I’m 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 Christmas cake 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, there’s always something to try out, even if its only new socks!
I have been busy leasing with race organizers over the last few months and we have got a really exciting season ahead. The BQA are so pleased to be launching 2 and hopefully 3 new races to our calender next season. Dearne Valley Quad at Manvers Lake are organizing a Sprint Quad and also running our first ever ‘QuadKidz’ Race, this is great news for our sport and we hope to see lots of youngsters taking up the challenge, age categories from (9 – 12) (13- 15) (16- 18) and only a £6 entry fee for them! It will be so exciting to see ‘our budding Quadrathlete Stars’ of the future in action!
The next new race is the Deva Divas Quad in Chester one very close to my heart, I have been involved in the Deva Divas (Ladies only) Triathlon since it started 10 years ago. My Club ‘Chester Tri’ have decided to let me add a Ladies Quad to this prestigious event. This will be the first ever Ladies only Quad in the World, and its aim is to introduce women into our sport, in an exceptionally friendly atmosphere. It will be my turn to cheer all you Ladies all on …. in ‘True Ashley Style’ …… SMILING is COMPULSORY ….. you’ll just love it! This race will not be in the Trophy Series, as its ‘Ladies only’ but it has our full support and is affiliated to the BQA. We hope its going to be a big stepping stone which will introduce more ladies into our sport, its on 16th July and all the details are on our ‘Event’s page.
We also have the possibility of another Quad, Reading Canoe Club want to host an off road quadrathlon next year on the grounds of the Mapledurham Estate, we are working with them and at the moment are waiting for a confirmation of a date … so watch this space too!
We are also very pleased to announce that we have 2 World Cup races ‘The Brigg Bomber’ and Box End, so athletes wanting to be competitive in the WQF Series will only have to do just one other race in Europe, you can see the WQF Races on our Events page. The Brigg Bomber will also be our NATIONAL Championships for 2017.
So its time to plan 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 your first training session it until 26th December!
BQA National Trophy Events for 2017
RACE 1 – 28th 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 World Cup race 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 – 11th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad – This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue. The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’. The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, this will launch ‘QuadKidz’ with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine!
RACE 3 – 2nd July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race – 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 second 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 – 3rd 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 along with SYTri … one not to be missed!
RACE 5 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, in beautiful Cornwall in the surfing town of Bude. It never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers …. it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race and a great end the race season! Swimming in the sea, there’s plenty of hills on the bike, a historic canal for the kayak and amazing coastal views on the run! 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!
All links to these races are on our ‘events’ page.
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!