Entries Open for WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Keyo Brigg Bomber Middle Distance Quad 2024!

 

Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon –2nd June 2024

The BQA and WQF are very PROUD to announce that the Brigg Bomber Middle Distance is crowned The WQF WORLD Quadrathlon Championships for 2024!          

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 1500m river swim, 30k bike, 7k kayak & 9.3k run. It has ‘WORLD Championship Status’ and is part of the ‘WQF World Cup Race Series for 2024 so certainly not one to be missed! Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day! BRIGG BOMBER DETAILS and ENTRY

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 Solo result only will score points towards the BQA National Trophy Series and WQF Race Series – (overall trophies male or female and 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. BQA Membership is required to be entitled to Win trophies/prizes for the BQA National Trophy Series … please support your Governing Body and Fly the GB Quadrathlon Flag!

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 2024, parental consent is required for under 18 years.
For further detailed event information see here: brigg-bomber Information

 

June- Keyo Brigg Bomber Middle Distance Quad 2024

 

 

Brigg Bomber European Championships 2023!

A great day was had by all in Brigg at the World European Championships, we were blessed with warm sunshine though quite a brisk breeze on the bike course. The numbers were on the low side but it was good too see Quadrathletes coming over from Hungary, Spain and Belgium!

Lincsquad organized the race in great style, the course was very well signed, with plenty of encouraging marshals along the way, considering they are a small Club these days they really did us Proud so a big thanks must go to them for hosting the Championships, and giving our Quadrathletes a fabulous day out!

The standard of racing was excellent, and with the Team from Belgium in the mix it made it very exciting to watch. Ferenc Csima(HUN), Nick Verduyckt(B), Team Belgium, Mat Stephenson(GB), William Peters(B) were all fairly close after the swim and bike, with Francisco Jose Lopes Perez(ESP) and our top GB athletes, Nigel Unwin, Oli Fairbairn, Jules Taylor and back after a long break Keith Longney were not far behind. The kayak leg certainly sorted the mix out with Ferenc taking a good lead, the Belgiums were all paddling fast with Francisco catching and Mat going into the run just slightly behind . As they moved onto the run the top 5 had sorted themselves out. But there was a battle further down the field between our other top age groupers, Nigel came in 2nd GB athlete, with Oli in 3rd overtaking Jules in 4th and Keith in 5th. There were plenty of other great results further down the field with our BQA Members certainly doing us proud!


The Belgium Team did the fastest time of the day 02:32:01, but with only 48 seconds to spare … a superb effort from our European Champion Ferenc!

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Sadly there were only 5 ladies racing (injuries had stopped a few of our regular athletes from racing). However Gilian Melia put up a good fight to stay in contention, but Helen was going well and managed to hold her off she had a comfortable win in the end. Liz Dawson worked hard throughout to take 3rd. New to our sport was Grace Bird, she did very well, as she is new to kayaking. Our lovely BQA member Caz Jones certainly had the biggest smile of the day as she came over the finish line. It was the longest race she’d ever done, and a fantastic personnel achievement for her, we were all so proud cheer her over the finish line!

 

MENS Results (TOP 10)
1st Ferenc Csima(HUN) 02:32:49 1st Masters 50
2nd Nick Verduyckt(B) 02:35:24 1st Elite
3rd Francisco Jose Lopes Perez(ESP) 02:42:12 1st Masters 40

4th Mat Stephenson 02: 44:09 2nd Masters 50
5th William Peters 02:49:01 2nd Elite
6th Nigel Unwin 02:54:08 3rd Masters 50 (BQA)
7th Oli Fairbairn 02:54:27 3rd Elite (BQA)
8th Julian Taylor 02:54:58 1st Masters 60 (BQA)
9th Keith Longney 03:00:29 2nd Masters 60 (BQA)
10th Andrew Phillips 03:00:29 4th Masters 50

FEMALE Results
1st Helen Russell 03:10:05 1st Masters 40 (BQA)
2nd Gillian Mellia 03:18:48 1st Masters 50 (BQA)
3rd Liz Dawson 03:38:27 1st Masters 60 (BQA)
4th Grace Bird 03:46:09 1st Elite
5th Caroline Jones 04:32:06 2nd Masters 50 (BQA)

Well done to everyone that raced and a special ‘Well Done’ to all our BQA members that took part in the European Championships! Nick Farnell, Philippe Jumeau, Lance Ball, Wayne Smith, John McAdam, Peter Chappill, David Browning and John Redmond, thank you for flying the BQA Flag!

