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The Club
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

New to Running?
If you want to take the first steps to enjoy 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.


* Thursday hurdles training has now finished until the Spring.
* Endurance Workshop advert: click here for flier.
* Final amount raised for charity from our 2015 Braintree 5 event was £1298.63.
* Sportshall events coming up: see the Track & Field fixtures page.

Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages. 

Recent News

Leisha Hunt breaks u13 pentathlon club record, 27th September 2015
Leisha Hunt headed all the way to Exeter this weekend and it was a worthwhile trip as she broke the 26 year old club record.  Leisha has been working hard across the combined events this year and put together the following sequence to move to 21st in the UK for her age group.
  70m hurdles 12.75 secs
  High jump 1.27m
  Long jump 4.54m
  Shot putt 6.99m
  800m 2.46.74
Total points 2146. Congratulation to Leisha - a fantastic achievement.

Essex Cross Country Relays, Hockley 26th September 2015
The cross country season started with a bang in warm sunshine and a distinct lack of mud. I’m sure that will change as the season unfolds. First off were the U15 girls over the 3k course and with three impressive legs, they stormed to a 3rd place finish and the Team Essex Bronze medal. Courtney Gordon (13mins 19secs), Abigail Kerr (13.15) and Kiera Hornsby (15.22) completed the course in a combined time of 41.56. For the boys, Conor Page ran a strong solo 3k leg and came home 8th out of 36 in his age group in 11.17. The U17 boys came 10th in their age group with three very consistent runs: Joshua Mulley (12.19), Cameron Kerr (12.07) and Conor Culham 12.23 came home in 36 mins 49 seconds. Well done everyone who competed and congratulations to the girls on their Essex medal. The league cross country starts on the 10th October for U13’s and upwards. We look forward to seeing lots of red and yellow vests out there. Pictures are below and results (in Excel) are here.

Club Championships, 19th September 2015
After what has been an outstanding track and field season, it was great to finish the season off with a fantastic day at the club championships. There were a number of personal bests and a few first time competitors, plus lots of fun. Well done to all. A massive thank you to everyone involved helping out on the day and a special thanks to Vicky Brockbank and Sue Gurteen who organised the event. Results here.

Coaching Update: Tony Gordon's Achievement, September 2015
It's great for the club that Club Chairman and Sprints Coach Tony Gordon has been accepted onto the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme. Earlier in the year Tony became one of first 20 sprint coaches in the UK to achieve the highest qualification possible in UK Athletics and Tony now joins this national programme, which will see him have a mentor in England Athletics and receive access to some of the world top coaches at conferences, allowing him to continue helping to develop athletes at the club. Congratulations Tony!

Our Young Athletes at the EAL Final, 13th September 2015
Congratulations to our six teams that made the EAL final at Bury St Edmunds on 13th Sept 2015.
The league format is that out of nineteen teams in East Anglia, the top eight teams make the final and to have six of our teams make that, is our best ever result. The U15 girls had the best result in the final coming in 2nd place followed by the U13 girls who came 3rd, but every team put in a fantastic performance at this high level event. Full results below.
With the leagues over, a quick reminder that anyone who has not competed three times this year can still compete in the cross country winter season to achieve the three races to have their membership renewed next year.
Thanks again to everyone who has performed so well throughout the track and field season and again, well done to our finalists. Results are herePictures are on the Gallery page (and on facebook).

East of England AA Intercounties, Ipswich 5th September 2015
Four under 20 men competed for Essex in this Hibbard, Bemax & Peterhouse Trophy Meeting: Charlie Shingleton, Lewis Thorn, Richard Shingleton and Joe Nourse helped the Essex team to a fantastic first place.  Congratulations to the four who did themselves and the club proud. Picture below.

Mel Batty 10k, Grays 31st August 2015
Conor and mum Lynne Culham both got great PB’s with Conor taking 42 seconds off his first time, taking it down to 41:52 and Lynne bringing her pb down to 1h 06m. Well done both of you. Picture below.

Three represent BDAC at the U15/U17 England Champs, 30th August 2015
Three headed to Bedford to compete at the highest level possible at these ages. U15’s Daisy Partridge (Javelin) and Courtney Gordon (800m) and Ryan Morgan U17 Triple Jumper all achieved the entry standards and should be proud of making the competition and of their efforts on the day. Picture below.

Mersea 10, 29th August 2015
Well done our runners who took on this race of 5 or 10 miles. Picture below of Josie (10 miles) 79.09, Stuart (10 miles) 83.47 PB and Lauren (5 miles) 45.29. Other runners included Lee Cousins (10 miles) 22/179 in 69:36 and Steve Rolfe (5 miles) 26/105 in 39:06.

South East Intercounties, 23rd August 2015
Congratulations to members Joe Nourse, Daisy Partridge and James Murphy who represented Essex at the highly competitive South East Intercounties championship. Essex U15G Javelin Champion Daisy Partridge made her Essex team debut and came an excellent 7th out of the Region’s best throwers with a throw of 31.59m. U20 James Murphy, probably best known as a long jumper, showed his talent across other disciplines when he threw in the javelin competition throwing well at 37.7m. Joe Nourse followed up his recent mile club record with another record, this time in the 2000m steeplechase at 6:28.43, coming home in third place. It’s a huge honour to represent at country level and we’re very proud of Daisy, James and Joe who helped their age groups to win the overall competition for Essex. Well done guys. Pictures below. 

