On 16 July 2013 In Triathlon News

As the Daily Mail warned of a "deadly heat wave", Cass and El jumped in the un-air conditioned car and set off down the M5. Destination? The Long Course Weekend in Tenby (Wales). LCW is a weekend festival of long distance swimming, cycling and running, with over 3000 athletes taking part in races held on the IM Wales routes on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday (respectively). 

Events started in style with Cass (01:09:14) and El (01:12:18) both claiming new PBs in the 2.4 mile swim. Conditions were perfect, with beautiful, still, clear and warm waters (and a couple of jellyfish). A far cry from the training in choppy, chilly Bittell and mosquito-ridden Top Barn! 

To complete the Tenby trio, Rhys rocked up on Saturday morning and he and El took the BRAT baton on the 112 mile bike. Billed as one one of the toughest IM bike courses, in temperatures topping 90 degrees, the event certainly delivered what it promised. Both athletes narrowly missed race-ending RTAs (Rhys with a van and El with a horse box, verified!) and crossed the finish line in decent times, both covered in sweat, salt and smiles. El was delighted to finish 1st lady - the icing on the cake of a great day in the saddle. 

On Sunday Cass and Rhys (once again covered in Bodyglide and factor 50 respectively) took the BRAT baton on its' final leg and dug deep to complete the beautiful but hot and hilly marathon. The triumphant trio celebrated Cass's 50th marathon and the weekend's accomplishments with fish and chips and a dip in the sea... Well this is Tenby, it would be rude not to!

On 09 July 2013 In Triathlon News

The ever popular BRAT Junior Aquathlon is back!!  This event has been growing year on year and we're planning our biggest and best Aquathlon yet so join us on the 21st July at The Blue Coat School for another cracking race hosted by the BRAT Club.  The race also forms part of the West Midlands Junior Series.  To enter, go to www.entrycentral.com/BratJuniorAquathlon2013

The race itself consists of a swim and run. The clock begins when the competitor starts their swim and stops on crossing the finish line for the run. The swim is in Blue Coat's excellent 25 metre indoor pool then the run is on grass. The course is entirely off public roads within the School grounds.

Closing date is 18th of July 2013 or when full - please note, this event has sold out in the last three years so enter early to avoid disappointment!

There will be a trophy for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group both male and female and finishers' medals for every competitor.  Changing facilities, showers and refreshments will be available.

The club also needs a few more marshals for this event.  Please get in touch with Chris Davy if you're interested in helping out. 

On 08 July 2013 In Triathlon News

Sunday 7th July marked a number of extraordinary sporting performances by British sporting heroes, and BRAT club members were up there with the best of them!  At the Outlaw iron distance triathlon, a stunning debut race from Steve (Keenie) Titmarsh (9 h 56 min, 10th man overall and 1st in 35-39 age group) led a strong BRAT field home, including Ade Carter, Adam Balderson-Higgins, Mark Lawlor, Mick Curren, Dave Harrison.  Nick Irons made a valiant attempt, only to be defeeted (pun intended) by the heat - better luck next time Nick.  At IM Frankfurt, Chris Ashford led the way with an amazing 9 h 27 min race - a huge PB which puts him right up in the upper echelons of fastest IM times in the BRAT Club.  Victoria Pargetter also had a highly commendable race in her debut IM, despite multiple training challenges, finishing with a 12 h 48 min result - wonderful efforts all!

On 30 June 2013 In Triathlon News

With some apprehension and excited nerves, Hazel Padmore was ready for action at the presigious Olympic Distance Triathlon at Windsor Castle on 16th June 2013. [One might say it was time for ma-king the moat of all that tough training!] In this article Hazel reflects on her experience:

"We arrived the day before to register and rack our bikes, giving me an opportunity to have a wander round the course and check out the route for the swim along the River Thames.  Registration was seamless.  Despite 2500 people taking part in the race, it took me less than 10 minutes to register and rack my bike.

So to the morning of the race ... an early start with transition opening at 4.30am.  My wave was due to start at 6.24am but a combination of excitement and nerves saw me stood at the bank of the Thames at 5.50am waiting for the first waves to go off.  A friendly marshal announced to the crowd that the water was a "warm" 14 degrees.  It was going to be a cold 1500 metres.

There was some confusion during the swim, the position of buoys and the need to swim through 2 buoys at the turn point rather than just round the buoy caused congestion.  However once out of the water I looked forward to the bike course which I knew was relatively flat.   The bike course was well signposted and marshals were on hand to ensure you didn't take the sprint route by accident.  Into transition and out for the run.  The run was 3 loops through the town with a rather mean hill about 300 metres into the loop.  Cobbled streets took you up past the Castle grounds and back over the River.  Taking the right turn to the finish line was extremely welcome after dragging myself round the last lap.  

A great experience and a great race.  I would definitely recommend it."

Congratulations Hazel on your first Oly!