There was also a Sprint Quad that took place, so well done and a great effort from those 5 too!
1st Paul Connolly 01:40:04
2nd Ryan Birkitt 02:02:36
3rd Andrew Lawson 02:05:40 (BQA)
1st FEMALE Hermione Ball 02:07:24 (BQA)
4th David Jones 02:24:23 (BQA)

Brigg Bomber RESULTS

National Trophy Points BQA British Trophy 2023. RACE 1

World Cup Results after 2 Races World Cup 2023. RACE 2

Lots of Photos on FB PAGE  facebook PHOTOS Lincsquaduk

Thank you to all that made this race happen, it was also great to see some of our ‘top athletes from the past, coming back to race again’ we certainly enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days back in the Czech Republic, the post race parties were wild in those days … though we did enjoyed the banter and celebrating in ‘Wetherspoons’ post race too, once again the Belgium Team were on TOP form, and we had a super evening! 

Once again a Huge Thank you must go to the Race organizers ‘Lincsquad’ in particular Team Leaders ‘Jeff and Donna Chappill’ and all the marshals for all their hard work. It’s a big effort to organize races for our small sport and as Quadrathletes we really do appreciate the time that goes into putting on these races … So on behalf the BQA  ‘THANK YOU’ See you again soon …

Your ‘Fairy Quadmother’ Jean x  

Thank you for this RACE REPORT from Jules Taylor Vet 60 European Champion!

I’d been looking forward to the first race of the season for a long time ….and was incredibly nervous as such, my training in general had been good , but not consistent which had been my own fault.

The swim start did nothing to calm me down and I was really not looking forward to getting in with so many others in close proximity, I do all my swim training in a pool , so I’d not enough experience with cold water and other swimmers .The first 10 minutes was exactly as stressful as I expected, but once we all spread out, it settled down and I had a decent swim after all .

T1 went well, and easing into the bike I started to close in and pass quite a few others. A lot warmer than last year , no issues , and back in for T2 .

Having switched last years surfski for a decent K1, I felt confident and was soon moving well.

Keith ( Longney ) Vet 60 had swam and biked well and was a minute ahead , and Oli Fairburn got on the water alongside me .

I last raced against Keith at the World Championships in Sedlcany nearly 20 years ago , so it was brilliant to be up against each other again….I had a score to try and settle as twice previously Keith had beaten me!

Within 10 minutes  I’d caught and passed Keith, and coming up to the turn point could check accurately where I was,  if I could keep Keith at bay I knew was in with a good chance of top V60. Pacing in the kayak went well alongside Oli , we stayed close for the whole discipline and came out with a couple of seconds between us .

T3 went swiftly and out on the run. It was a hot, mentally a hard run out and back , but once legs had recovered from the kayak I started to move well. Oli and I stayed quite close , swapping leads a few times , and in the last kilometer youth won over and Oli eased ahead. 

At the turn point I noted the time when Keith passed, he gave me a 4 minute buffer for the last 5km, I felt comfortable and knew I could hold him off . I finished with not very much left in the tank and it was awesome to be V60 European Champion .

A fantastic competitive race which for me got better and better as it went on. Looking at the results it had been a really close one between Nigel, Oli, and myself….only 50 seconds covered us all after close to 3 hours racing, all of us losing and gaining depending on the discipline…..it’s a brilliant sport!  Congratulations to everyone who took part, I had beaten Keith at long last, he was GB’s leading Quadrathlete for many years an excellent competitor, and I’m sure he’ll be back to challenge me before too long!  

See you all at Manvers …. Jules

 

 

2023 Race Season Its Ready for YOU!!

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good recovery and your ready to kick start your 2023! Hears a few reasons why you should get these dates in your Race Calender ….. get your entries in and have a reason to start training, having a goal does wonders for your motivation, so start your training right now!

I am so pleased to announce the ‘The Brigg Bomber’ will be hosting the EUROPEAN Championships, and Shrewsbury Sprint will also be a WQR Race! Our Fabulous Race in gorgeous Bude , Cornwal  ‘The Awesome Foursome’ will be our NATIONAL Championships! 

Here is a Run Down of whats ahead!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2023

RACE 1 – 28th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – WORLD CUP & European Championships  1500m 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 the European Championships so certainly not to be missed, Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day!

RACE 2 – 25th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad and QuadKidz – 800m 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!

