The New Season Awaits – Are You Ready?

I hope you are all starting to plan your Race Calender and have lots of goals and challenges lined up for 2017!  Get your entries in early and have a reason to start training. Having entered your races it  does wonders for your motivation, having something to work for, kick start your training right now! Plenty of our races have opened their entries, and we’ve even had the Deva Divas (ladies only) Quad sold out, with an amazing 30 women on the start line! Take a look at our 2017 races on our ‘events’ page!

Publication1BQA Membership is open now for 2017 and is £15.00 per person. As a member you are entitled to discount at some BQA races (discretion of the race organizer). You will receive news updates via our monthly email-newsletter (subscribe to this on our website). You must be a 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 would’nt 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!

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New Trisuits for 2017

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One-off Tri Suits available to order via Godfrey, are going to be available shortly. Quite a few of us have Tech Tee shirts, race vests, gilets and cycle tops from Godfrey, and we are all very pleased with them. I am working with Godfrey at the moment, they have come up with the design opposite  (A combination of the Godfrey kit and Provision) I am getting a couple made up, so we can show our athletes sizing and fit …. available soon!  You can also have your name printed down the side panel … which gives them a personalized touch, and also enables the supporters to shout out your name and cheer you on!

http://godfrey.co.uk/club/britishquadrathlonassociation

Here’s a quick rundown of our Trophy Races, so get those races in your diary and Enter Now!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2017

RACE 1 – 28th 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 World Cup race 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!! Entries open shortly

RACE 2 – 11th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad – 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, this will launch ‘QuadKidz’ with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! Entries OPEN

RACE 3 – 2nd July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race – 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 second 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! Entries OPEN

RACE 4 – 3rd 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 along with SYTri … one not to be missed! Entries OPEN

RACE 5 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – 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

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!

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Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon Entries Open!

10696348_553771421418009_5299593989977100741_nSimon Hammond from Shoreline Activities has just opened the entries for this years coming races – Bude Shoreline Triathlon on the 18th June and our Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon on the 16th September. The on-line application system is now up and running and that you can get to it by going to Shorelineactivities.foursome.quadrathlon.event

… and just to let you know – No change in entry fees from last year, T-shirts and Chocolate Cake for all competitors…. its a MUST!!!

Hope to see you later in the year …. Simon

Jean Ashley quotes ‘This is one of our longest running established 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! Its the final race in our National Trophy Series and Prizes will be awarded to BQA Members …  Get your entry in and I will see you in Bude!’

 

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Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2017

13165981_1174412145922621_3756759307613839683_nThis is a great warm up to our Quadrathlon season if you fancy a day out down the Montgomery Canal. This Triathlon is a Superb Charity Event, in its 6th year and it takes place on Saturday, 6th May 2017. I have done this event 3 times now and have really enjoyed the challenge, its great pre-race training and a good opportunity to support the Montgomery Canal Trust.

13102610_1174413812589121_8582457332192124513_n.jpgcropAbout 220 athletes/fundraisers start the journey to bike, run/walk and then kayak the 35miles following the tow path of the Montgomery Canal. The journey starts in Newtown and finished in Lower Frankton, 17miles M.T. BIKing, 11miles X.C. running, and 7 miles of kayaking/canoeing, with the majority using Canadian Canoes (in pairs). The more competitive ones amongst us start first at 8.30 (in groups of 6), leaving the ones taking it ‘a bit less competitive’ to start at a more steady pace! I must say if I’d of seen the Tea, Cakes and sandwiches at the transition areas I might of been persuaded to take my time! It really is worth saving the date!

13177494_10205967226810256_874276089444453076_nThe format is the same as for the past 2 years, along 35 miles of the Canal, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections, individuals pairs or teams are all welcome.
CYCLING 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay.
WALKING 11 miles from Pool Quay to Morton.
CANOEING 7 miles from Morton to Lower Frankton.
This is an endurance event, not a race and is a great day out for families with children as well as experienced triathletes. All entrants who complete a section will receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate.

