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New to Running?
With the New Year come resolutions to get fit. So, if you want to take the first steps to enjoying 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.

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


Membership Renewal 2015
Your membership is due for renewal on 1st Feb 2015 and should be paid by the end of Feb.  There is some very important information in the Membership Secretary’s letter about membership cards being issued and needing to be presented at each training session, as well as an announcement from the committee about the application of the rule about “competing three times for the club".
Annual Party/Presentation Evening Fixtures
The party of the year is coming soon. Our annual party/presentation is taking place on Friday20th March 2015 in Bocking Village Hall, 7:30 - midnight with music by Nite Train Disco. Tickets will be available early February priced £2.50, so for now, save the date and start practicing your acceptance speeches.

Various XC, Road & Athletics Fixtures
Details of remaining XC fixtures added to the XC fixtures page; races added to the RoadRunning
fixtures page and details of the Danny Mullane Chelmsford Open Athletics Meet for juniors up to U20s added to Athletics fixtures page. The latter is an excellent start to the season's competitions and a chance to see how your winter training has paid off.  Be great to see lots of Red and Yellow Braintree vests there! Also, entries are now open for the very popular indoor open at Chelmsford (see track&field fixtures page). Athletes are advised to enter early as there will be a restriction on overall entry numbers.
Could you become an athletics coach? Find out on 16th February 2015
To help clubs offer the opportunity to parents / helpers / partners in getting involved into the first steps of coaching. Active Essex and England Athletics are running a course called First Steps in line with sports coach UK. The one-evening course will explain the role of coaching and the coach education qualifications and what support is available. More details here.

30% off Sports Clothing
The Sports clothing firm More Mile are pleased to offer a 30% discount on all orders, exclusively to Braintree and District AC members.  Just go to http://www.moremile.co.uk and use the voucher code BraintreeDistrictAC when checking out.  It’s a great offer on some good quality kit.

Daisy Partridge to represent England at the World Schools Orienteering Championships
Daisy Partridge has been selected to represent England at the World Schools Orienteering Championships in April 2015. For those who don't know, orienteering is an international adventure sport using map reading skills whilst cross country, mountain or fell running. Daisy works on her endurance training with Simon which helps her compete at such a high level.
Daisy hopes to raise some of the cost of participation in Turkey through sponsorship via a service called Talentbacker.  The idea is that individuals, businesses etc can make small pledges which combined together will help fund a talented individual.
You can read all about Daisy's achievements on the Talentbacker website and you can also make a pledge to support her if you would like. Daisy is one of the Active Essex Inspired Athletes and in her role as an Ambassador she acts as a role model to inspire other young people in the community.

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

Recent News

London City Games Lee Valley, 24/25th January 2015
We were again represented well at the weekend and the athletes taking part produced some excellent performances.
U13 Girls: Leah Duncan competed in the 60m, 200m and LJ gaining a PB in all 3 events. She jumped 3.76m in the LJ and went on to win both sprint events. Her 60m time of 8.20s and 200m time of 27.81s sees her number one in UK rankings for both distances.
U15 Girls: Hannah Smith again produced solid performances in the 60m Hurdles, LJ and 60m. Her 60m hurdles time was 10.11s: in the LJ she produced a leap of 4.16m and she was just outside her PB in the 60m with a time of 9.02s. Melissa Gurteen tested her early season throwing and jumping form in the shot put and long jump, producing a throw of 6.23m just shy of her PB, and jumped 3.98m in the Long jump.
U17 Boys: Sam Newman made his debut competing for Braintree in the 60m and he started this seasons campaign with a very impressive 7.86s, his first time over this distance. He managed to produce this time in both of his 60m runs which is a good marker for him now to aim for.
Tejan Barrie was also representing the club in the 60m and produced an excellent time of 7.50s in round 1 going on to achieve an even better time in round 2 of 7.38s, two excellent runs! Jumper Ryan Morgan followed up his SEAA medal from last week with a 5.31m long jump and then a pb in Triple Jump with an excellent 12.51m.
Well done to everyone who competed.

Mid Essex League XC, Rivenhall, 25th January 2015
A cold morning greeted our Mid-Essex league cross country team, but there were many excellent results. Joe Nourse was our first back in a superb 3rd place and the rest of the men's team came in strongly:

  Joe Nourse 3rd   Conor Culham 15th   Aaron Graves 19th
  Lee Cousins 25th   Ross Boyer 35th   David Reaves 56th
  Jacob Beck 64th   Colm Scolard 76th
We only had one lady out: Claire Gordon came a commendable 13th. Well done to our XC team. Full results are on the XC Results page. Our next race is next Sunday 1st Feb in Chelmsford.

SEAA u20 championships, Lee Valley, 17th January 2015
Congratulations to Richard Shingleton who claimed the U20 silver medal in this prestigious event. Richard leapt to 6.01m with his final jump to take silver for the second consecutive year (picture below). Charlie Shingleton, Amr Ziko, Lewis Thorn, Ben Slayman and Mahmoud Barrie also represented the club in fine style over the weekend. Well done lads!
Southern U15/U17 Indoor Champs, Lee Valley, 10/11th January 2015
With a good turnout, first year U17m Ryan Morgan will be delighted with his triple jump bronze; a great achievement at this level. Courtney Gordon made the U15G final in the 800m and Amber Chudleigh, Sophie Conway, Melissa Gurteen and Hannah Smith all stepped up to test themselves at this very high level. Very well done everyone. Results here.

Essex League Cross Country, Chingford 10th January 2015
We had nine running and the highlights were in the U13G category where Kiera Hornsby took 6th and Abigail Kerr 8th. Results here and on the XC Results page.

The Club's home cross country match, Notley Discovery Centre, 4th January 2015
A massive thank you to all those who helped out today at the cross country. Thank you to those that got there at 8am to set up and marshall and do other jobs. Thank you to Sharon and steve for arranging the food and refreshments and all those that stood out in the cold marshalling. The other clubs have also asked me to thank you. Well done to all those that run too, we had a big turn out from the club. THANK YOU from Simon. Results are on the XC Results page.

Essex County Cross Country Championships, 3rd January 2015
Results are on the XC Results page.

SEAA combined events indoor championship, Lee Valley, 20/21 December 2014
Melissa Gurteen achieved 2 pb's in hurdles and 800m on the way to achieving 1900 points in the U15 girls SEAA Indoor pentathlon.  In her biggest competition to date, Melissa achieved her target of gaining UKA ranking with her new 1900 point pb.  Well done Melissa! 

SEAA Intercounties Championships, Oxford, 13th December 2014
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 December 2014
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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