Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge

Hello everyone,
Entries are now live for the next Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge which will take place on Sunday, 9th September 2018, & we are offering a very early bird fee which will be in effect until midnight on Jan 31st – see the Entry Rates (and savings).

The venue has been booked, tide times are perfect & we have already had the promise of some sponsorship. We are proud that once again, the race will be part of the fantastic BQA’s 2018 Race Series, & here at Fabian4, we are already working hard to make sure that it will be at least as good as last time.

Remember that this is not a big commercial event, but a serious mountain challenge in support of the SNOWDONIA SOCIETY  & to that end, we’d appreciate it if you would share this Race to all like-minded people that you know.

See event website for last years Results, Report & Photos

Looking forward to seeing you all on 09/09/2018,

Ellie & Adrian

2018 Membership Open

Membership is open now for 2018 and is £15.00 per person. As a member you are entitled to discount at some BQA races (discretion of the race organizer). You will receive news updates via our monthly email-newsletter (subscribe to this on our website). You must be a member to race for the ‘GB TEAM’ at the World Championships or in a World Cup race, and also to qualify for all BQA prizes in the National Trophy Series. Your membership money goes towards various areas within the organization of our sport, one being our website, where we hope to keep you updated with the latest news! But our biggest annual outlay is insurance, which we use to cover the races on the British Quad Calendar. We also affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Association ‘WQF’ so our athletes can race at World Cup Races the World and European Championships. The future of British Quadrathlon is in our hands, please support the BQA and you will be helping to keep our small sport alive!

 Membership Price Structure Membership_Form 2018

 Type of Membership Members Fees
Senior £15.00
Family – 2 Adults £25.00
Junior – Under 18 £7.00
Family – 1 Adult 1 Child £20.00 + £5 Additional Child
Family – 2 Adults 2 Children £30

Race Affiliation

Affiliating your race will only cost £15 for the year, the BQA will promote your race, on our website, email news bulletins, and at our other BQA events.  You are permitted to use the name and logo of the British Quadrathlon Association, and also have the opportunity to take advantage of the BQA Race Insurance and become part of the National Trophy Series. For further information contact Jean Ashley email malpasashleys@btinternet.com 

To register your race then please complete the Race Affiliation Membership Form 2018


All our Juniors (under 18) that join the BQA will be automatically be members of Quadkidz and will be eligible for prizes in our QuadKidz Race Series. We set up QuadKidz in 2017 this a great step forwards for our sport, we hope to build on its success each year. We had 2 races Dearne Valley and Boxend in 2017 and Lincsquad organized a Quadkidz training day, so we to continue to support ‘Our QuadStars’ of the future.  Each Age group races over different distances, with the 16-18 year age group, building up so they are able to take on a Sprint Distance Race, which is – 750m swim, 5km kayak, 15-20 km cycle, 5km run.
QuadKidz Age Groups
• QuadKidz 9-11 years
• QuadKidz 12-15 years
• QuadKidz 16-18 years

A parent/guardian must be with the competitor at the race venue at all times (to avoid child protection issues).




Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2018

This is a great warm up to our Quadrathlon season if you fancy a day out down the Montgomery Canal. This Triathlon is a Superb Charity Event, in its 7th year and it takes place on Saturday, 19th May 2018. I have done this event 4 times now and have really enjoyed the challenge, its great pre-race training and a good opportunity to support the Montgomery Canal Trust.

About 220 athletes/fundraisers start the journey to bike, run/walk and then kayak the 35miles following the tow path of the Montgomery Canal. The journey starts in Newtown and finished in Lower Frankton, 17miles M.T. BIKing, 11miles X.C. running, and 7 miles of kayaking/canoeing, with the majority using Canadian Canoes (in pairs). The more competitive ones amongst us start first at 8.30 (in groups of 6), leaving the ones taking it ‘a bit less competitive’ to start at a more steady pace! I must say if I’d of seen the Tea, Cakes and sandwiches at the transition areas I might of been persuaded to take my time! It really is worth saving the date! 

The format is the same as for the past 3 years, along 35 miles of the Canal, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections, individuals pairs or teams are all welcome.
CYCLING 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay.
WALKING 11 miles from Pool Quay to Morton.
CANOEING 7 miles from Morton to Lower Frankton.


This is an endurance event, not a race and is a great day out for families with children as well as experienced triathletes. All entrants who complete a section will receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate.

Entry forms are available at  Montgomery Triathleaflet 2018 or Poster Montgomery TriathPoster 2018

The closing date for entries is 5th May 2018 and the email address is montcanaltriath@btinternet.com                             Maggie Ellis, Triathlon Entry Coordinator & Friends of the Montgomery Canal

 The Triathlon – is organised in support of the restoration of the canal – which has reached an exciting stage. The section currently under restoration to Crickheath in Shropshire is now fully funded following an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and, whilst that project is still ongoing, new works have started on the section between Crickheath and Llanymynech in Powys: In July, volunteers cleared over 1,100 tons of material of a former railway embankment blocking the canal at Pant (making the towpath much easier for the Triathlon). The next major obstacle is Schoolhouse Bridge near Pant, the last ‘dropped’ bridge in Shropshire blocking the canal’s route to the Welsh border. Plans to rebuild this bridge are well progressed and a major fund-raising campaign was launched earlier this year. We were able to pledge £1,500 from the 2017 Triathlon towards it and are hoping to raise much more next year.

Many entrants raise funds for their chosen charities through taking part in the Triathlon. If you would like to raise funds for the restoration, you can download a ‘Restore The Montgomery Canal’ sponsorship form which will be available shortly at www.montgomerycanal.me.uk/fmcevents2018.html.

We hope you’ll be able to enter our Event and please contact me if you need any more information
Maggie Ellis
Triathlon Entry Coordinator montcanaltriath@btinternet.com   
Friends of the Montgomery Canal

Annual Report & Moving Forwards in 2018

With the end of 2017 fast approaching you can look back at our Race Season and reflect on what a great one it has been! The BQA have had our AGM, and BQA members have had all the news and plans for moving forwards in 2018, our events have been finalized. We now have a new website, thanks to Nicola Perrins Ti-Visual Ltd, who is also a First Time Deva Divas Quadrathlete! We still have quite a bit of updating after a major crash, but its starting to look good!

Here is the Annual Report and BQA AGM Minutes

BQA-Annual-Report 2017

BQA-AGM 2017

If anyone has any suggestions to help move the BQA forwards in the future, please contact Jean. malpasashleys@btinternet.com

Kayak Triathlon Training

John Kavanagh will be running another series of Kayak Triathlons as training sessions over the winter. The dates planned are Nov 26th, Jan 21st, Feb 25th, Mar 25th, Apr 22 – all Sundays.
The plan is to start at 9:30 with a 5km paddle out and back (going North) followed by a 22km bike ride on the local roads and then a 6km run out and back along the Middlewood Way.
Anyone is welcome to join him on the understanding that this is not a club organised event, just a group going out together with everyone responsible for themselves and their kit.

Start and finish is the Canal at Grimshaw Lane, Bollington, parking at the Adelphi Mill. N.B. there are no toilets, changing facilities, or transition areas. I use my car to store my boat and bike while not being used.
I will aim to arrive at 9:00 and paddle up and down around the start area till 9:30. If you want to join in and do not know the cycle route (same as previous years), let me know. I can send a route map or will ride with anyone not familiar with the course. It is not intended to be a race simulation, just a hard training session of about 2hrs or so.

John will post an update on our BQA Facebook page a few days before each date to confirm go ahead or propose weather associated adjustments.