The Braintree 5 Road Race

 A 5 mile road race for all abilities organised by Braintree & District Athletic Club
starting at the new location for this year: Chelmsford City Race Course.

The 2017 Race:

This will be held on 2nd April 2017. The course can be seen here and entries via RunBritain can be made here. For more details, see the facebook page.

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 2016 race were:
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, Claire Blake.


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.

Braintree 5 Power of 10

Childrens University
Run Britain

Certified Accreditation of Course Measurers