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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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Kayak Training Triathlon, Macclesfield No. 2

John Kavanagh is a BQA member based at Macclesfield Canoe Club and is planning to do a short kayak training triathlon on the first Sunday of the month, from October to March, weather permitting. It is open to everyone to as much or as little as they wish, but please note that it is an informal outing for individuals, not an event organised by any club or organisation. No specific rules, no timekeeper or marshals, everyone is responsible for themselves, and their own equipment and its safety.

The format I will follow is 5km kayak, 23km bike, 6km run.

The next session will be November 2nd at 9.00am -This is my plan

Kayak: 5km, start on Macclesfield canal at 9am at Grimshaw lane (Bollington). Paddle south 300m, turn before bridge at wall between the first two cottages on the non-towpath bank, paddle to just beyond bridge 24, turn at large sycamore tree on towpath side, less than 100m from bridge 24, paddle back to canoe club shed at the starting point. (Any type of kayak – or canoe).

T1: Put kayak on car (for those not familiar with this location this involves going down some steep steps). Get bike from car, walk to edge of car park and mount bike.
Bike: Cycle 23km, undulating and mostly quiet roads. The route can be viewed at http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/581040093
T2: Dismount at edge of car park, re-secure bike in or on car.

Run: Run 6km. Out of car park, cross Grimshaw lane, downhill about 100m and right onto Middlewood way in direction of Marple. Run 3km to bridge 9 and return.

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Box End Winter Duathlon/Kayak Tri Series 2014/15

Due to sufficient interest Quadrac Racing have decided to put on a Winter Duathlon/Kayak Tri Series at Box End again this year.  A total of 3 races to keep you motivated over the winter months and ideal pre-season training!

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. You will need a basic level of fitness and bags of enthusiasm to compete. You can compete as a team e.g. 1 person kayaks, 1 bikes, and 1 runs. If you are competing in the Kayak Tri you will need some experience/confidence in a boat.

The race format will be the same as last years, please see below.

Race details: Kayak Triathlon – 2.5km Kayak – 12km x/c Bike (3 laps) – 4km Trail Run (1 lap)

Duathlon – 8km Trail Run (2 laps) – 12km x/c Bike (3 laps) – 4km Trail Run (1 lap)

All races are only £10 each if pre-entered, but on the day entries are £15

The race dates are:

Race 1 – Sunday 19th October 2014

Race 2 – Sunday 23rd November 2014

Race 3 – Sunday 18th January 2015

Timing: registration 08:00 to 09:10.  Race briefing is as 09:10 in the transition (compulsory to attend).  Both races will start at 09:30.

Series Winner categories: Overall male / female winners, Team. U23, MS, MV40, MV50, FU23, FS, FV40, in both Duathlon and Kayak Tri. The organisers reserve the right to withdraw categories if there are insufficient numbers.

Facilities available: toilets, showers, changing areas, refreshments, camping, parking.
CAMPING – is available at Box End Park for all competitors at £5 per person per night. Caravans and campervan facilities available; apply directly to Box End – Telephone Number 07922 824678

Click here for an entry form, or go to www.boxendpark/watersports//tri-race.php

This is an ideal opportunity for you to keep competitive and on the edge during the Winter season.

Yours in sport, Mark Pryor Quadrac Racing

 

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World Cup Series

The World Cup 2014 season has certainly be exciting with a total of 11 races, up to the four best results for the World Cup have been counted. Collecting points has required tactical planning with plenty of races on offer, including 2 World Cup races in GB, The Brigg Bomber and the Awesome Foursome Bude.

This year in addition to the traditional Quadrathlon races, there have been cross-races including MTBiking. The WQF welcomes this initiative by the organizer, as the diversity of the athlete is not only increased, but it will hopefully attract multisport athletes too.

The Overall and Age-Group winners will win the elaborate crystal globe, but new for 2014 the top three finishers overall and in age groups additionally get high quality medals. This hopefully should create a further incentive and competition for places in the future.

Overall Winners 2014 Stefan and Lisa

Overall Winners 2014 Stefan and Lisa

Overall Winners this year are German Athletes, Stefan Teichert and Lisa Hirschfelder, both superb athletes who show true commitment to Quadrathlon. They both give 100% to every aspect of the sport, train strong, race hard and encourage everyone else along the way, plus organize training camps for newcomers and enthusiasts to the sport! Well deserved they are a True Inspiration!

