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Shrewsbury Sprint Triathlon

Shrewsbury Sprint Triathlon will be our 4th BQA Trophy Race of the season, entries are now open Shrewsbury Tri or go straight to the Entry Page

This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, 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 ‘Gill Otto’… not to be missed! It is a Sprint distance – 500m downstream swim, 4.8km kayak (from the showground to the toll bridge and back), 23k road ride out towards Baschurch and a few laps of honor around the showground provide the 5k run to finish, such a good fast and very safe course.

The Entry to the Quadrathlon is usually limited to 50, so get your entry in early, as it is a very popular Quadrathlon!

A few high lights of last years race … spot the Quadrathletes!

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Hereford Sports Awards 2015

Congratulations to our two World Champion Quadrathletes.  Steve King and Sharon Colley were presented with ‘Top Honors’ at the Hereford Sports Awards recently. It was a great night for ‘British Quadrathlon’ at the Herefordshire Sports Awards. Quadrathlete Sharon Colley was named joint-Sportswoman of the Year, while another Quadrathlete – Steve King – was named joint-Sportsman of the Year. They both won the World Quadrathlon Championship Titles in Brigg last May, but they have both achieved some amazing results over the last year especially in kayaking. 10958588_10204408776912858_2832777194063203778_n

The have both finished the Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race (125 miles in K2), Sharon still holds the Lady Vets course record in 20hrs 46mins 43secs (2007). Steve finished the race in April 2014 year and came 3rd overall in 18hrs 15min 48secs. He then went on to Win the Yukon River Quest in June – “Race to the Midnight Sun” it is the world’s longest and toughest canoe and kayak marathon in the world  – 444miles, they finished in 45hrs 30mins 32secs! A race which Sharon has also done several times, winning the Ladies individual trophy!

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Great to see Quadrathletes winning such prestigious Trophies. Well Done Sharon and Steve and thanks for spreading the ‘word of Quadrathlon’ see Steve’s interview!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=826834770722266

 

10404409_895638903794274_4525715298811045859_nCongratulations must also go to Tom Stead who was voted ‘British Triathlon Male Age-Grouper of the Year’, Tom has had numerous Wins over the last couple of years and has represented GB in Triathlon at the Worlds, Europeans in 2014. He also came 2nd to Steve and won the silver medal at the World Quadrathlon Championships in May 2014.

 

If we have any other Quadrathletes with any Good news please share it with us and help promote our sport!

Thanks Jean

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The Keyo Brigg Bomber – 24th May 2015

First Quadrathlon of the season ‘The Keyo Brigg Bomber’ – Entries now open!

Brigg Bomber Entries Open … If you are a 2015 BQA Member you get £5 discount off your Entry Fee … But please apply for your BQA Membership before you enter as you will need a currant 2015 Membership Number to complete the online entry. Big Thanks to Lincsquad for supporting the BQA and offering BQA members this discount!
https://keyobriggbomberbritishchampionshipquadrathlon.itsyo…

The Brigg Bomber is organised by members of LINCSQUAD
(Lincolnshire Quadrathlon Club)
and consists of a 1.5k river swim, 7k kayak, 36k bike & 10k run.

Over the last few years the Brigg Bomber has hosted the British Quadrathlon Championships, the European Quadrathlon Championships and for the first time in the UK, Lincsquad were proud to host the 2014 World Championships.

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Once again we are proud to also announce that Keyo Agricultural Services http://www.keyo.co.uk/, have confirmed they will again sponsor our event The Keyo Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon.

Entries are available as;
– a Solo competitor,
– part of a Team (2, 3 or 4 team members),
– or as part of a Corporate team (all working for the same company, again 2, 3 or 4 team members).
The winning Corporate Team will not only take home the Corporate Bomber Trophy, the winning team members (maximum 4) will receive free entries to the 2015 Keyo Brigg Sprint Triathlon (tbc at Club AGM Jan 2015).

For solo entries, the event will be the British Championships, part of the British Quadrathlon National Trophy series and a World Quadrathlon Federation World Cup race.

Minimum age for standard distance 16 years, parental consent is required for under 18 years.

2015 Race Entry NOW OPEN! 

http://KeyoBriggBomberBritishChampionshipQuadrathlon.itsyourrace.com/ 

More details can be found on the provisional 2014 pre-race information pack below, if you have any event queries please contact events@lincsquad.co.uk.

2014 Brigg Bomber Race Info

Swim Route

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/380409978

Kayak Route

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/380414500

Cycle route 

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/380405002

Run Route

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/routes/view/380419914

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After a year’s break, the Map17Events team is back in action!  As a 2014 entrant your name is still on the start list, together with the new names which have started to come in since entries went live on 1st January.

