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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.

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.

After the excitement of the 2012 London Olympics, now is the time for you to become involved in the sport of athletics as a competitor or official. Please let us know if you could give up a little of your time to help the smooth and efficient running of the Club in one of the many ways in which could help us. See the Volunteer page.

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No sprint training sessions this Thursday 30th October 2014
Tony’s and Craig’s outdoor sprint session from 6:30 – 7:30pm and Tony’s 7:30 – 8:30pm session are cancelled this week as they are both away.

Club AGM, 8.15pm Tuesday 11th November 2014
This year’s AGM will be held at Braintree Leisure Centre (upstairs in the Spin/Cycle Studio).
If you have not received the details by email, contact Simon Mennell or Louise Murphy.
Invitation letter here.
Sportshall competition, Braintree Sat 8th Nov 2014
We are hosting a sportshall athleticscompetition, see flyer, and we would love to see as many young athletes competing as possible. Sportshall is great fun so come along and have a go!
A plea to parents! We need approximately 20 volunteers, no expertise needed, between 3-6pm on 8th Nov to help make the day a success, so can you please contact (Tony Gordon) or volunteer co-ordinator (Lynne Culham) to let them know you can help. We really need you and without the help we cannot put on events to support our athletes – Please help! Alternatively please let the the Sportshall team know on a Thursday night. Thanks.

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.

Mud Is Good - The cross country season is here!
During the winter, the club competes in two cross country leagues. The Saturday Essex League is for U13's and upwards and the Sunday Mid-Essex League is for 15 years olds and upwards.
Please take a look at our fliers: Juniors: here and Seniors: here
Details of the fixtures including timings and distances can also be found on our Cross Country Fixtures page here. Come along and be part of the team.

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

Recent News

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.
The next race is at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on 15th Nov where the top 5 gain automatic Essex team selection.  Look forward to seeing you there!

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.

U15/U17 England Championships, Bedford, 30/31 August 2014
Courtney Gordon and Lewis Thorn competed at these prestigious Championships this weekend. Courtney achieved the entry time at Watford earlier in the year and decided to race to gain the experience for next year when she will top the age group. Courtney had a great experience competing at national level despite, unfortunately, being tripped and stumbling on the first lap to finish in 5mins 1 second, missing out on the final.
Under 17 Lewis Thorn followed up his Essex Relay Bronze from the Saturday to take 7th place on day two at Bedford where he jumped to a pb of 5.35m.
Well done to both athletes representing BDAC at this standard.

Essex Relay Championships, 30th August 2014
A successful day saw Braintree pick up more medals to add to those gained at the Essex Championships earlier in the season. With 3 relay teams entered we came home with 3 medals. First up was the U17 mens 4x100m team including Ben Slayman, Lewis Thorn, Jamie Sutton and Tom Ramsey who brought the baton home for the bronze medal. There was only 0.2s between 1st and 3rd so a good performance and a season’s best of time of 45.6s.
In the U13 girls we had two teams, one in the 3x800m and one in the 4x100m.  The 4x100m team consisting of Hannah Smith, Catherine Levick, Leisha Hunt and Leah Duncan, ran 54.6s in the semi final to qualify as the 2nd fastest team for the final later in the day. They ran even quicker in the final with some good change-over’s to gain the silver medal with another season’s best time of 54.2s.
The 3x800m team, Georgia Tombs, Morgan Harrod and Kiera Hornsby were in a straight final against another 8 teams.  Georgia led the team off with a great first leg and made sure the girls were in contention as she passed the baton to Morgan just behind the leaders.  Morgan hit the front to take the lead early on in her leg and did well to maintain this to hand over to Kiera in 1st place.  Kiera, out on her own in the lead on the final leg looked very comfortable and with another solid run was able to come home for the gold medal and a new club record of 8:15.8.  A superb run from all 3 girls.
In the individual events, Joseph Nourse ran in the mens U20 2000m Steeplechase to claim the gold medal with a time of 6.33.7. Well done Jo!  (Pictures below)

Inter-counties at Allianz Park, Barnet, 3rd August 2014
Joe Nourse competed for Essex today at Barnet. He came 3rd out of 11 in the 2000m Steeple chase in a new club record of 6.32.97. The first lap was run at a very fast pace and Joe then settled in for a very even paced run after the frantic start in what turned out to be a fantastic performance. Well done Joe; another club record.

