Keyo Brigg Sprint

Big Thanks to Lincsquad for adding this New Quadrathlon to our calendar this year!  The Keyo Brigg Sprint distance Quadrathlon was organised by our wonderful ‘LincsQuad’ and consisted of a 750m pool swim, followed by a 4km Kayak, 19km road cycle and finishing with a 5km road run. The course is flat, fast and ideal for both experienced quadrathletes and those wanting to race the shorter distance. There was a great turnout of 22 athletes, a lot of them looking for National Trophy Points, as it was the final trophy Race of the Season!

The weather was kind, though a little chilly but no wind so a great morning for racing. Sadly due to the green weed in the river the race had to be changed to a pool swim, nobody seamed to mind this though counting the lengths did cause a few problems, but all were resolved in the final results. Well Done to all the athletes racing, great to see old faces coming back, plus some newcomers, and off course our ‘year in year out’ quadrathletes who are the back bone of our sport, constantly supporting all our races each year!

Jules, Mat, Nicholas

A Big thanks must go to The Lincsquad Team, the instigators of the race, the sponsors ‘Keyo’ and all the marshals that give up their time to enable us athletes to do what we love! It is all very much appreciated by the BQA and all its members ….. Thank -You!

Congratulations to the Overall Winners and all the age groupers!           Full results Brigg Keyo Sprint

Male
1st Mat Stephenson 1.23.05 – Vet 50
2nd Jules Taylor 1.29.52 – Vet 60
3rd Nicholas Farnell 1.34.49 – Vet 60

 

Winner Mat Stephenson
2nd Jules Taylor
3rd Nicholas Farnell

 

 

 

 

 

Female
1st Helen Adams 1.41.47 – Vet 50
2nd Gilian Melia 1.42.15 – Vet 50
3rd Alison Stephenson 1.42.28 – Vet 50

Winner Helen Adams
2nd Gillian Melia
3rd Alison Stephenson

 

 

 

 

 

John McLeod
Mary White

 

 

 

A special mention must go to our Vet 70 Winners Congratulations Mary White 1.51.08 and John McLeod 1.58.55 they just get better with age!

Lance Ball

I just had to share this story with you all – A mention must go to Lance Ball who’s loyalty and honesty blew away Lincsquad’s organizers following his actions after the sprint event! At the prize giving Lance was given the Vet 50 Prize, he was driving home in the car, after an hour of re-living his race and thinking about his times he convinced himself he’d done 2 laps short in the swim! So he drove back another hour back up to Brigg got into the swimming pool, redid his swim and transition … and like he had suspected it confirmed he’d not done enough laps! So he left his Trophy at the Leisure Centre so it could be given to the true Vet 50 Winner Wayne Smith! He then spoke to Jeff Chappill to say he should be disqualified from the race for not completing the correct swim!

In true Quad Style Jeff (race director) confirmed that the correct action should be a calculated adjusted time with a small addition,  so Wayne finished 5th overall 1.39.20 and Lance 6th 1.39.37! A true testimony to Lance’s character and his love for his Quad Family … Thank-you Lance!

A Full BQA National Trophy Series Report and Results will follow soon, once we have the official Standings! But in the mean time Congratulations to Overall Winners Jules Taylor and Helen Adams who have both written us their race reports… thank you!

Jules Taylor  Race Report

The weeks always seem to go really slowly leading up to a race , then suddenly its here. The new Lincsquad Sprint Quadrathlon , and the last in the Trophy Series. An easy but long drive up from Bristol after work on Saturday evening , and a few early competitors already parked up . Rumours that the river had been replaced with a pool swim were confirmed as I went down and had a look by the torch on my phone….a swathe of weeds covering the whole surface, not too upset by that to be honest as all my swim training had been pool based this year!
It was a cold but clear morning and very soon many others were filling the car park up …a Sprint Triathlon was also running alongside the Quad, lots of fit looking athletes around.
Kit all sorted , race briefing done , and on to the poolside. With wave starts you’re never sure exactly whats unfolding race wise ….so the best thing to do is just cane it from the start! The swim went well, the lane was never crowded , I was soon out, into transition and out to the river. I was happy and looking forward to a strong kayak and hopefully put some time between myself and the other Trophy contenders , Wayne Smith , John McAdam , and Nicholas Farnell who I had been having a great time racing against for the V60 win in the other races.
But all too soon I could feel the weeds clogging up my rudder, I had managed to get a smaller one fitted , but it was still bigger than most on the K1s, and it was not good. I had to paddle as strong as I could , it was so hard and at every turn , the rudder would move but completely ineffective surrounded by all the vegetation. Each turn was rubbish , each turn other paddlers got closer , and closer , and on the final turn basically came to a halt desperately trying to bring the ski around, some passed me and I was getting really stressed about it. Finally pointing in the right direction and suddenly all the weeds seemed to have gone so it was a mad sprint to the landing , and run to transition…..no idea where anyone else was , I was just so glad to get on the bike.

