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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.

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.

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.


*****  Sorry but no Craig's Sprint Group on Thursdays 29th June, nor 6th July  *****

* Details of the Steeple Bumstead 10k multi-terrain on RoadRunning page.
* Details of the Southern track & field champs are on the Track/Field Fixtures page.
* Braintree 5 RESULTS: click here!
* Track Night training schedule for 2017 has been updated on the Training page.
* Details of the 2017 County Championships can be viewed from the Track & Field
   fixtures page.

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

Recent News

Lily Brand breaks own club record, Colchester, June2017
Well done Lily Brand who broke her own U13 club record with a throw of 30.26 at Colchester on Sunday 11th June. Lilly is talented across all the throws events but she has now moved to 6th in the country in Javelin with her latest effort. Great work Lily, well done.

Taylor excels in the Lake District, May/June2017
At Hutton Roof Crags, 27th May, Taylor (9) finished 3rd out of 14 U11 Girls & 11th out of 26 U11 Boys & Girls. The course did a lap of a meadow to spread the field before climbing steeply up through some rocky woodland then turning onto the fell side, through a farm & back to the finish. She finished just before a hail storm raged through the village fayre blowing various marquees over dry stone walls including the Fell Race registration tent right down a farmers field!
Then at the Killington Sports, 1st June, she finished 8th out of 48 U12 Girls & 31st out of 103 U12 Boys & Girls. The course was an out & back route climbing 300' on the fellside with the last section being the steepest, around a flag post at the top with a very fast descent returning the same way to finish back in the show field to the cheers of the spectators. This is a traditional sports event & competitors travel from far & wide to compete in not only this but other track events. Pictures below.

Great turnout at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, 29May2017
A brilliant run by Tim Wollfe in the field of 1222 runners to come 3rd in 34:30, followed by Connor Culham 31st in 38:45 and another 24 club members. Well done everyone. BDAC results are here and the full results are here.

Best ever Essex Championship for BDAC, May 2017
An amazing weekend at the Essex Champs with 27 Medals won by BDAC athletes, our best ever return. 8 for the Men/Boys and 19 for the Women/Girls with 2 new championship bests and 4 club records.

Outside of the medalists, we have so many PBs and breakthrough performances showing superb strength in depth across the club. Well done to everyone involved in the club and congratulations to the athletes and coaches for this great weekends work. The future is bright. The future is Red & Yellow!

Vet M: Amr Ziko 300m 38.63 Gold                            Tim Wolfe 1500m 4.21.64 Gold

Snr M: Charlie Shingleton Triple Jump Gold 12.52m

U15B:  Eddie Brown 100m 12.1sec Bronze                 Eddie Brown 200m 24.68sec Bronze
           Jude Thorne 800m 2.07.48 Bronze                 Jude Thorne High Jump 1.55m Silver
           Jude Thorne Triple Jump 11.10m Bronze

Snr W: Chloe Cockell Hammer 40.35m Gold

U20:    Megan Larkins Shot Putt 10.60m - Gold           Megan Larkins Discus 30.13m Silver
           Megan Larkins Hammer 52.19m Silver - Club Record

U17W: Eve Wright 100m 12.22m Silver - Club Record
          Kiera Hornsby 2000m steeple chase 7:43.96 Gold
          Kiera Hornby Triple Jump 10.46m Bronze          Daisy Partridge Javelin 31.92m Silver

U15G: Leah Duncan 100m 12.34 Gold                         Amber Whitehorne 100m 12.85 Silver
          Leah Duncan 200m 25.33 Gold - Club Record   Sky Fay 300m 44.08 Bronze
          Josephine Larkins Hammer 29.68m Silver

U13G: Karis Thomas 100m 14.08 Bronze
          Sadie Frater-White 800m 2.23.67 Gold - Club Record
          Sadie Frater-White 1500m 4.55.45 Gold  - Championship Best
          Lily Brand Shot Putt 9.15M Gold                       Lily Brand Hammer 17.11m Gold
          Lily Brand Javelin 29.98m Gold - Championship Best and Club Record (picture below)

British Orienteering Championships Silver Medal for Oliver Prince, 7th May 2017
Oliver Prince won Silver as part of an Under 12 (M/W12) team at the British Orienteering Relay Championships held at Summer House Knott in the Lake District on Sunday 7th May. Oliver was the fastest overall on his 1.36km leg (9m 5 secs) which helped bring the team home in second place, 1 minute behind the team from South Yorkshire and 24 seconds ahead of a local Lakeland team in third. Seventeen teams from across the UK competed over the hilly terrain. Oliver also competed in the individual Long Distance (3.3km) at High Dam the day before, coming 5th in 39 mins 57 secs. Pictures below.

Jessica & Dylan's Achievements, May 2017
Jessica and Dylan raced in the Essex Primary Schools XC Finals held at Hadleigh Park. Both finished second place out of a very strong field. Dylan had trouble getting away at the start and found himself in last place, but spent the remainder of the race working his way to the front. Jessica perhaps not wanting the same to happen to her sprinted ahead of the pack from the start and maintained second place throughout. Both gave their all on the day and they should be very proud of themselves.
Jessica and Dylan then competed in the Infinity aquathlon (160m swim/1.2Krun). Dylan finished in 1st place with a strong swim and run, and Jess finished in 2nd place with the fastest girls run time in her age group. There were 61 children from across the Eastern region in their age group (U11).
Then Dylan took part in the South West Triathle (continuous shoot/swim/run - shoot/swim/run). This was also a qualifier to race as part of the GB team in Portugal for the European Biathle/Triathle champs. Having already qualified for the Biathle team in April, Dylan was delighted to place 3rd today gaining a place on the Triathle team also.
Their parents are really grateful for their coach, Simon's support and the kids love coming along to training. 