We’ve had quite a few British Quadrathletes on the World Cup Podium this year … Congratulations to Crystal Globe and Medal winners in the following Age Groups. (If you didn’t race at Bude, your medal will come via the post soon)

Youth – Will Jackson GLOBE + GOLD

Junior – Tom Stead BRONZE

U23 – Robert Jefferies GLOBE + GOLD – Adam Ingleton SILVER

Female Vet 40 –  Helen Dyke BRONZE

Female Vet 50 – Jean Ashley GLOBE + GOLD – Judith Humpleby BRONZE

Female Vet 60 – Mary White GLOBE + GOLD  – Mary Hyton SILVER – Sue Rix BRONZE

Check out your World Standing – These are the final Results from 2014 WORLD CUP http://www.quadrathlon-online.de/ergebnisse/2014/14-w-cup.pdf

British Globe Winners ‘Our Youngsters’ Rob and Will

U23 Robert Jefferies

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British Globe Winners our ‘Young at Heart Girls’ Jean and Mary!

Vet 50 Jean Ashley BQA

Vet 50 Jean Ashley BQA

Vet 60 Mary White BQA

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National Trophy Series 2014

Once again Bude Awesome Foursome was a fitting end to our 2014 National Trophy Series, with the last race of the series being the final decider for most of the prizes! It has been made up of 5 races, unfortunately The Deeside Triathlon and the Fabian 4 had to be cancelled so Trophy Points were taken from the 5 races below.

The Brigg Bomber

South Yorkshire Quad

Box End Sprint Quadrathlon

Shrewsbury Sprint Quadrathlon

The Awesome Foursome

FINAL TROPHY RESULTS 2014-Trophy-Final Results

This season 83 males and 30 female athletes took part in the series, slightly less men than last year but double the amount of females … Well Done The Girls! It was great to see plenty of first timers and some of them doing really well doing 3 or more of our races, special mention to John Redmond, Mary White and youngsters Will Jackson and Robert Jeffries all in their first year of Quadrathlon. Superb commitment from Phil Holden, John Kavanagh and Lance Ball who all did the whole Series, with Ian Smith, Nigel Unwin, Nicholas Price, Julian Brewer and John Ellwood all doing 4 races.

Another Special mention must go to Peter Chappill from Lincsquad who has also done all 5 races, 3 as an individual and the other 2 leading youngster Jack Gardner (partially sighted), and great achievement to Peter and to Jack who have gone from strength to strength this year and have done PB’s all round!

A fantastic season and a huge uptake in women and over 60’s, its looking like the over 60’s will stand in a catagory on their own next season, so long as we have 3 or more racing! The BQA hope everyone enjoyed their quad season and will be back for more challenges and races next year!

All 5 of our Quad Races this year have been superbly organized by enthusiastic ‘Teams’ of like minded people and athletes, all enjoyed by the competitors ! A Huge thank-you for their commitment and for providing us with great races with the Aim to Keep our Small Friendly Sport ALIVE!

The BQA help to promote their races and supply the Race insurance so its vital we have YOUR support, we have had our largest membership to date, a big thanks to Lincsquad for hosting the World Championships this has made a huge difference, so a Big THANK-YOU to all our 2014 members for your support!

The BQA Perpetual Trophies (and BQA kit vouchers) are awarded each year, provided each winner has done 3 races in the series, and must be a current BQA Member. Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!

Overall Winners Perpetual Trophy Male Ian Smith 

Overall Winners Perpetual Trophy Female Jean Ashley

U23 Robert Jefferies

Vet 40 Male Phil Holden

Vet 50 Male Nigel Unwin (role down as Ian Smith won Overall Trophy)

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Steve Clark and Clair Dolby Lincsquad

Vet 50 Female Mary White (role down as Jean Ashley won Overall Trophy)

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy awarded each year ‘For Endeavor’
this year it was given to LINCSQUAD for hosting the 2014 World Championships, their enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon is Outstanding!

Winner Ian Smith

Winner Ian Smith

Jean Ashley

Winner Jean Ashley

U23 Robert Jefferies

U23 Robert Jefferies

Phil Holden

Vet 40 Phil Holden

Nigel Unwin

Vet 50 Nigel Unwin

Mary White

Vet 50 Mary White

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