Kayak Training Triathlon, Macclesfield

John Kavanagh is a BQA member racing very competitively in the 50-60 age group. He started Quads a couple of years ago, and has done really well and along the way he has encouraged quite alot of his friends and his twin sisters to take up the sport. He is 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.

John and sisters who all competed at the Worlds in Brigg

Anyone is welcome to join him, but please note that this 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.

It is open to everyone to as much or as little as they wish. For example, non-kayakers could run the kayak route on the towpath and then do the bike and run routes. Non-runners could do the kayak route twice before the bike route and non-cyclists could opt for twice the kayak course and a run or one kayak route and two laps of the run.

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.


The BQA and John will discuss in more detail at Bude Quadrathlon … so keep posted for more details.

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Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

After 5 cold days of rain leading up to the event, we arrived in Shrewsbury to find the weather warm and the sun shinning a wonderful start to another great Quadrathlon organized by SYTri and the ever committed BQA member Gill Otto and her supporters!

This year the race was almost up to its full capacity with 3 Quadrathlon waves, we had a big cross section of Quadrathletes taking part, plenty of regular BQA members, and a very enthusiastic bunch of newcomers, it was especially good to see 15 females on the start list … all smiling too!

Due to the cold wet week the river was flowing well and was rather chilly (14.7) lucky for us it was only a 500m swim and with the flow didn’t take too long! The kayak leg again was fast downstream a little swirly in places and going back up stream was a bit more testing especially for the less experienced paddlers, everyone survived though a few had problems getting in and out but everyone made it to the fast undulating bike course. A slight headwind and up hill(ish) on the way out made the return leg fast … a tail wind and downhill we all flew back in! By the time we all hit the run  the sun was warm and there were plenty of crowds cheering us all on, it was a pleasure to be part of SYTri’s Triathlon, making it a great atmosphere with plenty of athletes and supporters in the Welsh Show Ground.

In the Ladies Race the top 5 ladies came out of the swim within 20 seconds of each other, but Sharon Colley soon over took Claire Moran on the kayak, to be followed by newcomer Rachael Bennet, alongside Jean Ashley, with her daughter Kate Ashley tucked in on her mum’s wash!


Jean still friends with daughter ‘Kate’, even if she did sit on her mums wash!

Sharon stayed in the lead on the bike, whilst the rest of the field sorted themselves out. Jean moved into 2, followed by Rachael and then Kate. These positions remained the same to the finish. Unfortunately Claire Moran had a technical issue with her bike but she hung on to take 5th place. The two ‘Vets’ Sharon and Jean took 1st and 2nd, but were being chased by a couple of good youngsters, congratulations must go also to Rachel Bennet on finishing 3rd in her first ever Quad, and also her husband Jason Bennet coming 6th in the mens race, 2 excellent newcomers (I hope they are coming back for more!)

It was great to see so many women taking part, many for the first time there were some excellent results, plenty of PB’s including Deb May 7 mins faster (she’s promised to go under 2hrs next year … so Im holding her to that!). I was so pleased to see all the ‘girls’ finishing well, but most important with happy smiling faces and all loving their day swimming, kayaking, biking and running, well done girls!


Deb May encouraging the new Quadrathletes well done Girls!


Kathryn King (overall ladies Tri Winner), Sharon Colley Quad winner, newcomer John Jackson and Steve King Quad winner.

The Men’s race was in 2 waves a Vet wave and a senior/u23wave so it was quite difficult to see who was in the lead. In the first wave Vet John Kavangh was first out of the swim, but was soon to be chased down Ian Smith and Nigel Unwin on the kayak, they had a very close race, Ian moved ahead on the bike and remained in the lead on the run. In the 2nd wave, Steve King took hold of the lead after a very fast swim and kayak, he was on top form and lead throughout to take 1st place, finishing 4 mins ahead of Ian Smith who came in 2nd holding off Nigel in 3rd place. Andy Childs came home in 4th again looking strong!

There were some good strong performances from our BQA members and all improved times from last season, its great to see last years newcomers to quadrathlon improve so much. Special mention to Phil Holden who was 10 mins quicker, and finished 5th and partially sited Jack Garner (tandem with Pete Chappill) who improved by 13 mins, these are just 2 names but looking at the results there has been some excellent times in similar conditions to last year … so a huge Well Done to all!

National Trophy Results after 4 races 2014-Trophy-Results after 4 races.  There are no clear cut winners so far … looks like Bude will be the final test!!

