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Please read fully before entering these competitions

Venue for both events

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 £40. PAA members get a reduction & only pay £25. It is the same amount whether participating on one or both arms. 

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

The classes are: Ladies Open, Masters over 50 years, U65kg, U75kg, U86kg, U95kg, U105kg, Superheavyweights. 

The exception is the Pro Nationals where there is a Masters 50+ division. Those over 50 can pull this class as well as their chosen weight division.


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.


Novices are allowed to pull in both Novice & Pro Nationals but please talk with your team/club as to whether it would be good for you at this stage to compete. The winners of the Novice class might have nearly five years of conditioning. The winners of the Pro class will be super strong with excellent technique. They won't be taking it easy on new people, so it is advised to have at least a few months of experience


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. Clubs will be contacted beforehand to provide a list of their Novices.

Why do we do this? 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 at one of our regional competitions or at one of the independent promotion competitions which can be found on the events page.


We do not have the facility to run a junior tournament. 
We are NOT 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 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:

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:

Car Park holds about 70 cars. Camera controlled £1.50 per day M-F, £2 per day Saturday. Machine takes coins, contactless or phone through to control centre. Those who don't pay can expect a parking charge notice through the post & all sorts of fees & hassle.

From the car park go through towards the main building (not the cricket pavilion) - those coming to the weigh in Friday night need to make their way to the restaurant area (ask at bar). 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  see latest updates of delays or strikes here:

Nearest train stations are Kings Norton or Bournville. Both these connect from Birmingham New Street (trains for Redditch or Longbridge usually from Platform 12). Birmingham New Street is a few stops from Birmingham International for the Airport. 

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:

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


Travellodge Maypole is 1.8 miles away. A google search for Alchester Road Birmingham gives about 20 returns. Andy Thorn stayed at the Regency last year & said it was good. There might be options on AirBNB that are more suitable for sharing.

NATIONALS 2023: Classes
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