Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club
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.
Track & Field: Joint Essex County AA and Eastern Counties AA Indoor Championships, 8th & 9th February 2014
To be held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. Closing dates are 10 January 2014 for paper entries and 22:00 on 16th January 2014 for on-line entries. Entry form here.
Track & Field: Essex County AA Outdoor Championships, 18th & 24th May 2014
Both days at Chelmsford. Closing date for entries by post will be 19th April and for on-line entries is 24th April. Application forms to follow at a later date.
Mid-Essex League Cross Country, Sunday 17th November 2013
Results are on the cross-country results page
Essex League Cross Country, Saturday 16th November 2013
Results are on the cross-country results page
Dublin Marathon, 28th October 2013
Colm Scolard competed in this Irish Bank Holiday event. He has been training hard and was rewarded by finishing in a superb time of 3:50:32, knocking 27 minutes off his pb.
Joe Nourse finished the Canterbury 5k race in a great time of 16:46 min Barry Ploughman completed the Great South Run (10 miles) in a rather windy Portsmouth finishing in an official time of 1.11.32 (559th of 16,475 finishers).
Lee Cousins completed the Snowdonia Marathon finishing in a great time of 3:46 with epic views of the scenery around the mountains. Great effort after running the Bournmouth Marsthon a few weeks ago.
Essex league cross country, Discovery Centre Notley Park 19th Oct 2013
A massive thank you to everyone who helped and especially to the team who came at 8am and set up the course and stayed till the end to clear it all away too. A big thank you to all the Marshalls at our club and from Havering too who did a brilliant job, and lots of clubs also wish to pass on their thanks. These events do not happen without the kind help we had but can always do with more. Well done to the runners who came and did the club proud. We look forward to seeing you at the next one and if you did not run, do come and give it a try. The results are here (Excel).
Great Birmingham Run (1/2 Marathon), 13th October 2013
Paul Chaddwn ran a fantastic race to finish in a time of 1:32:57.
Spectacular personal bests at Bournemouth 5/6th October 2013
Braintree A.C was out in force at the first Bournemouth festival of running, with four different length races over the 2 days, 5k, 10k, half marathon & marathon , with a kids mini mile race on Saturday too. First up was Kayleigh Beedon and Gary Sibley competing in the 10k race. Both Kayleigh and Gary ran excellent races , with Kayleigh first lady home for Braintree in 49:56 and Gary first Braintree man home in a time of 53:51, both personal bests.
Next up Sunday morning was the Half Marathon where Olly Caulfield, and Chris Lambeth took to the start line. Both Olly & Chris ran great races achieving times 1:44:14 & 1:58:10.
Then the final race of the weekend was the marathon and it was great to see Braintree's Head Coach Simon Mennell back on the start line of a marathon. Everyone ran a really good race. Marco ran with Christopher on his first ever marathon, churning out the miles in the warm sunshine, and gremacing up the hills! Marathon Results as follows:
Lee Cousins 3:17:01pb
Ross Boyer 3:44:09 pb
Michelle Caulfield 3:50:10 pb
Simon Mennell 3.54.53
Myles Coulson 4:00:40
Josie Sheffield 4:12:41
Trevor Sibley 4:28:31
Ryan Askew 4:41:05
Christopher Longhurst 5:29:27
Marco Firman 5:29:27
First home in the half marathon plus a mile was Paul Miller 2:14:01
A great weekend was had by all , thanks too the supporters too who helped us all around our races!
Mablethorpe Marathon 6th October 2013
Anita Cox competed in the Mablethorpe Marathon, her first marathon in which she run a fabulous race achieving a new PB by over 30 mins, 19th overall out of 220 finishers and 1st lady home. Well done Anita !!
Essex Cross Country Relay, Hockley 28th September 2013
The Under 13 Girls excelled with Courtney Gorden Leading the way in the first stage of the relay finishing her stage in 2nd place; stage 2 was taken up by Kiera Hornsby who also ran well and kept 2nd place overall.
Joe Nourse ended the first stage of the U17 Men's race in 3rd, passing to Charlie Shingleton who equally ran well finishing his leg in 5th; then stage 3 was Ben Holdgate to come home in 6th place overall.
Stage 1 for the Senior Women was completed by Chloe Beckett running well finishing in 5th passing to Kayleigh Beeson who run a good race finishing in 13th , passing to Claire Gorden who kept up the pace finishing in 13th.
Well done to everyone who competed for Braintree. A good start to our cross country season.
