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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. It also provides opportunities for volunteer involvement through coaching, officiating at events, and various committee duties. If you could give up a little of your time to help, please see the volunteer link below and then contact us.

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.

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* Here are the Braintree (Skyline) 5 results and photos. Also on the Braintree 5 page.
* Easter trail fixtures now on XC fixtures page
* New team managers and Summer training schedule are on the track & field intro page
Click on the following for the full stories (on the about-club news page):
New Club Equipment Store Completed 27th February 2015
New Club Shop for BDAC-Branded Merchandise
2015 Track and Field Fixtures - Bedfordshire Open added to pre-season events
Membership Renewal 2015 - NOW OVERDUE! (thanks to all who have renewed)
Six BDAC Athletes at the England Championships

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

Recent News

5K Park Run, Hatfield Forest, 28th March 2015
We had two Park Runners at this beautiful one-lap course in Hatfield Forest: Lee Cousins 8/120 in 20:58 and David Reaves 20/120 in 22:34 with a 78% age-grading, the highest in the race. There are other local 5k Park Runs at Notley (where William Ferguson achieved 15/76 in 23:02) and also at Chelmsford, all at 9:00 every Saturday. Give it a go!

Club Annual Awards for the year 2014
It was a fantastic night at the BDAC award ceremony on Friday 20th March. With over 120 parents and athletes in attendance, it was great to see the success and participation of members recognised. Club Chairman Tony Gordon commented on 2014 being one of the clubs most successful years ever, with more winners at Essex and Eastern Championship level and 7 athletes recently attending the English Championships, having achieved the high qualifying standard. In addition to that, Tony said everyone, winner or otherwise, who pulls on the red and yellow vest makes everyone involved in the club, hugely proud and has contributed to a great year for the club.
Tony, head coach Simon Mennell and athletes Joe Nourse and Adam Bateman also spoke of everyone’s gratitude to our army of volunteers, who are a massive credit to the club and appreciated by all. Once again to each and every volunteer, a massive thank you for everything you do.
The full list of winners is here and the standards to win these awards has never been higher. Huge congratulations to you all.

Chelmsford Indoor Open meeting, 7th March 2015
Another good turnout from the Braintree team and some fantastic results were achieved including a number of PB’s and a new club record by Melissa Gurteen in the 60m Hurdles, whilst Leah Duncan moved to 4th in all time history for an u13 girl in the 60m and number one in 2015.
U15 Girls
  Hannah Smith – 60m Hurdles 9.69s, 60m Sprint 8.69s (PB) and LJ - 4.34m
  Melissa Gurteen – 60m Hurdles 9.59s (PB & club record), LJ – 4.39m
U13 Girls
  Leah Duncan – 60m sprint 8.02s (PB), LJ – 3.61m
  Leisha Hunt – 60m sprint 8.49s (PB), Shot Putt 6.68m, LJ - 3.98m
  Sky Fay – 60m Hurdles 10.80s (PB), 60m sprint 8.97s (PB) & HJ – 1.18m
U15 Boys
  Ewan Banner 10.49m (PB)              Well done to all who competed.

Mid Essex League, Highwoods, 1st March 2015
Three runners from the club for this, the last XC of the season: well done Conor Culham (24th
of 84), Myles Coulson 32nd & Joe Nourse 53rd. Full results are on the XC results page.

Mid Essex League, Baddow, 22nd February 2015
A small turnout from the club but a great run from Conor Culham (23rd of 86) with Lee Cousins 33rd & David Reaves 73rd. Full results are on the XC results page.

National XC championship, parliament hill fields, 21st February 2015
Our young endurance duo Kiera Hornsby and Courtney Gordon were our representatives at the prestigious English XC 'national' today. The infamous hill greeted them at the start of the race and the rest of the course was constantly up or down making it very tough conditions. Both ran well with U13 Kiera Hornsby going off first off and coming 196th out of a huge field of 430 and then first year U15 Courtney Gordon tackled the hills and ended 126th out of 379. A superb weekend for the club's outstanding athletes. The biggest turn out from BDAC.

Eastern and Essex Indoor Championships, Lee Valley, 8th February 2015
What a superb weekend for the club's outstanding athletes. The biggest turn out from BDAC athletes, maybe ever, at this high level competition.  Highlights include:
An amazing 16 medalists and as most won East of England and Essex medals, that made over 30 medals.
A 1-2 in the u13 girls 200m, the championship records being broken by Leah Duncan in both the 60m and 200m.
Medals across all disciplines of throws, sprints, middle distance and jumps and a finalist in the hurdles.
A hat-trick of medals by the Larkins family
The Shingleton twins both medalling
England championship standards being achieved. Too many PBs to mention.  Simply stunning results with more or less everyone achieving new best performances.
Superb support from family and athletes across the club to each other.
A massive well done to every single athlete who competed and the parents who made the effort to be there.  The weekend showed the best of our club in participation, support amongst club members and achievement.  Full results can be found here.
This weekend showed, the future is bright.  The future is RED and YELLOW!

