Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club
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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.
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.
|* Craig will not be at training and there will be no 6.30 to 7.30 sprint group this Thursday 23rd April 2015.|
|* Hurdles Training will commence 7:30 - 8:30pm weekly from Thursday 16th April 2015.|
|* Entries now OPEN for the Essex Championships, 23rd and 24th May 2015. Click here.|
|* Here are the Braintree (Skyline) 5 results and photos. Also on the Braintree 5 page.|
|* See recent news below for photos from the Awards Night.|
|* New team managers and Summer training schedule are on the track & field intro page|
|Click on the following for the full stories (on the about-club news page):|
|* New Club Shop for BDAC-Branded Merchandise|
|* Membership Renewal 2015 - NOW OVERDUE! (thanks to all who have renewed)|
Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages.
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.
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.
Three runners from the club for this, the last XC of the season: well done Conor Culham (24th
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!
Earlier news has been moved to the news pages of the appropriate disciplines.
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