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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.

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Changes to annual awards criteria
Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages. 

Recent News

Leah Duncan breaks her own club record AGAIN, 10th May 2015
Leah's incredible start to the season continues after she broke her own U13G 200m club record at the Lee Valley sprints evening. She has just taken the 200m U13 club record down yet again and in doing so, moved to number one in the UK in 2015. Leah powered to an outstanding 26.7 seconds to set her 4th club record of the season during the Eastern Young Athletics League at Braintree. Well done Leah - we’re all so proud of your achievement.

Conor Culham excels in his first 10k, Watford, 4th May 2015
Conor ran an excellent time of 42.34 to come in 29th and was the 4th U18, at 15 years old! Needless to say he is delighted with his performance and so he should be.

Our coaches amongst the best qualified in the UK, April 2015
Simon Mennell (Endurance) and Tony Gordon (Speed inc hurdles) are amongst the first group of coaches in the UK to have completed the British Athletics "event group qualification". The two coaches have studied 23 online models and tests over the past year and finished by attending a coaches "integration day" over the past two weekends. There are only about 20 coaches in the UK to have completed this level of qualification in each event group, so it's great to have two at our club.

Club Record Breakers Recognised
Two of our recent club record breakers received their club trophies at the track on 14th April 2015. Congratulations to Hannah Smith U15G 60m hurdles and Leah Duncan U13G 200m.
Picture below.

Haverhill 10K, 12th April 2015
One of our newest endurance group members, Wayne Cook, wore the BDAC vest for the first time coming a hugely impressive 17 out of 181 runners in a pb of 40mins 36 secs. Great running and well done Wayne!

Leah and Chloe break club records at Chelmsford, 4th April 2015
Leah Duncan followed up her blistering indoor form by breaking two club records at a chilly Chelmsford open. She broke her own 100m record from last year sprinting to 12.96 seconds and followed that up an hour later with an equally impressive 200m, crossing the line in 27.38 seconds to break the 21 year old club record.
Chloe Cockell threw in the Hammer for the first time as a senior and immediately broke the club record. She went on to throw 41.86m with her final throw and is clearly in great form for the season ahead.
Congratulations to both girls and to the many great results and PBs on the day from BDAC athletes. Full results will follow.

The Braintree (Skyline) 5, 29th March 2015
After months of planning, the day was finally upon us and the Braintree 5 was here. A very early start with an hour's less sleep saw the B5 team set up the start, finish, registration and the course.The day had started very drizzly and grey but gradually the runners braved the awful weather and made their way to the start line on the Skyline 120 Business Park to take part in the 6th Braintree 5 Race. A slightly smaller field than usual, due to a combination of clashes with other events coupled with the weather, started dead-on 11am. Led by our Lead Bike rider Scott the strong field of runners were cheered on by our ever faithful band of supporters and Marshalls.
All 300+ starters completed the course and although we had the First Aid team to hand I am pleased to report that their services were not needed. By 12.15 all runners were over the finish line along with Gary Sibley who acted as our Sweeper for this event. Goody bags and shirts were gratefully received, the need for a dry T-shirt being the most urgent with the majority of runners having contended with a very heavy shower of rain in their final stage of the Race.
Finally Presentations were made in the Discovery Centre by our Chairman, Tony Gordon, and once again the Braintree 5 Race was over for another year. With our thanks as usual to Countryside Properties for giving us permission to start and finish on their Skyline 120 Business Park, the staff at the Discovery Centre for their co-operation in the organising of this event, and our members and their friends, family and colleagues who turn out in all weathers to marshall, support and organise this event.
We will let you know in due course of the amounts raised for our chosen charities, The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Charity and Parc Essex.

5K Park Run, Hatfield Forest, 28th March 2015
We had two Park Runners at this beautiful one-lap course in Hatfield Forest: Lee Cousins 8/120 in 20:58 and David Reaves 20/120 in 22:34 with a 78% age-grading, the highest in the race. There are other local 5k Park Runs at Notley (where William Ferguson achieved 15/76 in 23:02) and also at Chelmsford, all at 9:00 every Saturday. Give it a go!

