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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.

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BDAC Gain Accredited Clubmark Status, August 2014
Our Club has achieved Accredited Clubmark Status, with the certificate presented by Karen Stephanou (Club and Coach Support Officer for Essex and Herts). Karen commented, “It’s been a pleasure to award Braintree and District AC with their certificate. The Club has worked really hard to develop its junior section and have used Clubmark as a tool to improve areas within the club, including two satellite clubs linking into the club.”
England Athletics’ Clubmark Accredited Club status forms part of the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
Simon Mennell, our Coach Coordinator commented "Clubmark endorses the structures within the Club and has helped us to review our policies and procedures in line with the standards set within the accreditation process." See article.

Club Championships - Saturday 20th September 2014
This is the time for club members to compete against each other and have a fun day.
Entry Forms and timetable are here.

Club Records
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.

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.

Recent News

Inter-counties at Allianz Park, Barnet, 3rd August 2014
Joe Nourse competed for Essex today at Barnet. He came 3rd out of 11 in the 2000m Steeple chase in a new club record of 6.32.97. The first lap was run at a very fast pace and Joe then settled in for a very even paced run after the frantic start in what turned out to be a fantastic performance. Well done Joe; another club record.

Eastern Athletic Association Championship 26th July 2014
The Eastern Championships took place in sweltering conditions at Cambridge on Saturday and Braintree and District AC Athletes once again excelled.  The Championship sees athletes from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire go head to head and with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, conditions for the sprinters and jumpers were ideal but it tested the athletes over the longer distances.

The youngest Braintree athlete on the day was U13 Hannah Smith who powered over the 75m hurdles to claim gold in 11.98 seconds.  Hannah headed off to become the latest club member to make her Essex debut the next day in long jump, where she gained 4th place with a leap of 4.19m in the Intercounties Championship.  Two U15 girls attended and Courtney Gordon secured her 4th major medal of the season winning the combined U15 and U17 girls 1500m race in a quick 4mins 53 seconds.   Courtney now heads off to the South East of England Championship and then the England Championship before the season closes.  Melissa Gurteen jumped close to her season’s best in long jump with 3.89m but was unlucky to clip the first hurdle in the later race and required medical attention, but thankfully the only damage was a bruised knee.  Ryan Morgan in the U15 boys age group claimed a superb triple jump silver with a jump of 11.91m and just missed out in a medal in the long jump despite jumping well.  Ryan will represent Essex this weekend in the triple jump.
In the older age groups, U17 boys sprinters Lewis Thorn (11.56secs) and Ben Slayman (11.59secs) took silver and bronze respectively and Lewis followed that up with gold in the long jump with a jump of 5.69m.  Amber Chudleigh was pipped by .003 of a second to 100m bronze but was delighted to gain her first major medal in the 200m in 26.96secs.  
At U20 there was even more success as Richard Shingleton took gold in the 100m in 11.54 secs and then 200m bronze in 23.62secs and brother Charlie took the 400m bronze in 52.33secs along with triple jump silver with James Murphy, in his first competition for 6 weeks since pulling his hamstring, took the long jump bronze.  In the endurance events Joesph Nourse took the U20 gold over 3000 and Adam Bateman claimed a new pb of 1.55.63secs and a superb gold.
Another stunning haul of 14 medals in such a prestigious regional competition is something the whole club should be proud of.  Well done to everyone who competed.

Conor 's Essex U17's Debut,  Sunday 20th July 2014
Conor competed in Portsmouth and having been selected to compete in discus, he was surprised to suddenly be asked to compete in triple jump, having only done it once at school! 
He came a very respectable 10th on the day in discus and it's great to have another Essex representative from our club.  Well done Conor.

Felstead 10k, Sunday 13th July 2014
The Club were out in force and had to contend with unexpected showers during the later stages of the race. Well Done to all the Braintree Runners!! Club results were:
30th Paul Chadwick 41:00 (1st Man)
35th Barry Ploughman 41:22
40th Anita Cox 41:40 (1st Lady)
54th Ross Boyer 42:58
88th Chris Ward 45:52
89th Lindsay Rolerkite 45:33
93rd James Thompson 46:18
104th Michelle Caulfield 47:22
115th Claire Gordan 48:29
132nd Gary Sibley 50:10
166th Rob Caulfield 52:33
182nd Chris Longhurst 53:55
183rd Marco Firman 53:57
203rd Deb Harrison 55:08 pb

Eastern Athletics League, Braintree 6th July 2014
Congratulations to everyone who competed at this, our home event. The team achieved a stunning first place in the overall competition beating many big towns and clubs. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the day, making it so successful.

