The Braintree 5 (Skyline 120)

 A 5 mile road race for all abilities organised by Braintree & District Athletic Club
starting in Skyline 120 Business Park adjacent to Great Notley Country Park.

The 2016 Race:

For once the weather forecast was correct and the morning of the 7th Braintree 5 race was cold but bright. A frosty start for all those up at the crack of dawn to put out the various signs, sort chips, set up marshals and Start/Finish turned into a warm morning with around 374 runners turning up for the start of the Race at 11am.
After 25 mins 50 secs Scott Cousins was the first over the line for Springfield Striders Running Club. The first female home, Samantha Bilbie in a time of 30 mins 59 secs was also running for Springfield Striders. Very soon the rest of the runners followed and the finish line became a sea of orange as the runners proudly wore their Finishers t-shirts.
With just the clearing up and posting of times to complete, another Braintree 5 race ended on a high note with success all round for a well organised day.

Paul Miller wishes to thank all the helpers. Without the vast amount of help in whatever form the Race would not be able to go ahead. Whether you were marshalling out on the road, putting out signs, or one of the other many helpers, you all played a vital role ensuring the smooth running of the event. You will appreciate that many months of planning go into the Race every year and it is only on the day that all the pieces come together to make what was a great race.
He is standing down as Race Director and says that it was a great day to finish on and thanks you all for making it a special day. He hopes you will all continue to support the race and its new Director.

Here are the winners!  Full results here (Excel) and here (PDF).
Open:  Scott Cousins Springfield Striders RC, 25:50
JM:      Connor Page Braintree & District AC, 28:20
MV40:  Malcolm Muir Ilford AC, 27:13
MV50:  Stephen Philcox Ilford AC, 29:06
MV60:  Dave Cox Woodford Green AC, 29:34
MV70:  Ron Mccullough Ipswich Jaffa, 34:31

Open: Samantha Bilbie Springfield Striders RC, 30:59
JF:      Savannah Pearey, 43:58
FV35:  Nikki Brockbank Springfield Striders RC, 31:05
FV45:  Amanda Heslegrave Barking Road Runners, 35:41
FV55:  Julia Galea Ilford AC, 42:18
FV65:  Jude Hare Castle Point Joggers, 49:13

Mens Running Club:   Springfield Striders Scott Cousins, Chris Burgoyne, James Wright
Ladies Running Club: Springfield Striders Samantha Bibie, Nicki Brockbank, Kate Mills
Business Team:         CW Courier Services Andrew Bell, Craig Ruggles, Chris Ward
Education Team:        Notley High School Robin Newman, Peter Allen, Rachel Kelly

Male:     James White, 31:22
Female: Trudi Morrish, 38:35

For race photographs, type "Mike Eldred Photography- MPE solutions ltd" into Facebook

Our charities for the race this year are:
BRA The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Charity. No 1048542.

The Friends of The Flitch Way. Charity No 1115617.

The Route:

A slightly undulating rural course starting and finishing in Skyline 120 Business Park, next to Great Notley Country Park, Braintree. The route goes down Queenborough Lane past Rayne Station, into Rayne Village and then onto the Flitch Way for a few hundred metres before turning back into Rayne, and back home.

Download the Official Course Map or checkout mapometer.

Certificate of course accuracy: Course No. 09/111
UKA Licence Number: 2016-16827


Our Race Director, Paul Miller.


We are privileged to have a number of generous sponsors, without whom we would not be able to put on this race.

Thank you to Econoprint for all your help.

Also we are grateful to Braintree District Council for their support with this event.

Fostering People Too

CW Courier Services

Joscelyne Chase



JT Mac Consulting






Race Report, Sunday 29th March 2015
After months of planning, the day was finally upon us and the Braintree 5 was here. A very early start with an hour's less sleep saw the B5 team set up the start, finish, registration and the course.The day had started very drizzly and grey but gradually the runners braved the awful weather and made their way to the start line on the Skyline 120 Business Park to take part in the 6th Braintree 5 Race. A slightly smaller field than usual, due to a combination of clashes with other events coupled with the weather, started dead-on 11am. Led by our Lead Bike rider Scott the strong field of runners were cheered on by our ever faithful band of supporters and Marshalls.
All 300+ starters completed the course and although we had the First Aid team to hand I am pleased to report that their services were not needed. By 12.15 all runners were over the finish line along with Gary Sibley who acted as our Sweeper for this event. Goody bags and shirts were gratefully received, the need for a dry T-shirt being the most urgent with the majority of runners having contended with a very heavy shower of rain in their final stage of the Race.
Finally Presentations were made in the Discovery Centre by our Chairman, Tony Gordon, and once again the Braintree 5 Race was over for another year. With our thanks as usual to Countryside Properties for giving us permission to start and finish on their Skyline 120 Business Park, the staff at the Discovery Centre for their co-operation in the organising of this event, and our members and their friends, family and colleagues who turn out in all weathers to marshall, support and organise this event.

Results can be found here (Excel) or here (pdf)  and photos, courtesy of Andy Sheridan Photography are here.

We are delighted to have supported the following charities:

BRA The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Charity. No 1048542.
Parc Essex. Play & Resource Centre. Charity No. 1065854.

Our event raised £1298.63 to split between the two charities

2014 Race Report, Sunday 27th April 2014
After what seems like a never ending winter the sun finally made appearance and the scene was set for a wonderful 4th Braintree 5 mile race. Temperatures were around 10 degrees and bright and sunny throughout.

Results are available at and as a pdf file: here.

1st Male Andrew Mynott, Springfield Striders 27m40s
Junior Male Joseph Nourse, Braintree 29m53s
MV40 Steve Cooper, Blackheath & Bromley 28m59s
MV50 Paul Mingay Tiptree 27m58s
MV60 Dave Cox 29m45s
MV70 John Wheatley Colchester Harriers 35m20s

1st Female Elizabeth Davies Springfield Striders 29m15s
Junior Female Abigail Morgan Tiptree 39m17s
FV35 Nikki Brockbank Springfield Striders 30m51s
FV45 Caroline Tuck Dagenham 88 35m19s
FV55 Joanne Marshall Serpentine 39m51s
FV65 Margaret Waddingham Ware Joggers 39m02s

Unaffiliated Runners:
Male Richard Green (Lives in Australia) 28m37s
Female Anita Cox 33m52s

Team Results:
Mens Running Club Springfield Striders
Ladies Running Club Springfield Striders
Business Team Delamode
Education Team Notley High School

2013 Race Results

Full Results from 2013 race.  More on the roadrunning news page and the 2013 gallery page.

2012 Race Results

Full Results from 2012 race.

2011 Race Results and Photos

2010 Race Results

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