Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club

Recent News      Recent Pictures

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.

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?  Read about our “New to Running” group here.


* New member discounts on kit, see the Club Kit page under "About Us".
See Road Running fixtures for details of 3k races for adults and children,
   also for the Ware Festival of Running.
Tuesday Training: shot put now 6pm to 7pm. Link to full list on training page.
The Club seeks a member or parent to co-ordinate its volunteers, see below.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL - See About Us: Membership page.
Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages. 

Recent News

Braintree 5 (Skyline 120), 17th April 2016
Race report and a link to the results are on the Braintree 5 page. The BDAC team photo is in "Pictures" below. For photos of most competitors, see the Braintree 5 page.
Paul Miller wishes to thank all the helpers. Without the vast amount of help in whatever form the Race would not be able to go ahead. Whether you were marshalling out on the road, putting out signs, or one of the other many helpers, you all played a vital role ensuring the smooth running of the event. You will appreciate that many months of planning go into the Race every year and it is only on the day that all the pieces come together to make what was a great race.
He is standing down as Race Director and says that it was a great day to finish on and thanks you all for making it a special day. He hopes you will all continue to support the race and its new Director.

AAA Standards Results Update as of 18th April 2016
After the first league weekend, we are now up to 27 athletes who have achieved the high national standards of the AAA scheme. We now have 24 females and 3 males, so it’s girl power so far! See the table near the foot of the Track & Field Records page.
Hannah Smith jumped to level 1 this weekend with 5.05m in Long Jump and level 2 in hurdles (12.00secs); Leah Duncan (12.6) and Eve Wright (12.5) both secured level 1 in 100 with Eve adding level 3 in 200m with 26.9. Holly Field shocked herself to throw 10.04m in Shot Putt and move to level 2. Rachel Carter achieved level 3 in hurdles with Kate Sheppard gained level 4. Finally, Abigail Kerr ran an excellent 1500m to take level 4 with a massive PB of 5mins, 12 secs.
Well done everybody so far and remember to tell Tony if you achieve a standard.

Annual Awards for 2015 Presented at the Party on 18th March 2016
The annual awards evening and party was bigger than ever this year. Many thanks again to everyone who helped put on a fantastic night. Congratulations to all of our winners and everyone who competes for the club giving us our most successful year ever in 2015. The full list of awards winners is here. Pictures on facebook.

Barry Plowman at the Groundhog Track Marathon, Telford, 5th March 2016
Barry completed this marathon at a very cold Telford, finishing 7th out of 79 in 3:24:08, the first time he has done a whole race in gloves! Picture below of the first lap of 105.5 and Barry at the finish with his medal. Refuelling consisted of a banana every half hour and water. He is now on Insulin for diabetes and told to keep off all sugar/energy drinks and gels. He plans to return to the road next time which will be the Abingdon Marathon in October.

Six compete at the English Championships: Sheffield 13th & 14th February 2016
The England Championship is the highest level of competition possible for our athletes and it was tremendous to see the red and yellow of BDAC present at the indoor championship at Sheffield. Qualifying standards are exceptionally high so making the champs is a huge achievement.
U17 man Ryan Morgan got us underway with a fabulous performance in the triple jump. Ryan is the East of England and Essex Champion and lept to an impressive 12.72m coming 6th in the country, an outstanding achievement.
Leah Duncan, in her first year of the age group, had a busy weekend running 5 races. She smashed her PB in the 60m running 7.94 in the heat and then winning her semi final in 7.90.
In a final in which everyone had run under 8 seconds, it was a blanket finish and Leah came an outstanding 5th in England. She followed this up with a 6th place in the country in the 200m and again ran a pb of 26.02 seconds.
U15 boy Freddie Martin started concentrating on sprints only last year and did amazing to reach the championship. He has had a foot injury for the past few weeks and recovered just in time to once again run under 8 seconds just missing his pb but ran great to bag a quick 7.95 seconds.
U15G 60m hurdles club record holder Hannah Smith, beat her pb and club record running 9.77 to make it through the heats into the semi final; an excellent achievement. Hannah missed out on making the final but already looks set to compete at this level for sometime.
U20 man Lewis Thorn, a regular at this level, doubled up in the 60m and 200m running his second fastest ever indoors despite missing some winter training with an injury.
Finally, Ben Slayman making his debut at the English Championship, had the mis-fortune to injury himself in his warm up and despite trying to run through it, had to pull up in the 60m.
*** Well done to all six athletes. If current predictions come true we predict 10-15 making the entry standards next year and that could make us one of the best represented clubs at the championship - how amazing would that be!

East Anglian Orienteering Championships, 14th February 2016
Club athlete Daisy Partridge, inspired by Active Essex, added a new accolade to her list of achievements at the weekend after winning the Women's Open at the East Anglian Orienteering Championships. Under 16 Daisy had to run up three age classes to compete for the Open Trophy, the first time a junior has achieved this. Currently ranked No. 1 Under 16 in the UK, she ran a near perfect race on the 7.5km course in a time of 57 minutes 45 seconds, beating her nearest rival by over 15 minutes. Daisy was also presented with the Joan George Trophy for the Best Performance by a Junior. Daisy, who does her endurance training with the Club, travels to Belgium this weekend with the England team to compete in the annual Interland competition.

Track and Field League Fixtures for 2016
We are pleased to announce details of the track and field fixtures for this summer (see the Track & Field Fixtures page). The Team Manager details have been updated (see the Track & Field Team Managers page) and they will shortly be in touch to check which events you can make. Please make an effort to turn out for the team as much as possible.