Eastern Athletic Association Championship 26th July 2014
The Eastern Championships took place in sweltering conditions at Cambridge on Saturday and Braintree and District AC Athletes once again excelled.  The Championship sees athletes from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire go head to head and with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, conditions for the sprinters and jumpers were ideal but it tested the athletes over the longer distances.

The youngest Braintree athlete on the day was U13 Hannah Smith who powered over the 75m hurdles to claim gold in 11.98 seconds.  Hannah headed off to become the latest club member to make her Essex debut the next day in long jump, where she gained 4th place with a leap of 4.19m in the Intercounties Championship.  Two U15 girls attended and Courtney Gordon secured her 4th major medal of the season winning the combined U15 and U17 girls 1500m race in a quick 4mins 53 seconds.   Courtney now heads off to the South East of England Championship and then the England Championship before the season closes.  Melissa Gurteen jumped close to her season’s best in long jump with 3.89m but was unlucky to clip the first hurdle in the later race and required medical attention, but thankfully the only damage was a bruised knee.  Ryan Morgan in the U15 boys age group claimed a superb triple jump silver with a jump of 11.91m and just missed out in a medal in the long jump despite jumping well.  Ryan will represent Essex this weekend in the triple jump.
In the older age groups, U17 boys sprinters Lewis Thorn (11.56secs) and Ben Slayman (11.59secs) took silver and bronze respectively and Lewis followed that up with gold in the long jump with a jump of 5.69m.  Amber Chudleigh was pipped by .003 of a second to 100m bronze but was delighted to gain her first major medal in the 200m in 26.96secs.  
At U20 there was even more success as Richard Shingleton took gold in the 100m in 11.54 secs and then 200m bronze in 23.62secs and brother Charlie took the 400m bronze in 52.33secs along with triple jump silver with James Murphy, in his first competition for 6 weeks since pulling his hamstring, took the long jump bronze.  In the endurance events Joesph Nourse took the U20 gold over 3000 and Adam Bateman claimed a new pb of 1.55.63secs and a superb gold.
Another stunning haul of 14 medals in such a prestigious regional competition is something the whole club should be proud of.  Well done to everyone who competed.

Conor 's Essex U17's Debut,  Sunday 20th July 2014
Conor competed in Portsmouth and having been selected to compete in discus, he was surprised to suddenly be asked to compete in triple jump, having only done it once at school! 
He came a very respectable 10th on the day in discus and it's great to have another Essex representative from our club.  Well done Conor.

Felstead 10k, Sunday 13th July 2014
The Club were out in force and had to contend with unexpected showers during the later stages of the race. Well Done to all the Braintree Runners!! Club results were:
30th Paul Chadwick 41:00 (1st Man)
35th Barry Ploughman 41:22
40th Anita Cox 41:40 (1st Lady)
54th Ross Boyer 42:58
88th Chris Ward 45:52
89th Lindsay Rolerkite 45:33
93rd James Thompson 46:18
104th Michelle Caulfield 47:22
115th Claire Gordan 48:29
132nd Gary Sibley 50:10
166th Rob Caulfield 52:33
182nd Chris Longhurst 53:55
183rd Marco Firman 53:57
203rd Deb Harrison 55:08 pb

Eastern Athletics League, Braintree 6th July 2014
Congratulations to everyone who competed at this, our home event. The team achieved a stunning first place in the overall competition beating many big towns and clubs. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day, making it so successful.

Watford Open, 2nd July 2014
Courtney Gordon took a huge 6.5 seconds off her own 1500m club record and in doing so gained the automatic qualification entry standard for the U15 England Championships at the end of August, her main target for the season. Courtney, coached by Head Coach Simon Mennell, headed to Watford on 2nd July and in warm, still weather conditions went with the quick early pace and finished strongly to secure her third club record of the season and second in two weeks in a time of 4 minutes 50.38 seconds.
In perfect conditions, U20 Ben Holdgate smashed his PB running a quicker second half of his 1500m race to accelerate through the field and finish second in an excellent 4.37.21 taking 7 seconds off his previous best. The sprinters were also present and Charlie Shingleton in only his second 100m ever, ran a sharp 11.66 PB with brother Richard taking second in 11.62. Lewis Thorn 11.76 and Ben Slayman 11.88 were in the same race and all four went on to the Long Jump where Charlie continued his fine form with the best jump of the night with 5.95m PB, Richard 5.71m, Lewis 5.40m and Ben 5.35m.
All in all, a very successful evening for the Braintree gang.

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