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Braintree 5 – 2021 Race Update – Race postponed to 2022

Dear Runners,

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions we have not been able to put the organisation in place to enable a race for the Spring 2021 season and as such have decided to postpone again until Spring 2022.

We have considered the option to move the race to the Autumn but feel that there will be an abundance of both the pre-scheduled Autumn races and postponed races to compete with for viable dates.

All 2020 entries will be carried over to the 2022 race and once we are able to confirm a date we will let all entrants know. We usually get confirmation of the race date during September each year.

As Run Britain does not facilitate refunds via their entry system is not practically possible to refund all entries to the 2020 race. All entries will roll over to next year or if you prefer an alternative year and we also allow transfers to other runners. If you are suffering financial hardship and need a refund we will consider individual cases.

Once we have further news on the next race we will be in touch as well as posting an update to the race’s Facebook page and the BDAC website.

Many thanks for your understanding,

Claire Blake
Race director.

Information for the Race:

A 5 mile road race for all abilities organised by Braintree & District Athletic Club
starting as in previous years at the Chelmsford City Race Course.

   • Chelmsford City Racecourse, A131, Great Leighs, Chelmsford CM3 1QP
   • Runners car park via the main entrance on the A131.
   • No on the day entries. Online entries will close two weeks before race day.
   • Runners’ Instructions HERE.
   • Route description & map below.

We have full ‘Chip to Chip’ Timing provided by ‘Nice Work’. All Race Numbers with Chips attached are to be collected on the day. Please allow plenty of time on the day to collect your number from race HQ. No refunds, please contact us for transfers.

All Parking will be available at Chelmsford City Race course Main Entrance. Please do not use the side gate.
The use of ipods, mp3 players etc by competitors contravenes UKA rules. Anyone using these devices during the race will be disqualified. We also reserve the right to not provide a T-shirt to anyone disqualified for this reason.
We are unfortunately unable to cater for wheelchair contestants.
Minimum age of 15 on race day.
No accompanying dogs or cyclists.
Time limit: 75 minutes.
Toilets, Refreshments and Bag Drop are all available in the Main Grandstand.

The Route:

   • A fast, undulating, rural, all road course, see map here.
   • Race held under UK Athletic Rules. UKA Licence No: 2019-35760
   • SEAA Measured Course Certificate 17/038
The start of the race is approx 50 metres from the Main Grandstand. Please refer to the course map and follow directions from Marshals.


Our Race Directors are Ross Boyer / Claire Blake.  But see above for entry information.

Club members, relations & friends: please contact Stuart Phillips if you can offer help with marshalling on race day. It will be an exciting day out!


   •Commemorative t-shirt to all finishers.
   •Presentation ceremony shortly after the race.
   •Trophies (one per winner) will be awarded as follows:
   •First three males. First three females
   •First U18M, MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70
   •First U18F, FV35, FV45, FV55, FV65
   •First Male team and First Female team (four runners to count)

Whilst we will endeavour to provide a T-shirt of the correct size we will be unable to guarantee this for late entries.


Sunday 31st March 2019 results: A big thank you to all who ran, all who helped and all who supported the race. We hope you all had a most enjoyable time and that you are pleased with your results which are shown here.  For more on the race, see the B5 Facebook page

Sunday 20th May 2018 results: here (pdf)

Sunday 2nd April 2017 results: here (pdf)

Sunday 17th April 2016 results: here (pdf).

Sunday 29th March 2015 results: here (pdf) and photos, courtesy of Andy Sheridan Photography here.

Sunday 27th April 2014 results: here (pdf)

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