot putt - Megan Larkins - Eastern and Essex Gold
U17 Women: High Jump - Sophie Conway - Essex Bronze
     Triple Jump - Melissa gurteen - Eastern Bronze, Essex Silver
U15 Girls: 60m - Eve Wright - Eastern and Essex Silver
     60m - Leah Duncan - Eastern and Essex Bronze
     200m - Leah Duncan - Eastern and Essex Gold. 

Club Vacancy for a Volunteer Co-ordinator
We are currently seeking the support of a member or parent to take on the committee role of volunteer co-ordinator. The volunteer co-ordinator helps us to recruit volunteers into the club and the role and organise if some are needed for an event, for example, and is supported by lots of great resources on the England Athletics website.
We need someone who is enthusiastic and would like to help the club. There is a once a month committee meeting and you need to be a fairly regular visitor to the club to be a contact point in case of query, but I assure you there is no great expectation that it will take up much of your time at all.
Full support would be given by our friendly and effective committee, so please come forward and support the club. Please see me on a club night or give me a call 07785 720023.
Thanks, Tony Gordon, Chairman.

Club annual awards night and party, 18th March 2016
Tickets for our fantastic party and awards night are now in sale from the ladies at the front gate. Tickets, which include the disco and buffet are £2.50 per head and with it always being a great night, it would be brilliant to see lots of members and their families come along to join the fun and cheer on the award winners.......it might be you! Tickets go fast so please buy them as soon as possible if you want to be sure.

Mid-Essex League Cross Country, Highwood 31st January 2016
Nine club runners completed this hilly, wooded and muddy course. A great effort and well done Conor who aimed for the first 10 and came in 8th. See the XC results page & picture below.

Mid-Essex League Cross Country, Rivenhall 17th January 2016
On a bright but cold day, Claire Gordon, Conor Culham, Alex Ings, Miles Coulson & David Reaves represented the Club at this XC league match where the course was very interesting and apart from the ditches, the going remarkably good considering the weather we have had. See the XC results page.
Lee Cousins reaches Park Run Milestone
Running for the Club, Lee completed his 50th Park Run on Saturday 4th January 2015. Lee finished in 7th position in a time of 22:13. Lee has also completed Park runs at Chelmsford's central park and the National Trust's Hatfield Forest.

New sessions at or from the track on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Tuesday evening road runs: there is now a weekly road run from 7.15 to 8.15 pm. This follows a5k route starting and ending at the Tabors Academy track, although faster runners have an opportunity to increase their distance by "looping back" to the tail runner during the session. All sessions have a leader and a tail runner and hi-vis bibs are provided.

Thursday evening: as well as Steve Partridge's new 6.30pm long jump session, there is now a technical running coaching session from 7.30 - 8.30 pm, starting and ending at the Tabors Academy track, aimed at regular and experienced runners who are keen to improve their technique.

All in addition to our normal track sessions which are listed on our Training page.

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

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2016 HBO 10k Most of the BDAC team at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k road race, 30th May 2016

BarryPlowman Barry Plowman's "Chase the Train", 22nd May 2016

2016Braintree5 The BDAC team at the Braintree 5 (Skyline 120), 17th April 2016

CharlieShingleton Barry Plowman at the Groundhog Track Marathon, Telford, 5th March 2016

Daisy PartridgeDaisy Partridge (U16w) wins East Anglian Orienteering Champs 14th Feb 2016

Seven pictures below: Essex and Eastern Championships, w/e 7th Feb 2016:

CharlieShingleton Charlie Singleton wins Bronze 400m and Long Jump

Mahmoud BarrieMahmoud Barrie wins u20 60m gold

Melissa GurteenMelissa Gurteen wins 3rd place Eastern and 2nd place Essex in U17W TJ

Leah DuncanLeah Duncan wins U15 200m Eastern and Essex Gold

Rubén HedmanRubén Hedman wins u13 hurdles Essex bronze

Eve Wright and Leah DuncanEve Wright (silver) and Leah Duncan (bronze) in the Eastern and Essex 60m

Scarlett WilliamsScarlett Williams at her 1st track race, Eastern and Essex u13W 800m

MidEssex League XC Mid-Essex League XC, Highwood 31st January 2016

Leah+Tony_BraintreeAwardsConor and Courtney Win U18 at Witham Boxing Day 5 miler, 26Dec2015

Leah+Tony_BraintreeAwardsLeah Duncan and Tony Gordon with Jason Fergus at the Braintree Sports Awards Ceremony, 02Nov2015

Essex League XCScarlett and Rose, Essex League XC,
U13 girls, Hockley 31st October 2015

Essex League XC Essex League XC, Hockley 31st October 2015

Essex League XC
Lynne, Sam and Liz, Essex League XC, Hockley 31st October 2015

Earlier pictures are on the Gallery page

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