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Braintree & District Athletic Club provides a wide range of Athletics Training and Competition for 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.

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Cross Country Notley, 6th December 2014

Results are on the PowerOf10 website here. Well done all who ran and/or helped. A massive thank you to everyone who helped out either setting up the course or marshalling.  We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you and you helped the club put on a great event.  A special mention to our junior marshall Kian who was a super efficient results runner. Many, many thanks to everyone from Tony Gordon.  Also, congratulations to Gaye Gurrie who passed her full coach assessment on the same day. Well done Gaye.

Essex Team Selection for Intercounties Cross Country, 13th December 2014
We’ve heard further great news that U13 Kiera Hornsby has been selected to join training partners Abigail and Courtney in the Essex team for the Intercounties Cross Country competition in Oxford on 13th December. Kiera who also made the team last year, has started the cross country season well and has been rewarded with one of the Team Manager selections. Head Coach Simon Mennell coaches all three athletes and is doing an excellent job nurturing them so well. Congratulations to Kiera!

Earlier announcements have been moved to the relevent discipline news pages
or the "about us - club news" page.

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SEAA Intercounties Championships, Oxford, 13th December2014
Well done to our three young endurance athletes Abigail Kerr (U13), Kiera Hornsby (U13) and Courtney Gordon (U15) who represented Essex at the Intercounties Championship in Oxford.  All three gave a good account of themselves and enjoyed the experience of competing at this level.  Go girls! Picture below.

Metaswitch Games 13th December2014
Leah Duncan and Hannah Smith used an early winter indoor competition at Lea Valley to test where they are with their winter training and both were delighted with their results. Hannah Smith showed she was very comfortable over the increased height of 60m U15 hurdles with a very sharp 9.96 seconds setting a new club record.  She went on to pb in the long jump leaping to 4.56m and running a strong 60m. Leah Duncan also set a pb in long jump before smashing her 60m pb where she ran a blistering 8.26 seconds a time which would have made her 4th in the UK last season.  She went on to set a new indoor pb over 200m in 28.18 seconds.
The next indoor event at Lea Valley is on 1st Jan. You can enter here.

Essex League Cross Country, Hylands Park, 15th November2014
This, the second Essex league race of the season, doubled up as a trial for the Essex Cross Country team, with the top five in each of the junior age groups making the SEAA Intercounties team, with three discretionary places also available to the team managers.  Conditions were typical of cross country, wet and muddy, but the course flat and fast compared to some over the season.  
Abigail Kerr (U13G) and Courtney Gordon (U15G) both gained automatic selection for the Essex team with some other team members now waiting to hear if they will get one of the three remaining places up for grabs.  It was particularly good to see the U13 girls and senior ladies field a full team of at least 4 and to see some new faces, such as juniors Bonnie, Heather, William and Freddie making their Essex league debuts and senior lady Iris pulling on a Braintree vest for the first time.  A special mention to Bonnie Lewis who was encouraging a competitor in front of her to keep going, allowing her to cross the line in front of her while Bonnie applauded her effort – incredibly sportsmanship and a credit the club. Well done and thank you to everyone who came along Saturday – it’s a real pleasure to see the effort you each put in.
Our “regular” cross country team members were also out in force and the full results are below: 
U13 Girls 3k: Abigail Kerr 7th (5th in Essex), Kiera Hornsby 11th, Georgia Tombs 12th, Heather Hamiton 40th, Olivia Cooper 54th
U15 Girls 4k: Courtney Gordon 3rd, Bonnie Lewis 49th
U13 Boys 3k: Freddie Martin 47th, William Ferguson 65th
U17 Boys 5k: Conor Culham 33rd, Cameron Kerr 34th
Senior Men: Joe Nourse 46th (9th U20), Ben Holdgate 88th (13th U20), Jakob Beck 144th (15th U20)
Senior Ladies: Claire Gordon 64th, Kayleigh Beedon 78th,  Josie Sheffield, 81st, Lyndsay Rolerkite 83rd, Iris Lyall 96th

Full results here. Next fixture: Braintree, Sat 6th Dec.

Essex League Cross Country, One Tree Hill, Thurrock, 18th October2014
It was a rather windy but unusually warm day at Thurrock on Saturday for the first Essex League fixture of the season. Despite favourable conditions, the course is notoriously tough with challenging hills from the start and a tough uphill finish.
Congratulations to 9 year old Teegan Rayner who took part in her first ever race. The U11’s headed off ahead of the scoring races in a combined girl and boy race. Teegan came a great 33rd out of 44 which as one of the youngest in the race was a great effort. Most of all she was smiling afterwards having given maximum effort. Well done Teegan.
The U13 girls started things off brilliantly with Kiera Hornsby working her way through the field to finish 5th place and new club member Abigail Kerr following close behind with an excellent 7th.  First year U15 Courtney Gordon showed she is equally comfortable on the mud after such a strong track season, getting a good start and heading into the woods in the lead group before re-emerging and crossing the line in 4th place. With 8 places up for grabs in the Essex team for the Intercounties, all three girls have made an early claim for a place.
The U17 boys then took over with Cameron Kerr making his club debut and finishing in 31st with (ever present over the past few seasons), Conor Culham 33rd.  In the seniors, Joe Nourse was 24th and an excellent 5th in the U20 age group and Myles Coulson ran strongly for 109th place and Jakob Beck at his first race over the 8.1k course came in 143rd. Full results here.

Deb Harrison's PB in the Tiptree 10mile road run, 12th October 2014
Deb had a great run around Tiptree after training well to record a great time of 91:15
Fantastic effort !!

Braintree smash it in Bournemouth, w/e 5th October 2014
Club athletes had a great weekend of running, from a 2km race through to Marathon. Personel bests and course bests were broken by the highly motivated Braintree Athletes. The results are as follows:
  3rd Oct: 2km Road Race - Mia Phillips 10:49 pb
  4th Oct: 5km Night Race - Lauren Phillips 24:49 pb;    Michelle Phillips 25:30 pb
  5th Oct: Half Marathon    - Stuart Phillips 1:58:29;      Gary Sibley 2hrs 8secs pb
  5th Oct: Marathon -

      Lee Cousins 03:18:59 Marco Firman 04:08:44
      Ross Boyer 03:39:53 pb Colm Scolard 04:12:55
      Trevor Sibley 3.58.19 course Best Paul Miller 04:50:02
      Chris Ward 04:05:23 Ryan Askew 04:50:02

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