Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club
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.
Club records have been broken in both Track & Field and Road Running events. Please submit details to Simon Mennell if you feel you have broken one yourself so that your achievement can be entered into the club records.
Essex Athletics Championships
Entries for the Essex championships can now be made and full details of the timetable, entry details and form can be found on the "Track and Field Fixtures & Entry Forms" page. Please note the closing dates on the letter and ensure you enter in plenty of time
Track and Field Club Fixtures
The season is upon us. Please see the Track and Field Fixtures page for further details and please speak to your Team manager if you are able to attend and are yet to advise them. Their names are on the Track & Field introduction page. The next event for all age groups is on Sunday 4th May in the East Anglian League at Colchester. Team managers will shortly be confirming teams for this event so if you have not already done so, please let them know of your availability.
More Volunteers Needed to Help our Club Run Smoothly
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.
On behalf of the Team Managers, "well done" to our u13-u17 Track and Field athletes who competed for the Club in the Eastern Young Athletics League at Thurrock. On a glorious sunny day, there were many excellent performances and great team spirit from all. Thanks also to all the parents/supporters for making the trip and everyone who helped out officiating for the club. See the Track & Field Results page. Pictures below.
Watford Open Athletics Event, 9th April 2014
Courtney Gordon returned to the venue of her u13 club record and in only her 2nd 1500m race in the higher age group, she did it again, breaking the u15 record by almost 3.5 seconds. The previous record set in 1997 of 5.00.2 was targeted by Courtney and in a fast race, she was within record pace from the off and finished with a strong final lap to cross the line in 4.56.81; a time which also betters the u17 record. With a full year and a half remaining at this age group, it will be interesting to see how much that record will come down. Picture below.
At the same event, Chloe Beckett opened her season well with a strong 1500m in 5.02 and Lois Gordon gained a sprint double pb of 14.85 in the 100m and 30.8 in the 200m. Well done to the three girls.
UK Sportshall UK Final in Manchester, 6th April 2014
Congratulation to our Kian Culham who represented the Essex team at the UK Sportshall Championship in Manchester. Amongst Kian's highlights was coming 7th in the country in speed bounce. A picture of the hurdles event is below.
Woodford Green Open, 5th April 2014
Josh Partridge had his first ever try at both 400 and 800 metres, recording a time of 66.66 for the 400 and 2:48.48 for the 800. Daisy Partridge recorded a pb for the 100 metres of 14.88 and a time of 50.25 for her first try at a 300 metres.
Annual Results: Havering Spring Warm Up Meeting, 30th March 2014
Leah Duncan took her great indoor form to the outdoor track, setting a new PB in a very quick 13.9, a Long Jump of 3.32m and equaling her 200m pb. Lois Gordon gained her 2nd UK ranking in the 200m and bagged a 100m and long jump pb of 3.59m at the same time. Georgia Tombs ran her first 800m outdoors, coming home in a pb of 2mins 52 for 2nd place and then 3.12m in the long jump. Daisy Partridge had a busy weekend first at Cambridge on Saturday where she PB'd in Javelin and then another pb on Sunday in the shot put throwing 7.01m. Ben Holdgate ran the shorter distance of 400m just missing a new pb but showed good early season speed. Courtney Gordon ran a strong 1500m gaining a 10 sec + pb for 2nd in 5mins 03 and finally
Joe Nourse as normal attacked early on and came home for an excellent 2nd in a new pb of 4min 18. A total of 10 PBs from teambraintreeac athletes - a great start to the outside season and now less than two weeks to the first league meeting!
Annual Club Party and Presentation of Awards, Friday 28th March 2014
A fantastic night was had by all at the Annual club party and awards night. The club goes from strength to strength with many of our athletes performing at country and national level. Congratulations to all our award winners. Full details of the award winners are here.
