On 26 August 2017 In Triathlon News

Today at Nottingham the "BRAT Shambles" team consisting of Rob Dowse (c), Sophie Dally, Nick Seagrave and Richard Carney didn't live up to their name and performed admirably in the National Club Relay event.

The team were the sole representatives of the BRAT club and were competing in the mixed open team category on Saturday afternoon. Despite a distinct lack of experience numbering about half-a-dozen events in total for the entire team, the crew got themselves organised, never missed a changeover and finished in 4:27:00 so comfortably inside the pre-agreed target of four-and-a-half hours.

Well done all for keeping the flag flying.



On 06 September 2015 In Triathlon News

The Triathlon Club Relays took place in late August. As well as competing both days, our roving reporter Pete Matthews was on hand to write a report.


Saturday proceedings saw a continuation of the relays traditional format with all team members completing the swim before moving on to the bike and run phases in succession. Although Holme Pierrepont is a notoriously breezy venue the forecasted storms held off and temperatures soared to over 30 degrees. Such conditions inevitably led to some 'interesting' tan lines and pink patches for some unsuspecting members of the team.

The day's events unfolded largely without drama, which can be largely attributed to the fantastic captaining skills of Chris Ashford and Sam Rose. However, the relays would not be the relays without the usual frantic scrambling to find ones teammate in transition, various kit-related dilemmas and the mission impossible quest to establish team positions in amongst the absolute carnage of it all.  

The morning saw an accumulation of fantastic team performances across all categories that continued into the afternoon. Where there was BRAT representation medals followed, with a notable Gold for the Ladies A team in the club competition.  Some individuals also showed commendable fitness and dedication by competing in both morning and afternoon events, although they shan't be named as their sanity may now be slightly questionable!

A fantastic time was had by all, rounded off with plenty of free beer, here's to more continued success in 2016.


Sundays event saw a revamp to the traditional format to match that seen at the elite level.

In the morning, each team member completes a mini triathlon (250m/ 5km/ 1.5km) before handing over the next member. After all four members have completed the team is given a time. The top ten teams in each category are then started in reverse order (slowest first) at 30 second intervals in a team time trial format to complete a triathlon (500m/10km/3km). The team time is then taken from the last person over the line.

BRAT entered two teams into this format; one in the women's (Becky Hair, Marie Voice, Beccy Tipping, Hannah Brookes) and one into the open (Pete Matthews, Sam Rose, Chris Ashford,  Karl Welbourne).

Both teams performed admirably with the women's team finishing second in their category in 1:23:18 and the open team finishing fourth in 1:17:24.

With both teams qualifying to the afternoon, thoughts wondered to the possibility of tactics with the possibility of drafting (within your team) on the bike. Various plans were developed

The open team started ahead of the women's and a plan for Sam to swim ahead with the rest of the team re-grouping on the ride was devised . Karl was able to catch Sam and offered her some assistance on the bike with Chris dragging Pete around. The two pairs never caught each as planned so it was onto the 2x1.5km laps where the pairs reunited just before the finish line.  

A similar tactic was planned for the women's team, with all team members rallying around each other  to offer support and encouragement when needed. This saw them pull four minutes ahead of the third place team and finish two minutes behind the overall winner who qualified with a time four minutes quicker.

Overall this proved to be a very fast and intense format  and one that I feel will prove to very popular in the coming years. 

Award Summary:


Women's A Team - 1st Women's Senior
Mixed A Team - 2nd Open
BRAT BOYS - 3rd Men's Vet 40
RULE BRAT-ANNIA - 3rd Men's V50


Cool Everything - 3rd Open Team Time Trial Format
Cool Runnings - 2nd Female Team Time Trial


On 25 August 2014 In Triathlon News
Opening Scene:
Brats banners fluttering in the breeze at the National Watersports Centre. BRATs begin to arrive bright eyed, (but sleep deprived) ready to take on the challenges of the annual Club Relays!
Scene 1: Mixed and Open Teams
Despite some last minute shuffling of team members, The Great BRATsby, The Good the BRAT and the Ugly, BRATurday night fever, The BRAT pack, Love BRATually, BRATllestar Galactica (Mixed A Team) and Return of the Ginger BRATmen were all ready for the opening race.
With the usual chaotic start, arms swinging, legs kicking and trying not to panic in the washing machine effect of the opening minutes, all teams were soon up and out of the water and onto the bikes.
With the constantly changing weather (pretty much every five minutes) the teams faced blustery winds, lashing rain and baking sun all throughout the bike leg. As always, lots if discussions regarding layering / gloves / coats / gilets resulted in a mix of "costumes" worn on the course!
The run brought a chance for the cheerleaders to "get their pop poms out" and really showcase the exceptional support and encouragement for which the BRAT club is known!
Scene 2: Women's Teams and Open
Despite only having one BRAT women's team entered, BRAT Beauty showed their pedigree, absolutely destroying the competition. The team (despite having to change from Club to Open category) produced a fantastic 1st in category and 4th overall, starting well up the field after the swim and continuing to move through the competition. A great end to the first day!
Scene 3: Mens and Open
BRAT to the Future (Mens Vet 50+) and BrokeBRAT Mountain faced far more favourable conditions on Sunday, with the forecast sunshine actually emerging. The teams both pushed hard throughout all the legs, and constant placing updates provided by BRAT spectators proved worthwhile as the Men's Vets 50+ took home Gold! A great result to finish off the weekend.
Closing Credits: BBQ at the Hirsch's
Many thanks to all the spectators, organisers, cake makers, cheerleaders and competitors who made it a great weekend as well as Mark and Chris Hirsch for hosting the closing night BBQ!
The Directors 
Chris and Daisy
On 06 August 2014 In Triathlon News

It was definitely worth getting up at 05:10 in the morning to cheer on fellow BRATS at the Blithfield Sprint and Standard Distance Triathlon. Blue skies and dry roads were appreciated by all, but the wind made the swim rather too choppy for most peoples liking.

3rd out the swim in the sprint distance was Russ Hall after being chicked (ducked?) by the swimmer who eventually took 2nd place in the lady’s race. However he didn’t let the chicking Russell his feathers, and went onto secure 2nd place overall with a fantastic time of 01:07:47, and suitably “warmed up” for Xterra England in a few weeks.  David Perry followed soon after gaining 4th place, then Duncan Hough took the 11th spot.

In the Olympic distance event, Yaz Chaudri impressed everyone by coming 1st in the 20-24 age group. This was a fantastic achievement for Yaz, especially as she also had to tackle a crash and a mechanical during what was her first pop at a standard distance triathlon. Dale Grassby smashed it coming overall 2nd in a time of 2:02:42.  Karl Welborn made his mark on his first standard distance race coming overall 4th and 1st in his age group and clocking a fantastic 10k time of 32:42 on the run.  Ian Gibson also had a great race, as did Alison Huggan who “enjoyed it all”.

The newly formed and highly acclaimed “BRAT Dream Team” of Sophie Ward and Derek Hardy came 2nd in the relay event, with Sophie securing a fabulous time of  27:13 in the swim. We are expecting great things of you guys in Mallorca next year….!! No pressure!

Well done BRATs. It was great supporting you all. J

By Tanya Daniels

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