Tribute to Bude’s Awesome Foursome!

September 12th should of been our National Championships the final Quad of the season in the lovely seaside town of Bude …. its always a great end to our Quad Season, spectacular views, a challenging course, our wonderful Simon Hammond and his team, and not forgetting those awesome Cornish Cream Teas! 

Many of us did ‘Yet Another virtual one’ and some were lucky enough to be spending ‘holiday time’ there … I do know for the ‘Chappills’ it was the thought of the Cream Teas along with the Millock Hill that took them back for a September Break! They enjoyed the Quad course and rumor has it they even did the bike course twice (though not on the same day!) 

This is Pete’s Report! ‘Repli-quad event 4 Bude-ifull’ Pete, Donna and Jeff Chappill

Due to the current covid situation a decision was made to have this event on Thursday. It was nothing to do with the best day weather wise with the lightest winds, honest governor! The weekends in Bude have been busy with people in the usual transition area by the canal, so the order of disciplines was adjusted to minimise the time spent in the area.

We were staying at a site on the bike and run course so drove down to Bude to catch the tide coming in. This was Donna’s first sea swim for many years and the sea had been kind with no waves and a small swell. The usual 2 laps were completed. Transition into the kayak as usual completing the normal course. Dodging the pedellos and rowing boats slowed things a little but being able to use the weed free centre channel made the time up. Transition out the kayak saw us driving back to the campsite.





Change to the bike and off with Donna and Jeff to battle with Millock. 

There was a lot of traffic on the roads so progress downhill was sedate. Progress up the hill was also sedate but completed. The wind was increasing a little for the ride back but the sweeping downhill allowed good progress.

Into the site for transition to the run. Jeff and I joined the route into Bude as usual. Donna famous for add-libbing decided to run the coast path.

It was warm and as hard as ever. I missed the drink stations and marshals. I don’t normally see many other people on the run but it felt strange.

So course completed tee shirt tour to attend and relax.

Hopefully see you all in 2021…. Pete

‘Sprinkling the Fairy Dust’ – It’s been great company to have Lance Ball along side in all 5 of this years Virtual Quads, I certainly think this was one of the calmest and warmest a fitting tribute to Bude! Perfect conditions here in Chester on the River Dee warm calm and sunny… certainly ideal for our 4 disciplines, transition area was a bit tight in the backs of our cars but it was good to be out there and reminiscing about Bude Races gone by!

So not quite the way the Quad Season should of ended in Bude with National Trophy presentations and Simon’s Banter … but a big thank-you to those of you that did 1 or 4 of the Quad disciplines today we were there in spirit, lets hope its the real thing in 2021!  Jean #motivationalmileswithsmiles

A note from ‘John Durrant’

Today would have been the Awesome Foursome in Bude – honestly my favourite event of the year and has been a regular pilgrimage for my wife and I – we’ve even considered moving to Bude as we’ve always enjoyed the feel of the place…

This year I’ve set my own little mini-event for my 50th birthday on Thursday which will be a swim in the Thames, followed by 1,000 Burpees (with push-up and a jump), and hopefully an evening kayak down the River Wey to have some food in the Pyford Anchor pub with the family, although they’re currently closed due to a Covid case in the pub…

What a strange and lonely year this has been – so I guess it calls for strange little physical challenges like this to keep sane…! 

Other Quadrathletes that sent me news were Helen Recchia and Paul also on holiday in Bude reviewing and testing the hilly bike course, ready for next year!

David Jones and his Quad Friends at Manvers Lake doing there motivational multi session swim kayak and a run in and around the lake!  If any one is near Manvers sessions like this go on most Sundays!

Well Done to you all and thank-you for sharing your Quadrathlon Passion!


Pete Chappill from Lincsquad finished his season with the Re-scheduled Box End Quad, well done to him for completing all 5 Virtual BQA Quadrathlons, along with Lance Ball and Jean Ashley, lets hope we will bet out there for real next season!

Pete’s Report  Boxenderventure