BMC Mile Race Club Record, 19th August 2015
Simon Mennell was lucky enough to go with joe Nourse to watch him in the BMC mile race last night. The race was at 9 o'clock and he was in the A race and wanted to beat the club record of 4.40. Joe ran brilliantly with 800m on 2.17 and ran a brilliant 4.35.13 smashing the club under 20 and senior record. An outstanding even paced performance which I was privileged to see. Well done Joe! Picture below.

EAL: Tables and Final Qualifiers for 2015
Amazing achievement. 6 out of 7 teams into the final. Well done. Well done everyone! Click here for table.

Ipswich Twighlight 10K, 14th August 2015
Wayne Cook ran this 10K in 40:53 to finish 33rd out of 697 runners. Well done Wayne!

EYAL Bury St Edmunds, 9th August 2015
Braintree win again with some great performances. We were first or second in most of the
individual age groups and managed to win the competition as a whole team – great work from everyone who turned out!! Results here.

Myles Coulson at the Salt Cellar Fell Race, Peak District, 7th August 2015
This Category B fell race has 1500 ft of ascent and decent over a 7 mile course, thick bracken and heather, plus a couple of bogs and a stream crossing thrown in. It was certainly challenging but the views from Salt Cellar over Ladybower are amazing (not that he stopped to take in all in!). He finished in 1 hour 16 mins in 97th place out of 158. It certainly puts the Essex XC courses into perspective! Picture below.

EYAL U13, Woodford, 2nd August 2015
Well done to the U13 girls and boys who competed at Woodford. Not a big turn out due to holiday time but some great performances from those that were there. Picture below.

Round the Rock Race, Jersey, 1st August 2015
Lee Cousins completed a 48 mile circumnavigation of Jersey, a very scenic but challenging route including 1000m of ascent taking runners through woodland, across beaches and atop rugged granite hill top paths. He completed the course in a time of 8hrs 27mins (provisional), placing him at 18th/62 finishers.

Inter-County Match, 26th July 2015
Nathaniel Downes and Leah Duncan represented the county (and the club) at the inter county match at Kingston upon Thames against 12 other counties. Nathaniel ran 28.09 finishing 8th in the 200m and ran 3rd leg helping the Essex team to finish 2nd in the relay. Leah came 1st in the 100m in 12.75 and 1st in the 200m in 26.49 and also helped the Essex u13 girls team to second place in the relay. Well done to both Narhaniel and Leah for being selected to represent the county at this event. Pictures of them in their Essex vests below.
EAL Home Event, 19th July 2015
We had a superb turnout and performance for our home event. It shows the strength of our club that when we get a good turnout, we are able to beat teams of the calibre we faced on Sunday. Please let's replicate this level of competitors for the rest of the season. It was great to see a number of athletes make their debut for the club. You all did great, well done! Results here.

Felsted 10K, 12th July 2015
Great club turnout for the Felsted 10k, picture below, results as follows:-
    Tim Woulfe 36:39. (5th)
Connor Mennell 41:03
Wayne Cook 41:36
Barry Plowman 43:03
Ross Boyer 43:22
Paul Chadwick 43:38
Michelle Caulfield 44:49 (1st vf45)   
Chris Lambert 48:38
Colm Scolard 49:10
Raoul Grantham 49:25         
Stuart Phillips 50:01
Claire Gordon 50:12
Gary Sibley 50:20
Steve Rolfe 50:58
Marco Firman 51:17
Chris Longhurst 51:17
Helen Lambert 51:50
Michelle Phillips 52:47
Matthew Parker 54:11. PB
Deb Harrison 54:58
Rob Caulfield 55:03

Earlier news has been moved to the news pages of the appropriate disciplines.

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Pictures from the 2015 EAL Final are on the Gallery page

EssexXC Relays 2015
Essex Cross Country Relays, 26th September 2015

EssexXC Relays 2015
Essex Cross Country Relays, 26th September 2015

CharlieShingleton, LewisThorn, RichardShingleton & JoeNourse,
East of England Intercounties, 05Sept2015


Daisy+Courtney at the English Champs, 30Aug2015


Conor & LynneCulham at the MelBatty10k, 31Aug2015

Josie, Stuart & Lauren, Mersea 10 mile, 29August2015

Joe Nourse, Daisy Partridge and James Murphy, SE Intercounties, 23August2015


Joe Nourse at the BMC, 19th August 2015


Daisy Partridge at the SE Intercounties, 23August 2015

Woodford Myles Coulson at the Salt Cellar Fell race, Peak District, 14th August 2015

Woodford U13 Boys & Girls at the EYAL at Woodford, 2nd August 2015



Nathaniel Downes representing Essex at
the inter county match 26 July 2015
Leah Duncan representing Essex at
inter county match 26 July 2015

Felsted_10K Club turnout for the Felsted 10K on 12th July 2015

Earlier pictures are on the Gallery page

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