Entry forms are available at Montgomery Canal Entry 2017                                                                  If you would like to email ‘Maggie Ellis’, Triathlon Entry Coordinator & Friends of the Montgomery Canal for an entry form, or if you have any queries, her contact is Montcanaltriath@aol.com

 

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Happy Christmas and Get Ready for Quadrathlon 2017!

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Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and an Exciting Quadrathlon Season …. Never Stop the Adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m 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 Christmas cake 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, there’s always something to try out, even if its only new socks!

abdominal-snowmanOver Christmas we might not all have Abs as good as this, but I’m sure once you get your Race plan sorted, and training underway they will soon be well defined!

I have been busy leasing with race organizers over the last few months and we have got a really exciting season ahead. The BQA are so pleased to be launching 2 and hopefully 3 new races to our calender next season. Dearne Valley Quad at Manvers Lake are organizing a Sprint Quad and also running our first ever ‘QuadKidz’ Race, this is great news for our sport and we hope to see lots of youngsters taking up the challenge, age categories from (9 – 12) (13- 15) (16- 18) and only a £6 entry fee for them! It will be so exciting to see ‘our budding Quadrathlete Stars’ of the future in action!

The next new race is the Deva Divas Quad in Chester one very close to my heart, I have been involved in the Deva Divas (Ladies only) Triathlon since it started 10 years ago. My Club ‘Chester Tri’ have decided to let me add a Ladies Quad to this prestigious event. This will be the first ever Ladies only Quad in the World, and its aim is to introduce women into our sport, in an exceptionally friendly atmosphere. It will be my turn to cheer all you Ladies all on …. in ‘True Ashley Style’ …… SMILING is COMPULSORY ….. you’ll just love it!                                                         This race will not be in the Trophy Series, as its ‘Ladies only’ but it has our full support and is affiliated to the BQA. We hope its going to be a big stepping stone which will introduce more ladies into our sport, its on 16th July and all the details are on our ‘Event’s page.

We also have the possibility of another Quad, Reading Canoe Club want to host an off road quadrathlon next year on the grounds of the Mapledurham Estate, we are working with them and at the moment are waiting for a confirmation of a date … so watch this space too!

We are also very pleased to announce that we have 2 World Cup races ‘The Brigg Bomber’ and Box End, so athletes wanting to be competitive in the WQF Series will only have to do just one other race in Europe, you can see the WQF Races on our Events page. The Brigg Bomber will also be our NATIONAL Championships for 2017.

So its time to plan 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 your first training session it until 26th December!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2017

RACE 1 – 28th 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 World Cup race 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 – 11th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad – 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, this will launch ‘QuadKidz’ with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine!

RACE 3 – 2nd July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race – 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 second 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 – 3rd 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 along with SYTri … one not to be missed!

RACE 5 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – 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!

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!

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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Ladies … Who wouldn’t want to be a DIVA!

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Devas Swim Start

I’m so excited to announce, the Great News, I have just had a meeting with my Triathlon Club ‘Chester Tri’ and I can confirm we will be holding a ‘Ladies only’ Quadrathlon along side the Famous ‘Chester’s Deva Divas Sprint Triathlon on 16th July 2017!

The Distances will be 750m Swim, 4km Kayak, 25km Bike, 5km Run. The Quad wave will start at 8.30am followed by the 2 Triathlon waves at 8.40 and 8.50 …. this is a brilliant opportunity for all you Girls who know when 3 disciplines just aren’t enough! Its the Worlds First LADIES ONLY Quadrathlon. Its a real honor to be part of the Deva Divas Race. as it has just WON the ‘British Triathlon Federation’s Race of the Year Award’ the only race to have ever won it twice! Race Organizer ‘Sally Napthan’ and I have decided a Sprint Quad would be a brilliant new addition to our ladies race in 2017, it has been running for 10 years now, so we felt it was time to add another dimension!

Sally (center) at the BTF Awards with the Famous Brothers!

Sally (center) at the BTF Awards with the Famous Brothers!

Its a very friendly race, that runs 2 Triathlon training days for novice athletes, and we will be holding kayak training days with Chester Canoe Club to attract those women who are just dying to have a go at our great sport!