RACE 3 – 3rd September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad WORLD CUP – 500m river swim/4km 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!

RACE 4– 9th September – Awesome Foursome Quad  National Championships – 800m 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!

RACE 5 – 1st September – Keyo Lincs Sprint Quad – 750m river swim/4km river kayak/19km road bike/5km road run.

Big Thanks to Lincsquad for adding this New Quadrathlon to our calendar last year! The course is flat, fast and ideal for both experienced quadrathletes and those wanting to race the shorter distance. It’s the final Trophy Race of the Season so lots of point to be had and a great way to finish the season.

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!

You must be a BQA member to race for the ‘GB TEAM’ at the World Championships or in a World Cup race, and also to qualify for all BQA prizes in the National Trophy Series. We do need your memberships to help fund our sport. Money goes towards various areas within the organization, one being our website, where we keep you updated with the latest news and events. Our biggest annual outlay is insurance, which we use to cover the races on the British Quad Calendar, without this insurance many of our races wouldn’t take place. We also affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Association ‘WQF’ so our athletes can race at World Cup Races the World and European Championships. The future of British Quadrathlon is in our hands, so please support the BQA and you will be helping to keep our small sport alive! BQA 2023 Membership Google Doc

BQA 2023 Trophy Series
28th May – Brigg Bomber
25th June – Dearne Valley Sprint & QuadKidz
3rd Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
9th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad                                                                                                      1st Keyo Lincs Sprint Quad

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
20th May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)
10th June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad
16th July – Deva Divas Ladies only Quad

WORLD CUP SERIES 2023

18 March – Terceira – Sprint (POR)
28 May Brigg – Middle (GBR) Middle European Championships
3 June – Hannover – Sprint (GER) Sprint European Championships
17 June – Kasposvar – Sprint (HUN)
24 June – Tyn – Sprint (CZE)
8 July – Bydgoszcz – Sprint (POL)
5 Aug – Nagyatád Gyékényes – Long (HUN) Long World Championships
26 Aug – Bohinj – Middle (SLO) (MTB)
2 Sept – Ratscher – Sprint (GER) Sprint World Championships
3 Sept – Shrewsbury – Sprint (GBR)
10 Sept – Tiszafüred – Middle (HUN) Middle World Championships
10 Sept – Cazalegas – Sprint (ESP)

More details on our EVENTS PAGE

 

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

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)

Top Class Athletes Race at Brigg Bomber World Championships 2019

Spectators witnessed Quadrathlon at its best, with the World Middle Distance Championships taking part Brigg on 26th May. A brilliant day with plenty of exciting racing and superb performances from the Europeans to our very own GB Athletes!

British Quadrathlon, BQA are extremely grateful to Lincsquad’s Organizing Team for putting on this World Championship Race for us and to all the Marshall’s who made every single athlete feel so special as they raced around the course!

Well done to every single athlete that raced and to all the teams too, there was a lot of grit and determination out there, also lots of camaraderie, plenty of smiles and support for fellow athletes around the course! Big congratulations to the 2 Overall World Champions ‘William Peters’ Belgium and ‘Becky Robertson’ GB and to all the other Age Group Champions!  

There have been so many positive comments, the atmosphere was brilliant, so Thanks ‘Lincsquad’ Great Britain couldn’t of done it without you!

The standard of racing was World Class, with strong male athletes coming from Belgium, Czech Germany Hungary and Spain to defend their titles and get World Cup points! We missed 2018 World Champion Lisa Teichert from the Ladies start line, but never the less there was a good strong field with some new talent in the mix! The weather was reasonably warm and spirits not dampened even though we had the odd heavy shower, the sun finally did come out and it turned out to be good conditions!

William Peters
William Peters

The atmosphere at the start was electric with the athletes being counted down with that ‘Heartbeat thump’ echoing over the River Ancholme. Svoboda was first out of the water well ahead in 18.31, a group followed with Cole in 2nd 21.44 closely followed by Csima, Peters, King, and Garcia. The heavy rain showers didn’t slow the bike leg down, it was extremely fast with 4 athletes going under the hour.

Fastest bike split was King 59.04, but Svoboda stayed in the lead going into the kayak. Peters, Csima, Mason were all close behind as the race had certainly hotted up! Csima had the fastest kayak 33.04 but Peters, almost as fast 33.46 went into the lead, leaving Svoboda in his wake. (Tom was paddling Lincsquads Donna Chappill’s Kayak – it was quite amazing how fast he paddled it … I hope he’s left some magic in their Donna!!)