Club Annual Awards for the year 2014
It was a fantastic night at the BDAC award ceremony on Friday 20th March. With over 120 parents and athletes in attendance, it was great to see the success and participation of members recognised. Club Chairman Tony Gordon commented on 2014 being one of the clubs most successful years ever, with more winners at Essex and Eastern Championship level and 7 athletes recently attending the English Championships, having achieved the high qualifying standard. In addition to that, Tony said everyone, winner or otherwise, who pulls on the red and yellow vest makes everyone involved in the club, hugely proud and has contributed to a great year for the club.
Tony, head coach Simon Mennell and athletes Joe Nourse and Adam Bateman also spoke of everyone’s gratitude to our army of volunteers, who are a massive credit to the club and appreciated by all. Once again to each and every volunteer, a massive thank you for everything you do.
The full list of winners is here and the standards to win these awards has never been higher. Huge congratulations to you all. Photo’s will be added to our gallery page but in the meantime they can be found in higher resolution on the dropbox link here (you can ignore the invitation to create a dropbox account).
Well done again to all our winners and thank you to the organisers and everyone who attended. A big thank you to our member Paul Chadwick who was our photographer on the night.

Chelmsford Indoor Open meeting, 7th March 2015
Another good turnout from the Braintree team and some fantastic results were achieved including a number of PB’s and a new club record by Melissa Gurteen in the 60m Hurdles, whilst Leah Duncan moved to 4th in all time history for an u13 girl in the 60m and number one in 2015.
U15 Girls
  Hannah Smith – 60m Hurdles 9.69s, 60m Sprint 8.69s (PB) and LJ - 4.34m
  Melissa Gurteen – 60m Hurdles 9.59s (PB & club record), LJ – 4.39m
U13 Girls
  Leah Duncan – 60m sprint 8.02s (PB), LJ – 3.61m
  Leisha Hunt – 60m sprint 8.49s (PB), Shot Putt 6.68m, LJ - 3.98m
  Sky Fay – 60m Hurdles 10.80s (PB), 60m sprint 8.97s (PB) & HJ – 1.18m
U15 Boys
  Ewan Banner 10.49m (PB)              Well done to all who competed.

Mid Essex League, Highwoods, 1st March 2015
Three runners from the club for this, the last XC of the season: well done Conor Culham (24th
of 84), Myles Coulson 32nd & Joe Nourse 53rd. Full results are on the XC results page.

Mid Essex League, Baddow, 22nd February 2015
A small turnout from the club but a great run from Conor Culham (23rd of 86) with Lee Cousins 33rd & David Reaves 73rd. Full results are on the XC results page.

National XC championship, parliament hill fields, 21st February 2015
Our young endurance duo Kiera Hornsby and Courtney Gordon were our representatives at the prestigious English XC 'national' today. The infamous hill greeted them at the start of the race and the rest of the course was constantly up or down making it very tough conditions. Both ran well with U13 Kiera Hornsby going off first off and coming 196th out of a huge field of 430 and then first year U15 Courtney Gordon tackled the hills and ended 126th out of 379. A superb weekend for the club's outstanding athletes. The biggest turn out from BDAC.

Eastern and Essex Indoor Championships, Lee Valley, 8th February 2015
What a superb weekend for the club's outstanding athletes. The biggest turn out from BDAC athletes, maybe ever, at this high level competition.  Highlights include:
An amazing 16 medalists and as most won East of England and Essex medals, that made over 30 medals.
A 1-2 in the u13 girls 200m, the championship records being broken by Leah Duncan in both the 60m and 200m.
Medals across all disciplines of throws, sprints, middle distance and jumps and a finalist in the hurdles.
A hat-trick of medals by the Larkins family
The Shingleton twins both medalling
England championship standards being achieved. Too many PBs to mention.  Simply stunning results with more or less everyone achieving new best performances.
Superb support from family and athletes across the club to each other.
A massive well done to every single athlete who competed and the parents who made the effort to be there.  The weekend showed the best of our club in participation, support amongst club members and achievement.  Full results can be found here.
This weekend showed, the future is bright.  The future is RED and YELLOW!

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