The details are on our Chester Triathlon Website, and I will keep all you ‘GIRLS’ updated. We only have 30 slots, and we are expecting it to fill up Quickly!!

ENTRIES are open go to the Chester Tri website ‘Enter here’ Chestertri.Deva-Divas

SO EXCITED….. Come and Be A Deva Diva!

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Developing Quadrathlon in and around Shrewsbury

Great News from ‘Phil Holden’ our British Trophy Quadrathlon Vet 40 Champion

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Hello Fellow Multi-Sporters

I am hoping to develop Quadrathlon in and around Shrewsbury. James Block and I attended the Shrewsbury Canoe Club Committee meeting on 1st Dec, where they agreed to support the start of a K1 racing arm of the Club, and specifically to seeking funding to purchase some suitable adult K1s, and to pursuing planning permission for a third container for the necessary storage space. We have advice and support on the funding from Energise and from the BCU, who are both optimistic about the chances of getting it. This is great and brings our hope for more paddle training sessions for quadrathlon a step closer, as well as faster boats being available to race in. This will almost certainly mean people needing to join the Canoe Club to benefit from this, but it isn’t expensive. Have a look at this to see what a shiny array of K1s looks like!

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Phil is keen on getting like minded athletes in the Shropshire Area motivated and ready for next season, 2017 Shrewsbury Quad is open for registration and other Sprint races which will most certainly target new quadrathletes, include a womens only Quad ‘Diva Devas’ in Cheshire and the first juniors race ‘QuadKidz’ at Rotherham ….. so why not book and set your sights now!

There are some winter training sessions over in Macclesfield run by BQA member John Kavanagh. Phil is intending to try to go to the 15th January one. If anyone else fancies going, drop me a line. Message below or on our BQA Facebook page.

A few more Quady thoughts for this time of year… from Phil                                                                 Make the most of Christmas for upgrading your quad gear! If you aren’t lucky enough to get a new bike or kayak, maybe those bike shoes or that swimming wetsuit you wanted …. Winter is a great time to work on things like running, core strength and swim technique. You may be able to keep up some biking on the milder days and there are some nice days to be had on the river if you are properly equipped. It all helps keep things ticking over so you can start the season well. Check out the many brilliant free resources at Swim Smooth Mr Smooth – An ideal freestyle stroke animation I have found these really helpful, and much of it is geared to open water swimming. Mr Smooth – An ideal freestyle stroke animation

daringFinally, perhaps we ought to be practicing those ever important transitions – things can go horribly wrong otherwise!

Have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Phil Holden

 

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The First Ever ‘QuadKidz’

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Dearne Valley ‘QuadKidz’ and TriStars                                                                  Sunday 11th June 2017,                                                                                                     Manvers Lake, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham 

The BQA are very pleased to have this sprint race back in our calender, but more than that, we are so excited to announce that there will be a ‘QuadKidz’ event … Our very first Junior quadrathlon! This is great news for our sport and we hope to see lots of youngsters taking up the challenge, we cart wait to see ‘our budding Quadrathlete Stars’ of the future in action!

QuadKidz Quadrathon Distances – Swim, Bike, Paddle and Run                                         QuadKidz (ages 9 to 12): 100m Swim, 2k Bike, 400m paddle, 2k Run – Price £6.00
QuadKidz (ages 13 to 15) : 200m Swim, 4k Bike, 800m paddle, 2k – Price £6.00                             QuadKidz (ages 16 to 18) : 800m Swim, 15k Bike, 4k Paddle, 5k Run – Price £6.00

Tri Stars 1/2 and 3/Youth are the same distances as above without the paddle.

Showers, changing rooms available, on site café. Commemorative medal to all finishers. There are a Limited number of canoes available to use/hire
For more information about the course and to Enter the Event go to Dearne-valley-triquad.html

TeamManvers are offering training sessions through May 2017, so please get in touch for details. Mark Benton 07704111414.

Don’t miss this exciting New Event!

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The New Dearne Valley Quadrathon!

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British Quadrathlon, British Triathlon, and Team Manvers join forces together to bring Quadrathon and Triathlon back to the Dearne Valley. The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon and a Triathlon where people from all walks of life can participate. All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards.

