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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.
New to Running? Read about our “New to Running” group here.
AAA Standards The club subscribes to the AAA Standards Scheme. You can find details of the scheme and a list of our athletes who have qualified here.
Announcements* Details of a May Day 10k off-road and the Bluebell 5ml trail for charity are on the
XC/Trail fixtures page.
* Details of the Southern track & field champs are on the Track/Field Fixtures page.
* Courses available for volunteers to become club officials, see About Volunteering. Earlier announcements are on the relevant discipline news or the "about us - club news" pages.
On Wednesday 22nd March, Rosie Dickason came first in North Essex School Year 6 girls Cross Country.Also competing for the year 6 boys was Oliver who won his race. Also Betsy Lewis came 2nd in the year 5 race and 1st in the team event.
On 26th March 2017, Dylan competed in the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships. The run event was first in which he took 5 seconds off his 800m PB with a fantastic time of 2:45 putting him in 14th place. After a short break before the swim, a solid performance pushed his finishing position up to 13th overall out of 97 finalists. Thank you Simon, and the other coaches for all your support.
On Wed 22nd March 2017, Taylor Gooding came first & Betsy Lewis second in the School Year 5 Girls Race at Great Notley Country Park with a bit of a battle towards the end of the race. They are both now through to the Essex XC Finals at Hadleigh Country Park.
On 26th March 2017, Jessica competed in the British School Modern Biathlon Championships. She had a fantastic 800m run with a time of 2:55 which took about 2.5 seconds off her PB, and again smashed her swim with a big PB giving her a final position in the competition of 17th out of 83 finalists in her category.
Well done all of you and anyone else we have not heard from yet. Pictures below.
A big thank you to everyone involved with this, our home cross country match, from the early set up team, marshalls and the post race refreshment team. Without you it couldn’t have taken place so well done all. I believe it went very well, helped by being a lovely day and as far as I know there were no issues from the runners. Results can be found from the XC results page.
Sadie Frater-White receives the trophy for breaking the 800m U13 Club Record. Sadie ran a fantastic race to finish in first position in a time of 2:27:73 at Lea Valley. This puts Sadie 4th in the UK for U13 800m. An amazing result & congratulations to Sadie. Pictures below.
In the penultimate cross country event of the season, hosted by Little Baddow Ridge Runners, the Braintree athletes put in some strong performances. First home in 14th place was U20 Conor Culham. Next through the finish funnel was Josh Mulley who came 15th, followed by James Salmon in 34th position. Finally David Reaves completed the team finishing in 60th position on this tough course. Well done to all the BDAC athletes who ran this weekend for the league points. Pictures on facebook & our Gallery pages; results on our XC Results page. Let's try and get as many red and yellow vests out there running and marshalling on Sunday the 12th of March at our home event. Details of future xc races are on the XC fixtures page and will be posted on BDAC facebook. We hope to see lots of BDAC vests there!!!
Well done all who came out and competed this weekend, and a very big thank you to all the volunteer marshalls who came out in the cold on Saturday. Everyone did a great job and without you, we as a club cannot host these events. So once again thank you all so much for your time and effort. Results are on the XC Results page. There are four more races this season:
Daisy at the World Schools Orienteering Championships - UPDATED
SEAA U15/U17 Championships Successes, 7/8th January 2017
Congratulations to all our U15 and U17 athletes who competed this weekend in the SEAA Indoor Champs at Lee Valley. As usual there were some great performances from our athletes and a number of PB's were achieved in a variety of events. Specific mentions go out to Eve Wright, Kate Sheppard and Leah Duncan.
U17: Eve competed in the 60m and qualified through the 2 rounds into the final which was great as it is her first year in the U17 age group. She ran a very quick 7.83s and finished 5th in an extremely close final!
Leah Duncan had a busy weekend competing in the 60m on Saturday and the 200m on Sunday. After making it through the first round & semi final of both events she managed to secure a bronze medal in the 60m in a time of 7.94 seconds. In her 6th race of the weekend, the 200m final, Leah was able to go even better and won the gold medal (picture below) in a time of 26.12 and a great way to end a good weekend of athletics!
Daisy Partridge is British Schools Orienteering Champion
Congratulations to Daisy Partridge who became the British Schools Orienteering Champion on Sunday 20th November after winning gold in a very quick time.
Important News re Medicine Changes to Anti-Doping Rules
Please note the changes to anti-doping legislation which can be accessed from our Links page. The main change refers to the use of asthma inhalers.
England Athletics working with MIND to promote Mental Wellbeing through running
Their aim is to bring down the stigma associated with mental health issues by getting people to run & talk about it. Josie Sheffield (Club coach and England Athletics Mental Health Ambassador) sends a massive "thank you" to Claire for her help & to all those athletes that supported our 1 mile run for World Mental Health Day on Thursday 13th October 2016. It was great to see so many of you take part by either running, jogging or walking 4 laps of the track, and in doing so, helping to raise awareness of mental health issues. Pictures below.
BDAC Endurance Awards
Here is a reminder to all endurance runners of the criteria for the 2016 BDAC Endurance Awards. Please note that revised information has been included for the PB Trophy (see here) and details of race results must be sent directly to email@example.com. If you have any queries on the information provided, please speak to Josie Sheffield, Simon Mennell, Trevor Sibley, Sam Hillyard or Stuart Phillips.
Rosie Dickason, 1st in North Essex School Year 6 XC, 22nd March 2017
Dylan Robins at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Champs, 26th March 2017
|Taylor Gooding & Betsy Lewis, 1st & 2nd in the School Year 5 Girls XC Race, Wed 22Mar2017
||Jessica at the British School Modern Biathlon Champs, 26Mar2017|
|Melissa Gurteen receives Club Record Trophy for U15 / U17_60mH|
Lee Duncan, Gold at England Indoor
Lee Duncan, Bronze at England Indoor Championships 200m, 2017
The BDAC Sprint Team at the England Championships
Olamide and Ayo Odupitan, Sportshall Regional Final, 12February 2017
Daisy Partridge 3rd Place in the World Schools Orienteering Championships
Leah Duncan, Gold in the SEAA U15 Championships 200m, 8thJan2017
|Sadie Frater-White receiving trophy for a new Club Record of 5:07 for U13G 1500m ||Dylan Robins at the Pentathlon GB British British Modern Biathlon Champs