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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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Club Personnel Changes following the recent AGM
Thanks to those who attended the AGM on 11th Nov 2014.  Your new committee was voted in and is as follows: 
  Chair – Tony Gordon
  Hon. Secretary – Carly Holland
  Hon. Treasurer – Craig Duncan
  Membership Secretary – Louise Murphy
  Fixtures Secretary – Sue Gurteen
  Volunteer Co-ordinator – Lynne Culham
  Head Coach – Simon Mennell
  Club Mark – Kayleigh Beedon
  Child Protection Officer – Lorraine Cockell
  Endurance – Trevor Sibley
  Cross Country Co-ordinator/Team Manager - Josie Sheffield
  Youth Representative – James Murphy
Additional committee members
  Ross Boyer
  Leigh Baldock
  Vicki Brockbank
Many thanks to Derek Mennell who after three years stepped down as chair, having done an outstanding job and to Robin Pitts who stepped down from Hon. Treasurer after many years fantastic service to the club.

Cross Country Fixtures, 2014/5
Details on our Cross Country Fixtures page here. Come along and be part of the team.
Next fixture: Braintree, Sat 6th Dec. Please support us, either by running or as a helper as it takes a lot to put on our home fixtures. Then the Mid Essex League, Sun 7th Dec at Hadleigh.

Head Coach, Simon Mennell named “Coach of the Year” 13th October 2014
Simon achieved well deserved recognition for his fantastic work for the club when he was named Braintree District “Coach of the Year”. At the inaugural "Active Braintree District" Sports Awards 2014, Simon was one of three coaches across all sports shortlisted and then announced winner. He received his award from GB paralympic athlete Richard Chiassaro. 
Two members of the club nominated Simon and this is what they said about him: 

“Simon is the Head Coach at Braintree and District Athletics Club and is an inspiration to both his athletes and fellow coaches. He works with athletes of all abilities from beginners up to national level competitors, writing personal training plans, nurturing and supporting them to achieve their aspirations. He is always there for his athletes, for their successes and disappointments, when a few well-chosen words can make all the difference. Simon is the heart-beat of Braintree and District Athletics Club.”
“Simon Mennell is the head coach at Braintree Athletics Club and gives up so much of his team to inspire and coach athletes of all abilities around the Braintree District. Simon has coached many of the children within my family and the values he instils go far beyond athletic improvement. My wife and I have seen our own children and nieces positively develop with an increase in confidence and self-esteem, particularly when given the opportunity to assist with coaching. Simon is one of the districts unsung heroes and should be recognised for his efforts. He seeks no praise or thanks but deserves it in truckloads!”.

Simon recognised the great team of people who support the club and his athletes who he says he is lucky to work with, when commenting on his award. 
Congratulations Simon from everyone at the club. See picture below.

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

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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

Club Championships, 20th Sept 2014
After some torrential storms on Saturday morning things weren’t looking good weather wise for the club championships which were to be held later in the day.  Thankfully though the thunder &  rain eased and the weather brightened but the next concern was the ‘starter man’ who somehow got his days mixed up and thought he was required on the Sunday, however, he eventually arrived and things got underway after a short delay!

It was a great turn out and although it was the last time to gain a personal best this season, a lot of people were taking part for fun as well which was great to see.  We saw some great performances by our athletes who have supported the club this year but we also saw parents and coaches who do not usually participate have a go at some of the events.  Everyone who took part had a very enjoyable day and there were some pretty good performances on the day.  All the results are here and will also be uploaded to the Power of 10 website.
Medal winners are listed here.

In addition to all those that competed for the club this year on the track, we could possibly have found some budding new athletes (young and old!) to take part in some of the competitions next year – mentioning no names specifically but you all know who you are so get some training in during the winter!!!!

In addition to her 100m record set earlier this season, Leah Duncan also managed to gain the club record in the U13 girls 150m at our club championships on Saturday 20th September.  It was a good chance to run in an event that is not run often and it was indeed Leah’s first time over this distance.  She lined up against the U17 boys and produced a time of 20.4s breaking the previous record of 20.6s set in 1994.  Congratulations Leah!

A big shout goes out to Vicky Brockbank who organised the championships with changes being made to events right up until the last minute, Vicky also sorted out all of the mixed and family relays to ensure there were some very close (and some not so!) races.  A big thanks also goes out to all the clubs officials and time keepers who officiated the track and field events in a professional manner and helped the day run very smoothly.  Great work from Steve Brockbank and Steve Partridge on the microphone keeping everyone up to date with proceedings and medal ceremonies!  Lastly, the club  would also like to thank all those parents that got stuck in and helped out as well. It was very much appreciated.

It was undoubtedly an excellent and very enjoyable day and great to see so many people taking part and supporting the club, looking forward to seeing you all again at next year’s event.

Club Record Trophy Presentation, 18th Sept 2014
Two of our young endurance athletes, Joe Nourse (U20 2k steeplechase) and Courtney Gordon (U15 800m) received their club record trophies from their coach Simon Mennell at the track on Thursday. Congratulations Joe and Courtney. Photo below.

EAL CUP FINAL, Bury St Edmunds 14th Sept 2014
The U13 girls and boys, U17 boys and the Senior Men were all competing and our U13 girls team came an amazing first place. Having come 2nd in the league, they went one better, led brilliantly by Team Manager Craig Duncan, and put in a fantastic team performance to be crowned the top team in East Anglia for their age. Results and more information for all age groups to follow. Well done to everyone who represented the teams today and to everyone who has helped the teams throughout the season by competing. Photo of some of the u13 girls with the trophy below.

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