On 09 December 2013 In Social News

We are pleased to announce another weekend away for a fun, active, social and exercise themed weekend!


A cheap accommodation, a spectacular place to train in the heart of Snowdonia, with plenty of tea, cake and hearty meals thrown in to the mix (duly washed down with some beer and wine...) and the fabulous  company of your fellow BRATs.  All members are welcome!

This weekend is open to all abilities, novice to experienced athletes and groups/activities will be tailored to suit the attendees. We are proposing to include a number of activities and this will be largely dependent on what the group preferences are.  There will be ample opportunities to mountain bike, road bike, trail run & walk.  There are good bike hire options nearby.


about 5/10 minutes from Coed Y Brenin mtn bike centre


Dates: Friday 11 April to Sunday 13 April

Cost: An incredible £25 per person for 2 nights accommodation (must pay for 2 nights even if you just stay one as this is the basis of the price negotiated)

Booking: The club shop is now open for bookings and payments - Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Further information

Please call Derek Hardy on 07590 780743 or drop an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, keep a look on the forum about this event. If there are any specifics people want including and we can try and accommodate.

On 01 December 2013 In Social News

The 2013 Annual Awards Evening was hailed as huge success in a new and exciting format put together by Joel Griffin, Daisy Wilson, El Quested and Grace Christian.  Approximately 200 BRATs were vetted by bouncers Cass and Rhys on the door, before filling the marvellous Art Deco ballroom and being entertained by the double MC Chris and Colin show, with award introductions from Richard Gray, Ed Banks, Daisy Wilson, Gordon Ainsley and Tauny Southwood.  Many BRATs were gathered around the "Ethiopia" table, to be regaled with tales from YaYa village told in inimitable style by Chris A, Dan R, Eloise L, Hannah I, Karl W, Tona W, and Yaz C.  Highlights of the evening were stirring photo collages created by El Quested, the amazing cakes in the Great BRATish Bake Off (winner Eloise Lee), the many juniors who received athletics and triathlon awards, the Paul d'Urso Cup winners Martin Ludford and Yaz Chaudhri, the volunteer awards to Annie Ginty, Tona Walder and Chris Davy, the male triathlon performance of the year award to the Men's NCR A Team and the Alan Myatt Shield to the entire T&F team who won the league and were promoted to division 1 for 2014. Congratulations also to those who were awarded BRAT sponsorships for 2014 - Athletics: David Lima, Jack Gray, Paul Thompson, John Lutwyche, Tamarah Miller, Jonathan Briggs, Alex Clegg, Suzie Freer, Alisha Stroud, Petra Bediako, Helen Light, and Katrina Walker, and Triathlon: Anne Kenchington, Abbie Saker and Joe Sadio.  Thanks to Mark Hirsch for the superb photos.  The 2014 Annual Awards Evening will be held in the same venue on 29th November 2014 - but there will be 3 people behind the bar this time!  Please take the time to fill out the questionnaire on Facebook - we would like your views on how to improve for next year!

On 12 November 2013 In Social News

The waiting is over! Tickets are now on sale for the annual awards night which will be held on 30 November 2013 at the Bournbrook & Selly Oak Social Club on Hubert Road, Selly Oak.


Over 200 BRATs and their families from all corners of the midlands are expected to join the party in order to celebrate the club’s continued successes and bask in the glories of the Athletics, Triathlon and Running sections of the club from the 2013 season. A new format of the event promises plenty of fun and surprises and a disco into the small hours.

Discounted tickets are available in advance from the BRAT Shop. This is the biggest night of the BRAT social calendar, and all club members and their families are warmly invited. Clear your diaries, polish your dance shoes and join the party!



6pm Doors open

7pm Food served

7.30pm Program of entertainment and awards commences

9.45pm disco commences

Close... Late.

Tickets in advance:

£5 Individual
£2 for juniors/students/OAPs
£10 for familes

Dresscode – Party time!

On 11 October 2013 In Marriages and Babies

Multiple Ironman competitor (8 IM including Kona World Championships 2008) Mim Kirby was married to Darrell Merryweather (Kickboxing black belt and champion) on Friday October 11 2013 at the beautiful wedding venue of Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe.  BRATs in attendance included Brian and Clare Tilley (Brian is recovering from multiple fractures following a nasty bike accident - but now walking and looking hale and hearty!), Mark and Wendy Easter (previous secretary of the BRAT Club / first coach of the juniors), Steve (Bike and Style Guru) and Julie Washbourne, Tauny and Debbie Southwood, Mark (Twiggy) Attwood, Jenny Hill (recently qualified for Kona) and Simon Booth.