Watford Open, 2nd July 2014
Courtney Gordon took a huge 6.5 seconds off her own 1500m club record and in doing so gained the automatic qualification entry standard for the U15 England Championships at the end of August, her main target for the season. Courtney, coached by Head Coach Simon Mennell, headed to Watford on 2nd July and in warm, still weather conditions went with the quick early pace and finished strongly to secure her third club record of the season and second in two weeks in a time of 4 minutes 50.38 seconds.
In perfect conditions, U20 Ben Holdgate smashed his PB running a quicker second half of his 1500m race to accelerate through the field and finish second in an excellent 4.37.21 taking 7 seconds off his previous best. The sprinters were also present and Charlie Shingleton in only his second 100m ever, ran a sharp 11.66 PB with brother Richard taking second in 11.62. Lewis Thorn 11.76 and Ben Slayman 11.88 were in the same race and all four went on to the Long Jump where Charlie continued his fine form with the best jump of the night with 5.95m PB, Richard 5.71m, Lewis 5.40m and Ben 5.35m.
All in all, a very successful evening for the Braintree gang.

Stortford 10 mile Multi Terrain Race, 22nd June 2014
Chris Ward (Wardy) pulled a PB, coming in 51st out of 156. Chris said "It was my first multi terrain! really hard work but well chuffed with my time. Quickest 10 miles I have ever run!"
Results: Ross Boyer 1:14:30
Chris Ward 1:20:20
Trevor Sibley 1:26:17
Gary Sibley jnr 1:36:16

SAL meeting, Colchester, 21st June 2014
Joe Nourse added to the recent spate of club records in the U20 men's 2k steeplechase.   Joe attacked the previous record set in 1995 and smashed it by a huge 7 seconds to finish in first place in 6mins 38.1 secs.   That makes it 3 longstanding club records broken in 6 days; surely a record itself!

Watford Open, 18th June 2014
Courtney Gordon followed up the breaking of the 1500m record earlier in the season with a new u15 800m record at the Watford Open on Wednesday.  Courtney ran a perfectly even paced race with two 71 second laps to cross the line in 2.22.58 taking almost a second off her previous best. As another athlete in the first year of her age group, we hope for more records to come over the next season and a half from Courtney.  At the same event, Leah Duncan followed up her excellent recent form with another strong run, this time taking 2nd place in the 200m in a time of 28.5 seconds. Pictures below.

ISA Nationals, Birmingham 16th June 2014
Leisha had a fantastic day, taking the silver medal in the long jump and the gold in the 150m. Leisha and Freya were also in the relay, coming in 5th. Well done both. Pictures below.

EYAL League, Chelmsford 15th June 2014
Leah Duncan's exceptional season continues as she beat her own club U13 100m record from last month. Off to a flying start, she powered to a victory in relatively calm conditions, in a time of 13.1.  Overall the club came 5th out of 7 clubs attending on the day. Congratulations to the U13 girls who took first place in their age group. Next up is the EAL league at Braintree on 6th July 2014. Results are on the Track & Field Results page.

Essex Schools, Chelmsford 7th June 2014
Hannah Irwin took the Essex Schools gold medal for the U17 1500m and in doing so, she broke one of the oldest club records set 35 years ago.  Hannah sat on the shoulder of the leader before taking the lead on the final lap and won in 4.56.15.

Dartmoor Discovery Ultra, 6th June 2014
At just over 32 miles, this is one of the shortest ultras on the circuit, but also one of the toughest. 200+ runners lined up at Princetown, Dartmoor's capital for the start of this, the 16th event. Lee Cousins completed the course for the second successive year, finishing in 41st position in a time of 4:55:56.

ISA Regional Athletics, Garons Park, Southend 6th June 2014

Some really good performances by club Juniors:
Izzy lane came 3rd in 600m (bronze)
Freya Coulton came 2nd in 80m (silver) and part of the relay team that won gold
Leisha Hunt 1st in 150m (gold),  1st  in long jump (gold)and 1st in relay team (gold)
Both Freya and Leisha will represent Essex at the National Championships in Birmingham (see 16th June, above).

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, 26th May 2014
Barry Plowman finished 83rd out of 1202 finishers in an official chip time of 39.59 for a New M40 Club 10k Record. More results:
Ross Boyer          M SV 137th 0:42:12
Lindsay Rolerkite  F SV 236th 0:45:15
Raoul Grantham   M V 640th 0:53:59

BUPA 10k, London 25th May 2014
In a lovely day out "sight seeing around London", Keleigh and Gazza had great days with Kayleigh Beedan achieving 49.03 and Gary Sibley 50.32.

Essex Champs Day 2, Chelmsford, 24th May 2014
Day two of the Essex Championships carried on where day one left off for Braintree and District Athletes Club athletes, as they went on to claim a further nine medals making it twenty over the two days of the Championships. 

