PRO NATIONALS 26th November 2022

Please read fully before entering this competition

Venue:

Sat 26th Nov 2022

KINGS HEATH CRICKET & SPORTS CLUB, 247 Alcester Road South, Birmingham, B14 6DT UK

Weigh in Friday night 730 - 9pm

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Weigh in on day 930-1100am.

Compulsory safety briefing 1130am.

Pulling starts 12pm.

Entry fee for the competition is £30 whether participating on one or both arms. 

As it is a national championships you can only pull in one weight class. ​

Weight classes: -65kg,-75kg, -86kg, -95kg, -105kg, +105kg, (Masters 50+) & Ladies open weight.

Residency

You must have been a resident of the UK or Ireland at a permanent address for the past 5 years & a commitment not to pull for anyone else.

Experience

Novices are allowed to pull but please talk with your team/club as to whether it would be good for you at this stage to compete.

Never armwrestled before?

If you have never armwrestled before this is not the competition for you & we will turn you away. The winners of the nationals will be exceptionally conditioned, having spent a long time preparing for this event. A look at the winners of previous years (see David Hornes list which is linked on the results page) reveals some of the killers currently walking the pro ranks. Being gym strong is not enough. Having an understanding of technique from watching videos will not be enough. It takes practice to apply the techniques safely so as not to injure yourself & conditioning to build up the connective tissue & muscle durability. For this reason entrants have to come from a club that we know of & can verify. At the weigh in we will ask who you pull with. Those who are not attached to a club will not be allowed to pull. It is very easy for a strong person to exert force in a way that will seriously injure themselves in an armwrestle. If you are going to be a force in this sport you will need patience & there are plenty of opportunities to gain it which can be found on the events page.

Age Restriction

Important update 6th September 2022.
We do not have the facility to run a junior tournament. 
Following legal advice & much discussion this past week we will NOT now be able to accommodate anyone under the age of 18 to participate in the competition or future events or to be allowed to use the equipment provided for the pullers. 

Directions to venue

Directions for those coming from the North or East (M6)

Exit J6 (Spaghetti junction) onto A38(M) for Birmingham City Centre & Ring Road.
Exit A38(M) onto ring road A4540. 

Sat navs will likely take you straight through Birmingham City Centre which is quicker - there is a camera controlled congestion charge of £9 for vehicles over a certain age or diesels. If you forget to pay they send you a fine of £30 or more a month later. 

Exit Ring road onto A435 for Redditch, Kings Heath & Moseley. 

Drive through Moseley & Kings Heath. You will see a digital speed control sign just before the Masonic Hall & Corks Club buildings. Indicate Left. Car park for Kings Heath Cricket Club is on left just after Pavilion Pub. 


Google map route from M6 to venue avoiding congestion charge:

https://goo.gl/maps/PYbnCDuvpCryzkqi9

Those coming from the South/South West/West using M40 or M5:

Get onto M42. Exit Junction 3 onto A435 for Birmingham. 

After roundabout where the Maypole Travelodge is (still on A435) it is just under 2 miles to the venue. After passing Cocks Moor Leisure Centre on the right road will go uphill & pass through some shops. Look out for cricket club on right after the shops. If you pass the Pavilion pub, Corks Club or Masonic hall you have gone too far. 

Google Map route from M42 to venue:

https://goo.gl/maps/Yn4zReh1uX5Uvw419

Car Park holds about 70 cars. Camera controlled (recently added) £1.50 per day M-F, £2 per day Saturday. Machine takes coins, contactless or phone through to control centre. 


From the car park go through towards the main building (not the cricket pavilion) - those coming to the weigh in Friday night need to come through the members entrance as the function room will be full due to a big screen football match going on. Weigh in will be in the bar area. Those on foot can enter through front doors from street. 

On the day, use Function room entrance to left of building - it is called the Cartland suite. 


THOSE RELYING ON RAIL SERVICES PLEASE NOTE THAT A STRIKE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR 26TH NOVEMBER. see latest updates here:

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/industrialaction.aspx

Nearest train stations are Kings Norton or Bournville. 

If travelling by Coach & arriving at Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth, a four minute walk to Birchall Street to meet the No. 50 bus is reported to take 22 minutes & drops you outside Kings Heath Cricket Club. The stop is called Livingstone Road. Timetable suggests buses run every 10 minutes. Map showing walking directiosn etc:

https://goo.gl/maps/fDx7QnRTCgq73nCXA

For other bus routes in & around Birmingham this map might be useful:

https://www.tfwm.org.uk/media/tqadq1mc/birmingham-area-map-guide.pdf