Pleshey Half Marathon 2013 Sunday 22nd September 2013
Braintree & District A.C were out in good numbers at the Annual Pleshey Half Marathon. The course is a hilly but fair run and lots of the Braintree runners used this race as a training run, getting ready for the Bournmouth Marathon. It was a nice day for running and the guys finished in this order:
62nd Paul Chadwick 1:29:56
63rd Lee Cousins 1:30:01
73rdRoss Boyer 1:31:23
125th Andrew Smith 1:38:08
253rd Myles Coulson 1:52:48
260th Marco Firman 1:53:18
264th Ryan Askew 1:54:17
265th Trevor Sibley 1:54:17
289th Miller 1:57:35
Well done to everyone who ran, fabulous effort
Chelmsford Central Parkrun 5K , 21st September 2013
Barry Plowman completed his second Chelmsford Central Parkrun 5K in a new PB time of 19.56 to finish in 20th place.
EAL Young Athletes Cup Final, Bury St Edmunds 15th September 2013
Athletes and parents: for those that don't know we had a brilliantly successful day at the finals yesterday. The Under 17 men did the double, adding the cup final to their league trophy, whilst the Under 13 girls came 3rd and the Senior Women came 6th, so everyone improved their positions. It was a great team effort from all and too many great performances to mention.
Congratulations to every one of you. If it wasn't for all your hard work and commitment we would not have achieved this. WELL DONE. See pictures below. The results are on the Track & Field Results page. Performance standards throughout the year have reached new highs with many athletes placed high in the UK rankings, selected to represent Essex and competing in high level regional and national competitions.
Great Bardfield 10K, 8th September 2013
Braintree had 7 Atheletes running in the Annual Gt Bardfield 10k road and off road race and the club had some amazing results. Pb's galore again in this race, the results are as follows :
2nd Adam Bateman 37:43
10th Ross Boyer 40:10 2nd vet50+
15th Anita Cox 41:01 1st Female
33rd Trevor Sibley 46:06pb
38th Chris Ward 47:09pb
51st Claire Gorden 48:54
53rd Marco Firman 49:17
Congratulations to Anita and Adam!
Inter-counties Athletics Champs, 7th September 2013
Five of our athletes competed for Essex in the Inter County Champs where there were under 17 men, senior women and senior men. The teams present were Essex, Herts ,Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk. Essex were first team in 2 and second in Senior men so all
our athletes were county representative winners. Results:
Kirsty Ronald Triple jump 4th 10.04metres
Charlie Shingleton 400m 3rd 53.6
Nick Cooper 800m 2nd 2.01.00
Richard Shingleton Long Jump 1st 6,22metres
Charlie Shingleton Triple Jump 1st 12,01 metres
Joe Nourse 1500m Steeple chase 4.46.8 Pb 2nd
In the relays, Essex won the 4x100 and 4x400. Richard was in the 100m relay and Nick and Charlie were in 400m relay and Essex won by a long way in both.
Lyndsay Rolerkite ran a great race in the last of the summer cross country series at Weald Park to be the 7th lady in a time on 54.18.
In the Chelmsford Central Parkrun 5K (17th August 2013) Barry Plowman had a great race and finished in an official time of 19.57 (18th place), which is a new PB by over 2 minutes. He was followed by Andrew Smith 20.58 (32nd) and Rozlyn Smith 24.31 (94th)
There were Pb's gallore at the annual Langham 10k on Sunday 8th September 2013
The Results are as follows:
44th Lee Cousins 40:45 PB
57th Barry Plowman 41:43 PB
195th Raoul Grantham 51:03
Great Running !!!!!
EAL, Colchester 1st September 2013
In the overall results following this last match, Braintree came 9th out of 19 clubs and were the top team in the U17 Male section. We have reached the final in 3 of the sections. See the results for 1st September and also the summary highlighting those clubs which have reached the final. A big thank you to all athletes who have represented the club this year in the Track and field events
English championships, Bedford 31st August & 1st September 2013
Nick Cooper was competing, having achieved the qualifying time this season. He cleared the heats on the Saturday in a time of 50.95, then on Sunday, he had a fantastic run to come 7th in a new personal best time of 50.61. A fantastic achievement in his first season.
