BRAT Summerfield Smash 5k 2020 (POSTPONED until TBC)

BRAT Summerfield Smash 5k 2020 (POSTPONED until TBC)

A fast race for those that care about their time (no matter what that time may be). A simple event with minimal fuss. No t-shirts, medals, goody bags, etc. Just run hard, get a PB, go home proud and repeatedly refresh Pof10 until time appears.

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Latest Updates



With one month to go it seems unlikely that the situation will change to allow us to run this event the way we want to, therefore, we’ve decided to postpone. It’s disappointing, but the Smash will be back at some point so stay fit and race ready!


SAVE THE DATE – the BRAT Summerfield Smash 5k is scheduled for Wednesday 26th August 2020!

ENTRIES NOT CURRENTLY BEING TAKEN – It’s possible/likely that this event may not be able to go ahead owing to restictions related to Covid 19. We’ve optimistically started the planning process (because it takes months), but will not be accepting entries until the situation becomes clearer. We will review the position as government guidance is released and publish updates on here and the BRAT website. Please save the date for now and keep your fingers crossed!

PROVEN TO BE FAST – Last year saw 55% of runners get a PB, a further 21% got season bests. Six runners ran sub 16 and the first lady’s time put her in the top 3 in her age group nationally that year! You don’t want to miss out!

Essential Information

  • Wednesday 26 August 2020 at 19:30
Registration and Race Venue:
Summerfield Park
West Gate
B16 0ES
Toilet and bag drop facilities available in the park this year (subject to council approval)
Race briefing: 19:25
Race start: 19:30
  • Entries are not currently being taken owing to lock down restrictions, however, if/when these open they will be online and in advance only.
  • £7 affiliated / £9 unaffiliated.
  • Entries close at midnight on Sunday 23 August 2020 or when the entry limit is reached, no entries on the night.
  • Minimum age of 11yrs on race day.
  • No dogs, pushchairs or headphones/earphones permitted.
  • Race registration, toilets and bag drop will all be in the park this year (subject to council approval). We will not be using the church hall.
  • Email with any queries or contact us via the Facebook event.

Further important information is provided below, please read it carefully to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.


We are not currently accepting entries owing to the restrictions in place relating to Covid 19 and will only start taking entries when it seems likely that the race will be able to go ahead.

Entry updates will be provided on the Facebook event and in the updates section on this page.

If entries open they will be via the BRAT website. £7.00 for UKA affiliated athletes and £9.00 for non-UKA affiliated athletes. (The price increase of £1 allows us to provide a better race experience, mainly toilet facilities in the park).

Affiliation must be up to date and your UKA number provided when purchasing an affiliated entry. These will be checked.

Athletes must be 11 years old or older on the day of the event.

Entries close at midnight on Sunday 23 August 2020 or when the entry limit is reached. No entries taken on the night.

Unfortunately this race is not suitable for wheelchair racers owing to the short off-road section; however, the park is accessible for spectators/volunteers in wheelchairs.

Race Restrictions

You are not permitted to run with dogs or any other animals.

Buggies and push chairs are not permitted.

No headphones or earphones are permitted; given the lapped nature of this course it is important that you can hear instructions from the marshals who may warn you of approaching runners or other hazards.

Route Details

The route involves a single small clockwise loop, three big clockwise loops and a finishing straight. The start is just inside the West Gate entrance off Gillott Road.

The course is predominately on tarmac paths with a very short off-road section (~5m) required to avoid barriers (marked with exclamation on map). Please take care when leaving and rejoining the path.

The course has been officially measured and has an accuracy certificate (19/308) this will be available to view at registration.

Registration & Number Collection

All numbers are to be collected on the night of the event from the registration area in the park situated between the start and finish areas.

Registration will be open from 17:30 for number collection and will be open after the race until 20:30 for bag collection. Please ensure all belongings have been collected by this time otherwise they will be removed by the event team.

Athletes must enter all the required information on the reverse of the number including medical and emergency contact information.

Numbers must be secured to the front of the athlete and clearly visible, ideally with a pin in each corner. Safety pins will be provided.

Transport & Parking

Participants are encouraged to travel to the race in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

Summerfield Park is easily accessible using public transport being close to bus stops on City Road and Dudley Road. The park can also be accessed via the Harborne Walkway which is suitable for cycling.

There is plenty of free parking on the roads surrounding the park and The Ark, please consider car sharing if possible and please park considerately.

Getting to the Start

The start is near the West Gate entrance to Summerfield Park.

There is plenty of space in the park to warm up and familiarise yourself with the route.

For those who did the race last year DO NOT GO TO THE CHURCH HALL! We listened to the feedback and this year (subject to council approval) will have registration, toilets, bag drop and refreshments all close to the start/finish area within the park.

Race Briefing & Start

There will be short race briefing at 19:25 at the start area and the race will commence promptly at 19:30. Please ensure you are in the park in time for the briefing.

The start area is quite compact. If you are a faster runner then please position yourself towards the front of the start pen with slower runners towards the back. This is a small event and we do not anticipate a significant delay between the gun sounding and crossing the start line, even for those lining up towards the back of the field. You (and everyone around you) will have a better race experience if you start in the correct position.


Portable toilet facilities will be available in (or very close) to the park between 17:30 and 20:30 (subject to council approval). Please do not use the bushes as this is a residential area.

Bag Drop

There will be a bag drop area at race registration in the park. Where possible please lock valuables securely in vehicles. The race organisers take no responsibility for loss or damage of bags or their contents.

Bags must be collected by 20:30.

Changing & Showers

Please come ready to race. No changing or shower facilities are available.


Water will be provided at the finish line.

Timing & Results

This race is not chip timed and you will be awarded your gun time (we are investigating chip timing, but expect this to be prohibitively expensive).

Provisional results will be available the day following the race and published on the BRAT website. After a period of review they will be submitted to Power of 10.

First Aid

First aid is being provided by St John Ambulance who will be situated close to the start and finish. Contact a marshal should you or another runner require their assistance. Please do not run if you are feeling unwell or are injured.


No prizes as such, but there are trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd males/females and awards for being first in your age category, so plenty to play for.

Medals/T-shirts/Mementos/Goody Bags

There aren’t any. In order to keep this race as cheap as possible we will not be providing any goodies. Hopefully you’ll take home a sense of pride and a new 5k PB.

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment has been carried out and is available to review at registration. Please listen carefully to the pre-race briefing before the start which will inform you of any hazards on the course and provide other essential information to increase your safety.

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Refunds & Transfer of Entry

Transfers can be made up to midday on Tuesday 25 August. Confirmation of the transfer along with relevant entrant details must be received from both parties involved.

It is the responsibility of the parties involved in a transfer to manage any exchange of money; the race organiser takes no responsibility for this.

Refunds will only be given at the race organiser’s discretion or where required by law.