This was not going to be remotely comfortable, it was cold , legs not moving too well and breathing far to hard so trying to settle down , spinning rather than pushing too strong , after about a third of the way finally into a rhythm so I could start to hunt some of the others down. Around the end roundabout , it was not what I wanted to see as many of the Quad riders were way closer than I expected , argh….got to push harder and harder , spin as much as possible , and just stay down on the bars all the way , heart rate way too high. At last I knew where everyone else was pretty much , so as long as no one passed me , I reckoned I could hold them off on the run …my favorite bit.

Transition went easily , and out on the run with cold numb feet but moving well, there had been only one other bike on the racking ….the eventual overall winner Mat Stephenson, so I just had to run strong and all would be ok.
Within 10 minutes or so I was moving well , running hard but felt really in control . Picking others off as they came into sight , it was shortly before the turn around and Mat ran past heading for home looking strong.
At the turn around, I upped the pace to have a good last section to the finish line ….that was hard work but I was extremely happy with my 2nd place overall, and 1st Vet 60!

It was amazing to end up as BQA Trophy Series Mens Champion….not even remotely thinking about such an outcome when I lined up in May for my first Quad for years.
Congratulations to Helen Adams winning the BQA Womens Trophy, and to all the other winners plus all the competitors who have raced this year…so good to see Quadrathlon alive and kicking in the UK.

What a fantastic job Lincsquad did this weekend, and for a first running of this Sprint Quadrathlon I have to say , it was faultless….you all put on a great event that went as smooth as any athlete could ever wish for . Thanks to everyone involved.

Its been a brilliant year , I’ve had some good results , and its definitely got me fired up for racing again . Hope everyone has a great winters training , and look forward to doing it all again in 2023. Cheers! Jules Taylor

Helen Adams Race Report

Having completed three qualifying races for the BQA Championship (Brigg Bomber, Manvers and Shrewsbury Sprint) and this being the last race of the BQA season points mattered! Working out from the BQA results, to win the championship I had to come 2nd overall … no pressure!

The Swim was changed to a pool swim, apparently the sluice gate that operates the water flow of the canal had broken in the shut position meaning no water flow resulting in green duckweed covering the water, it was OK to kayak (unless you capsize) but definitely a no go for swimmers.
After my swim there was a long(ish) run into to transition to pick up my race belt which had the timing chip attached and out to collect kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid. Due to the competitors being set off in waves I had no idea who was where in the big scheme of things, so it was very much a matter of race against the clock and do what I could. A good two lap paddle of the 4km course cutting a trail through the carpet of green with interesting turns under the bridges. Two of us trying the same manoeuvre is tricky so took it steady – now was not the time to go swimming in duck weed. Back to the landing stage timing it well to miss a bunch of paddlers getting out.

Exiting the kayak, the legs felt good – bonus as in past races my legs have cramped up. Having no kit to dump it was helmet on, bike shoes on, pick up bike and out. It did feel a little chilly and I was worried the feet would freeze but there being little to no wind this was not the case – another bonus.

Legs starting to feel like legs do after a bike ride it was onto the run. Surprisingly the run also went well and with the legs holding up the race was complete.

It was now a waiting game as to who came where etc.
… and the results – 1st female out of a field of 9 in a time of 01:41:47 (Overall – 08/22, Age Cat. Masters 50-59 – 01/05)
This race counted towards BQA Championship points, I am now BQA National Ladies Champion for 2022!

LincsQuad Quadrathlon Club – Thank you to the organisers, race directors, marshals, and sponsors for putting on a new event. Without the support and hard work of the club and its members these events would not happen, and hopefully it will be included on next year’s BQA Race calendar.

British Quadrathlon Association – Well Done to all who took part in the races throughout the season, it’s been great racing with fantastic support, advice and encouragement which is what the Quadrathlon family do best! Helen Adams

Jeff and Donna

Also presented at the Event was The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy ‘For Endeavor’ 2022 Congratulations the Chappills –  Donna, Jeff and Peter – They have ALL shown Enthusiasm & Commitment to Our Sport and have been involved with our Quadrathlon Family for many years showing true dedication!

