BRAT Triathlon 2011
We are pleased to announce that we are now the official race timer for the brand new BRAT Triathlon series for 2011.
The UK’s top triathlon club has teamed up with 3D Tri Events to host the inaugural Birmingham Triathlon on 29 May 2011 – giving Brum a long overdue place on the national triathlon calendar.
Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club (BRAT), the British Triathlon Federation’s National Club of the Year (2010-2011), has just unveiled its spring and autumn events.
"For far too long the country’s second city has not had a triathlon to call its own," says BRAT’s award-winning vice chair Duncan Hough (British Triathlon’s national official of the year).
"London has Hyde Park and the London Triathlon – and even Liverpool and Manchester have their own events.
"Now Birmingham can join their ranks and boast a headline event of its own."
Both events will be held at the picturesque West Midlands Water Ski Centre - just a few miles north of Birmingham city centre – boasting top-notch facilities for both competitors and (often overlooked!) spectators.
This dedicated water sports resort nestles alongside the Middleton Lakes RSPB Wild Life Reserve and the River Tame - offering one of the highest water quality ratings of any open water swim venue in the UK.
The picturesque, wind-sheltered lake offers a calm and safe swim for the beginner but fast opportunities for more seasoned triathletes.
The mostly flat, fast, bike course works its way around Kingsbury Water Park - taking in much of the scenic North Warwickshire Cycle Way.
Finally, the run will comprise breathtaking laps around the water’s edge – with all athletes enjoying stunning views along ‘Pike’s Ridge’ to the finish line.
The venue’s log cabin clubhouse offers changing facilities, heated showers and a bar and restaurant.
With a large sun deck overlooking the lake, it’s an ideal gathering point for spectators to cheer on both the swimmers and runners.
The site also provides plenty of ample camping space with full facilities (perfect for those early-morning starts), bike repairs and a triathlon expo.
"We can guarantee a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for competitors of all standards – from the seasoned professional to the nervous first-timer - and their supporters," says fellow organiser and BRAT club member Stuart Lawrence. "We look forward to welcoming triathletes from all over the country this year – and every year."