Click here for more information, & to see clips from the 2013 event video

An exciting addition this year is that we plan to hold a duathlon in parallel with leg 2 & 3 of the triathlon event. It will start at 11.15 am near the first transition, and will be open to individuals only, while the triathlon event will be open to individuals and to teams of 3 (which must include at least 1 female) as in previous years. Please therefore help us to spread the word, and encourage all your friends/club members to enter by forwarding this email. Take a look at, and ‘like’ our Facebook page too – see link below. All surplus fees will be going to the Snowdonia Society, so please help us make it a year to remember!

We look forward to seeing you on 13/09/2015;

Ellie & the Map17Events Team

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Montgomery Canal Triathlon

Last year I raced the ‘Montgomery Canoe Triathlon’ a charity event from Newport to Welsh Frankton, an end to end race consisting of a 14mile MTBike, 12 mile Kayak (with lots of swans) and what felt like a long 10mile run. It was a great event and took me 5hrs 8 mins! It was a great day out and only about 8 K1’s in the event, rather alot of single touring plastics and Canadian Canoes and more walkers than runners, lots of teams and families too ….. with sandwiches, cake tea and coffee at all the transition points plus a feast at the end!

It was a great training session and a lovely event to be part of … I never stopped to eat, Kate (my support crew) as ever was a superb, and chucked food and drinks at me in true DW style! I could of been tempted as Tea and Homemade cake was readily available at the transitions….. some competitors even had picnics! 10275968_771639446199895_1082788762796436873_nThe MTBike was fast, overtaking was tricky, I nearly fell in the canal several times as the canal path was narrow in places! The kayak too was certainly interesting, quite slow, a narrow canal, lots of weed, lily pads 3 sets of locks to portage and 6 sets of very angry swans! The run was picturesque and it was really interesting following the journey of this historic canal! I really enjoyed my day out, and met lots of friendly volunteers along the way, it was very well organized by ‘The Friends of the Montgomery Canal’ who are very proud (and so they should be) of the work they have done and are doing to restore this wonderful canal.

This years event is on Saturday 9th May and I will certainly be going back again this year, the event follows a slightly different format this time –  the Cycle starts in Newtown 17miles, followed by the walk/run 10.5miles to Crowther Hall and finally the kayak 7.5 miles from Morton to Frankton. (no swans?) Its a great fun event to support and its wonderful to see what good work ‘The Volunteers’ have been doing along this 35 mile canal and towpath!

Visit the website for more information and to download the entry form. http://www.maesburycanalfestival.co.uk/triathlon.html

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World Cup Race Box End … Early Bird Discount Entry Open!

Quadrac Racing in conjunction with the World Quadrathlon Federation are proud to announce that the Box End Quad has been selected as a World Cup series race. It takes place on 12th July at Box End Water Park, Kempston, Bedford. Entries are now open with an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT RATE for all entries before 1st April 2015 ….. so get your entries in Now!               Early Bird Individual Entry before 01.04.15 – £25  and after 01.04.15 – £30

The BQA are very happy to have Box End as part of the World Cup Series, it’s the first time it has been give World Cup Status so we need your support to give this race the backing it deserves! It is an established and well organized race, suitable for experienced, novice and junior athletes just wanting to start out in the sport, due to the relative short distances, plus a great chance to get World Cup Points!

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The Quadrathlon distances are –                                                               750m open water swim                                                                               4.4km kayak [2 laps & 2 portages]                                                          15km off-road bike course [3 laps]                                                               5km trail run

There will also be a Triathlon at the same time (without Kayak) this is not a World Cup Race.

In both events juniors, under 18, will only complete 2 bike laps, 10km. Wet suits are advisable but not compulsory unless low water temperatures. Both of the above events are suitable for experienced and novice athletes just wanting to start out in the sports, due to their relative short distances.

Entry Details View our website, Quadracracing

Or Download Entry From box_end_quad_entry_form_12_July_2015

Timing: Registration on Saturday 11.07.15 is open from 17.00 to 18.00                                           Sunday 12.07.15 registration opens 06.30 to 07.50. Competitors are encouraged to register on the Saturday. Race briefing is at 08.15 in the transition [compulsory to attend] Both races will start at 08.30.

Venue: Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485
Directions available from Box End Water Ski Park website:                                                       boxendpark

Excellent facilities available: toilets, showers, changing areas, refreshments, camping, parking, bar restaurant and Café.                                                                                                                               CAMPING – is available at Box End Park for all competitors. Caravans and campervan facilities available; apply directly to Box End – Telephone Number 07922 824678

 

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Looking forward to 2015 Race Season!