They have been involved in organizing races and have encouraged many Athletes into our sport, you are all great supporters of The BQA. On behalf of the BQA we wish to say A BIG THANK-YOU for your Time and Effort it is very much appreciated!

Once again THANK YOU Lincsquad, you gave us another a great race and a ‘Perfect End’ to our Quadrathlon Season, we hope to see you all again in 2023!

Jean Ashley

 

 

 

Brigg Bomber 2022

Big Thanks to Lincsquad for hosting the first World Cup race of the year, as always brilliantly organized and supported by the best marshals competitors could wish for!

Congratulations to the Prize Winners and to all the competitors that took part, lots of WQF points and BQA Trophy Points awarded, well done everyone! Photo shows Overall Winner Ferenc Csima (Hungary) – Fabulous Result! 15 mins ahead of his nearest rival!

Overall Winners Male

1st Ferenc Csima 2.50.16 – 1st Vet 50

2nd Steve Clark 3.05.55 – Elite

3rd Kyle Campbell 3.13.19 – Vet 50

4th Peter Connolly 3.18.28 – Vet 50

5th Jules Taylor 3.25.54 – 1st Vet 60

14th Pete Tindall 3.55.45 – 1st Vet 40

 

Female

1st Liz Dawson 3.53.45 – 1st Vet 50

2nd Helen Adams 3.56.35 – Vet 50

3rd Siobhan Henn – 4.14.04 – Elite

 

 

Team Event – A great effort from The Fantastic Four 3.52.01

Full Results and World Cup Points

2022 Brigg Bomber Results

World Cup 2022 1.2

 

For those of you who have been a Quadrathlete for more than 20 years you may well recognize the name ‘Jules Taylor’, he was one of the athletes that welcomed me into the sport over 25 years ago, after a long lay off from the sport Im glad to say ‘hes back’!! Thanks for his race report below, see you soon Jules …. Jean

After nearly 20 years, and a poor attempt at being an ultra runner for a few of those , I felt it was time to get back to multi-sport events as I really enjoy them .
Entered Awesome Foursome …but with just three weeks to go before the Brigg Bomber found myself with that weekend off, so I had to enter! A few good sessions under my belt, I was sort of ready, feeling really nervous, and it was to be my first open water swim for many many years.

I don’t remember much about the swim, though it wasn’t too cold, desperately trying to find clear water, and to get into a rhythm, it went ok .
Running into transition, I couldn’t get my wet suit off. Left sleeve stuck on my watch and I ended up with both arms with sleeves half off unable to do anything, total numpty. Panicked and thrashed about eventually freed myself …felt so embarrassed as I must have looked a bit funny
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Bike went surprisingly well as I had barely any training done …luckily I had been doing a fair bit if BMX racing with my daughter, so 40 second bursts of power ok, but not ready for a hard 40km! It was Really windy, no tri bars, but kept spinning and it was over fairly quickly.

Back in for the kayak but couldn’t feel my hands or feet …colder than I thought it had been on the bike. Jumping onto my Carbonology Flash ski, in my comfort zone now, just cruise through the course, again all good except for the tight turn after the first lap. No issues, you could see pretty much the whole course, and all went good! Little commando roll onto the pontoon, and it was back to transition for the run. Arghh….really struggling putting my trainers on with wet feet, but out I went and settled down.

Looked forward to the run as it was all I had been doing recently, all the same, checking everyone else and asking who was in which age group as we passed, realized I was in with a chance. The run it was actually nice as you could break it up into defined sections, and focus on one bit at a time. I Figured out Nicolas another Vet 60 was just behind me, it was a big effort, running scared, and finally a relief to finish strongly in 1st V60.

The whole of the Brigg Bomber was a great course, really well organized by Lincsquad, and brilliant supportive Marshalls as always, thank you to you all.

Oh…and next time I’ll be more organized as had nothing to eat or drink the whole race…I can take my time now and get some good quality training in.
Onto Shrewsbury, then Bude, have a great summer everyone!

Jules Taylor

Are You Ready … The Quad Season is Fast Approaching!

Take a look at what the 2022 Quadrathlon Season has in store for you. So enter your races now, having a goal does wonders for your motivation, kick start your training right now! Be Ready?

Here is a reminder of our BQA races we have in our calender so far, get your entries in and have a reason to start training. Once again a BIG THANK-YOU to our Race Organizers who affiliate to the BQA and put these events on for us year in year out, we appreciate your time and commitment and we look forward to racing this year! The Brigg Bomber’ & Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will both be World Cup Races. Our National Championships is  Shrewsbury Sprint Quad.