Tom Svoboda
Tom Svoboda
Michael Mason
Ferenc Csima
Ferenc Csima

So out on the run Peters held onto his lead to take the Championships (2.34.33). Tom had a lot to do after the kayak leg but he chased hard with a very fast run 36.26 passing Csima, Mason and King to take 2nd place (2.36.53). Csima just held on to 3rd (2.37.44) with Mason our first Brit, (2.37.54) working extremely hard to try and catch him. Mike just missed the podium spot by 10 seconds, but he certainly proved he is up there with the World Class Quadrathletes!

In the Ladies race Russell was first out of the swim in 23.46, Davies 2 mins behind with Illidge and Robertson 15 seconds after. Robertson (who did her last quadrathlon in 2012) soon put her expert biking to the test and went into the lead with the fastest split in 1.08.43. Russell held onto 2nd place, with Davies in 3rd both producing similar bike splits. Illidge new to our sport hadn’t done a lot of biking, but with kayaking being her best discipline the podium places were still up for grabs. Robertson increased her lead on the kayak with another top split 40.26, Russell still maintained 2nd, Davies in 3rd with the young Illidge chasing hard in

Becky Robertson
Becky Robertson

the kayak, having a fast split also 41.43. Robertson pulled away again with a strong run 44.49 to take the Championship title, (3.02.20) Russell still working hard took 2nd (3.11.35). Meanwhile Davies was having a great race, but Illidge being a strong runner was still making up ground, with just 30 seconds to go she went into 3rd place (3.24.21) with Davies in 4th (3.24.21).

We’ve had some amazing Results, congratulations again to William Peters (Belgium) and Becky Robinson (GB) who are the 2019 World Champions! We are also very proud of our Age Group World Champions … A Brilliant Effort from Team GB ….  Thank you all so much for making it a Great World Championships!

 

MALE World Champion William Peters (BEL) Elite
2nd
Tom Svobod (CZE) Elite
3rd
Ferenc Csima (CZECH) Vet 40 World Champion
4th
Mike Mason (GB) Masters 40
5th
Jordi Garcia (ESP) Masters 40
Vet 50 World Champion
Nigel Unwin (GB)
Vet 60 World Champion
Iain Wood (GB)
Vet 70 World Champion
John Sharp (GB)

Helen Becky & Jenny
Helen Becky & Jenny

FEMALE World Champion Becky Robertson (GB) Elite
2nd Helen Russell (GB) Vet 40 World Champion
3rd Jenny Illidge (GB) Elite
Vet 50 World Champion Jacquline Davies (GB)
Vet 60 World Champion  Mary White (GB)

Full Results Brigg Bomber World Championship Results

BQA Trophy Standings BQA trophy 2019

World Cup Standings WQF world cup 2019

WQF NATIONAL TEAM Trophy WQF National trophy 2019

 

There were many more brilliant performances, and some excellent personal goals achieved …. Some lovely stories and photographs on our BQA and Lincsquad facebook pages. The BQA wish to thank every single one of you, for giving your very best and flying the flag for us, you have put British Quadrathlon on the World Map!

Team GB’ Our BQA MEMBERS –

They took advantage of the championships being on home turf and had a strong Team, a huge thank-you to all 32 of you racing for our GB Quad Team! Without your BQA memberships, we would have no BQA (Governing Body) and so we wouldn’t be able to affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Federation, who allow us to host these amazing Championship Races.

Our GB Team is made up of BQA Members, some are at the top of British Quadrathlon, but just as important are the members who want to share their passion, and spread the word for our sport! Thank you for your support and for racing at the 2019 World Championships ‘Bask in Your Glory’ and get planning your next Quadrathlon!

BQA Members Role of Honor 

Male
4th Michael Mason 2nd Vet 40
14th Alan Cole Vet 40
15th Nigel Unwin World Champion Vet 50
17th Nigel Leeson 2nd Vet 50
23rd Kevin Blakey Vet 50
26th Peter Tindall Vet 40
27th Iain Wood World Champion Vet 60
30th Phil Holden Vet 50
32nd Cliff Odgers Vet 50
37th Peter Chappill Vet 50
38th Michael Toomy 2nd Vet 60
41st Lance Ball Vet 50
43rd Wayne Smith Vet 40
47th Phil Laycock Vet 50
49th Kev Lovett Vet 50
50th John Kavanagh 3rd Vet 60
56th Ian Collins Vet 50
58th John Redmond Vet 60
62nd Mark Benton Vet 50