Taylor Gooding (age 9) Fell Race Success, 1st May 2017
Taylor finished 2nd in the Wray Caton Moor, Lancashire U11 Girls Junior Fell Race. The course was 1 Mile long & having 150' of ascent. The fell races are held in conjunction with the Village Scarecrow Festival which attract hundreds of people, so crowds cheered the runners on at the start from the centre of the village. From here the route wound its way up a steep country lane before turning on to the undulating fell side then turning steeply downhill, across a stream & twisting down the side of a steep gully through woodland & back to finish. Taylor finished in 7.15 & knocked 38 seconds off her time on the same course last year and now has three 2nds & one 1st place finishes at the event over the last 4 years. A wonderful achievement Taylor!

Lots of great achievements by our athletes
See the reports on our facebook pages.

New records in April 2017 - UPDATE!
Sadie achieved a new personal best and a new U13 Club record in the Chelmsford Open 800m to put her 3rd in the UK. She then went on to achieve a new Club record in the EAL 1500m putting her number 1 in the UK. Massive congratulations Sadie! Then Charlie Shingleton, competing in the BUCS 400m heats broke the Club record for the senior men.

BDAC Juniors Excel at Schools Championships, March 2017
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.

Mid Essex League XC, Braintree, 12th March 2017
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 breaks club 800m record, 15th February 2017
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.

Mid Essex League XC, Little Baddow, 26th February 2017
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!!!

Sadie Frater-White at Lea Valley, 15th February 2017
Sadie ran her first ever 800m and came first in a race which had lots of under 17s in it with a time of 2min 27:77secs which puts her 4th in the UK on the power of 10. Congratulations Sadie! See facebook for a video.

Cross Country Leagues, 14/15th January 2017

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:
11th, 12th & 26th February, and 12th March. Let's have good turnouts for each one.

Daisy at the World Schools Orienteering Championships - UPDATED
Daisy Partridge, having been selected for England again to compete at the World Schools Championships (pictured below with her 3rd place trophy in the 2015 World Champs) devised a cunning little event at Fordham for New Year's Day in conjunction with the kind help of Essex Stragglers so she can raise some money towards her participation in the next World Schools Orienteering Championships in Italy in April. The results are here and Daisy says "thank you all the BDAC members for giving my event a go. All profits will go towards my trip to Italy for the World Schools Orienteering Championships and all donations were much appreciated. David Reaves gave it a good go and mentioning to me that he hadn't done orienteering since 1965! He managed to get 290 points leaving him in 31st place. I am glad I inspired him to try it again. Also to the Ferguson's with Will, Joe and family clocking up a total of 305 points which put them in 28th. I appreciate you all coming and I hope you all enjoyed it. I had great fun watching people learn and having fun".

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!
U15: Kate Sheppard competed in both the 60m hurdles and the 60m. She made it through to the semi final of the hurdles and by doing so ran a club record of 9.69 seconds. In addition to the hurdles she qualified for the English champs 60m with 8.54s to join those who have already achieved the qualifying time.

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 bdacpb@gmail.com. If you have any queries on the information provided, please speak to Josie Sheffield, Simon Mennell, Trevor Sibley, Sam Hillyard or Stuart Phillips.

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

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Taylor, Lake District: Hutton Roof Crags 27th May & Killington Sports, 1st June 2017

Javelin Record
Lily Brand receives award for Club Record
   U13 Javelin, Essex Champs, May 2017

High Dam
Oliver finishing the High Dam Individual Long Distance, 6th May 2017

Relay team
The relay team with Oliver at the British Orienteering Relay Champs, 7th May 2017 

Dylan: SW Triathle, May2017        Jessica & Dylan, Infinity Aquathlon, May 2017 

Dylan & Jessica, Essex Primary Schools XC Finals, Hadleigh Park, May 2017 

RosieDickasonRosie Dickason, 1st in North Essex School Year 6 XC, 22nd March 2017

DylanDylan Robins at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Champs, 26th March 2017

TaylorGooding  Jessica 
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
Sadie Sadie Frater-White breaks club U13 800m record to finish 1st, Lee Valley, 15Feb2017

MelissaGurteenMelissa Gurteen receives Club Record Trophy for U15 / U17_60mH

LeeDuncanLee Duncan, Gold at England Indoor
Championships 60m, 2017

LeeDuncanLee Duncan, Bronze at England Indoor Championships 200m, 2017
(See Gallery for the facebook video)

The BDAC Sprint Team at the England Championships

Stebbing 2016
Olamide and Ayo Odupitan, Sportshall Regional Final, 12February 2017 

Daisy PartridgeDaisy Partridge 3rd Place in the World Schools Orienteering Championships

Daisy PartridgeLeah Duncan, Gold in the SEAA U15 Championships 200m, 8thJan2017

SadieFrater-White  DylanRobins 
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

For earlier pictures, see the Gallery page

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