Well done to everyone who raced …and to the organizers who gave us a Great Day Out!! Thank -you to SYTri, Sam Mountain and his Team and to our Quadrathlon Host Gill Otto and Shrewsbury Canoe Club … you helped put Quadrathlon on the Map once again!

Cheers Jean Ashley

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New BQA Training Kit … help spread the word!

I met up with Godfrey Sports at Henley Rowing Regatta this year, as I had been very impressed with their custom range of clothing, my daughter ‘Kate’ has been using their kit for the last four years whilst rowing and training hard at University, so it has been certainly put to the test!

I have been coordinating with them over the last month and we have now designed a set of quality clothing for the BQA which is now available to purchase from their website using the following link. You can order single items of clothing, rather than waiting for the BQA to build up a bulk order which is ideal as we are spread out all over the UK.


1407412911_full_perftopls---all-2The Items available, are Short and Long Sleeve baselayers. This baselayer tee combines our lighter-weight GS-TEK and our hard-wearing GS-EVO fabrics, to offer a great looking, comfortable and high performance garment. It is designed to be a fitted garment, giving you a performance layer next to your skin. Predominately made from our market leading GS-EVO fabric, it manages moisture, is fully breathable to keep you cooler and drier. The fabric offers superb colour and shape retention properties whilst also providing protection against UVA and UVB rays from exposure to sunlight. The baselayer comes with stylish sublimated panels crafted out of our high performance GS-TEK fabric, each colour is sublimated at 200˚C, using the latest technology, to ensure colour permanence and an extraordinarily sharp and bright finish.

1407413456_full_elitegilet-sub---1allMazu Gilet, Fleece lined (for warmth) or Breeze lined (for wind). The GX Hydrashell outer is a specialist 3-layer composition which traps air to provide thermal insulation whilst simultaneously allowing efficient perspiration transportation, ensuring you stay dry and warm. The fabric is treated with a durable flourocarbon coating to repel water and is guaranteed to remain effective for 50 washes.



Clasic Cycling Jersey. This is made from our market leading GS-TEK fabric to offer fantastic comfort and performance. This unisex top is designed to be a fitted garment, giving you a performance layer next to your skin. GS-TEK is perfect for Spring and Autumn riding – combining our breathable, moisture management technology with added wind-resistance; for extra protection from the elements.

Lightweight Cycling Jersey Designed and extensively race tested with our sponsored riders, this jersey is your go-to garment. From those calm spring days to the falling leaves of autumn – with various layering solutions for all scenarios in between – the lightweight jersey is the garment we pride ourselves on above all else. Our specifically developed GS-Lite fabric is breathable but also fast drying for the long rides on really hot days.

1407413847_full_singletRacer Back Vest. This singlet combines our lightweight GS-TEK and our hard-wearing GS-EVO fabrics to offer a comfortable, great looking garment that will perform wear after wear. With male and female cuts it is designed to be a fitted garment, giving you a performance layer next to your skin. The fabric offers superb colour and shape retention properties whilst also providing protection against UVA and UVB rays. This is the perfect baselayer for pushing yourself to the max in!

I have ordered a couple of items and will be at Shrewsbury Quadrathlon and Bude Quadrathlon if you wish to see the garments. For future reference all this details and the link will be posted on our BQA kit page.  Hope you like the selection of kit, please help spread the word … keep British Quadrathlon Alive and Kicking!

Thanks Jean


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Awesome Foursome Bude

Shoreline Extreme Sports have now got our new website up and running, its a great new site and well worth a visit! It has a page for the ‘Awesome Foursome’ which includes an online entry system, which is open for Bude entries now! It also has lots of other exciting activities you can try whilst visiting Bude in September for the Quad!
Take a look at the new site … and PLEASE get your entry in!
At the moment the entries are slow coming in Simon is about to put his trophy order and would like to make sure he is covering those categories that are going to be most popular with 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
SO PLEASE ENTER and come and enjoy the last Quad of the season, we will be also presenting the Trophy Series Prizes so its the last race to get those vital points! Im sure Bude will be well worth a trip!!
Easy entry system this year with our on-line entry or down load form and post in to Simon Hammond ….. Thanks
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Box End Quadrathlon


Sorry for the delay in the Box End Quadrathlon results and National Trophy Standings, I’ve just returned to reality after a couple of weeks in the Alps!