29 May 2022 Brigg Bomber – MIDDLE BQA Trophy 1 WORLD CUP plus New SPRINT                                      Entries OPEN Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon

The Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon – Middle Distance Race starts our season off, with an extremely well organized race by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat safe course, which consists of a 1.5k river swim, 32k bike, 7k kayak & 10k run. It is in the World Cup Race Series for 2022 so certainly not to be missed!

Plus NEW for this Year ….The Keyo Brigg Bomber Sprint distance Quadrathlon this consists of a 750m swim in the river Ancholme followed by a 4km Kayak, 19km road cycle and finishing with a 5km road run. The course is flat, fast and ideal for both experienced quadrathletes and those wanting to race the shorter distance.  Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day!

19th June 2022 Dearne Valley Quad & QuadKidz BQA Trophy 2 Quadkidz                                                        Entries OPEN Dearne Valley Quad

This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue, this race gets better each year! The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’. The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! PLEASE NOTE 2022 BQA members can use the MWBC discount option.

Sprint: 800m Swim, 15k Bike, 4k Paddle, 5k Run – Start Time 9.30am Price £29.99
Quadkidz (ages 9 to 12):100m Swim, 2k Bike 400m paddle, 2km – Run Start Time 8.30 Price £11.99
Quadkidz (ages 13 to 15):200m Swim, 4km Bike, 800m paddle, 2km – Run Start Time 8.30 Price £11.99
Quadkidz (ages 16-18):800m Swim 15k Bike 4k paddle, 5k Run – Start Time 9.30am Price £11.99

NEW EVENT – 16 July 2022 Manvers Team Event

‘Team Manvers’ have just announced a New Event and they have the full support of the BQA …. it will be our first ever TEAM QUADRATHLON! It will take place at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club, the home of the Dearne Valley Sprint Quad (held on 19th June). This exciting new event will be for TEAMS only of either 2,3 or 4. The distances are  Swim 1600m (2 laps) – Road Bike 40km (2 laps) – Kayak 7km (7 laps) – Run10km (2 laps)

The Race will start at 2.00pm  on Saturday afternoon and we hope for a beautiful sunset finish over the lake, followed by a Team Manvers BBQ for competitors and all involved! You will be able to Camp overnight and if you fancy you’ll be able to join the Open Water swim session on Sunday Morning too! This, I have no doubt will be a great fun event, and something a bit different we hope to entice more people to our sport and encourage team spirit along the way! We are still finalizing a few details and working on the entry criteria so more details to follow shortly!

4 September 2022 Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – BQA Trophy 3 National Championships                                    Entries OPEN  Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and is well worthy of its National Championship Status! An excellent fast, flat sprint race, running on the back of a very popular Triathlon. A great day out with a superb race atmosphere, with lots of support especially on the 3 lap run course around the Showground! A real ‘feel good friendly race’ instigated and organized by one of our very passionate quadrathletes along with SYTri … one not to be missed!  

17 September 2022 The Awesome Foursome Bude – BQA Trophy 4 WORLD CUP                                              Entries OPEN Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon

This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, in beautiful Cornwall in the surfing town of Bude. It never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers …. it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race and a great end the race season! Swimming in the sea, there’s plenty of hills on the bike, a historic canal for the kayak and amazing coastal views on the run! It’s one of those addictive races that keeps drawing you back. The race is on a Saturday so plenty of time for sun, sand and surf too!  

Plus NEW for this Year 25 September 2022 Keyo Brigg Sprint Brigg BQA Trophy 5

The Keyo Brigg Bomber Sprint distance Quadrathlon this consists of a 750m swim in the Ancholme Pool or River Ancholme followed by a 4km Kayak, 19km road cycle and finishing with a 5km road run. The course is flat, fast and ideal for both experienced quadrathletes, its the Final Trophy Race of the Season, so lots of vital points to be won! BQA Trophies and Age Group Prizes will be awarded… an exciting end to the season!  More Details and Entries will be open soon.

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)

7th May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)

18th June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad 

11th July – Deva Divas Ladies Quad

Entries Open for Keyo Brigg Bomber Middle Distance Quad 2022 plus a Sprint Distance option too!

All Brig Bomber details on the link here – Lincsquad Quad 2022 

Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon – Middle Distance and New this year The Sprint Distance!
29th May 2022

A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat safe course, which consists of a 1.5k river swim, 32k bike, 7k kayak & 10k run. It is in the World Cup Race Series for 2022 so certainly not to be missed! Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day!