The BQA are very happy to have this sprint race back in our calender, and we are so excited to announce that there will be a Junior sprint Quadrathlon … our very first ‘QuadKidz’ event! This is great news and we hope to see lots of youngsters ‘our budding Quadrathlete Stars’ of the future!

TeamManvers are offering training sessions through May 2017, both at bootcamp and the lake so please get in touch for details. Mark Benton 07704111414

Sprint Quadrathon – Swim, Bike, Paddle and Run                                                                             Sprint Quad: 800m Swim, 15k Bike, 4k Paddle, 5k Run – Price £15.00

QuadKidz (ages 9 to 12): 100m Swim, 2k Bike, 400m paddle, 2k Run – Price £6.00
QuadKidz (ages 13 to 15) : 200m Swim, 4k Bike, 800m paddle, 2k – Price £6.00                           QuadKidz (ages 16 to 18) : 800m Swim, 15k Bike, 4k Paddle, 5k Run – Price £6.00      

(Triathlon Distances Sprint and Tri Stars are the same as above without the paddle)

Showers, changing rooms available, on site café. Commemorative medal to all finishers.  Limited number of boats available to use/hire
Entry for the event is now open. Dearne-valley-triquad.html

Race information, and useful guidelines for the Quadrathlon 

Lake Swim – 800m, QuadKidz 100m, or 200m.
Swim – There will be full safety cover in place for the event. Also volunteers on hand to assist you out of the water. You must wear a wetsuit for the swim. The wet suit doesn’t have to be expensive, most sports shops sell them for around £30 and you can even pick them up in certain supermarkets for as little as £15 from time to time. You don’t necessarily need a swim specific one, any boating/surfing one will suffice.

Swim to Bike (Transition 1)
Exiting the swim into the transition area where you will dry off and change into your cycling gear. You’ll then put on your helmet doing up the strap and grabbing your bike wheeling it out of transition past the mount line where you will begin the bike course.

Bike – 15k – 3 Laps, QuadKidz 2k, or 4k.
This is off road and using part of the Trans Penne Trail (TPT) . Please note that the TPT consists of unmade tracks and is therefore may not be suitable for road bikes. Helmets are compulsory.

Bike to Paddle Transition
Upon returning into transition you get off your bike prior to the dismount line, and return the bike back into transition, removing your helmet and once you have racked your bike, changing into your paddling gear, buoyancy aids are compulsory. In your boat and paddle 5, 1, or 2 large laps clockwise. There are a number of boats available to hire.

Paddle – 4k – 5 Laps, QuadKidz 1 laps, or 2 laps.
Collect your boat from the beach, launch from slipway, paddle anticlockwise.

Paddle to Run Transition 3
Leave your boat on the slip way and run back to transition, removing your buoyancy aid in transition, changing into your running gear.

Run – 5k, QuadKidz 2k
You’ll leave transition and run around the large lap of the lake, along the side of the river back around Manvers Lake before heading straight to the finish line – whatever you do, don’t forget to smile!

Timing is on a start to finish basis and split timings can not be produced by the events team. If you wish to keep split timings on the day please use your own timing device. Youth triathletes will be the first to enter the water at around 8.30am, once they have completed their various mini distances, the adults will start.

We will be grateful of any volunteers to help our day run smoothly, so please get in touch to put your name forward, could volunteers please arrive from 8am.
For more Information contact Mark Benton 07704111414

Please support this event, bring your friends, family and any youngsters who would love a challenge like this, its a great stepping stone into our sport of Quadrathlon!

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BQA 2016 Annual Report

Hi Quadrathletes,

Thank you for supporting the sport of Quadrathlon this year and we hope you have had a great Season, enjoyed your racing and will come back for more next year. I hope you are enjoying a Recovery and Rest Period, and will soon be motivated to get back into training, and looking at next years race plans!

Once again we’ve have some great races organized by extremely hard working volunteers so lets keep supporting them! Enter their races (early) and spread the word amongst your fellow athletes. We are a small sport, and I am more than happy to be able to keep the BQA on going, with a ‘Team’ of helpers. But closer to home we do need your membership if the BQA is going to financially survive each year, so please support this great sport, and if you feel you can help out in some way then please let me know, lets keep moving forwards!

