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. It also provides opportunities for volunteer involvement through coaching, officiating at events, and various committee duties. If you could give up a little of your time to help, please see the volunteer link below and then contact us.

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?
If you want to take the first steps to enjoy running and getting into shape, join our “New to Running” group for anyone aged 18 to 70+ on Thursday nights 7-8pm to help you get fitter or faster.  Whatever you want to achieve, we can help you to start gently and work up to whatever you want to achieve. Please click here for more details.


* Entries for the 2016 Skyline 120 (Braintree 5) now open. See Braintree 5 page.
* Mid-Essex Casuals "Nightmare" night trail series starts Tuesday 1st December
   See XC fixtures page.
Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages. 

Recent News

Braintree and District Sports Awards, Braintree College, 2nd November 2015
It was great to see four of our members recognised at this prestigious awards ceremony at Braintree college. Leah Duncan capped off her amazing year with the 'Young Sports Personality of Year Award'. Leah received her award from former GB sprinter James Fergus and now represents Braintree going forward to the Active Essex awards.
Cameron Kerr was highly commended for his outstanding achievements at Triathlon where he competed in the European championships this year.  A regular over cross country for the club and an excellent swimmer, Cameron is a great all rounder.
Joe Nourse was highly commended in Sports Personality of the Year category due to his great achievements over the season where he represented Essex in track and cross country.
Finally in the 'Coach of the Year' category BDAC made it two years on the trot after Simon's win last year, with sprint coach Tony Gordon winning the award and again representing Braintree at the Essex awards.
Congratulations to all four members on your great achievement and evening. Photo below.

The Stort 30 off road trail ultra marathon, 24th October 2015
Well done to Wayne Cook who ran this trail ultra marathon in a fantastic time of 4 hours 49 mins

Essex League Cross Country, One Tree Hill, 10th October 2015
Results for this first cross country league fixture of the new season are on the XC results page.As you will see we suffered from incomplete teams in several events. Please come and support your club at the remaining fixtures so that we can make the better showing that we are capable of. The full list of fixtures is on the XC Fixtures page. Coaches: please talk to your athletes about this.

Leisha Hunt breaks u13 pentathlon club record, 27th September 2015
Leisha Hunt headed all the way to Exeter this weekend and it was a worthwhile trip as she broke the 26 year old club record.  Leisha has been working hard across the combined events this year and put together the following sequence to move to 21st in the UK for her age group.
  70m hurdles 12.75 secs
  High jump 1.27m
  Long jump 4.54m
  Shot putt 6.99m
  800m 2.46.74
Total points 2146. Congratulation to Leisha - a fantastic achievement.

Essex Cross Country Relays, Hockley 26th September 2015
The cross country season started with a bang in warm sunshine and a distinct lack of mud. I’m sure that will change as the season unfolds. First off were the U15 girls over the 3k course and with three impressive legs, they stormed to a 3rd place finish and the Team Essex Bronze medal. Courtney Gordon (13mins 19secs), Abigail Kerr (13.15) and Kiera Hornsby (15.22) completed the course in a combined time of 41.56. For the boys, Conor Page ran a strong solo 3k leg and came home 8th out of 36 in his age group in 11.17. The U17 boys came 10th in their age group with three very consistent runs: Joshua Mulley (12.19), Cameron Kerr (12.07) and Conor Culham 12.23 came home in 36 mins 49 seconds. Well done everyone who competed and congratulations to the girls on their Essex medal. The league cross country starts on the 10th October for U13’s and upwards. We look forward to seeing lots of red and yellow vests out there. Pictures are below and results (in Excel) are here.

Club Championships, 19th September 2015
After what has been an outstanding track and field season, it was great to finish the season off with a fantastic day at the club championships. There were a number of personal bests and a few first time competitors, plus lots of fun. Well done to all. A massive thank you to everyone involved helping out on the day and a special thanks to Vicky Brockbank and Sue Gurteen who organised the event. Results here.

Coaching Update: Tony Gordon's Achievement, September 2015
It's great for the club that Club Chairman and Sprints Coach Tony Gordon has been accepted onto the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme. Earlier in the year Tony became one of first 20 sprint coaches in the UK to achieve the highest qualification possible in UK Athletics and Tony now joins this national programme, which will see him have a mentor in England Athletics and receive access to some of the world top coaches at conferences, allowing him to continue helping to develop athletes at the club. Congratulations Tony!

Our Young Athletes at the EAL Final, 13th September 2015
Congratulations to our six teams that made the EAL final at Bury St Edmunds on 13th Sept 2015.
The league format is that out of nineteen teams in East Anglia, the top eight teams make the final and to have six of our teams make that, is our best ever result. The U15 girls had the best result in the final coming in 2nd place followed by the U13 girls who came 3rd, but every team put in a fantastic performance at this high level event. Full results below.
With the leagues over, a quick reminder that anyone who has not competed three times this year can still compete in the cross country winter season to achieve the three races to have their membership renewed next year.
Thanks again to everyone who has performed so well throughout the track and field season and again, well done to our finalists. Results are herePictures are on the Gallery page (and on facebook).

East of England AA Intercounties, Ipswich 5th September 2015
Four under 20 men competed for Essex in this Hibbard, Bemax & Peterhouse Trophy Meeting: Charlie Shingleton, Lewis Thorn, Richard Shingleton and Joe Nourse helped the Essex team to a fantastic first place.  Congratulations to the four who did themselves and the club proud. Picture below.

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

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Pictures from the 2015 EAL Final are on the Gallery page

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

Essex League XC
Essex Cross Country Relays, 26th September 2015

EssexXC Relays 2015
Essex Cross Country Relays, 26th September 2015

CharlieShingleton, LewisThorn, RichardShingleton & JoeNourse,
East of England Intercounties, 05Sept2015

Earlier pictures are on the Gallery page

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