Cross Country Championships - Birmingham 8th March 2014
Two Braintree athletes ran in the prestigious end of season Cross Country championship in Birmingham and a third, Chloe Beckett, was selected but unable to attend. Following their selection due to their performances at the Essex Championship, Hannah Irwin came a fantastic 39th in the U17 category to help Essex to the team gold medal. U13 Courtney Gordon was pleased to complete the scoring for the Essex team closing off an excellent XC season that saw her twice represent the county. Highlights of the races can be seen on Saturday 15th on SkySports 2.
Chelmsford Open Results 1st March 2014
Four of our athletes attended the Chelmsford open with many season and personal bests achieved. Well done to them all.
Hannah Smith: 60m Hurdles - 2nd new PB 10.2; 60m Sprint - SB 9.1; Longjump - 2nd indoor PB 4m27
Melissa Gurteen: 6th High Jump 1.30pb
Leah Duncan: 1st 60m 8.6secs pb
Ewan Banner: 1st Shot put 7.61pb; 2nd Long jump 3.81 SB2.
England Indoor Championships - Sheffield 1st/2nd March 2014
Well done to U20m Richard Shingleton who achieved a 60m pb at the indoor national championships of 7.34sec along with Lewis Thorn who achieved a pb of 7.62 secs at U17B. Richard also competed in the Long jump leaping to 6.03m.
Essex & Eastern Counties Indoor Championships – Lee Valley 8th/9th Feb 2014
Eleven boys and thirteen female athletes represented the Club. Held over two days, the competition brings together the best in Essex and the six neighbouring counties, with medals awarded by each association. This was our biggest entry for some years, showing the growing strength of the club.
Cross Country Now Finished for 2013/2014
The cross country league season is now over and the results are on the cross country results page. Our ladies finished 2nd in the Mid-Essex League and the men have had some great performances too, but often we don't get a full team so we will try to get a full team out next year as we have the talent to challenge for the top in both leagues. Best wishes and well done Simon.
Medals and Essex team selection for youngsters, Saturday 4th January 2014
Braintree and District Athletes enjoyed the club's best ever performance at the Essex Cross Country championships at Hilly Field, Colchester on Saturday 4th. Following some excellent performances during the season, expectations were high and the athletes continued training hard over the Christmas period to be ready.
First up in his debut race at this Level was 10 year old Freddie Trevanian who will have two years at the U13 age group and battled hard coming home in 19th in a field of 51. In the U13 girls race, Courtney Gordon attacked the race from the start and held on for an excellent 4th out of 56, narrowly missing bronze, but securing her place in the Essex Country team for the UK Intercounties Championships later in the year.
U17 Joe Nourse, had an excellent 2nd lap gaining a number of places to come home in 8th and now waits to hear if he has done enough to secure a place on the Essex team following a number of strong performances during the season. U17 Hannah Irwin, in her debut for the club, was strong from the start and stormed to a Silver medal, while U20 Chloe Beckett secured an excellent bronze following a great 2nd lap where she moved from 5th to 3rd. Both girls were handed their Essex selection letters as they crossed the line, giving the club three Essex team places so far for the national competition, with the hope of some more to come once selection has been concluded.
In the senior competition Myles Coulson came 149th and Kayleigh Beedon, who has raced every cross country race this year, came 73rd.
Lee Valley graded open indoor athletics meeting, New Year's Day 2014
Four of our Athletes couldn't wait to get their competitive year under way. Leah Duncan ran two excellent 60m sprints, the fastest of which was just outside her pb with an excellent 8.94 seconds. She followed this up with a 200m pb of 29.84, an excellent time for a first year u13. Melissa Gurteen wanted to test herself over 800m and ran a good race to come home in 3mins 08 secs. Another first year u13, Lois Gordon ran her first ever 200m and was delighted with her time of 32.83, while older sister Courtney bagged two pb's over 800m (2mins 34sec) and 200m (30.4 secs). A good start to 2014 for these four.
News prior to January 2014 has been moved to the news pages of the appropriate disciplines.