Darren Hale Charity Triathlon

Join us in raising money for local charities and remembering a friend and collegue on the 1st May at the Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre. Sport Aston started this event back in 2017 in memory of Darren Hale and this will be it's 4th year. Darren worked at Sport Aston as the Campus Sports Manager and was a much loved member of the team. Darren was a pasionate sports person and loved doing triathlons as well as encouraging, motivating and supporting others to be active and push themselves to do their best.

Our triathlon event is all about the personal challenge and it doesn't matter how long it takes you to complete it. Enter by booking your start time or call 0121 204 4623 to book your time.


Event Details - 1st May

Take on the challenge as an individual for £10

Or enter as a team for £15

All of your entry fee goes to charity. Money raised will go towards purchasing a defib machine for a local Park Run and local charities including Midland Mencap and Autism West Midlands.

All events are indoors.

Free sauna and steam afterwards.

Remember a friend and colleague.

Start times from 7am to 6pm.

It's your challenge and not a race against others - unless you want it to be.

Fun Distance

10k Bike, 2.5k Run and 10 length Swim

Book a Start Time

Sprint Distance

20k Bike, 5k Run and 16 length Swim

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About Darren

Darren was the Campus Sports Manager at Sport Aston but was so much more than that to everyone here. You could usually hear Darren before you saw him because of his loud, infectious laugh.

He was always smiling, cracking a joke or...running, cycling and swimming. Darren was an exceptional athlete who mainly competed in long-distance running but recently found a love for triathlons. Darren will always be missed and this triathlon is one way we can celebrate his life and one of his passions.

Supported Charities

Better Pathways

Better Pathways Football Club’s foundation is built on social interaction, friendship and inclusion. Many of our players have never before had the opportunity to play football within a safe environment, and are socially isolated. It is a team for those with learning disabilities, mental health and neurodiverse conditions. We take referrals from our connections with NHS Mental Health and Neurodiverse teams around the city, as well as our partner organisations Creative Support and Birmingham Mind.

Our sessions are tailored to be inclusive for everyone of all abilities and levels of fitness. They are open to males and females over the age of 16. We have already had some fantastic experiences at the official Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Derby County Foundations playing their equivalent teams and enjoying bespoke stadium tours. We thoroughly enjoy our weekly training sessions at the Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre, Aston University.

The group is now expanding and really starting to bond, we have regular supporters who cheer us on, and it’s lovely for the parents of the participants to chat to each other also. We hope to continue to travel the country to play other foundations, and promote our team throughout Birmingham as much as possible.

This season we joined the Birmingham Disability Counts League in which we participate once a month on Sundays. It’s fantastic to see so many teams enjoying themselves, supporting each other and being given the opportunity to play competitive but inclusive disability sport. This provides players and supporters with vital social interaction and community engagement.

Midland Mencap

Midland Mencap is a charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and a better quality of life for everyone with experience of learning disabilities and additional needs.

Midland Mencap is one of the region’s leading learning disability charities with a strong, respected and established reputation for excellence and innovation. We believe our success is down to listening.

Midland Mencap is made up of three core offers that provide seamless and holistic support to individuals, their families and carers. Regardless of need, Midland Mencap has something for everyone.

  • Safe, Secure & Quality Housing
  • The Right Care, Support, Advice & Information
  • Meaningful Things to Do
Autisum West Midlands

A diagnosis of autism can leave a family with more questions than answers.  Many parents suddenly find themselves facing a scary and uncertain future. We are here to support the families through the tough times, to offer a helping hand along the way; a lifeline or just a friendly ear to listen, understand and advise. Your financial support will help us to continue to provide:

  • Our Autism Information Helpline, which is often the first point of contact for families and individuals in crisis
  • Autism Awareness training sessions for parents, raising awareness and understanding around autism
  • Advice sessions for parents either face to face or over the telephone, where parents can discuss their concerns and receive practical advice.
  • Coffee mornings and support groups, providing families an opportunity to meet other parents, share ideas and celebrate achievements
  • Online resources that are free, practical and downloadable

“The support I have received has been invaluable and got me through many dark moments. The speakers and dads have shared coping strategies and experience and as a result I feel more confident as a parent”.

Parent of autistic child

 “I phoned the helpline and they were kind and just listened, staff were always very knowledgeable and always very helpful. Sometimes it was just if you are having a bad day I would ring up and say I’m having a really bad day”.

Parent who used the helpline

Please find a link to our page which features videos and stories on how Autism West Midlands has helped local families. 

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.