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British Orienteering Championships Silver Medal for Oliver Prince, 7th May 2017
Oliver Prince won Silver as part of an Under 12 (M/W12) team at the British Orienteering Relay Championships held at Summer House Knott in the Lake District on Sunday 7th May. Oliver was the fastest overall on his 1.36km leg (9m 5 secs) which helped bring the team home in second place, 1 minute behind the team from South Yorkshire and 24 seconds ahead of a local Lakeland team in third. Seventeen teams from across the UK competed over the hilly terrain. Oliver also competed in the individual Long Distance (3.3km) at High Dam the day before, coming 5th in 39 mins 57 secs. Pictures below.

Jessica & Dylan's Achievements, May 2017
Jessica and Dylan raced in the Essex Primary Schools XC Finals held at Hadleigh Park. Both finished second place out of a very strong field. Dylan had trouble getting away at the start and found himself in last place, but spent the remainder of the race working his way to the front. Jessica perhaps not wanting the same to happen to her sprinted ahead of the pack from the start and maintained second place throughout. Both gave their all on the day and they should be very proud of themselves.
Jessica and Dylan then competed in the Infinity aquathlon (160m swim/1.2Krun). Dylan finished in 1st place with a strong swim and run, and Jess finished in 2nd place with the fastest girls run time in her age group. There were 61 children from across the Eastern region in their age group (U11).
Then Dylan took part in the South West Triathle (continuous shoot/swim/run - shoot/swim/run). This was also a qualifier to race as part of the GB team in Portugal for the European Biathle/Triathle champs. Having already qualified for the Biathle team in April, Dylan was delighted to place 3rd today gaining a place on the Triathle team also.
Their parents are really grateful for their coach, Simon's support and the kids love coming along to training. 

Taylor Gooding (age 9) Fell Race Success, 1st May 2017
Taylor finished 2nd in the Wray Caton Moor, Lancashire U11 Girls Junior Fell Race. The course was 1 Mile long & having 150' of ascent. The fell races are held in conjunction with the Village Scarecrow Festival which attract hundreds of people, so crowds cheered the runners on at the start from the centre of the village. From here the route wound its way up a steep country lane before turning on to the undulating fell side then turning steeply downhill, across a stream & twisting down the side of a steep gully through woodland & back to finish. Taylor finished in 7.15 & knocked 38 seconds off her time on the same course last year and now has three 2nds & one 1st place finishes at the event over the last 4 years. A wonderful achievement Taylor!

Mid Essex League XC, Braintree, 12th March 2017
A big thank you to everyone involved with this, our home cross country match, from the early set up team, marshalls and the post race refreshment team. Without you it couldn’t have taken place so well done all. I believe it went very well, helped by being a lovely day and as far as I know there were no issues from the runners. Results can be found from the XC results page.

Mid Essex League XC, Little Baddow, 26th February 2017
In the penultimate cross country event of the season, hosted by Little Baddow Ridge Runners, the Braintree athletes put in some strong performances. First home in 14th place was U20 Conor Culham. Next through the finish funnel was Josh Mulley who came 15th, followed by James Salmon in 34th position. Finally David Reaves completed the team finishing in 60th position on this tough course. Well done to all the BDAC athletes who ran this weekend for the league points. Pictures on our Gallery pages; results on our XC Results page.

Cross Country Leagues, 14/15th January 2017
Well done all who came out and competed this weekend, and a very big thank you to all the volunteer marshalls who came out in the cold on Saturday. Everyone did a great job and without you, we as a club cannot host these events. So once again thank you all so much for your time and effort. Results are on the XC Results page.

Daisy at the World Schools Orienteering Championships - UPDATED
Daisy Partridge, having been selected for England again to compete at the World Schools Championships (pictured below with her 3rd place trophy in the 2015 World Champs) devised a cunning little event at Fordham for New Year's Day in conjunction with the kind help of Essex Stragglers so she can raise some money towards her participation in the next World Schools Orienteering Championships in Italy in April. The results are here and Daisy says "thank you all the BDAC members for giving my event a go. All profits will go towards my trip to Italy for the World Schools Orienteering Championships and all donations were much appreciated. David Reaves gave it a good go and mentioning to me that he hadn't done orienteering since 1965! He managed to get 290 points leaving him in 31st place. I am glad I inspired him to try it again. Also to the Ferguson's with Will, Joe and family clocking up a total of 305 points which put them in 28th. I appreciate you all coming and I hope you all enjoyed it. I had great fun watching people learn and having fun".
Museum of Power Trail Race, Langford, 18th December 2016
Taylor & Gaby (with the help of Roj & Sam) won the 3.1 Mile Narrative Trail Race from 'The Museum of Power', Langford.  The route took in the old railway line and muddy paths around the River Chelmer, having to spot reindeer & find chocolates on the route.  Cake & Sausage Sandwiches were soon devoured on their return to the café! Results here (PDF) or (Excel).

