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Braintree & District Athletic Club

Welcome to Braintree & District Athletic Club

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.

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.

Find out more about Membership or about becoming a Volunteer

New to Running? If 18 or over, read about our “All Abilities” group here. For under 18’s we are now processing applications again. See the Membership page.

AAA Standards. The club subscribes to the AAA Standards Scheme. You can find details of the scheme and a list of our athletes who have qualified here.


General Data Protection Regulation: See Membership Privacy Notice here.

Our 2021 Braintree 5 Race is unfortunately cancelled. See notice on our Braintree 5 page.

UPDATE on CORONA VIRUS: Our first day back will be Thursday 1st April. This is to allow the work on the track to progress to a point where we don’t need to use the field. Your coaches will be contacting you to invite you back to training so please do not turn up until contacted.  This is to keep the numbers safely down until we have everything back in place with the track.  The information on sessions and rules for Covid have been updated; see under Training below.

The track & field league match fixture list for 2021 can be accessed via our Activities – Track & Field page.
The latest advice from England Athletics can be found here.
Our year 2020 Awards Evening, had to be cancelled. If you have a ticket, then we will refund you the entry fee if you bring your ticket up to the track.
If you have entered either of the County Championship meetings, the Essex AA will contact you regarding the fees you have paid.
When anything changes, we will update this page as well as our Facebook Page.

Thank you all for your patience as we get the Club back up and running in a Covid secure way.  Special thanks to all the Coaches, Committee, Helpers and Facebook / Website admins who have got us into the position that we can now start offering limited training. Please click here for important information about the sessions we are currently running, together with the rules we need to follow with regards site entry / exit and signing in.
BEFORE YOU ATTEND your first session since they were suspended, print and complete the ‘General Information Form COVID19’ form (click here). You will need this with you to be admitted.
We are only able to accommodate 12 people per session, and the coaches have been inviting athletes to join their groups. If they have any spaces they will ask more people from their lists until they are full again.
As more coaches are able to return we will be able to open up the club to more athletes; again initially this will be by invite only. Please do NOT attend until you have been invited by your coach, excepting Tuesday night road running sessions (contact Philip Wood) and Thursday night endurance sessions (contact Simon Mennell).

Please bear with us as we try to get the whole Club able to train, and hopefully we will have some idea of any competitions for next season.


All of our news can be found on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. See links at the bottom of this page. Here is a snippet or two.

Lewis Thorn became South of England 400m Senior Men Champion at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium on 12/13 June, creating a new club record at 48.76


Congratulations to 21year old Braintree athlete and coach Conor Culham. At Dorney Lake Marathon today he has broken the 7 year old Senior Men marathon record of 2:44:03, in a fantastic time of 2:42.49.
Marathon training can’t be taken lightly, and today’s performance was following 11 years of hard work and dedication to endurance training in all weather conditions. Outstanding performance Conor!
Taylor Gooding won the Under 14 Girls Junior Fell Race at the Dufton Show, Cumbria on Saturday 31st August 2019 on a very wet & windy day. In doing so she won her age category for the fourth year in a row. One of the fields contained some stampeding cows so the race organisers made a last minute change to the race route. Fortunately she was able to quickly recce part of the route just beforehand. Congratulations to Rose Sheppad who won the under 17 girls fell race at the Malham Show in the Yorkshire Dales on 24th August. Approx 2.5 miles with 500 ft total climb.

Here is our team at the Essex Road Relays, Harwich on 16th March 2019:


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