On 07 July 2014 In Triathlon News

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(!)

On 02 July 2014 In Triathlon News

It is that time of year again when we begin to look forward to a true highlight in the BRAT calendar: The National Club Relays at Nottingham Watersports Centre on Saturday 23rd August (women's and mixed) and Sunday 24th August (mens). Entries are now available in the shop to buy. They will go quickly, so don't delay, shop today!!

For those of you that haven't entered before, this is one of the most exhilarating and fun events on the UK tri race calendar, revolving around teams of four using a tagging format where everyone swims, everyone bikes and everyone runs, in a race that looks like a mixture between competition and chaos! The weekend is also a key social and racing event for BRAT members from across all corners of the club; it is a fantastic opportunity for new members to make new friends and old (in age and/or club membership!) members to reminisce on previous years of the relays' rich history, and just hang out for the day surrounded by carbon, lycra, goose poo and flapjacks.

If you already have a team then the captains will do their best to accommodate your team request, and for those that don't the club captains are happy to help find you one! Please buy your entry now and we look forward to seeing you at this great event!

Chris, Daisy and Russ

On 24 June 2014 In Triathlon News

On Sunday the 29th June a team of BRAT legends (Hannah Davies, Nicola Prestwood, Rhod Richards) are racing Ironman Austria and raising money for the cancer charity, 'Team Inspiration'. At the time of writing they have now smashed their initial fundraising target and raised $2700 - but they now need your help to push the total even higher and reach the new target of $4000!

Team Inspiration is an American charity that is forging links with Macmillan to launch a pilot scheme in the UK. The scheme will empower individuals living with cancer by developing exercise and wellness programs that improve their physical, mental, and spiritual quality of lives. This in turn helps them through their treatment. Team Inspiration will provide cancer patients with an exercise program designed to decrease fatigue, increase activity tolerance and improve quality of life. You can read more about Team Inspiration here: http://teaminspiration.org/ 

If you would like to help raise money for this project please click on the link below to donate.


Your donation will also give Hannah, Nicola and Rhod a massive boost of encouragement on race day! So please dig deep and show your support for our wonderful BRAT athletes competing in Austria, as well as this fantastic charity that they are supporting.

On 23 June 2014 In Triathlon News

As an ETU and ITU qualifier, and the British and English National Standard Distance Championships the standard of racing is always tough at Dambuster Triathlon. On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning a number of BRATs competed at the fantastic Rutland Water location, keen to prove what they could do against the competition.

With a single 1.5k loop of the mirror flat reservoir (well, until full of 750+ wetsuitted triathletes), a rolling 42k bike (with the notorious "Rutland Ripple") and an out and back 10k run course along the reservoir wall, it would prove a challenge for all competitors. 

Despite being more used to longer races post Mallorca 70.3, Russell Williams (2:35) and Tanya Daniels (2:56) put on a great show, along with Dave Perry (2:16), and Ewan Hamment (2:40) who proved that "retired" actually means"full time athlete". Chris Ashford (2:09) finished 16th overall and 4th in his age group just making the required qualifying time and position for both ITU and ETU races.

Undeterred by the early race start of 07:00, the BRAT team were still more than happy to take part in a free post race beer (alcohol-free of course)!


By Chris Ashford