Female
2nd Helen Russell World Champion Vet 40
5th Jacqueline Davies World Champion Vet 50
7th Mary White World Champion Vet 60
9th Helen Adams 2nd Vet 50
10th Victoria Price Elite
13th Liz Angood Elite
14th Siobhan Henn Elite
15th Anne Collins 3rd Vet 50
16th Amanda Clements Vet 40

Also well done to BQA Members that entered the Team Event

5th When I’m 64 (Mike Garnock-Jones and Jean Ashley) Our Fairy Quadmother ‘Jean Ashley’ has had her wings clipped for a while due to injury so thanks to Mike for at least letting her fly in the kayak!

11th Team Jones (Caroline & David Jones) Well done to Caroline new to Quads last year she persuaded her husband to join up to do their first middle distance!

I’d just like to mention Belgium Team GoldenBear who without a doubt gave it all in Brigg over the weekend! They raced hard and played hard! They took 2nd Team place enjoying every moment, giving us some great Bomber Video footage, supporting their own team members and everyone else along the way! They also drank us under the table on the t-shirt tour, sampling our English Beers, our Fish’n Chips and joining in the true spirit of Quadrathlon! A great bunch of Guys, thanks for visiting us in Brigg!

Jean Ashley

2019 Middle Distance World Champs in Brigg!

Lincsquad and the BQA are so pleased to announce that the ‘Lincsquad Keyo Brigg Bomber 2019’ will be the Quadrathlon Middle Distance World Championships …. This is just fantastic News for British Quadrathlon, and a Big Thanks to Lincsquad for taking on this event, I have no doubt they will do us proud!

The Keyo Brigg Bomber has always been part of the BQA National series and a WQF points race many times, but in 2019 BQA members can be part of ‘TEAM GB’ racing on British soil at the World Championships at one of the biggest Quadrathon races on the calendar!

I can confirm that all 2019 BQA members will be eligible to race for ‘TEAM GB’ so join the BQA, wear a GB Tri Suit, support your Governing Body … and Race in a World Championships! Lets help Lincsquad, give them the support they deserve and make this a World Championships to Remember. It would be fantastic to field a large team of GB quadrathletes to chase down those medals in all the age categories, but just as important to embrace this opportunity, to fly the flag and be part of this brilliant event!

Lincsquad are proud to be hosting this event and I know the club will pull together to put on an event to be proud of, they will put on a ‘big show’ for the worlds best quadrathletes and for every single athlete racing on the same stage!

Entries are now open and we encourage you to enter as soon as possible. (Early bird entry prior to Feb 1st 2019). Brigg-Bomber Entry

More details about ‘Team GB’ to follow …. Be there see you on the start line!

Bergsee Ratscher Sprint European Championships 2018

A big thanks to Russel Breyer for his detailed race report and his shorter version below! 🙂                          Short version:
Helen R: world class.
Helen D: awesome.
Russel B: held his own with the other old boys.
All: did British Quadrathlon proud!

This is the 7 hours on the Harwich ferry version
A seven hour drive from Calais or Harwich might seem like a long way to go for a sprint quadrathlon. But if you want the World Cup points, you’ll do it. And if you love this small, friendly sport, well, why not?
Bergsee Ratscher is a small lake, about 1500 metres across both ways, and more or less surrounded by the forested hills of the vast Thuringa Wald. (Germany constantly surprises with it’s delightful, unheralded landscapes).

Along one side of the lake runs a large campsite, with spacious grassy slopes giving every camper a view of the lake. The race was based here. The nearest town, Schleusingen, a couple of kilometres away, is an appealing place with a large castle and pretty houses. The international quadrathlon crowd was out in force, with over 60 racing, plus relay teams. So nice to see the familiar faces.

The swim was a one lap triangle, then off on the bike (briefly, does anyone know why German races tend to be bike, paddle, whilst ours are more often paddle, bike?).
The bike route started by going along the dam wall, then two laps of a tight loop, and back along the wall. The roads are perfectly smooth and the whole course is undulating, so you are either working hard to go up, or enjoying the fast downs. I had overcooked the hill training during the week, being unable to resist the temptations of the High Tatras in Slovakia, so had a shocker on the bike. The wind was getting up too, at this point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kayak leg was 4 laps of a triangular course, one turn being round a cute little island in the middle of the lake. Fine, but this meant a turn roughly every 400 metres and with 60 plus boats on the course, plus a stiffening breeze, some caution was required. Helen D and myself both found ourselves going wide to keep out of trouble. As our Ipswich CC race coach is fond of saying, ‘you can’t paddle fast if you are upside down’. But I made up some time anyway, so no complaints.