The Keyo Brigg Bomber Sprint distance Quadrathlon this consists of a 750m swim in the river Ancholme followed by a 4km Kayak, 19km road cycle and finishing with a 5km road run. The course is flat, fast and ideal for both experienced quadrathletes and those wanting to race the shorter distance.

The MIDDLE DISTANCE RACE is part of the BQA National Trophy Series and part of the World Quadrathlon Federation World Cup Series WQF Rules will apply. http://wqf.quadrathlon.com/rules.

Your result will score points towards the BQA and WQF overall trophies (male or female) and your age group. Your best three results will be totaled to decide the trophy winners. Full details can be found at http://wqf.quadrathlon.com/world-cup. To receive an award, you need to complete three races. Updated results will appear as soon as possible after the race.

Previously the Brigg Bomber has hosted the British Quadrathlon Championships, the European Quadrathlon Championships, World Cup rounds and the 2014 & 2019 World Championships.

Entries are available as;
a Solo competitor, or as a Team (2, 3 or 4 team members),
Minimum age for this event is 17 years as of the 31 Dec 2022, parental consent is required for under 18 years.
For further detailed event information and link to enter the event brigg-bomber Information

Race brief information Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon 2022

Entries Open for Dearne Valley Sprint Quad & QuadKidz

BQA National Trophy RACE 2 – 19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad & QuadKidz – This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue. The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’.

The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, the first ‘QuadKidz’ race of the season, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! 

​Team Manvers are offering training sessions through 2022, at the lake so please get in touch for details. If you are worried about any part of the event then please contact us and we will sort an alternative activity for that section.

Sprint Quadrathon – Swim, Bike, Paddle and Run

Sprint 800m Swim, 15k Bike, 4k Paddle, 5k Run – Start Time 9.30am Price £29.99*
Quadkidz (ages 9 to 12): 100m Swim, 2k Bike 400m paddle, 2km – Run Start Time 8.30 Price £11.99
Quadkidz (ages 13 to 15): 200m Swim, 4km Bike, 800m paddle, 2km – Run Start Time 8.30 Price £11.99
Quadkidz (ages 16-18): 800m Swim 15k Bike 4k paddle, 5k Run – Start Time 9.30am Price £11.99

* MWBC Adult Members £10 discount
​Showers, changing rooms available, on site café.
​Commemorative medal to all finishers.

​Limited number of kayaks available to use/hire

Enter Race – ENTER Dearne-valley-triathlon-quadrathon-2022

Event Camping/Parking – informal camping and motorhome parking at Manvers.C amping and the parking of campervan/motorhomes is permitted around the lake and the car park, the evening before, however this must be booking prior to the event. Facilities are limited but you will be given an access fob so you may use the boathouse shower and toilets, water is available from the outside tap.

Please book your space at least 48 hours before arriving for the event. BOOK EVENT CAMPING


There are 4 Training Days before the event, the first two will be Kayak, Bike and Run on 19th March and 23rd April. The next two will be Swim,Kayak, Bike and Run on 21st May and 11th June. More details to follow.

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club are ready to Welcome you!
The Lake was created in the 1990’s as part of the remediation works following the closure of the Wath Main & Manvers Main colliery complex and associated railway yards. In addition to its amenity & recreational value, the lake also serves a functional purpose as a balancing lake forming part of a sustainable urban drainage scheme for the surrounding residential and industrial developments.

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club was formed in 2011 and is based at Manvers Lake near Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire. The club has the use of a purpose built boathouse which is owned and operated by Manvers Lake & Dearne Valley Trust Ltd, a charitable company formed in 2011 to look after the lake and surrounding area.

Since its formation the club has grown rapidly to its current size of over 600 members participating in a wide range of activities. The club currently has sections dedicated to paddlesports (canoeing and kayaking), triathlon, running, angling, open water swimming, windsurfing and model boating. The lake is also regularly used by our partners such as Dearne Valley College and other affiliated organisations.

Time to get Motivated 2022!

So lets hope your New year has started well and lets hope weve got a great race season to look forward too! Here is a reminder of our BQA races we have in our calender so far, get your entries in and have a reason to start training. Having a goal does wonders for your motivation, kick start your training right now! Once again a BIG THANK-YOU to our Race Organizers who affiliate to the BQA and put these events on for us year in year out, we appreciate your time and commitment and we look forward to racing this year! ‘The Brigg Bomber’ & Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will both be World Cup Races. Our National Championship is to be decided soon.

 

RACE 1 – 29th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – WQF Race Series  1500km river swim/8km river kayak/40km road bike/10km road run.