Medallist from last week, U13G Leah Duncan followed up her 100m bronze with a 200m Silver medal in a time of 28.84secs. Leah, still in her first year at U13 has now claimed a club record, 60m Essex indoor gold, 100m bronze and 200m silver all in the past 4 months. Also in the U13's, Hannah Smith had pull out a season’s best long jump to claim Essex bronze medal with a leap of 4.35m. The first year U15 girls again had a great day, as Daisy Partridge, overcame a strong headwind to claim a personal best of 26.5m and the Essex gold medal, one better than her 2013 silver medal. Courtney Gordon followed up her 1500m silver of last week with the bronze in the 3000m, in her first ever race over this distance, running 10min 56sec taking her to 11th ranked in the UK. U17 Megan Larkins pulled off a huge PB in the shot putt of 9.25m to take 3rd place and make the podium in her first ever athletic season and year with the club.

The boys also chipped in with four medals which all happened to be in the jumps. In the U20 men category Richard Shingleton and James Murphy took silver and bronze respectively both jumping over 6 metres. U17 boy Lewis Thorn leapt to 5.94m, to take the bronze medal and round off a busy weekend where he also made the 200m final. Finally Charlie Shingleton took the bronze in the U17 Triple Jump in his first competition back from a hamstring injury sustained earlier in the year.

A host of personal bests and competitive performances from all the club athletes meant the club had its best performance at county level for many years, confirming the growing stature and strength in depth of the club.

Essex Schools Combined Events Champ, Brentwood School, 21st May 2014
Melissa Gurteen representing Alec Hunter Academy gained four new PBs in one day! Starting well in the Junior Girls (Year 8 & 9) Pentathlon with a new PB in the 75m hurdles of 13.6 seconds for 6th place, she continued in good form to achieve another PB in the 3kg shot putt of 5.79m. In the high jump she achieved her 2nd highest ever jump of 1.28m. Next a long jump of 3.88m, her 2nd longest of the season so far. Finally another PB of 3 mins 2 secs in the 800m. Her total points score was 1739, only 11 off a UK ranking. This is her best Pentathlon score ever – so another PB! Overall she finished a respectful 17th and is hoping for a top ten finish next year.

Essex Champs Day 1, Chelmsford, 18th May 2014
In a fantastic first day of the championships with fine conditions apart from a head wind, our athletes took home a total of 11 Essex County medals. In the under 15 girls 1500 metres, Courtney Gordon qualified comfortably in 2nd place and three hours later ran in the final to achieve an excellent 2nd place and achieve an Essex Silver medal despite being in her first year for the under 15’s.
Leah Duncan followed up her 100 metre club record from a week ago by qualifying for the final in two separate heats and took the bronze medal in the final in a time of 13.91 into a head wind, again in her first year in under 13. Leah currently sits 7th in the country over this distance.
Kiera Hornsby showed her versatility across all events and achieved a bronze medal in the discus with a PB taking her to 48th in the country.
Ryan Morgan achieved a fantastic double in the vertical jumps first of all leaping to 5.46 in long jump and following this up a few hours later in the triple jump where he went one better to get the Essex Gold.
Amr Ziko achieved a silver medal in the veteran men’s 100 metre, missing out on Gold by .01 seconds running 12.86.
Stacey Lebond enjoyed success in the senior women’s hammer achieving a silver medal in 36.41 metres and under 20
Chloe Cockell threw 40.74 metres to claim gold, with sister Ellie Cockell claiming the bronze.
Kirsty Ronald ended the day on a high by claiming triple jump gold with a leap of 10.56 metres.
Finally Joseph Nourse took on the 3000 metres and ran his second fastest ever race to grab the silver medal.
With a number of other athletes posting impressive performances, the club’s early season success in track and field looks set to continue and many athletes will be heading to Chelmsford for day 2 on 24th May.

U13 Girls 100m Club Record broken, EYAL, Ipswich, 11th May 2014
Congratulations to Leah Duncan who, one month into her first U13 season, broke the club 100m record. Leah carved a huge 0.4 off her pb, running 13.3 seconds at the Ipswich Eastern Young Athletics League fixture on Sunday 11th May, breaking the previous record of 13.4 set in 1988. Leah will have the rest of this season and next at this age group, but following such a amazing start to her season, she will head off to the Essex Champs this coming Sunday full of confidence. Well done Leah.

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

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More from the ISA Nationals:
  Leisha Hunt: Silver in Long Jump




More pictures from the Essex Championships:
  Courtney Gordon: bronze in U15G 3000m
  Lewis Thorn:        bronze in U17B Long Jump
  Hannah Smith:     bronze in U13G Long Jump
  Megan Larkins:     bronze in U17 Shot Putt
  Leah Duncan:       silver in U13G 200m







Earlier pictures are on the Gallery page

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