An Excellent Race, and well worthy of its National and European Status, a big thank you to all the Marshalls, and Race Committee who worked very hard to give us this great event …….
Just a few days before the race, the river conditions caused major concern for the organisers, the river level was exceptionally low due to flood management controls by the Environment Agency, and at low tide the river flowed extremely fast, making swimming upstream impossible.
Decisions were made, telephone calls conducted and new paperwork completed, the swim, kayak & run routes would all change and centre the start, transitions and finish all around the Brigg Leisure Centre for the first time ever. The new course was a big winner with competitors supporters to the delight of the organising committee. The weather was kind and we all had a great days racing!
Thank-you Lincsquad! Congratulations to National/European Champions Mat Stephenson and Becky Schofield, and also the all the other athletes that competed, some excellent performances accross the board well done to Everyone, and lets hope we see the new quadrathletes at more of our races!
Steve King took an early lead in the swim, followed closly by Matt Stevenson & Stefan Teichart. Steve extended his lead with an awesome kayak and newcomer to quadrathlon Brendan Reese recorded the 2nd fastest kayak split to move up the field, Stefan recorded the 3rd fastest kayak to move up into 2nd place. Matt Stevenson with the bit between his teeth then set to recording teh fast bike split and movied into 2nd place only a few hundred metres behind the leader Steve King. Matt the set to recording the fastest run split to cartwheel over teh finsih line to become the British & European Quadrathlon Champion.
The ladies Championship was won by new comer to quadrathlon & GBR age group triathlete Becky Schofield who recorded some of the fastest kayak & run splits of the day.
A quick run down of the Title Holders
NATIONAL & EUROPEAN CHAMP (plus VET 40) Male Mat Stephenson GBR
2nd Stefan Teichert GER
3rd Steve King GBR
4th Brendan Reese GBR
NATIONAL & EUROPEAN CHAMP VET 50 Nigel Crowe
NATIONAL & EUROPEAN CHAMP Under 23 Tom Stead
NATIONAL & EUROPEAN CHAMP Becky Schofield GBR
2nd Kathryn King GBR
3rd Lisa Maria Heirschfelder GER
4th Jean Ashley GBR NATIONAL & EUROPEAN CHAMP VET
You can still get National Trophy points at 3 more of our BQA Races – Next race is Boxend Sprint off-road quadrathlon, a great weekend of racing, all in an enclosed venue, with camping actually on the race course, awesome, bring the familiy.
Then followed by Shrewsbury Quadrathlon 2nd Sept and The Awesome Foursome, Bude 8th Sept.
WORLD MIDDLE DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 11th August Sedlcany CZ
Middle Distance – 1.5km swim, 7km kayak, 40km cycle, 10km run
WORLD SPRINT DISTANCE RACE 1st September Ratscher, GER
Sprint Distance – 0.75km swim, 20km cycle, 4.6km kayak, 5km run
If you want to join the GBR Quadrathlon team racing in Sedlcany, Czech Republic in August, or Ratscher Germany in September at the World Championships races please contact Steve Hook or Mat Stephenson ‘Team Captain’ see their email address on Contacts page. Both are great events very friendly, good racing, and excellent courses.