Eastern and Essex Championships, 20 medals and many PBs, w/e 7th February 2016
It was another superb championship at Lee Valley with club members taking a total of 22 medals. There were PBs all-round and a number of first timers at the fantastic indoor track. Given the performances, a number of our athletes are on to have a great outdoor season. What was also pleasing was just the sheer number of BDAC athletes taking part and having fun together as a team. Congratulations to our medalists and everyone who took part. Pictures below.
Medal Winners:
Senior Men:  400m - Charlie Singleton - Essex Bronze
  Long Jump - Charlie Singleton - Essex Bronze
U20 Men: 60m - Mahmoud Barrie - Eastern and Essex Gold
U17 Men: Triple Jump - Ryan Morgan - Eastern and Essex Gold
     Long Jump - Ryan Morgan - Essex Silver
U13B: 60m hurdles - Ruben Hedman - Eastern and Essex Bronze
Senior Women: 60m - Kirsty Ronald - Essex Bronze
     Long Jump - Kirsty Ronald - Essex Bronze
U20 Women: Shot putt - Megan Larkins - Eastern and Essex Gold
U17 Women: High Jump - Sophie Conway - Essex Bronze
     Triple Jump - Melissa gurteen - Eastern Bronze, Essex Silver
U15 Girls: 60m - Eve Wright - Eastern and Essex Silver
     60m - Leah Duncan - Eastern and Essex Bronze
     200m - Leah Duncan - Eastern and Essex Gold. 

Club Vacancy for a Volunteer Co-ordinator
We are currently seeking the support of a member or parent to take on the committee role of volunteer co-ordinator. The volunteer co-ordinator helps us to recruit volunteers into the club and the role and organise if some are needed for an event, for example, and is supported by lots of great resources on the England Athletics website.
We need someone who is enthusiastic and would like to help the club. There is a once a month committee meeting and you need to be a fairly regular visitor to the club to be a contact point in case of query, but I assure you there is no great expectation that it will take up much of your time at all.
Full support would be given by our friendly and effective committee, so please come forward and support the club. Please see me on a club night or give me a call 07785 720023.
Thanks, Tony Gordon, Chairman.

Club annual awards night and party, 18th March 2016
Tickets for our fantastic party and awards night are now in sale from the ladies at the front gate. Tickets, which include the disco and buffet are £2.50 per head and with it always being a great night, it would be brilliant to see lots of members and their families come along to join the fun and cheer on the award winners.......it might be you! Tickets go fast so please buy them as soon as possible if you want to be sure.

Mid-Essex League Cross Country, Highwood 31st January 2016
Nine club runners completed this hilly, wooded and muddy course. A great effort and well done Conor who aimed for the first 10 and came in 8th. See the XC results page & picture below.

Mid-Essex League Cross Country, Rivenhall 17th January 2016
On a bright but cold day, Claire Gordon, Conor Culham, Alex Ings, Miles Coulson & David Reaves represented the Club at this XC league match where the course was very interesting and apart from the ditches, the going remarkably good considering the weather we have had. See the XC results page. Full teams comprise 7 men and 4 ladies so it would be great to see more of you at the next race which is near Chelmsford on Sunday 31st January.
Lee Cousins reaches Park Run Milestone
Running for the Club, Lee completed his 50th Park Run on Saturday 4th January 2015. Lee finished in 7th position in a time of 22:13. Lee has also completed Park runs at Chelmsford's central park and the National Trust's Hatfield Forest.

New sessions at or from the track on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Tuesday evening road runs: there is now a weekly road run from 7.15 to 8.15 pm. This follows a5k route starting and ending at the Tabors Academy track, although faster runners have an opportunity to increase their distance by "looping back" to the tail runner during the session. All sessions have a leader and a tail runner and hi-vis bibs are provided.

Thursday evening: as well as Steve Partridge's new 6.30pm long jump session, there is now a technical running coaching session from 7.30 - 8.30 pm, starting and ending at the Tabors Academy track, aimed at regular and experienced runners who are keen to improve their technique.

All in addition to our normal track sessions which are listed on our Training page.

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

Top of page


2016Braintree5 The BDAC team at the Braintree 5 (Skyline 120), 17th April 2016

CharlieShingleton Barry Plowman at the Groundhog Track Marathon, Telford, 5th March 2016

Daisy PartridgeDaisy Partridge (U16w) wins East Anglian Orienteering Champs 14th Feb 2016

Seven pictures below: Essex and Eastern Championships, w/e 7th Feb 2016:

CharlieShingleton Charlie Singleton wins Bronze 400m and Long Jump

Mahmoud BarrieMahmoud Barrie wins u20 60m gold

Melissa GurteenMelissa Gurteen wins 3rd place Eastern and 2nd place Essex in U17W TJ

Leah DuncanLeah Duncan wins U15 200m Eastern and Essex Gold

Rubén HedmanRubén Hedman wins u13 hurdles Essex bronze

Eve Wright and Leah DuncanEve Wright (silver) and Leah Duncan (bronze) in the Eastern and Essex 60m

Scarlett WilliamsScarlett Williams at her 1st track race, Eastern and Essex u13W 800m

MidEssex League XC Mid-Essex League XC, Highwood 31st January 2016

Leah+Tony_BraintreeAwardsConor and Courtney Win U18 at Witham Boxing Day 5 miler, 26Dec2015

Leah+Tony_BraintreeAwardsLeah Duncan and Tony Gordon with Jason Fergus at the Braintree Sports Awards Ceremony, 02Nov2015

Essex League XCScarlett and Rose, Essex League XC,
U13 girls, Hockley 31st October 2015

Essex League XC Essex League XC, Hockley 31st October 2015

Essex League XC
Lynne, Sam and Liz, Essex League XC, Hockley 31st October 2015

Earlier pictures are on the Gallery page

Top of page

Braintree 5 Power of 10

Childrens University