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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.

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/581040093

 

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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

U23 Robert Jefferies BQA

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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

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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A Truley Awesome Foursome

A great crowd of supporters!

A great crowd of supporters!

A Fantastic Race to finish the 2014 Season … the weather was kind with the sea a pleasant 17 degrees though a little choppy for us non sea swimmers! The surfers showed us the way with some very fast swim times from the Local surf Team members. There was very little wind and the conditions were warm … the only issue some were worried about was the daylight! It was a late start 3.30 due to the tide but everyone made it back just in time!

Chris Hammond strong out of the swim

Chris Hammond strong out of the swim

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Paddling strong Nigel Unwin

The Age group athletes were out in force the over 50’s being the biggest age groups male and female though the standard was high across the board with some excellent times and good clean racing! Local Andrew Smith, was out of the swim followed by some strong local swimmers, off on the bike the tough climbs would soon sort out the field. Chris Hammond powered around the course and moved into the lead, but hot on his heels were seasoned Quadrathletes Nigel Unwin  and Ian Smith, plus Andrew Smith. There were some fast bike times on the demanding course so it was down to some good strong paddling to split up the field. Nigel took the lead with Ian closing in. He took the lead it was a close paddle with Ian moving ahead with just a minuet in hand.

Winner Ian Smith

Winner Ian Smith

Ian ran well and extended his lead on the run and went on to win with just 1min 30secs to spare. Nigel came in 2nd  with local triathlete Chris Hammond in 3rd place.

The standard of racing was high with some fast times, it was great to see a strong contingent of BQA athletes all producing good results – In the Vet 50 category Duncan Pearson came 3rd and is improving very well in his kayak. Russel Breyer and John Kavanagh had a great races coming 5th and 6th . Peter Chappill racing on his own, came 9th  he can frequently be seen leading Jack Gardner (partially sighted). A huge improvement too from John Redmond, this was certainly the toughest race he’d done … and a fantastic achievement (sorry if I mislead him I did say the course was a bit undulating!!)

In the Vet 40 category BQA athlete Phil Holden was the highest placed, he finished with a big smile (as always) despite his capsize in the kayak … it did get a bit choppy as the wind blew up the canal. Julian Brewer came 7th and Lance Ball again new to the sport has had a full season had a good result in 8th place.

Our young BQA member Rob Jefferies (21yrs) has had a brilliant season too, he won his age group and also a World Cup Globe. Will Jackson (17yrs) also won his race and a World Cup Globe. Let’s hope they both continue to race Quadrathlon and keep raising the bar!

10616061_553770578084760_1945261579128855929_nIn the Ladies race, it was a lovely surprise to see ex World Quad Champion Helen Dyke on the start line, as before she was as good as ever taking the lead from the start. She swam well and had a strong bike, her weakest discipline also went fairly well …. And once Helen puts her running shoes on nobody can touch her, well done good to see her back! Newcomer to the sport Judith Humpleby was next out of the swim and local athlete Jess Lynes (both vet 50’s) both enjoying the sea. Ali Martin and Jean Ashley came next, once again the bike would sort out the placings. Ali moved into 2nd place, and hung onto that to the finish. Jean put in a strong kayak overtaking Judith and moved into 3rd. Mary White (vet 60) had another good solid race coming a very creditable 5th a superb result for her first year in Quadrathlon.

The only German starter was Peter Appelt, at 65 years old, he has completed his 10th Quadrathlon this year, he was second behind Tony Richards a newcomer to our sport along with along with Sue Rix, its very encouraging to see competitive racing in the over 60’s!

Once again it was great to see newcomers to our sport, and lots of teams in the event lets hope they enjoyed the race – its such a fantastic venue, I hope they will be back to support it again next year …. And maybe support our other Quadrathlons up and down the country!

A huge Thank-you to Simon Hammond and his Brilliant Family and Happy Team of Helpers! Once again you gave us all a great race, superb racing and superb conditions. Bude was buzzing with atmosphere … we certainly showed the town how to enjoy ourselves and impressed many onlookers. Big Thanks again from the BQA and the WQF to the Organizing Team the Quadrathlon certainly lived up to its name AWESOME  …. get it in your diaries for next year 19th Sept … Be There!!!!

Men

1st Ian Smith (GBR) 2.48.46
2nd Nigel Unwin (GBR) 2.50.20
3rd Chris Hammond (GBR) 2.54.25
4th John Elliott (GBR) 3.03.37
5th Andrew Smith (GBR) 3.06.03

Women

1st Helen Dyke (GBR) 3.07.49
2nd Allison Martin (GBR) 3.30.19
3rd Jean Ashley (GBR) 3.37.33
4th Judith Humpley (GBR) 3.46.53
5th Mary White (GBR) 3.49.51

FULL RESULTS 2014 Quadrathlon Results

FINAL BQA TROPHY RESULTS 2015 2014-Trophy-Final Results

WORLD CUP FINAL STANDINGS http://www.quadrathlon-online.de/ergebnisse/2014/14-w-cup.pdf

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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.

 

 

Kayak Triathlon Training, OCTOBER 5th

Lovely weather for the first time at this. Cool, dry, no wind. Eight people gave it a go, which made for an interesting kayak start and first turn (after about 300m). Neil and Wendy paddled a K2 but the rest of us were in k1s. I had a lead setting out on the bike but stopped to lend mechanical assistance to some random cyclist who had a puncture but no tyre levers. At this point Nigel passed me and he finished first. We think that allowing forr my delay we both finished within seconds of each other at about 1hr 59 mins. Mary and Andrew G opted to miss out the run as they were nursing injuries and Rachael cut her run short for the same reason. Margaret was next home (2hr:31) (she and Mary missed a turn on the bike course and did an extra 4 miles) with Neil and Wendy coming in within a minute of each other at about 2hr 28 min. 

My route and timings can be viewed athttp://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/605975656

I have thought of one improvement for next time, I’ll bring some cake for the finish. Any other suggestions gratefully receive. Next one 2nd November, but check here for any last minute changes.

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.

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/581040093

 

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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!

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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!

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Deb May encouraging the new Quadrathletes well done Girls!

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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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