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 and Field Club Fixtures
Fixtures for the season are confirmed and can be found under the "Track and Field Fixtures & Entry Forms" section of the Web. All members should have now had an email from the Team Managers asking for details of athlete availability and preferred events along with the selection policy agreed by the committee. These forms are required back to Team Managers by 23rd March 2014. If you need further information please see the entry desk or your team manager on a club night. Team Manager contact details are under the Track and Field and Field introduction section above.
All Club Members and Parents, 1st February 2014
Club Membership is now due for renewal. All forms are here
To fulfill our Clubmark requirements this year, the Club is asking every member to complete a General Information Form and return it with their Membership renewal. Also, please let us know if you could give up a little of your time to help the smooth and efficient running of the Club by completing the Volunteer Form.
Annual Club Party including Presentation of Awards, Friday 28th March 2014
Bocking Village Hall from 7.30pm ‘til Midnight. Music by Nite Train Disco.
Fully Licensed Bar and Buffet. All ages welcome. Tickets £2.50 each are available from
10th February at each training session or from Josie on 01371 870705 or Sue on 0771 232 8866.
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.
Cross Country Championships - Birmingham 8th March 2014
Two Braintree athletes ran in the prestigious end of season Cross Country championship in Birmingham and a third, Chloe Beckett, was selected but unable to attend. Following their selection due to their performances at the Essex Championship, Hannah Irwin came a fantastic 39th in the U17 category to help Essex to the team gold medal. U13 Courtney Gordon was pleased to complete the scoring for the Essex team closing off an excellent XC season that saw her twice represent the county. Highlights of the races can be seen on Saturday 15th on SkySports 2.
England Indoor Championships - Sheffield 1st/2nd March 2014
Well done to U20m Richard Shingleton who achieved a 60m pb at the indoor national championships of 7.34sec along with Lewis Thorn who achieved a pb of 7.62 secs at U17B. Richard also competed in the Long jump leaping to 6.03m.
Eleven boys and thirteen female athletes represented the Club. Held over two days, the competition brings together the best in Essex and the six neighbouring counties, with medals awarded by each association. This was our biggest entry for some years, showing the growing strength of the club.
Cross Country Now Finished for 2013/2014
The cross country league season is now over and the results are on the cross country results page. Our ladies finished 2nd in the Mid-Essex League and the men have had some great performances too, but often we don't get a full team so we will try to get a full team out next year as we have the talent to challenge for the top in both leagues. Best wishes and well done Simon.
Braintree and District Athletes enjoyed the club's best ever performance at the Essex Cross Country championships at Hilly Field, Colchester on Saturday 4th. Following some excellent performances during the season, expectations were high and the athletes continued training hard over the Christmas period to be ready.
First up in his debut race at this Level was 10 year old Freddie Trevanian who will have two years at the U13 age group and battled hard coming home in 19th in a field of 51. In the U13 girls race, Courtney Gordon attacked the race from the start and held on for an excellent 4th out of 56, narrowly missing bronze, but securing her place in the Essex Country team for the UK Intercounties Championships later in the year.
U17 Joe Nourse, had an excellent 2nd lap gaining a number of places to come home in 8th and now waits to hear if he has done enough to secure a place on the Essex team following a number of strong performances during the season. U17 Hannah Irwin, in her debut for the club, was strong from the start and stormed to a Silver medal, while U20 Chloe Beckett secured an excellent bronze following a great 2nd lap where she moved from 5th to 3rd. Both girls were handed their Essex selection letters as they crossed the line, giving the club three Essex team places so far for the national competition, with the hope of some more to come once selection has been concluded.
In the senior competition Myles Coulson came 149th and Kayleigh Beedon, who has raced every cross country race this year, came 73rd.
Lee Valley graded open indoor athletics meeting, New Year's Day 2014
Four of our Athletes couldn't wait to get their competitive year under way. Leah Duncan ran two excellent 60m sprints, the fastest of which was just outside her pb with an excellent 8.94 seconds. She followed this up with a 200m pb of 29.84, an excellent time for a first year u13. Melissa Gurteen wanted to test herself over 800m and ran a good race to come home in 3mins 08 secs. Another first year u13, Lois Gordon ran her first ever 200m and was delighted with her time of 32.83, while older sister Courtney bagged two pb's over 800m (2mins 34sec) and 200m (30.4 secs). A good start to 2014 for these four.
News prior to January 2014 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