Essex Championships day 4, Colchester 31st August 2013
Day 4 for the Essex Championship saw continued success for BDAC athletes. Joe Nourse took Gold in the U17 1500 steeplechase in 4.54, and excellent run winning by over 20 seconds. Leah Duncan, who is now ranked number one in the country at U11 sprints, won the 75m sprint in 10.9 seconds with Leisha Hunt coming an excellent 4th. Leah followed up with 2nd place in the 600m later in the day, while Freddie Trevanion was close to his pb in the boys 600m race where he came 5th, the same position as his 75m sprint.
In the relays the U17 4 x 100m boys team of Jamie Sutton, Lewis Thorn, Charlie and Richard Shingleton ran a great race, with slick handovers to claim Silver. The final success of the day saw the U13 3 x 800 team of Courtney Gordon, Daisy Partridge and Georgia Harrod come an excellent 4th place, just missing a medal, breaking the 10 year old club record with a time of 8.24.3.
Well done to everyone who competed so strongly in the Essex Championships this year.
Southend Open, Garrons Park 26th August 2013
A very good day for our athletes:
u/15 men 200m Josh Partridge 29.27 pb
u/15 men Long jump Josh Partridge 3.74m pb
u/17 men 400m Justin Hall 64.47 3rd
u/17 men 1500m Joe Nourse 4.45 1st
u/17 men 3000m Joe Nourse 9.54.33 1st, Ben Holdgate 11.14.72 2nd pb
u/17 men Long jump Justin Hall 4.52 pb
vet men shot putt Mark Gurteen 6.66 3rd
u/11 80m Leisha Hunt 12.21 2nd pb, Daisy Mixture 13.24 3rd
u/11 150m Leisha Hunt 22.72 1st, Daisy Mixture 25.21 3rd
u/11 600m Izzy Lane 2:12.16 3rd
u/11 Long jump Leisha Hunt 3.37 pb 2nd
u/13 100m Saira Hussain 13.72 pb, Hannah Smith 14.38 pb,
Daisy Partridge 15.26 pb, Melissa Gurteen 15.32
u/13 200m Yasmin Cowley 28.16 pb
u/13 800m Melissa Gurteen 3.04 pb
u/13 1500m Daisy Partridge 6:14.95 pb
u/13 70m hurdles Hannah Smith 12.37 pb 3rd
u/13 Javelin Daisy Partridge 20.07 2nd
u/13 Discus Yasmin Cowley 18.27
u/13 Long jump Hanna Smith 4.16 3rd, Melissa Gurteen 3.73
u/13 High jump Yasmin Cowley 1.25 3rd
u/20 Triple jump Kirsty Ronald 10.85 1st
u/20 Long jump Clarice Parrott 5.13 1st
(full results at http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid="90870)
Pathfinder trail marathon, Cambridgeshire 26th August 2013
Lee Cousins achieved 4.23 in this off-road marathon.
Ridgeway Challenge 85 mile Ultra Trail 24th August 2013
Mark Jackson completed this gruelling event in 26h 44m.
85 miles and 9,000 feet of ascent through the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs
Link to report: Ridgway_85_MarkJackson2013.pdf
Results for SAL on 10th August are now on the Track/Field results page
Another athlete, Adam Bateman, has beaten 2 minutes for the 800m
Watford Open event 7th August 2013
Nick cooper and Ben Holdgate took part in the 800m open events. Nick did a new personal best dropping under 2 mins again in 1.57.97 and Ben was just outside his best by 0.01 of a second in 2.19.77.
News prior to August 2013 has been moved to the news pages of the appropriate disciplines.
East Anglian League FINAL, 15th Sept 2013
Ben Holdgate receiving the Cup Winners shield
U17 Double Winners: the league trophy and the cup final trophy
Under 13 Girls Team
Braintree athletes who competed for Essex at the inter-county championships.
Left to right: Nick Cooper, Joe Nourse, Charlie Shingleton and Richard Shingleton
Luke at the ISA nationals on Sat 04Mar2013
Eastern and Essex Indoor Combined Champs 10th Feb 2013
Courtney Gordon U13G with 800m Eastern and Essex Bronze medals 2.40.58 sec, 8 second PB
Joe Nourse U17B 1500m
Courtney and Saira (making her Braintree competition debut) in the 60m Semi. Both recorded PBs in the heats but didn’t reach the Finals
Melissa Gurteen 200m Heat U13
Hannah Smith and Melissa Gurteen following their 200m PBs in the heats, both came 5th in their respective heats.
Charlie Shingleton U17 long jump with Kirsty Ronald U20 Long Jump: both golds
Clarice Parrott U20 Long Jump: both Golds
Rowan Wallace - U15 Long Jump: Essex Silver, Eastern Bronze