A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its in the World Cup Calendar so certainly not to be missed, Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day!  Entries OPEN Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon

 

RACE 2 – 19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad and QuadKidz – 800km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km trail run.

This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue, this race gets better each year! The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’. The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine!  Entries Open  Dearne Valley Quadrathlon  PLEASE NOTE 2022 BQA members can use the MWBC discount option.

 

RACE 3 – 4th September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – 550km river swim/5km river kayak/23 road bike/5km run.

This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and is well worthy of its World Cup Status! An excellent fast, flat sprint race, running on the back of a very popular Triathlon. A great day out with a superb race atmosphere, with lots of support especially on the 3 lap run course around the Showground! A real ‘feel good friendly race’ instigated and organized by one of our very passionate quadrathletes along with SYTri … one not to be missed!  Entries OPEN  Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

 

RACE 5 – 12th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – WQF Race Series – 800km sea swim/30km road bike/10km canal kayak/10km road run.

This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, in beautiful Cornwall in the surfing town of Bude. It never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers …. it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race and a great end the race season! Swimming in the sea, there’s plenty of hills on the bike, a historic canal for the kayak and amazing coastal views on the run! It’s one of those addictive races that keeps drawing you back. The race is on a Saturday so plenty of time for sun, sand and surf too!  Entries OPEN Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon

 

All links to these races are on our ‘events’ page. I hope I have tempted you …. keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer early bird race discounts!

 

BQA 2022 Trophy Series

29th May – Brigg Bomber

19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint

4th Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint

17th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz 2022

19th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz

Date to be Confirmed Lincs QuadKidz Event

 

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)

? May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)

18th June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad 

11th July – Deva Divas Ladies Quad

 

If your looking to do some races in Europe these are the WORLD CUP RACES 2022

09.4.2022 Quadrathlon Terceira (POR, Sprint)

29.05.2022 Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon (GBR, Middle)

05.06.2022 Gyekenyes Quadrathlon (HUN, Sprint)

18.06.2022 Quadrathlon Týn nad Vltavou (CZE, Middle)

25.06.2022 ExtremeMan Kaposvár (HUN, Sprint)

02.7.2022  Koberbachtal Quadrathlon  (GER, European Champs Middle)

10.07.2022 Bydgoszcz Quadrathlon (POL, Worlds Champs Sprint)

03.09.2022 Bergsee Quadrathlon Ratscher (GER, Sprint)

11.09.2022 Tiszafüred Quadrathlon (HUN, World Champs Middle)

17.09.2022 Bude Quadrathlon (GB Middle)

25.09.2020 Cazalegas Quadrathlon  (ESP, European Sprint)

2021 National Trophy Champions

We had no National Trophy Winners last year due to all our races being cancelled due to Covid, but this year we were hoping for a much better season. Sadly Covid still disrupted our calender and we had Dearne Valley and Box End Quads cancelled. With 3 races to count in the series we did manage to hold 3 events, thanks to our race organizers who really did have to pull out all the stops to accommodate the residual Covid regulations.

Our 3 races were The Brigg Bomber (Middle), Shrewsbury Quad (sprint) and The Awesome foursome Bude (Middle). We had 45 male athletes and 18 female athletes racing in the series, but only 4 athletes managed to complete all 3 races ….. a huge well done to Nigel Unwin, Nick Farnell, Peter Chappill and John Kavanagh. It has been a difficult season for many of us so lets hope 2022 will bring a fresh start, plenty of motivation and lots of Quadrathletes back in ACTION!!

Nigel Unwin

This year, with only a few athletes doing more than one race we have decided not to award age groups, so only the overall winner will get a trophy to keep for a year. Nigel Unwin is our 2021 National Male Champion, we didn’t have a female that completed all 3 races, but well done to Helen Adams who did complete 2 races, we certainly look forward to seeing many of our athletes back racing again next year!

Congratulations to all that managed to race in the series, some excellent performances and big improvements for may athletes this season, enjoy your rest and recovery time and see you all again next season!

Final Trophy Results BQA Trophy 2021

NATIONAL TROPHY 2021 Champion Nigel Unwin (315 points)

Athletes to have completed 3 Races
2nd Nick Farnell (292 points)
3rd Peter Chappill (284 points)
4th John Kavanagh (271 points)

Nicholas Farnell

Pete Chappill

John Kavanagh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary & Margaret

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy ‘For Endeavor 2021’ This year the Trophy was presented to Twins Mary White & Margaret Huyton’ this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment and true dedication to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now, along the way they have been inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 3 years or more, they have been encouraging a team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing, this has boosted the number of ladies competing in our sport! They are also in our ’70 years young category’ and they still a force to be reckoned with, long may it continue. They will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years to come!

