Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club

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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.


* Find the new Winter Training Schedule via our Training page.
* The club AGM is at 8:30pm Tues 8th Nov upstairs in Leisure Centre. All welcome.
* South Eastern Athletics Association Championships: Entries now open.
A high level competition just 1 level below the England Championships but with no
   qualifying standards. An excellent opportunity to gain experience at this level.
* The Club seeks a member or parent to co-ordinate its volunteers, see below.

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

Recent News

Lynne & Connor Culham at the Great South Race, Portsmouth, 23rd October 2016
Lynne and Conor Culham competed in their first 10 mile race. Conor aimed for 68 mins and with very little running over the last few months, Lynne aimed for 2:20. Conor had an amazing race finishing 245th out of about 16000 runners in 64:29 and Lynne in 2:18:11. Well done to you both! Picture below.

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.

Leigh On Sea 10k, 16th October 2016
We had 5 BDAC runners in this race: Beverley Cook, Martin Cook, Natalie Cook, Christine & Lisa Clark with PB's by a minute each for Beverley & Natalie Cook. Well done to each & every one of you - fantastic results. Picture below. 

First Cross Country of the Season: Essex League at One Tree Hill, 8th October 2016

Saturday was the first of this season's Essex League cross country. Hosted by Thurrock at One Tree Hill on a warm and slightly rainy day, Braintree athletes put in some excellent performances.  Winning the U11's race was 10 year old Tom Wood!
The next Braintree athlete to run was Abi Kerr in the U15's race. As ever there were some outstanding runners in her age group and Abi came in in an impressive 12th position.
In the U17's mens race was Nebay Debesay, running in his first ever cross country race against some tough competition, he finished in 11th position out of a 50 strong field.
The Senior Men started their race in heavy rain; this was to stay through much of their 8.5k.
There were approx 200 athletes taking part and the Braintree team put in some excellent performances with Conor Culham U20, finishing first for the team in 63rd, Ben Holgate U20, 64th, Myles Coulson (not U20), 99th, David Reaves 146th (nearly U20) and Steve Rolfe 154th.
All excellent results on a tough course.
The next cross country event is at Hylands Park on Saturday 29th October. Details will be out soon. It would be great to make up teams from all age groups. Cross country is for all ability of runner, everyone is so supportive. If you have any questions, please contact Conor Culham. Photos are below and full results are on the Cross Country Results page. 

40 Athletes reach AAA National Standards

It’s been a superb year of athletics from Braintree with outstanding performances on the track and field with lots of new club records. The final AAA standards update for the 2016 season are on the Track & Field records page. We’ve been blown away but how many athletes reached this national standard of performance. We will shortly be ordering certificates and badges from the AAA, so please check to spot any missing results. Well done to all 40 athletes who achieved this great level of performance.

150m Club Record Falls
Congratulations to Eve Wright who broke the U15 girls 150m record at the recent club champs. In the race of the day, both she and Leah Duncan ran 18.8 seconds, both breaking the record, with Eve just taking the win on the dip to break the 22 year old club record. Congratulations to Eve for the record and for Leah for pushing her all the way.

AAA Standards Results Update
The outstanding performances continue. See the table near the foot of the Track & Field Records page. Well done everyone.

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.

New Club Records by our Juniors
See the Track & Field Records page for new PBs by U13 Katie Churchman (70mH) and Rachel Carter (Pole Vault). Excellent performances by both these girls.

A very successful month for our female athletes 30th June 2016
The following records were broken as well as a catch-up on one in February.
Hannah and Eve both broke records that stood for 19 years and were held by athletes who went on to represent GB. Congratulations to the following:
  Eve Wright U15G 100m 12.28secs Cambridge 25/6/2016
  Hannah Smith U15G 60m hurdles 8.78secs Lee Valley 6/2/2016
  Hannah Smith U15G 75m hurdles 11.89 Cambridge 25/6/2016
  Chloe Cockell Senior Ladies Hammer 43.04m Braintree 18/6/2016
And we have a brand new club record for the first senior lady Pole Vaulter
  Chloe Cockell Senior Ladies Pole Vault 1m Braintree 18/6/2016

Club Vacancy for a Volunteer Co-ordinator
We are currently seeking the support of a member or parent to take on the committee role of volunteer co-ordinator. The volunteer co-ordinator helps us to recruit volunteers into the club and the role and organise if some are needed for an event, for example, and is supported by lots of great resources on the England Athletics website.
We need someone who is enthusiastic and would like to help the club. There is a once a month committee meeting and you need to be a fairly regular visitor to the club to be a contact point in case of query, but I assure you there is no great expectation that it will take up much of your time at all.
Full support would be given by our friendly and effective committee, so please come forward and support the club. Please see me on a club night or give me a call 07785 720023.
Thanks, Tony Gordon, Chairman.

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

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Lynne+Connor  MIND support run 2016
Lynne & Connor Culham, Great South Run, Portsmouth 23rd October 2016 One mile run for MIND 13th October 2016
World Mental Health Day, organised by Claire for Josie

MIND support run 2016
The Team: running for World Mental Health Day on 13th October 2016

2016 Leigh 10k Beverley Cook, Martin Cook, Natalie Cook, Christine & Lisa Clark, Leigh 10k 16th October 2016

2016 OneTreeHill The BDAC Senior Men's team at One Tree Hill Cross Country, 8th October 2016

2016 OneTreeHill Senior Men at One Tree Hill Cross Country, 8th October 2016

2016 OneTreeHill More from One Tree Hill Cross Country, 8th October 2016

2016 HBO 10k Most of the BDAC team at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k road race, 30th May 2016

BarryPlowman Barry Plowman's "Chase the Train", 22nd May 2016

2016Braintree5 The BDAC team at the Braintree 5 (Skyline 120), 17th April 2016

CharlieShingleton Barry Plowman at the Groundhog Track Marathon, Telford, 5th March 2016

Daisy PartridgeDaisy Partridge (U16w) wins East Anglian Orienteering Champs 14th Feb 2016

MidEssex League XC Mid-Essex League XC, Highwood 31st January 2016

For earlier pictures, see the Gallery page

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