It was a great shame Box End suffered from low numbers, only 15 athletes took part, 14 in the Quad and 1 in the Tri.  Its a great shame, and as Mark Pryor said  ‘this may well put the race in jeopardy, if numbers do not improve this could well be the last year of this race’. A great shame as all the competitors that entered really enjoyed this tough little race!

Congratulations to overall winner Nigel Unwin, (1.51.50) still in fine form after his vet 50 tittle at the Worlds. He was being chased by much improved (since last year) Phil Holden who came in just 25 seconds later (1.52.15). Will Thurrell came in 3rd (1.56.06). Followed closely by a very quick bunch of over 50′s … this is certainly going to be a closely fought battle in the National Trophy Series!

Congratulations to Mary White the only female in the race, she had a very good race and had some excellent splits and came a very creditable 10th overall … well done Mary!

Full Results here 2014_quadrathlon

John Kavanagh quoted ‘Three of us made it from Macclesfield Canoe Club,  Nicholas Price, Mary White and I, although it was only a small turn out we enjoyed. Its a great venue for a short distance race and the terrain makes the bike course a lot tougher than the distance suggests. Thanks very much to Mark and the organising Team’.

The National Trophy Results are hotting up after 3 Races, with just two more races left in the Series Shrewsbury Sprint, and the Awesome Foursome, Bude. Remember 3 races to count and you have to be a 2014 BQA member to have a trophy or prize. At the moment Phil Holden is winning (294 pts) with John Kavanagh in close 2nd (292pts), also winning Vet 40 and Vet 50 respectively. Robert Jefferies is winning the Under 23′s. In the Ladies Series Sarah Allars is winning (220pts) with Mary White just behind and winning Vet 50′s (217pts). Unfortunately the Fabian 4 is cancelled, so get your entries in for Shrewsbury and Bude if you want to increase your BQA points and make a difference!

Results 2014-Trophy-Results after 3 races.



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Fabian4 Conwy Mountain Triathlon

At an event committee meeting yesterday evening we made the decision to defer the 2014 event to 13th September 2015.  The entry rate to date was about half that of previous years, and talking to many potential entrants, the date, in the peak summer holiday period, was the key problem.

It is with regret, therefore, that we have decided not to put the event on this year.

All current entrants will be automatically transferred to the new date of 13th September 2015.  If that is not suitable, we will issue a full refund if you notify us before the end of November 2014 (after that the standard refund T&Cs will apply).  Entries for next year will open on 1st December 2014.  Those staying on the entry list, but who paid the band 2 entry rate will also be refunded, so that they only pay the band 1 fee.

The tide on that day next year is perfect, and we have some other ideas for increasing the appeal of the event.

We trust that this will not inconvenience your plans for August too much, and hope that you will stay on the entry list for next year.


Ellie Salisbury and the Map17 Events Team

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Norfolk Superhero Quadrathlon

norfolkAnother fantastic year for the Norfolk Superhero Quadrathlon, The Charity Race had 170 competitors they all went out and came back in fantastic style! They have raised over £40,000 for Nelsons Journey which is AMAZING!

The BQA would like to send our congratulations to Jess, Riddy, and the whole Norkolf Superhero Team,  what a brilliant event, superbly organized and it gets booked up every year … so if you fancy the challenge in 2015 keep posted to their website, as to when the entries open!

The Race is SWIM – 1 mile from Gun Hill to the Quay at Burnham Overy Staith (on incoming tide), followed by a KAYAK – 4 miles through Creeks of Burnham Overy Staith. Then a CYCLE – 45 miles circular route on North Norfolk’s scenic roadsand finally a RUN – 8 miles accross tracks, sand mud and marsh!

Check out the race report RACE REPORT 2014

Some fantastic feedbook on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/191587845763/

Plus photographs on the Website http://www.norfolksuperhero.co.uk/results-and-photos.php

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Box End Quadrathlon and Triathlon


Box End Quad is the next race in our Trophy Series Race 3. This is an off road Sprint Quad and will take place on Sunday 13th July 2014 at Box End Water Ski Park. There is a Quad and a Triathlon and both races are suitable for most peoples’ abilities and an ideal start into the multi sport.

Its a great event, a brilliant venue for racing and spectators, who can watch the whole race on site! Plus superb weekend camping at the Race Venue …. and an option to have a go at Wake Boarding too … if you’re brave enough!

Mark Pryor has only had a few entries in, so please enter ASAP.