Mid-Essex League Cross Country, Stebbing, 17th December 2016
Our athletes showed some great performances in the tough yet entertaining conditions. First BDAC home was Stebbing debutant Tim Woulfe and his brand new trail shoes & team colours. He finished an impressive 6th but the shoes may need some tlc. Next was Nebay Debesay our youngest and tallest member of the men's team (11). Close behind was Conor Culham (16) making his 3rd Stebbing appearance, followed by Alex Ings (19). Next was the mighty Joe Nourse, returning from injury, but unfortunately both of his soles fell off of his shoes on the way to the start. Undeterred Joe ran the 5 mile circuit in his socks and finished 30th. Connor Mennell followed him (33) with Myles Coulson just behind (36). Then James Bearham (47), Raoul Grantham (68), Colm Scolard (71), Andy Hughes (72) and finally Mark Jackson (74). James Salmon made his BDAC debut running well as a guest. A great set of results from the BDAC men's team who finished 3rd overall.
For the women Josie Sheffield was first home in a great 9th position, then Sharon Alexander (14), Claire Gordon (20) and Michelle Philips making an enthusiastic return to Stebbing (21). Then Kayleigh Beedon (43), Courtney Gordon (44) & Deb Harrison (45). An excellent set of performances from the team who showed real strength to finish 4th overall.
Well done all BDAC athletes who put in some excellent performances, doing their club proud. Results on the XC Results page for 1st 7 men / 4 women. Pictures in Gallery.

Daisy Partridge is British Schools Orienteering Champion
Congratulations to Daisy Partridge who became the British Schools Orienteering Champion on Sunday 20th November after winning gold in a very quick time.

Cross Country Results from Horseheath, 19th November 2016
Full results are now on the Cross Country Results page. Well done all who took part.

Essex League cross country, Hylands Park, 29th October 2016
The athletes from Braintree put in some excellent performances on a warm(ish) day in this, the second leg of this season's Essex League cross country.
In the U11's race was Oliver Prince who managed an impressive 2nd place. Evie Williams also put in a great performance in the club colours.
The next Braintree athletes to run were the U13's. As ever there were some outstanding runners in this age group and BDAC had four athletes who did themselves and the club proud. Rose Sheppard finished well in 10th place. Next in was Tegan Raynar in 31st, closely followed by Scarlet Williams in 36th out of 55 runners. Joe Partridge also finished strongly in 50th position in the boys category, amongst 57 runners.
>Next up for the club was our U15's. Yet again Abbie Kerr ran well to finish in 21st position amongst a strong field and Abigail Barns came in shortly after in 28th place out of 50 athletes. For the boys it was debut day. Tyler Wiltshire put in a great effort managing an impressive 26th position in his first ever cross country race, well done! Haydn Hawkins was also running in his first ever X-Country and he put on a good show crossing the line in 55th position, great effort Haydn!
For the Senior women we had Lisa who competed in her first ever X-Country race (and hopefully not her last) and Josie (not her first X-Country race) who finished in 50th place.
The Senior Men had to start their race in a different location due to the huge field of over 220 athletes running. The Braintree team put in some excellent performances with senior man Tim Woulfe finishing in 28th position. Next home was the one and only Ben Holdgate U20 who came 83rd, closely followed by Conor Culham U20 in 96th, Myles Coulson (not U20) came 129th, and under 20 Josh Mulley came 131st. Steven Rolfe, senior man, came 204th. It was great to see Mark Jackson (nearly U20) back on the cross country scene, coming 209th. And cross country newbie, Mark Simmons came 218th, we hope the smile in the photos (see Gallery) accurately reflects their enjoyment.
Today we saw the largest men's team that we have had for some time (outside of Stebbing). All excellent results on a very fast course. Results are here and team standings are here
The next cross country event is at Horseheath on Saturday 19th November. Details will be out soon on the Facebook page and the website. It would be great to make up teams from all age groups and if you would like to lift share, please do contact us at the track. Cross country is for all abilities; everyone is so supportive. If you have any questions, please do contact Conor Culham, our team manager.

First Cross Country of the Season: Essex League at One Tree Hill, 8th October 2016
Saturday was the first of this season's Essex League cross country. Hosted by Thurrock at One Tree Hill on a warm and slightly rainy day, Braintree athletes put in some excellent performances.  Winning the U11's race was 10 year old Tom Wood!
The next Braintree athlete to run was Abi Kerr in the U15's race. As ever there were some outstanding runners in her age group and Abi came in in an impressive 12th position.
In the U17's mens race was Nebay Debesay, running in his first ever cross country race against some tough competition, he finished in 11th position out of a 50 strong field.
The Senior Men started their race in heavy rain; this was to stay through much of their 8.5k.
There were approx 200 athletes taking part and the Braintree team put in some excellent performances with Conor Culham U20, finishing first for the team in 63rd, Ben Holgate U20, 64th, Myles Coulson (not U20), 99th, David Reaves 146th (nearly U20) and Steve Rolfe 154th.
All excellent results on a tough course. 
The next cross country event is at Hylands Park on Saturday 29th October. Details will be out soon. It would be great to make up teams from all age groups. Cross country is for all ability of runner, everyone is so supportive. If you have any questions, please contact Conor Culham.
Full results are on the Cross Country Results page. Pictures in Gallery.

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