Almost all the BQA Trophy Dates have been confirmed, and we are almost there on finalizing next years WQF World Cup Series and choosing the Championship Races. As soon as I have the Final details … You’ll be the first to know.

Hear is a quick glance at what we have planned but I will post a CONFIRMED LIST as soon as I knowthe Final Details.

BQA Colour LogoBQA National Trophy Races 2017                                                                                                              28th May – Brigg Bomber Quad NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS World Cup Race                            11th June – South Yorkshire Sprint Quad
2nd July – Box End Sprint Quad World Cup Race
3rd Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
No race in 2017 – 8th September 2018 Fabian 4 Mountain Tri
16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
17th June – Norfolk SuperHeros
8th July – Artemis Great Kindrochit Quad
16th July – Diva Devas Quad (Ladies Only)

wqf-logoWQF World Cup Races 2017                                                                                                                    11th March – Terceira (POR) Sprint
13th May – Orfü (HUN) Middle  – World Championships Middle
28th May – Brigg (GBR) Middle
3rd June –  Křetinka (CZE) Long  – World Championships Long
17th June – Koberbach, (GER) Middle – European Championships Middle
24th June – Tyn (CZE) Sprint
2nd July – Box End Park (GBR) Sprint                                                                                                     12th August – Komarno (SVK) Sprint – World Championships Sprint
26th August – Balaton (HUN) Sprint
2nd September – Ratscher (GER) Sprint – European Championships Sprint
9th September – Oslo (NOR) Sprint

Happy Training and see you next season, Jean Ashley

In the mean time hears 2016 Annual Report. bqa-annual-report

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Ned Price

It is with great sadness I have to tell you all about the death of ‘Ned Price’, one of our most committed Quadrathletes, and this year’s winner of the Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy.

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Ned on his cross bike at Box End

Ned died on Thursday 20th October, aged 58 after a fairly short battle with cancer. We send our thoughts to his wife Helen and his children, and especially to Vicki who has very bravely raced at the 3 Quadrathlons her Dad had entered in this season. She took his entry at Box End, Shrewsbury and Bude …. a real tribute to her Dad!

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Ned kayaking on the Long Course Hanover

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Ned with his ‘Best’ Macclesfield Canoe Club Buddies at the Shrewsbury Quad

He has been a BQA member for several years and has raced many of our Quadrathlons each year, as well as being an excellent cyclist, he was a great kayaker with his local club Macclesfield Canoe Club.

Last year Ned had a brilliant season, he  won the 2015 National Vet 50 Trophy and also competed in Hannover for the Long Course Quadrathlon World Championships, taking Silver (Vet 50) in 8hrs 53mins. He then finished the season with his favorite Triathlon ‘The Sandman’ followed by the ‘Awesome Foursome’ in Bude the week after! Somewhere in between all those races he managed to fit in the Epic Bolton Ironman! After a hectic season he went on to support the Winter Quad Training Sessions with John Kavanagh and has encouraged many athletes to set themselves challenges, in many sports!

His last Quadrathlon was at the European Championships in Brigg this year, Ned and I always shared such a lot of banter during our races, he was either just in front or just behind me, and we would swap places several times during our races. We would push each other on and 9 out of 10 times he’d just pip me to the finish! He’d always be there to pat me on the back … and say ‘well what happend to you then?’ knowing I’d bust my gut to keep up with him! I was very proud of myself at the Bomber this year, it was the first time I’d beaten him in over a year ….. little did I know. I will never forget his face as I waited for him, as he crossed the finish line  ….’your turn this time Jean … but I’ll get you back next time’ ……. how I wish his words were true.

The More Mature Quadrathletes

Ned … nearly always waiting for me at the Finish!

He will be sadly missed by us all, we shall hold on to all those memories, think of him when we’re racing and when the going gets tough, remember how brave he has been, how he has inspired so many of us, and how he loved to Share the Passion.

Bless You Ned XX

Jean

 

 

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