750m open water swim
4.4km kayak
15km x/c bike
5km trail run

750m open water swim
15km x/c bike
5km trail run





An entry form, and an information pack can be found here box_end_quad_entry_form_13_July_2014

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South Yorkshire Quad Trophy Race 2

The first South Yorkshire quadrathlon was held at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club on Sunday 15th June. A small but enthusiastic and very competent group of athletes took part.

The race started with a 1600m swim, divided into two laps. Phil Jumeau led the way closely followed by John Kavanagh and Nigel Leeson.  Manvers Lake is a purpose built leisure lake which is a popular venue for open water swimming and the water quality was excellent.

The kayak route was eight longer laps taking competitors around the swim buoys and the two islands. Ian Smith took an impressive lead on this leg and John Kavanagh paddled well to maintain his second position. The good humoured volunteers counted laps and kept the competitors well informed and encouraged as they completed each circuit.

The 18 mile bike route took competitors out towards the A1, following signs for Doncaster. It was an undulating route with a steady climb up to the village of Hickleton. The roads were busy,  but wide with a cycle lane for part of the route. The turn point was the roundabout at the A1 junction and competitors enjoyed the descent from from Hickleton on the return! Phil Holden, Nigel Leeson and Paul Belcher all put in strong bike legs, improving their overall positions.

The 10K run was off road, along limestone paths.  It was two 5K laps out along the Transpennine trail and back along the lakeside. Ian Smith held his lead and was the overall winner. In spite of a change of wet suit due to a broken zip on the start line, and a puncture at the finish of the bike leg, John Kavanagh finished in a well deserved second place. Duncan Pearson had a storming run, passing several of his fellow competitors and finishing in third place.

The first lady home was Sarah Allars with a strong consistent performance across all four disciplines and Nicola Heaton, who was positive and managed to keep smiling throughout the race, was the second lady.

This was a very successful first event. The venue was excellent and the race had been well planned around a single transition point on the lake front. Congratulations and thanks go to Mark Benton for setting up the event and for his organisation on the day. Mark and his team were very welcoming and succeeded in keeping the event simple, informal and very friendly.  The toilets, showers and changing facilities were first class and the café was an added bonus at the end of the race. The event attracted interest and support from locals walking round the lake and using the leisure facilities, and seemed to fit in and entertain rather than disrupting other lake users.

Mark welcomed the constructive feedback from competitors after the event and recognised the need to make a few tweeks to the signage on the bike and run course! He is hoping to run the event next year, possibly alongside a triathlon. Hopefully it will attract more competitors and become into a regular event on the quadrathlon calendar.

Manvers Results

BQA National Trophy Results after 2 Races 2014-Trophy-Results

Ian Smith

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South Yorkshire Quadrathlon – 2nd Trophy Race 15th June

A great time was had by Quadrathletes at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club,  at the South Yorkshire Sunday 15th June 2014. Winners of the National Trophy Race 2 were Ian Smith and Sarah Allers, congratulations!

The organizer Mark Benton has had many emails from athletes, saying they’d had a good time and enjoyed the race and the venue. Organizer Mark quoted ‘what a great set competitors we had, even though it was a small and really friendly event’.

There were only 14 entries but that was ok, as we have tested the venue and the set up for the event and it works fine we are looking forward to putting on a great event next year One person went wrong on the bike, so he will improve the signage for next year. We may also put a triathlon at the same time, so the tri and quad swim together then do the bike together then quad splits off and does the paddling, then both do the run.

Manvers Results

Trophy Results updated shortly

The date for next year will be Sunday 21st June 2015.

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club are a  rapidly growing multi sports club based at Manvers Lake in Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire.  Activities based at the club so far include canoeing & kayaking, triathlon, running, open water swimming, windsurfing,  sailing, fishing, model boating, sub-aqua, biking and wildlife conservation. They have organized plenty of events but this will be their first full distance Quadrathlon, the BQA feel confident it will be an excellent event and well worthy of ‘Trophy Status’ so we are very excited about this new race at a superb venue with showers, changing rooms available, and an on site café.

The distance will be ‘Diamond distance’  1600m swim, 8km paddle, 40km road bike and 10km trail run. Entry Fee £30.00 or £50 per Team.

Link to Information and Online Entryhttp://www.mwbc.org.uk/south-yorkshire-quadrathon.html

For more information about the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club visit  www.mwbc.org.uk

More Information contact The Boathouse 01709 878984 or Mark 07704 111414


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