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

Plus photographs on the Website

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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 Entry

For more information about the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club visit

More Information contact The Boathouse 01709 878984 or Mark 07704 111414


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Top of the World!

DSC_7767-(ZF-2012-37428-1-002)DSC_7780-(ZF-1275-41481-1-023)What an amazing day for British Quadrathlon, the BQA are extremely  grateful to Lincsquad for putting on a fantastic race, truly worthy of World Championship status! Everyone I spoke to has been blow away by how much effort had been made by Lincsquad, along with the support from the sponsors and the town ‘Brigg’. Believe me it was a very wonderful World Championships, every single athlete was made to feel so special! There were so many positive comments, the atmosphere was brilliant, everyone loved it Great Britain couldn’t of done it without you!
BE PROUD LINCSQUAD, you have certainly given the BQA and British Quadrathlon the best BOOST we have ever had!!

The standard of racing was World Class, with strong male and female athletes coming from Czech and Germany to defend their titles. Team GB (BQA members) took advantage of the championships being on home turf and had their strongest and biggest Team ever, a huge thank-you to all 36 of you racing for our GB Quad Team! Without your support (your BQA memberships), we would have no BQA (Governing Body) and so we wouldn’t be able to affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Federation, who allow us to host these amazing Championship Races.

As in true BQA style our GB Team is made up of BQA Members, who are at the top of British Quadrathlon, but just as important to us, it is also made up from members who want to share their passion, and spread the word for our sport! The BQA wish to thank every single member of the Team, for giving your very best and flying the flag for us, you have put British Quadrathlon back on the World Map!

We’ve had some amazing Results, Congratulations to Steve King and Sharon Colley who are the 2014 World Champions! We also hold a host of Age Group World Champions … A Brilliant Effort from Team GB …  Thank you all so much!

Steve King World Champ

Steve King World Champ

Sharon Colley World Champ

Sharon Colley World Champ

World Champion – Steve King + Vet 40 GB
2nd -Tom Stead + Junior under 23 GB
3rd – Leous Rousavy CZECH
4th – Adam Norfolk GB
5th - Mike Mason British
Vet 40 World Champion - Steve King GB
Vet 50 World Champion - Nigel Unwin GB
Vet 60 World Champion – Paul Belcher GB

World Champion – Sharon Colley + Vet 40 GB
2nd – Lisa Hirschfelder GER
3rd – Claire Moran GB
Vet 40 World Champion – Sharon Colley GB
Vet 50 World Champion – Jean Ashley GB
Vet 60 World Champion – Mary White GB

A special mention to 3 family members that raced, John Kavanagh (7th Vet 50) and his 2 twin sisters both competing in their first ever Quadrathlon, Mary White and Margaret Huyton coming 1st and 2nd in Vet 60 age group, it was a very special moment when Margaret crossed the finish line, she may of been last, but in many eyes she was ‘first’ truely inspirational! Also Jack Garner lead by Peter Chappill finishing his first full distance Quadrathlon … another winner!DSC_7742-(ZF-7295-78207-1-006)

These are the main results, but I am sure every single one of you are very pleased at what you have achieved. I know you have all put in plenty of training, which isn’t easy over four disciplines especially through the colder months. Many of you may have had moments of doubt, but I hope your all very proud and you can reflect on your ‘World Championships’ … And now Bask in Your Glory’ and look forward to planning your next race!

Keep moving Forwards … Jean, and Ian (Smith) GB Team Coordinator

Full Results –

TV Highlights –

Photos –

National Trophy Status after Race 1 2014-Trophy-Results

Tom Stead (fastest Bike split)

Tom Stead (fastest Bike split)

Adam Norfolk (fastest Kayak split)

Adam Norfolk (fastest Kayak split)

Nigel Unwin Winner Vet 50

Nigel Unwin Winner Vet 50

GB TEAM (BQA Members) Role of Honour 

MALE World Champion + Vet 40 Champion – Steve King
2nd + World Champion U23 - Tom Stead
4th Adam Norfolk
6th Steve Clark
3rd Vet 40 – Mat Stephenson
World Champion Vet 50 – Nigel Unwin
2nd Vet 50 – Ian Smith
13th Best Newcomer - Dr Bryce Dyer
3rd Vet 50 – Nigel Crowe
19th Best Vet Newcomer 4th Vet 50 – Nick Dallimore
4th Vet 40 – Andy Childs
8th Vet 40 – Phil Holden
5th Vet 50 – Duncan Pearson
World Champion Vet 60 – Paul Belcher
7th Vet 50 – John Kavanagh
10th Vet 50 – Russell Breyer
11th Vet 50 – Adam Younger
12th Vet 50 – Edward Roberts
12th Vet 40 – Steven Dolby
14th Vet 50 – Nicholas Price
16th Vet 50 –  Tim Deykin
4th U23 –  Adam Ingleton
16th Vet 40 – Lance Ball
17th Vet 50 – John Redmond
18th Vet 50 – Stephen Cannings
19th Vet 50 – Tim Down
18th Vet 40 – Mike Waters
2nd Vet 60 – Ian Hipkins