A BIG THANK-YOU from BQA

 

Sunshine in Shrewsbury for 2021!

Great to be back at in Shrewsbury for the 8th Shrewsbury Quadrathon, it was cancelled due to Covid in 2020, but this year with some covid restrictions in place SYTRI were determined to give us a great event …. and that they certainly did!  The weather this year was perfect, as always the race was brilliantly organized and the atmosphere buzzing, though for many of us it was back to racing for the first time since ‘Covid lockdown’ so a some apprehension on the start line, but with plenty of smiley friendly quadrathletes offering reassurance the nerves were soon gone!

The racing was good with PB’s and personnel triumphs from many first time Quadrathletes! There were 3 waves this year as wave numbers were reduced due to Covid restrictions first off Open and Vet 40, then Vet 50, 60 and 70 and then all the Ladies together. 

Race Organizer & Competitor Phil, a great effort and very happy to be over the finish line!

In the men’s race Steve King dominated from the start, producing the fastest splits across the board, (1.29.30)  he finished 5 mins ahead of Ryan Sneddon (1.34.24) who was in the same wave. Nigel Unwin in the 2nd wave was just beaten into 3rd place by 3 seconds (1.34.27) it certainly would of been a very close race if they had been racing in the same wave! Alexander Williamson came 4th (1.38.48) followed by BQA member and Race organizer Phil Holden (1.39.14) a brilliant effort by Phil who had been up to his eyes in organizing and making sure everything was in place for race day!

We had an excellent turnout of Male BQA Members and it was so good to see so many BQA trisuits on the course, it was certainly noted by onlookers who were very impressed by the fact we were doing 4 disciplines instead of 3!

Sadly due to Covid there was no prize giving, just the top 3 in Male and Female. But having said that everyone was rewarded with a great celebratory 10 year Anniversary Technical T-shirt  and beautiful medal, a really nice touch to celebrate this excellent event, I shall certainly be wearing mine with pride!

Male Winners and Congratulations to our BQA Members.

Winner Steve King

1st Steve King Vet 40 (1.29.30)
2nd Ryan Sneddon Open (1.34.24)
3rd Nigel Unwin Vet 50 (1.34.27)

BQA Members
5th Phil Holden Vet 50 (1.39.14)
6th Pete Tindall Vet 40  (1.40.06)
7th Nicholas Farnell Vet 60 (1.40.46)
9th Peter Chappill Vet 60 (1.46.13)
11th Wayne Smith Vet 50 (1.48.02)
12th Lance Ball Vet 50 (1.49.21)
13th Andrew Lawson Vet 60 (1.52.44)
15th John Kavanagh Vet 60 (1.53.38)
18th Jeff Chappill Vet 50 (1.55.56)
24th John MacLeod Vet 70 (2.08.34)
25th David Jones Vet 60 (2.09.50)

Winner Natalie Abbott
The Ladies race was fought hard from the start, with the lead changing after each discipline!  Liz Dawson had a fantastic swim and was just getting in her kayak as Helen Adams, Natalie Abbott and Jean Ashley were finishing there swim! Jean in her strongest leg chased down Liz and came out of the kayak in the lead. Meanwhile Helen with a great effort on the bike, started to chase Jean and came into transition just ahead of her. Natalie in 3rd place after the bike was now on a mission in her best discipline, she ran a superb time to overtake Jean and then Helen to take a well deserved 1st place. 

 

Female Winners and Congratulations to our BQA Members.

1st Natalie Abbott Vet 60 (1.49.17) 
2nd Helen Adams Vet 50 (1.50.03) 
3rd Jean Ashley Vet 60 (1.51.08)

BQA Members
4th Liz Dawson Vet 50 (1.51.43)  
6th Mary White Vet 70 (1.57.44) 
9th Margaret Huyton Vet 70  (2.07.07)
11th Donna Chappill Vet 50 (2.12.07) 
13th Caz Jones Vet 50 (2.22.23) 

 

There were some fantastic performances from all of the women, strong racing from the age groupers and plenty of big smiles and positive feedback too! We also had lots of great efforts from all our BQA Members, a total of 20 racing at Shrewsbury! Great to see them flying the flag for us … Thank-you! The BQA really appreciate your support and valuable membership!

Mary & Margaret
Team MADCC

If we had a ‘Team Trophy’ it would of been presented to the ‘GIRLS, from MADCC a fine crew of 6 …. a huge well done to Natalie Abbott, Liz Dawson,  Nicola Hamerton and Heike Chapman – inspired by our forever young ’70 year old twins’ Mary and Margaret!