South East Schools Cross Country Championship, Reigate, 31st Jan 2015
We were delighted to see five of our athletes selected to represent Essex schools in the SEAA champs. In snowy testing conditions in Reigate, Surrey, the Junior girls were first off with Courtney Gordon coming 38th, Abbie Kerr 61st and Kiera Horsnby 79th. In the Junior boys race, Connor Page came an excellent 35th and for the senior boys, Joe Nourse came 53rd.
Well done to all five making the team and representing BDAC so well.

London City Games Lee Valley, 24/25th January 2015
We were again represented well at the weekend and the athletes taking part produced some excellent performances.U13 Girls: Leah Duncan competed in the 60m, 200m and LJ gaining a PB in all 3 events. She jumped 3.76m in the LJ and went on to win both sprint events. Her 60m time of 8.20s and 200m time of 27.81s sees her number one in UK rankings for both distances.
U15 Girls: Hannah Smith again produced solid performances in the 60m Hurdles, LJ and 60m. Her 60m hurdles time was 10.11s: in the LJ she produced a leap of 4.16m and she was just outside her PB in the 60m with a time of 9.02s. Melissa Gurteen tested her early season throwing and jumping form in the shot put and long jump, producing a throw of 6.23m just shy of her PB, and jumped 3.98m in the Long jump.
U17 Boys: Sam Newman made his debut competing for Braintree in the 60m and he started this seasons campaign with a very impressive 7.86s, his first time over this distance. He managed to produce this time in both of his 60m runs which is a good marker for him now to aim for.
Tejan Barrie was also representing the club in the 60m and produced an excellent time of 7.50s in round 1 going on to achieve an even better time in round 2 of 7.38s, two excellent runs! Jumper Ryan Morgan followed up his SEAA medal from last week with a 5.31m long jump and then a pb in Triple Jump with an excellent 12.51m.
Well done to everyone who competed.

Mid Essex League XC, Rivenhall, 25th January 2015
A cold morning greeted our Mid-Essex league cross country team, but there were many excellent results. Joe Nourse was our first back in a superb 3rd place and the rest of the men's team came in strongly:

  Joe Nourse 3rd   Conor Culham 15th   Aaron Graves 19th
  Lee Cousins 25th   Ross Boyer 35th   David Reaves 56th
  Jacob Beck 64th   Colm Scolard 76th
We only had one lady out: Claire Gordon came a commendable 13th. Well done to our XC team. Full results are on the XC Results page. Our next race is next Sunday 1st Feb in Chelmsford.

SEAA u20 championships, Lee Valley, 17th January 2015
Congratulations to Richard Shingleton who claimed the U20 silver medal in this prestigious event. Richard leapt to 6.01m with his final jump to take silver for the second consecutive year (picture below). Charlie Shingleton, Amr Ziko, Lewis Thorn, Ben Slayman and Mahmoud Barrie also represented the club in fine style over the weekend. Well done lads!
Southern U15/U17 Indoor Champs, Lee Valley, 10/11th January 2015
With a good turnout, first year U17m Ryan Morgan will be delighted with his triple jump bronze; a great achievement at this level. Courtney Gordon made the U15G final in the 800m and Amber Chudleigh, Sophie Conway, Melissa Gurteen and Hannah Smith all stepped up to test themselves at this very high level. Very well done everyone. Results here.

Essex League Cross Country, Chingford 10th January 2015
We had nine running and the highlights were in the U13G category where Kiera Hornsby took 6th and Abigail Kerr 8th. Results here and on the XC Results page.

The Club's home cross country match, Notley Discovery Centre, 4th January 2015
A massive thank you to all those who helped out today at the cross country. Thank you to those that got there at 8am to set up and marshall and do other jobs. Thank you to Sharon and steve for arranging the food and refreshments and all those that stood out in the cold marshalling. The other clubs have also asked me to thank you. Well done to all those that run too, we had a big turn out from the club. THANK YOU from Simon. Results are on the XC Results page.

Essex County Cross Country Championships, 3rd January 2015
Results are on the XC Results page.

SEAA combined events indoor championship, Lee Valley, 20/21 December 2014
Melissa Gurteen achieved 2 pb's in hurdles and 800m on the way to achieving 1900 points in the U15 girls SEAA Indoor pentathlon.  In her biggest competition to date, Melissa achieved her target of gaining UKA ranking with her new 1900 point pb.  Well done Melissa! 

SEAA Intercounties Championships, Oxford, 13th December 2014
Well done to our three young endurance athletes Abigail Kerr (U13), Kiera Hornsby (U13) and Courtney Gordon (U15) who represented Essex at the Intercounties Championship in Oxford.  All three gave a good account of themselves and enjoyed the experience of competing at this level.  Go girls! Picture below.

Metaswitch Games 13th December 2014
Leah Duncan and Hannah Smith used an early winter indoor competition at Lea Valley to test where they are with their winter training and both were delighted with their results. Hannah Smith showed she was very comfortable over the increased height of 60m U15 hurdles with a very sharp 9.96 seconds setting a new club record.  She went on to pb in the long jump leaping to 4.56m and running a strong 60m. Leah Duncan also set a pb in long jump before smashing her 60m pb where she ran a blistering 8.26 seconds a time which would have made her 4th in the UK last season.  She went on to set a new indoor pb over 200m in 28.18 seconds.

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

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