FEMALE World Champion + Vet 40 Champion Sharon Colley

Jean Ashley Winner Vet 50

Jean Ashley Winner Vet 50

3rd – Claire Moran
World Champion Vet 50 -Jean Ashley
World Champion Vet 60 -Mary White
2nd Vet 50 Caroline Dallimore
4th Vet 40 – Vicki Watson
3rd 30 – 39  - Deb May
2nd Vet 60 – Margaret Huyton



Race Report

By what some would call typical British weather-Brigg North Lincolnshire put on a wonderful World championships (middle distance). Quality field of Top athletes and hardened masters!

After a false start – where the whole field was brought back, saw the nervous field start and a group of three form with Favorites Steve King, Tom Stead and German Stefan Teichert who strung the field out with a one minute lead at the end of this river swim.

After a very quick transition we saw King take the lead and with one of the fastest kayak splits to build a lead going into the bike. Teichert positioned himself well in second, but then had to let Mike Masson go into second place. 4th saw fastest paddle Adam Norfolk (GB) and the 5th Leoš Roušavý and youngster Stead in 6th.

On The bike King was steaming along and only built on his lead. Tom Stead On the bike was just a Machine and rode himself into a chance of a top placing with a bike time four minutes faster than anybody else. Behind saw Teichert, Rousavy, Norfolk, Masson and Steve Clark (local man) fighting out for the Podium.

In the run we saw King cruising and enjoying the win-although Tom Stead chased hard and showed he is the talent for the future finishing only 14 seconds down. Roušavý completed a good race to finish third.

The ladies race saw Favourite Lisa Hirschfelder come out of the water two minutes ahead. But then in the kayak we saw Sharon Colley paddle an incredible time that only five men could top. Also British lady Claire Moran put in a top paddle performance to move in to second place.

On the bike Hirschfelder caught Moran and cut the lead down from Colley. Colley pushed on hard in the run and kept her lead. Lisa (GER) put in a great performance to finish 2nd and GB finished on the podium again with Claire Moran’s top performance. Veteran athlete Jean Ashley gained on Claire Moran on the bike, but they both had similar run splits so Jean came home in 4th, but 1st Vet 50. With Sarah Allars having a superb run coming home in 5th.

In the Mens Vet categories we had Mat Stephenson (V40) being chased down by Nigel Unwin (V50) and Ian Smith (V50) all fighting for places. Mat came home 3rd Vet 40, with Nigel 1st Vet 50, just holding off Ian Smith. It was great to see 2 of our original Quadrathletes in the Over 60′s catagory. Ian Hipkins and Paul Belcher both have been racing Quads since they originated. Paul won the Vet 60′s and finished a very creditable 21st overall.

Some excellent racing by all age groups, Lincsquad did a sterling job to make a fantastic race and will deserved the title world championships. All good for the future of the great sport.

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First GB World Quad Champs EVER!!

Fellow Quadrathletes and all our international Competitors, The World Quadrathlon Championshops Keyo Brigg Bomber 2014 is almost hear! I hope your training has gone well and your all looking forward to racing on 25th May. The race is officially a sell out 110 entries are in! That’s brilliant, fantastic news for Lincsquad and for our sport of Quadrathlon! That’s now officially the biggest Quadrathlon ever held in Great Britain ….. and your going to be part of it!

The BQA wish you a safe trip over to Brigg, and we look forward to meeting you all! Hears wishing everyone a great race, fingers crossed for good weather and safe racing! Plus a celebration afterwards in True ‘Lincsquad Style’!

History is in the making … we have the Biggest ‘GB QUAD TEAM’ ever, thank-you to all our members who will be flying the flag … all standards and all ages, the BQA really appreciate your support … Your are keeping OUR SPORT ALIVE …. thank-you and have a Great Race!

… and smile all the way….  Jean x

Great Publicity from Local Press -

Don’t forget following on from the Championships we are having a post race party, all competitors are encouraged to wear there commemorative T-Shirt if they choose..everyone is welcome and the local bars are putting on entertainment to celebrate!! all starts at 7:30 in the White Hart in Brigg…for any further info required send me an email to





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