However after the race, we did present the ‘BQA Eric Hattliff Memorial Trophy’ to Mary & Margaret  this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now and along the way inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 2 years, they have been encouraging their team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing! So a big thanks to Mary and Margaret who will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years.   

On behalf of the BQA I would like to say a huge thank-you to Shrewsbury Triathlon/Quadrathlon Team of organisers, Shrewsbury C.C. marshals, helpers and family members for letting us, once again be part of your Triathlon Event – Be Very Proud of your  great race and here’s to the next 10 years! 
 

Full Results Shrewsbury Sprint Quad 2021

The Awesome Foursome is back!

Bude is back and entries are open for this Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon on Saturday 11th September! A fantastic event in this beautiful seaside town on the Cornwall Coast. Every September since 2002  Simon Hammond and his Team from ‘Shorelineactivities’ run the Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon, an extreme multi-sport race for individuals, pairs and relay teams to enter. This is an established event in the British and European Quadrathlon calendar regularly being a World Cup ranking event or the European Short Course Championships.

The race makes the very most of Bude’s geography and features. The open water swim takes place within the shelter of Bude’s breakwater. The cycle ride includes some amazing coastal hills (including the 1 in 3 climb at Millook). The kayak leg takes place on the tranquil Bude canal. And the final run follows the canal towpath onto the coastal path and back to Bude. The fastest athletes will take around 3 hours to complete the course with most finished within 4 hours.

Entries must be received in advance. You can do this by going to our website and downloading an application form and following the instructions or by using our On-Line entry system. 

shorelineactivities.co.uk/foursome.quadrathlon.event

The event starts with an 800 m sea swim, a double loop within Summerleaze bay, protected by the breakwater. Next a 30 km cycle following the coast road to Widemouth, Wanson Mouth and Millook before meeting the A39 at Wainhouse Corner and returning to Bude. Then a 10 km Kayak paddle, which is a double loop of the Bude canal. And finally a 10 km run along the canal towpath to Helebridge, following the marked footpath across the fields to Widemouth and returning to Bude via the coastal path. The course has stayed the same since we first ran it in 2002.

Guarantied to be a fantastic weekend away …. not forgetting those Cornish Pasties and Cream Teas to replenish the muscles afterwards! 

 

Rescheduled Box End Sprint Quad

Due to Covid -19 Box End Sprint Quad has been Rescheduled 20th September (depending on Government Guidelines) – A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. There is excellent camping on site too the whole race takes place within the boundary of the Box End Water park, it really is a superb venue!

Running along side the Sprint Quad will be Race 3 the final Quadkidz race on the season, so our youngsters will be presented with the Series Winners Prizes (all those who have raced all 3 QuadKidz races 2020).

2020 BOX END ENTRY FORM  Be Inspired and get your Entries in NOW!!! 

Race Details – The Box End Quadrathlon BQA & Quadkids Race 3 – Sunday 5.07.20

Timings
 Registration [in main building] on Saturday 4th.July 20 is open from 17.00 to 18.00 competitors are encouraged to register on the Saturday if possible.
 Sunday 5th July 2020 registration will be open from 06.00 to 07.15.
 Race briefing is at 07.45 in the transition area [compulsory to attend]
 The race will start at 08.00
Race information will be emailed but can also be found on our website: www.quadracracing.co.uk
Venue: Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485

Directions available from Box End Water Ski Park website: https://www.boxendpark.com/enquire-now/
Event Details
Quadrathlon Race
750m open water swim – 4.8km kayak [4 laps] – 15km off-road bike course [3 laps] – 5km trail run [1 lap] 

QuadKidz Race                                                                                250m open water swim – 1.2km kayak (1 lap) – 5km off-road bike    (1 lap) – 2km trail run

Wetsuits are advisable but not compulsory unless low water temperatures.
Entry Fees
Individual Entry fee for BQA member £30
Additional fee for non BQA member – £5 (Pay on day)
On the day registration (At reception) – £5 extra
Team for Quadrathlon – £60
Quadkids – £15

Hermione Ball Series Winner 2019

Facilities available –  Camping, toilets, showers, changing areas, refreshments, parking, bar, restaurant and café.
If camping contact Box End directly pre booking and payment is mandatory – Telephone Number: 01234 846222, or email info@boxendpark.com

Event Rules –  The event will be run under the rules & guidelines set out by the British Quadrathlon & World Quadrathlon Association can be seen here – https://www.britishquadrathlon.org/56-revision-v1/