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Track & Field

From here you will find all information relating to Track and Field.

Training times at the Leisure Centre track can be found from the Training page.

The club participates in a number of Track and Field leagues and the meetings are friendly events where athletes are encouraged to compete across a number of events.

The East Anglian League (EAL) provides competition on Sundays for age groups U11 to Senior level.
During Covid, we are in a subset of clubs with Ipswich, Southend, Colchester and Diss/ Woodbridge.

The Eastern Young Athletics League (EYAL) provides competition on Sundays for age groups U13 to U17.

The Southern Athletic League provides competition on Saturdays for age groups U17 to Senior level.
During Covid, we are in a subset of clubs with Basildon, Chelmsford, Harlow and Colchester Harriers.

Teams are selected by the Team Managers depending on the people who have said they are available.

UK Athletics Age Groups

U11: School Years 4 & 5 – Competitors who are aged 9 or 10  on 31st August within the competition year.
U13: School years 6 & 7 – Competitors who are aged 11 or 12 on 31st August within the competition year.
U15: School years 8 & 9 – Competitors who are aged 13 or 14 on 31st August within the competition year.
U17: School years 10 & 11 – Competitors who are aged 15 or 16 on 31st August within the competition year.  
U20: Competitors who are 17 or over on 31st August within the competition year, but under 20 on 31st December in the year of competition.
SEN: Competitors who are at least 20 on 31st December in the year of competition and under 35 on the day of competition.
Masters:  Competitors who are at least 35 on the day of competition. Split into 5-year age groups for open meetings.
“U23” is an IAAF term not usually used in UKA events but provides an extra age group for records.
“Senior” is not a UKA term but is used as a collective term for U20, U23, SEN and Masters.

Team Managers

For details of our Team Managers for each age group and league, please click here.

Track & Field Fixtures

The latest list of fixtures for 2024, updated 26th February, are published here.

Track & Field Results

Results for competitions and most major events may be found on the Power of 10 web site here.

Track & Field Club Records

Details of all the track and field records achieved within the Club can be found here.

For any new Club Records, please send event and time to Simon Mennell at Results verifiable at Power of 10 only please.

AAA Standards Scheme

The Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) scheme sets national standards for performance from U13 upwards with athletes challenged to reach the standards and different levels. At the end of the season we will award certificates and reward badges to the athletes based on their best performance of the season depending on which level they attained. Being a national scheme the standards are quite high and to reach them is a big achievement, but many of our athletes are reaching this level, so it will be great to see how many get there and for us to recognise their performance at the annual awards.

The scheme is designed to give athletes a target to aim for and then recognise their achievements when they get there.  Sorry, only non-wind assisted runs and jumps count.

We will review the standards based on the Power of 10 results for races representing the club or your county. The full scheme details and standards are here (PDF). Annual results follow where the stated year runs from 1st April until 31st March of the following year. 

Here are the most recent results.  Well done to everyone on these lists; the performances are very special; it takes some doing! Do let Tony know if you achieve a performance that should be on the next list in case it is missed.

The 2021 results (PDF).

The 2020 results (PDF).

The 2019 results (PDF).

The 2018 results (PDF).

The 2017 results (PDF).

Track & Field: Annual Awards (suspended due to Covid)

Dedication Award: For non competitive services to the club.

Loyalty Award: For athlete, based on effort & commitment to the club.

Female/Male Club Athlete (decided by Team Managers): for exceptional contribution to the team for the track & field league season.

Most Promising U15+ Athlete for breakthrough achievement (was the Adam Zulewski Award): for Most Promising Athlete.

Ken Brookman Award for Outstanding Achievement: for Athlete representing the club at County level and above – and/or achieving club records.

Male & Female awards: for each of: 100m, 200m, 300/400m, 800m, 1500m, Steeple Chase, Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin.

Attending a League Meeting

A typical day at a league meeting will normally start with arrival at approximately 10.30am and will finish after the relays at approximately 5.30pm. The SAL meetings start at approximately 12pm ending with relays at 4.30pm. We all sit together and support each other.  You must wear a club vest and will also find it useful to bring along the following:
   Wet/Cold weather clothing
   Packed Lunch
   Picnic rug/table/chair
   Pop up tent/gazebo/fishing umbrella/shelter
   Tent pegs and mallet
   Sun cream
   Safety Pins – please bring but available if forgotten.

There is no charge to compete in the leagues and no individual entrance fee, but it is advisable to have some money as there are tea, coffee and snacks available at most venues.

There are ‘A’ and ‘B’ string competitors for each event and age group. ‘A’ string tends to be the athlete with the best PB in that event. ‘B’ string is the second. We can also enter non scorers to give all athletes the opportunity to compete and improve their “Personal Best”.

Don’t think “I’m not good enough for this”. These events are an excellent way to improve and all the little points add on to the TEAM BDAC scores to make the difference in our league place.

Please try to car share for events away from Braintree.

Details for the Southern Athletics League Meetings

U17 and Seniors compete together in this league’s events.

All meetings:
100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 110H Men, 100H Women, 400H
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault
Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin
4×100 relay

Meetings 1, 3 & 5:
Womens 3000m, Mens 5000m, Womens 2000m Steeplechase, Mens 2000m Steeplechase, Mens 4×400 relay, Womens 4×400 relay

Meetings 2 & 4:
Womens 5000m, Mens 3000m, Womens 1500m Steeplechase, Mens 3000m Steeplechase, Mixed 4×400 relay

Details for the East Anglian League Meetings

Hurdles, 80m (U11’s), 100m (U15G), 200m (U17W), 300m (U15B) 400m (SW, SM, U17M)
600m (U11’s), 800m, 1500m, 4×100 relay
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault
Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin

Details for the Eastern Young Athletes League Meetings

The EYAL offers a series of five league matches of good quality each involving six or seven teams.

The major clubs in the league only meet each other once during the season, so the opposition is different at each match. The clubs vary from very strong, to quite small. The majority of the clubs in the league are from Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. There are also Cup and Plate finals in September.

The league is specifically for all Club athletes who are aged between 11 and 16 on 31st August of the competition year.  Athletes compete in their own age group (U13, U15 or U17), with the scores for all age-groups totalled to give the overall match result.

Events in the EYAL meets are normally:
Hurdles, 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m,1500m
Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault
Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin
4x100m relays

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