Hi Quadrathletes, I hope your all feeling motivated and ready for action. Its always good to be back to training after the Christmas Festivities, the first few sessions usually feel on the tough side but once you get your mind focused and your training regime sorted … your body soon starts to feel good again. They are just my thoughts but I’m sure there will be a few of you thinking the same! 

Once I have written my goals down for the year its time to choose your races, there’s nothing like getting your race entries in, it certainly helps kick start the focus and motivation. So if your wanting some dates for your diary’s hears a reminder and an insight to our BQA Trophy Events for 2015!

RACE 1 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup – A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the British National Championships and the first World Cup race too so lots of points! Just to top it off they have an excellent T- shirt Tour of the Brigg Pubs to celebrate … certainly not to be missed!!

RACE 2 – 21st June – South Yorkshire Quad - This race is hopefully going to host the British Championships in 2016, so its an ideal chance to learn the course and try the lake and its surrounding area out …. check out this excellent Water Park its a lovely venue, and would be great if you can support this new race, organized by a very enthusiastic group of kayakers and triathletes.                                                  

RACE 3 – 12th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup – 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. It’s the first time it has been give World Cup Status so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too …. And you can even try your hand at wake boarding!

RACE 4 – 6th September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad- This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, 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 … not to be missed!

RACE 5 – 13th September – Fabian 4 Mountain Tri - This race promises to be back with vengeance and it will certainly challenge that inner self! Superb scenery, tracks and trails brilliantly organized by very friendly like minded athletes, it will certainly boost your adrenalin and you’ll have an amazing sense of achievement when you cross that finish line ….. exit your comfort zone and enjoy!

RACE 6 – 19th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – This is one of our longest running etablished Quadrathlons, this race in Bude never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers ….  it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race to end the season! Starting in the sea, there’s plenty of hills, a historic canal and amazing coastal views … 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!

I hope I have tempted you ….  keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer Early Bird Race discounts and BQA Member Discounts! Happy Training and Racing 2015 …  and don’t forget your BQA 2015 membership, we would love your support again  Membership_Form 2015  ….. THANKS Jean Ashley

If your are looking to Race in Europe these are the World Cup Trophy Races

RACE 1- 2nd May – Ibiza, Spain EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Middle Distance

Race 2 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber, GB World Cup Middle Distance

Race 3 – 30th May – Xtrial PernstejnCup, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 4 – 7th June – Wasserstadt, Hannover, GER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONG Distance

Race 5 – 21st June – Tyn nad Vltavou, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 6 – 12th July – Box End, GB World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 7– 1st August Šamorín, SVK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Sprint Distance

Race 8 – 22nd August, Polskaman, POL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Middle Distance

Race 9 – 30th August Balaton Sprint, HUN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Sprint Distance

Race 10 – 5th September, Quadrathlon Ratscher, GER World Cup Middle Distance      

Visit our Events page or quadrathlon4you.com/events for all the race information.

 

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Happy Christmas to our Quadrathletes!

Im sure most of you will have time to wear your lycra, and get out for a swim, kayak, bike or run over the festive holidays! Like all the athletes I know, we like to get out in the fresh air for some fun on the trails, or a blast on the river ….. leaving room for more mince pies and mulled wine!

It’s what makes most of us tick ….. and besides, I bet we will all want to test out our new Christmas toys, with 4 disciplines to master, Santa is never stuck for ideas! Even though he might not be able to disguise them!

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2014 has been a great year for British Quadrathlon, with Lincsquad doing us proud by hosting The World Championships, and to our BQA Members giving us our biggest GB Quadrathlon Team to date …… this year we had the highest number of athletes join the BQA ever so lets keep the momentum into 2015!  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, kick start your training right now …… I will let you off if you want to leave it until 26th December!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2015

24th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup – A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the British National Championships and the first World Cup race too so lots of points! Just to top it off they have an excellent T- shirt Tour of the Brigg Pubs to celebrate … certainly not to be missed!!

21st June – South Yorkshire Quad - This race is hopefully going to host the British Championships in 2016, so its an ideal chance to learn the course and try the lake and its surrounding area out …. check out this excellent Water Park its a lovely venue, and would be great if you can support this new race, organized by a very enthusiastic group of kayakers and triathletes.                                                  

12th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup – 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. It’s the first time it has been give World Cup Status so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too …. And you can even try your hand at wake boarding!

6th September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad- This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, 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 … not to be missed!

