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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.
* 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.

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

Recent News

Dylan Robins at the Pentathlon GB British Modern Biathlon Championships
Running for Elm Green School, club member Dylan Robins competed at Solhull on 26th November 2016, having qualified at the Eastern regional event in Watford back in September where he finished first. In the morning he had a great swim taking a second off his PB, putting him in 12th place. The run event took place in the afternoon, and having been put in the fastest heat he was up against some tough competition and found himself in the unusual position of being boxed in. After a little wobble he picked it up again and managed to gain places to push his combined event score up and finished in 10th place out of a very strong field of 55 finalists.
Full results here. It was all very close with only 15 points between 5th and 10th place, ie 1 sec on the run!! He's got the National schools Biathlon coming up in March which is an 800m run again, so he will be working towards that now. Picture below. Club members qualify for the England Championships
Brilliant to see seven from Tony and Craig's training group qualify for the England champs, so far. On w/e of 27th November 2016, Sky Fay, Hannah Smith and Melissa Gurteen joined Amber, Lois, Leah and Eve to qualify for this prestigious event. It's expected more will follow, so we will have our best ever turnout at Sheffield.

Several Club Members Out Around the Country This Weekend
Club members were out around the country on Saturday 26th November, achieving some excellent performances:
Great Notley parkrun (165 in field, winner 18:47)
Posn ByGender Parkrunner Time
2      2           Ben Holdgate 00:18:49
4      4          Tyler Wiltshire 00:19:35
11   11           Trevor Sibley 00:20:43
28   28        Haydn Hawkins 00:23:10
39   38        Andrew Hughes 00:24:08
130 37              Jennifer Hill 00:33:23
Great Cornard parkrun (87 in field, winner 17:46):
Posn ByGender Parkrunner Run Time
4      4             Aidan Cahill 00:19:09
22    2         Elizabeth Cahill 00:24:15
46  35              David Cahill 00:27:44
Lyme Park (Cheshire) parkrun (120 in field, winner 18:05)
Posn ByGender Parkrunner Run Time
22   21         Steven Everett 00:24:04
Penrose (Cornwall) parkrun (164 in field, winner with dog: 15:07)
Posn ByGender Parkrunner Run Time
26   22          David Reaves 00:23:49

Four Trail Races from Mid Essex Casuals
You've heard of three weddings and a funeral, well it's time for three nightmares and a fantasy.
All narrative trails, at least 90% off road. Night trails require a torch/headtorch and something reflective, a mobile phone is recommended for all trails. Entry on the night/day only, minimum age for unaccompanied runners is 16, post race refreshments at all events.
Race 1 Nightmare at the Hall, Benton Hall Golf Club (register in the cafe) CM8 3LH 5.5ml from 5:30pm Wednesday November 30th entry £4/£6 incl food voucher
Race 2 A Xmas Fantasy, The Museum of Power, Langford CM9 6QA 5.7ml from 10:30am Saturday Dec 17th entry £5/£7 incl free museum entry
Race 3 Nightmare at the Dismals, Terling Village Hall (side entrance) CM3 2PS 5.2ml from 5:30pm Wednesday January 11th entry £5/£7 incl tea & bacon roll
Race 4 Nightmare at the Diner, The Empire Diner, off A12 200yds North of Rivenhall End 5.6ml from 5:30pm Wednesday February 15th entry £4/£6 incl food voucher.

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. 

Cross Country Results from Horseheath
Full results are now on the Cross Country Results page. Well done all who took part. 

Sportshall - Rounds 2 & 3

Congratulations to all of the Braintree Athletes who took part in Round 2 of the Essex Athletic Network Sportshall Competition on 13th November. Results are here (track) and here (field). If Essex are to select competitive teams for the Regional Finals we need more Boys: Under 13 (Years 7 & 8) and Under 15 (Years 9 & 10). There have been good entries from Under 13 girls and a quorum for Under 15 girls, but we would welcome more boys and girls from the club competing in the final round in both age groups. Over half the total entries are for Under 11s (Years 5 & 6) and hopefully there will again be a good turn out on 10th December.

Entries for Round 3 on Saturday 10th December are open. THERE ARE NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. The entry form is here, or on-line: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/77X9NVY 

Volunteers are needed to help with the running of the final event. If you are able to help, please email Mark Gurteen at TrackVolunteering@braintreeanddistrictac.co.uk. The earlier we have offers of help the better please.

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. 

Sadie frater-white: New Club Record for the U13 Girls 1500m, EAL, 18th Sept 2016
Sadie Frater-White set a new Club Record for the U13 Girls 1500m of 5:07. Picture below of her receiving her trophy. Well done Sadie, an amazing result.

Essex League cross country, Hylands Park, 29th October 2016
The athletes from Braintree put in some excellent performances on a warm(ish) day in this, the second leg of this season's Essex League cross country.
In the U11's race was Oliver Prince who managed an impressive 2nd place. Evie Williams also put in a great performance in the club colours.
The next Braintree athletes to run were the U13's. As ever there were some outstanding runners in this age group and BDAC had four athletes who did themselves and the club proud. Rose Sheppard finished well in 10th place. Next in was Tegan Raynar in 31st, closely followed by Scarlet Williams in 36th out of 55 runners. Joe Partridge also finished strongly in 50th position in the boys category, amongst 57 runners.
Next up for the club was our U15's. Yet again Abbie Kerr ran well to finish in 21st position amongst a strong field and Abigail Barns came in shortly after in 28th place out of 50 athletes. For the boys it was debut day. Tyler Wiltshire put in a great effort managing an impressive 26th position in his first ever cross country race, well done! Haydn Hawkins was also running in his first ever X-Country and he put on a good show crossing the line in 55th position, great effort Haydn!
For the Senior women we had Lisa who competed in her first ever X-Country race (and hopefully not her last) and Josie (not her first X-Country race) who finished in 50th place.
The Senior Men had to start their race in a different location due to the huge field of over 220 athletes running. The Braintree team put in some excellent performances with senior man Tim Woulfe finishing in 28th position. Next home was the one and only Ben Holdgate U20 who came 83rd, closely followed by Conor Culham U20 in 96th, Myles Coulson (not U20) came 129th, and under 20 Josh Mulley came 131st. Steven Rolfe, senior man, came 204th. It was great to see Mark Jackson (nearly U20) back on the cross country scene, coming 209th. And cross country newbie, Mark Simmons came 218th, we hope the smile in the photos accurately reflects their enjoyment.
Today we saw the largest men's team that we have had for some time (outside of Stebbing). All excellent results on a very fast course. Results are here and team standings are here.

The next cross country event is at Horseheath on Saturday 19th November. Details will be out soon on the Facebook page and the website. It would be great to make up teams from all age groups and if you would like to lift share, please do contact us at the track. Cross country is for all abilities; everyone is so supportive. If you have any questions, please do contact Conor Culham, our team manager.

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.

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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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

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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