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