On 21 November 2013 In Triathlon News

Eleanor Quested (your resident BRAT News Editor) hung up her wetsuit and tackled her first duathlon on Sunday 17th November. El did BRAT Club proud coming second female, after only recently recovering from a nasty cold.

The race - the inaugral Dinton Duathlon - was held near Reading and was sponsored by Lexus. The event included a 5.2 km run, 20.5 km bike and 5.2 km run. With the bike being road based and runs off road it was a great way to start the winter season. On interviewing El said "I was lucky to escape 1st place as the winners prize watch was awful"*.

Keeping it in the family El, raced with her Dad and they are also both racing the Suicide Six this weekend.


Article submitted by Grace Christian

* Quote not verified! (~Ed)

On 18 September 2013 In Triathlon News

What a weekend it was for British, Birmingham and BRAT triathletes!! Alongside Non Stanford, Jodie Stimpson, Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee competing in the elite races, a number of BRATs also toed the start line in Hyde Park (London), representing GB in the Age Group competitions at the ITU World Champs.

Events kicked off in great BRAT style in on Wednesday with Chris Ashford (10th) and Karen Riley (25th) both putting in solid performances in the Aquathlon.  In the sprint distance on Friday Phil Fishwick and Karen Riley (who has been having a busy week!) also had great success, coming home 43rd and 40th in their age groups. Sunday morning's standard distance races closed out the age group racing with Beth Morgan (70th), Helen Taylor (16th) and Mark Hirsch (6th) putting the finishing touches to a great week of BRAT racing on the world stage.

It wasn't only the BRATs racing who were involved in the World Championships. Duncan Hough, Sarah Taylor and Paul Twose continued to support triathlon at the highest level with their roles as officials throughout the week, and during the organisation running up to the event.

Well done to all who competed and supported! A great end to a fantastic year of triathlons!

On 15 September 2013 In Triathlon News

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.

On 01 September 2013 In Triathlon News

Rutland Water hosted the annual Vitruvian middle distance (1.9k swim,  85k bike and 21k run) race on Saturday 31st August with nearly 500 participants, including a number of BRATs. 

Great weather meant that the 06:30 start wasn't such a hardship, and with this being the 10th year of the event all the organisation was extremely slick. The swim was a two lap course with wave start. The bike route could be described as lumpy -  a mix of either pancake flat and fast, or extremely hilly. The two lap course meant that that competitors had to tackle the notorious "Rutland Ripple" not once, but twice!  The race rounded up with a two lap "out and back" run course which meant it was possible to gauge positions on the competition!

Chris Ashford had a great race finishing in 04:12:15 as the 30-34 Age Group winner and 6th overall. A number of other BRATs (Steve Faulkner, James King, Paul Clarke and Gavin McCaugherty) all finished in under 5 hours. Hazel Padmore continues to improve at every race and broke the 7 hour barrier, also clocking an awesome PB!