13th September – Fabian 4 Mountain Tri - This race promises to be back with vengeance and it will certainly challenge that inner self! Superb scenery, tracks and trails brilliantly organized by very friendly like minded athletes, it will certainly boost your adrenalin and you’ll have an amazing sense of achievement when you cross that finish line ….. exit your comfort zone and enjoy!

19th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – This is one of our longest running etablished Quadrathlons, this race in Bude never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers ….  it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race to end the season! Starting in the sea, there’s plenty of hills, a historic canal and amazing coastal views … 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!

I hope I have tempted you ….  keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer early bird race discounts!

Hears wishing you all A Very Happy Christmas, stay fit, stay focused, and be happy! I look forward to see you on the Start line next Season! Stay safe in Training … and don’t forget the Rest and Recover bit too!

All the very Best …. Jean, on behalf of the BQA Committee.

The Journey is as important as the result … Never Stop the Adventure!

 

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The Annual Report from 2014 & our Focus moving into 2015.

We have had an amazing year, with our highest BQA membership ever, thanks to the World Championships being held in GB. Thank you for supporting the sport of Quadrathlon in 2014 we hope you have had a great Season and will come back for more next year!

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Steve Clark and Clair Dolby on behalf of Lincsquad

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy ‘For Endeavor’ has just been awarded to LINCSQUAD. They hosted the First Ever World Championships in GB, their enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon is outstanding! An amazing day in the History of British Quadrathlon, the BQA are extremely  grateful to Lincsquad for putting on a fantastic race, truly worthy of World Championship status!

 

 

Please read our 2014 Annual Report and make note of the Races for Next Season.                     BQA Annual Report 2014

Trophy Races 2015
Provisional 3rd May  – Deeside Tri
24th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup
21st June – South Yorkshire Quad
12th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup
6th September  – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
13th September – Fabian 4 Mountain Tri
19th September – Awesome Foursome Quad

We are a small sport, please support the BQA, and if you feel you can help out in some way then please let me know, lets keep moving forwards!

Have a good, safe, winter’s training and see you next season. Thank -you all once again.         Jean Ashley
British Quadrathlon Association

 

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World Cup Series 2015

The World Cup 2015 season will certainly be exciting with a total of 10 races. There are three new races in the World Cup this year – Boxend (GBR) and Bystřice nad Pernštejnem
(CZE) each with a MTB. Hannover (GER) for the first time since 2010, will be a World Long Distance Championship Race. All these new races have taken place in recent years with great success.  The four best results for the World Cup will be counted as in recent years. Collecting points will require tactical planning with plenty of races on offer, with extra points for athletes that race in an International Championships (World/ European) plus bonus points for over 4 races.

WQFThe Overall and Age-Group winners will win the elaborate crystal globe, and the top three finishers overall and in age groups additionally get high quality medals. This should create a further incentive and competition for places.

 

 

The World Cup Trophy Series

RACE 1- 2nd May – Ibiza, Spain EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Middle Distance

Race 2 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber, GB World Cup Middle Distance

Race 3 – 30th May – Xtrial PernstejnCup, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 4 – 7th June – Wasserstadt, Hannover, GER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LONG Distance

Race 5 – 21st June – Tyn nad Vltavou, CZE World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 6 – 12th July – Box End, GB World Cup Sprint Distance

Race 7– 1st August Šamorín, SVK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Sprint Distance

Race 8 – 22nd August, Polskaman, POL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Middle Distance

Race 9 – 30th August Balaton Sprint, HUN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  Sprint Distance

Race 10 – 5th September, Quadrathlon Ratscher, GER World Cup Middle Distance      

Visit our Events page or quadrathlon4you.com/events for all the race information.

worldcup2The appointments and the WQF Congress took place over the last few weeks, there were no changes and therefor the next two years, the positions are
Václav Marek (President, CZE)
Steve Hook (Vice-President, GBR)
Silke Haren Berg (Chairman of the Technical Items GER)
Stefan Teichert ( Secretary, GER).

Amendments to the WQF Rules for 2015
World Cup races which an International Championships are to  be evaluated with more points, as specified – Every place is upgraded with 20 extra points. So 120 instead of 100, 110,
instead of 90… 21 instead of 1 point.

Athletes that have finished more than 4 World Cup races in season, get bonus points. There
are 10 bonus points per extra race – As total extra points: 5 races 10points, 6 races 20points, 7 races 30points, 8 races 40points, 9 races 50points and 10 races 60points.

The WQF wish all athletes a good and injury-free preparation, see you in 2015!
Stefan Teichert

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