Then the run…a slightly odd course, twice round a V shaped loop, each lap taking us out and back along the dam wall, then out and back on a parallel path below the wall (on the side without the water in, obvs). Nearly all flat, mercifully, and it made the run seem strangely short, so I got a move on and made up a few more places.
And that was it. The presentations, which included World Cup prizes, were almost longer than the race, and seemed mostly to involve Helen R smiling gamely from a podium whilst various people showered her with more trophies and prizes than she could reasonably be expected to hold on her own. Her second world class performance of the day!

Russel Breyer

World Championships Long Course Hannover 2018

Ready for off Russel & Jean

Russel Breyer and I went to Fly the GB Quadrathlon Flag at the ‘The Hannover Long Distance World Quadrathlon Championships, it also slots in a number of well attended triathlons over all distances, Sprint, Olympic, Half and Ironman, plus the Sprint and Long distance quad. Although there were only 30 individual starters for the LD quad, there were a number of relay teams. It was a busy weekend with literally thousands of competitors buzzing around, the venue can handle it, and it made for a great atmosphere. Quad Race Organizer ‘Tomas Kälble’ from Kayak-Club Limmer let us stay at the club, a superb set up, we stayed in our camper, but other athletes camped and others used the bed flats, kitchen, showers, etc the facilities were excellent and we were made to feel most welcome!

Russel had done the event 2 years previously but in a relay team. For me it was its my first attempt at this long distance race and I was so looking forward to this challenge, though a little worried about the long swim, as it was rumored to be a not wet suit swim as it had been so hot! Fortunately for me, the weather Gods were on my side, and it clouded up the day before the water temperature dropped so wetsuits were declared!

So, into the water for a 7:15 start in the 3.8km swim, which took place in a ship canal. It’s a bit weird swimming under industrial cranes and what have you, but the water seems clean enough (indeed, you can see the obligatory shopping trolleys/old chairs etc at the bottom). Neither Russel or I were near the front of the swim, it was 2 laps, almost 1km up, 1 km down x 2. Lucky for us the Ironman had started 15 mins earlier, so as a lot of the Blue swim Quad caps disappeared on the 2nd lap we started to catch up the red caps, back end of the triathlon … this certainly motivated me to push harder I knew once I was out I could began to relish the fact of the great day ahead!

There was then a 300m run up hill to the bike transition, for a three lap 90km through pleasant countryside, and small villages. It was a fairly flat, fast course, not unlike Brigg, with the notable difference being that the traffic was managed (in favour of cyclists) by a large number of police officers at absolutely every junction. Heaven knows what the council tax must be, though on the plus side accidents must be a rarity. The roads were so quiet, and we were quite spread out by this time, though the Ironman race was well underway and they had 6 bike laps to do so I soon started to hear those disc wheels powering up behind me! There were plenty of crowds as we came into transition, and lots of encouragement as we ran down the road, over the tram lines at least 800m to the kayak transition.

The 20km paddle was up and down a stretch of canal just over a kilometer long, so 18 lengths in total…the scenery gets a bit repetitive, but at least the lengths flash by. Another word on that scenery…the backdrop, right by the canal, is a derelict Contintenal tyre factory which was a concentration camp in WW2, where many (slave) laborers perished. Not making a point here, just paying respect! The weather was beautiful 24 degrees and I was so looking forward to getting back on the river in my kayak, it was quite choppy in parts with over 30 kayaks on the short stretch, 9 laps so you could see everyone paddling. The standard of the paddling was certainly ‘Top of the Quad World’ the main contenders were on fire and they were using wash hanging tactics to pull each other along, and had very slick turns around buoys! Thankfully the ladies were a little bit more sympathetic, though I must say this being my best discipline I did push my boundaries and cut up a few turns rather tight! This was the first time I had seen Russel, he was just short of one lap behind, we encouraged each other at our passing points and kept each other going! On my last few laps I ran out of hydration so I had to get Dave to squirt water in my mouth from the bank … I was quite surprised at what a good aim he had, enough to keep me going until the end of the kayak section!

World Champions!

