Monday, 07 July 2014 13:23

An Eventful Day in the Forest Of Dean

Four BRATs ventured down to the Forest of Dean triathlon last Sunday (29th June) and had some interesting experiences. All squeezed into Damo’s van they were flying down the M5 when Anne Kenchington realised she had forgotten her wet-suit. No worries – Damo “top-coach” offered his wetsuit. Perfect wave timing and synchronisation resulted in a smooth wetsuit swap and both performed excellently. Damo recorded another win and Anne narrowly missed out coming second in her first open category race. Even the poor fitting wet suit did not prevent her coming first out of the water but Damo’s bike might help next time to nail a win!

Marc Niebel returned a great performance coming home 7th and was instrumental in calming the team down afterwards as George Mascaro went off-course on the bike and ended up halfway home to Birmingham! Quite an eventful day for all – they all returned in one piece and Damo with slightly less hair(!)

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Saturday, 15 March 2014 09:07

Who will be a Midnight Man or Woman?

Would you like to do an Ironman (or half IM) distance triathlon event LIKE NO OTHER in 2014?  

To support the charity "Kids Like Us", Bridge Events are offering 10 places in the ONLY night time long distance triathlon event in the world!  The race takes place in Dartford, so no need for overnight accommodation!  It starts at 6pm on 16th August and the cut off is 11 am on 17th August.  Check out the website: (you can do a full IM, a half IM or a quarter IM).

The tickets normal retail for £160 each, but 10 have been donated to the club for AUCTION to raise money for the Kids Like Us Charity to raise money for Children with Arthritis.  The auction will work like this:  each ticket has a reserve of £25.  You can submit a closed bid of any amount above £25 to try to win an entry - just write your name, contact details and the amount of your bid on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope and give it to Tauny Southwood at a club session up to 27th April or at the AGM on 27th April.  The 10 highest bids will each win an entry ticket - the winners will be drawn at the AGM.  This will probably be the most cost effective long distance triathlon you will ever have the opportunity to do - AND you won't have to worry about suntan cream!

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Sunday, 15 September 2013 12:07

Burnham burns in the North

I’ve had a really enoyable good summer reforming myself from runner to triathlete, and my first season has gone very well concluding in the European Qualifier in Newbiggin, Northumberland on September 1stThe beach start 750m swim took us out to the statue called the Couple (known locally as ‘Ebb and Flo) on the breakwater 260m out in the bay, before two left turns and back to the beach.  Head for the big red doors of the life boat house was the advice given, except somebody had opened them!    The sea was very cold but reasonably calm, and if could have seen through my fogged up goggles I am sure it would have looked scenic. 15minutes later onto the 3 lap 25k bike leg.

 The wind decided to complete the course clockwise while the riders went round the course anti-clockwise.  As well as being a constant and inconvenient headwind, the wind was also very playful,  in a cheeky kind of way, and regularly decided to rush out of a side road as you were passing and blow you to the other side of the road.  Ha bloody ha.  After 42 minutes on the bike and an incredibly  slow transition of 2 minutes (I must stop checking my emails in transition!) took us out onto what I thought was a flat 2 lap, 5.4k run back and forth along the sea front.  Without my glasses on I hadn’t noticed the naughty little hill at the end of the promenade, but soon found out about it!  A disappointing 24.43 for the run, but a reasonable (given that wind) 1hr 26mins and 3rd position in the age group and qualification for Kitzbuhel next June.  (After looking at the course profile I wonder what I have let myself in for up those mountains in Austria.  At least the water course is flat.)

Thanks to all those BRAT colleagues for their support and advice (I still did it anyway!), physio Pete Hatton, and sports masseur Gareth Norris for keeping me going.

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