Looking at the quadrathletes running along the bank after being in a kayak for around 2 hours it was clear that getting out of the boat and going onto the run was going to be painful! Russel’s words were  ‘So, out of the boat with my glutes so trashed, generating any power through the legs for a half marathon run is out of the question. I ran a pained shuffle for a couple of hours, then, around the (attractive and mercifully flat) local park, and over the finish line for a well-earned collapse! I also did take a while to get into my running stride, but after about 2km and a good feed at the water station I began to get into my rhythm, I really enjoyed the first lap, and saw the winning Ironmen going past (very sprightly), I even got a high five from the lead Ironman on my second lap … which really perked me up! At the turn a round point I could see Russel coming towards me, I did think he was closing, we exchanged ‘good friendly GB banter’ and that gave me the incentive to dig a bit deeper! My second lap seemed to go really fast, though looking at my garmin my splits were almost the same. Im my mind the last 2km felt so good, not sure if my legs agreed, my good friend ‘Lisa Teichert’ who had long finished cheered me on up the last hill, her enthusiasm motivated to push hard to the finish line! I did have tears of joy in my eyes, I was so proud to be finishing what had been my ultimate Quadrathlon Goal for a few years … it had been such a brilliant day!

I was 5th Lady and the World Long Distance Quad Vet 60 Champion (mind you I was the oldest chick in the race!) 9hrs 23mins. Russel wasn’t far behind he came home 9hrs 33mins both of us very proud in what was a top class field of strong Quadrathletes!

Russel’s words ‘The distances in this race equate roughly to doing a standard quad three times over. Not being much of a long distance athlete, I found the format really tough…I’d take 3 x Briggs any day!
The results pages show what a high standard of racing there was. The standard of organsiation, and general friendliness, was really great, though we did struggle a little bit with the translation at the race briefing, it was a good job Jean and I had a good recki before hand! The Hannover L.D. Quad is something every quadrathlete should do once, though in my case it maybe just the once!’

Jean’s words I enjoyed almost every moment of this day, (it improved dramatically after the swim) It has been a long term goal now ticked, and also part of my 60th Birthday Challenge for #beat charity. www.justgiving.com #Beat jean-ashley Thank-you to all my training buddies, friends … and my amazing (long suffering) DAVE who supports me along the way … he polished my kayak, my bike and cheered me on for 9hrs 23mins on a very hot day … he’s a star! Would I do it again ….. Never say Never … and probably YES, my mind will be willing lets just hope the body can cope!

A Big Thank-you to the Wasserstadt Hannover-Limmer Triathlon & Quadrathlon Organization, I really enjoyed your Quad, big thanks to all those marshals and to the Team that made it all possible! See you in 2020!

Report by Jean and Russel.

Full Report and Results quadrathlon4you.com 2018 Hannover Report

 

National Trophy Standings – after 2 races!

Chris Carter

Here are the latest Trophy Standings with the first 2 races done, the Brigg Bomber and Dearne Valley. Chris Carter (Nottingham Kayak Club) is in the lead with 204 points. Just behind with 200 points is Nicholas Farnell (Ludlow Tri Club) and in 3rd Peter Tindall (Lincsquad) with 197. So its all close up at the top, Box End is the next race, so no doubt there will be lots of great racing to gain those extra points!

 

Helen Russell

In the Ladies trophy Helen Russell (Worcester Canoe Club) is in the lead, with 2 outright wins 240 points, with Mandy Greenaway (Wakefield Triathlon Club) in 2nd place on 199 points, these are the only ladies who have done 2 races so once again Box End is where we expect more ladies to be looking for those points!

Don’t forget Box End will give you BQA and WQF Points its our 2nd World Cup Race!

Check out your Trophy Points and Age Group positions, a big Thank-you to John Kavanagh who produces these tables for us after every event … superb work!

2018-BQA Trophy after Dearne Valley

TROPHY PRIZES

The BQA Perpetual Trophies and BQA kit vouchers are awarded to the Overall Winners. The Age Group winners receive BQA kit vouchers. The overall winner will NOT win a age catagory prize too, it will role down. In the Event of a tie the points from a 4th race will be counted. Each winner must do 3 races in the series, and must be a current BQA Member.

Age Groups Male and Female  – Senior, Vet 40, Vet 50, Vet 60, Vet 70.

Here are the latest world cup points also – WQF Trophy World Cup Standings after 4 races

2018-WQF World Cup after Hannover