Bradford-on-Avon Summer Duathlon Series 2018

Paddling strong Nigel Unwin

One of our Top Quadrathletes Nigel Unwin trains at Bradford on Avon Canoe Club, his club is organizing a Summer Duathlon Series. Its open to non members and its an ideal training opportunity for any Quadrathletes wishing to do run-paddle-run sessions, who live around the Bradford on Avon Area. There are 3 distances to suit all levels of paddlers/runners.
The Dates: Saturday 12th May, 14th July & 1st September.
Time: Check in opens 8:15am
Check in Closes: 8:45am
First Start: 9:00am

Race Courses:
Batch A: Run 1 = 1.5km
Paddle = 10.5km
Run 2 = 6.5km

Batch B: Run 1 = 1.5km
Paddle = 7km
Run 2 = 4km

Batch C: Run 1 = 1.5km
Paddle = 3.5km
Run 2 = 1.5km

Entry Fee: £2. This will entitle you to a Coffee or Tea and a piece of cake afterwards.

In order for us to run the series on time and smoothly, it would be greatly appreciated if you could email James Escott escottboa752@gmail.com prior to the event, with your chosen course length, in order to create a pre-entry list (if you are sure you will be attending).

Prizes: Prizes will be giving for the series winners at the end of the third and final event.

Additional Information: The race will start off the water (the first run), and will be a mass start per course. Please ensure you have appropriate running shoes and paddling kit as it may be cold and/or windy/rainy. Any athletes participating from visiting clubs please ensure you bring your own boats and paddles.

America set up Quadrathlon Association!

Great News for America – Len Carbonara is the Founder of the American Quadrathlon Association© and ‘Indian Lake’ is to host the first-ever U.S. Quadrathlon on 16th June 2018.

Registration now open for inaugural swim/kayak/bike/run/competition

Indian Lake, NY – The Adirondack village of Indian Lake will be the first venue in the United States to host a quadrathalon. The “Do the Q” event on June 16th consists of a 1/2 mile swim, four mile kayak paddle, 30k bike ride, and a 10k run, in accordance with World Quadrathalon Federation guidelines.

Registration is limited to 50 participants and racers will compete in all events (no relay teams.)

The event is presented by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and America’s Quadrathlon Association. The routes for each leg are still being established, but all will be in Indian Lake, said Len Carbonara, vice president of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Quadrathalons are increasing in popularity in Europe, but this will be the first in the U.S.

“We wanted to launch this event in Indian Lake and wanted to provide triathletes a different race experience,” Carbonara said. “Ironman and other triathlons are highly popular and we are optimistic this event will attract competitors looking for a new event.”

Those interested in competing can sign up by contacting:

Organizer: Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce (Len Carbonara)
Phone: +1 518 648 5112.
Email: dotheq1@yahoo.com
Internet: www.indian-lake.com

Congratulations to Len who has worked very hard over the last couple of years to turn his Dream into a Reality! Len has affiliated the AQA to the WQF and we welcome them to our World Federation, here’s wishing the Race every success, we hope it goes really well and the athletes have a great experience in Americas First Ever Quadrathlon! We look forward to hearing all about it and maybe even adding it to our race diaries in the future.

Good Luck Len from the BQA

 

 

QuadKidz are you Ready?

The Fantastic Quadkidz Medals have arrived … Are YOU ready?

All you up and coming Quad Stars of the future, now have your own National Trophy Series – 3 Races and 3 Beautiful Medals to be Won, and Worn with Pride ….. you need one of each colour!

Dearne Valley QuadKidz Sunday 10th June: is our First Race of the season. A Big thanks to Mark Benton for hosting this again, it was certainly the feel good factor event of the year in 2017! This race takes place within this lovely Manvers Waterpark . (camping available on site). The aim is to deliver a fun Quadrathon where our children can enjoy the challenge, be encouraged all the way, and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards!

Entries and Information Dearne-Valley-Quad- QuadKidz

Lincs-QuadKidz’ Event Sunday 17th June:  The Second Race of the ‘BQA QuadKidz 2018 National Series. and a first ever QuadKidz race for Lincsquad, no doubt this will live up to their top class race organization! Certainly a weekend not to be missed!

Entries and Information workshop-and-quadkidz-event

‘Box End-QuadKidz’ Sunday 15th July 2018
Our third and final QuadKidz race will be at Box End. Thanks to Mark Pryor ‘Quadrac Racing’ for putting on this last year. A great venue for the family camping and racing all on the Box End site.This will be the the final race of the Series and the BQA will present the ‘Championship Prizes’ to ‘BQA QuadKidz’ who have completed the Race Series!

Entries and Information Box End -QuadKidz

Overall Winners must be ‘BQA QuadKidz’ members, very reasonable membership for the year.                               £7 individual child or £5 per child if parent is a BQA Member. Membership_Form 2018

Lets watch ‘Quadkidz’ Grow and Grow, exciting times ahead for our juniors –
Its time for our ‘QuadKidz’ to Shine!

 

Sprint European Championships – Azores 2018

The Quadrathlon World Cup season 2018 began on 24th April  with breathtakingly beautiful scenery and exciting competition. The Azores hosted the race on the charming island of Terceira in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and America. This was the first time the Sprint European Champions have taken place on this Portuguese island. At this early stage of the season there was much interest to see who had come through their winter training well and was able to reach a peak in form. Many top athletes were expected, so the excitement was high. See the full report below:

Mandy Greenaway was our only GB athlete racing, she enjoyed her trip even though all didn’t go as expected! Mandy had a good swim and kayak, unfortunately she had 2 punctures on the bike course, the first she fixed but could only repair the one. She was rescued from DNF by Lisa after she kindly lent Mandy her bike! Well done to Mandy for continuing and pushing on to finish the course! Big thanks to Lisa showing just how wonderful our Quad community is ‘Small Sport Big Heart’!

The Azores – shown off in all their glory

Steve Dolby – Leisure Kit

Steve Dolby is retiring from being our BQA Leisure Kit coordinator, the BQA would like to say a Big Thank-You to Steve for organizing and sending out the Leisure Kit for as long as I can remember … it must be at least 10 years! He’s done a great job for us and we shall miss his reliable service.

Steve and Clair have been members of Lincsquad from its early days, and have helped make the club it is today. Steve enjoyed Quadrathlon, and although he took a while to master a K1, once he got the hang of it he had some excellent results and went on to represent ‘Team GB Quad’ at the World and European Championships and then went on to complete several Ironman Triathlons! He helped promote the BQA and was Chairman of Lincsquad giving 100% commitment and ensuring everyone was happy … I dont think I have ever seen him without a big smile …. maybe just once during a capsize!

Many of you will know Clair from her Mobile Cupcakes ‘n Coffee Stop, she has replenished many a quadrathlete and triathlete with her scrummy cakes and hot drinks after their races! Not to be out shone by Steve’s athletic ventures she also put on the lycra and represented Lincsquad at the National Relays and went on to do the Great North Run.

I have no doubt they will be missed by all us and their Lincsquad Friends!

But its very exciting times ahead for them both, they have just moved to Porthmadog, North Wales to run the Tudor Lodge B&B. There is no doubt you will be greeted with big smiles and wonderful hospitality, and going by the bacon butties they used to serve the breakfasts will be AWESOME!! We wish them all the very best and I’m sure when word gets round to who’s running the place there bookings will be full. So remember if your over that way, racing or training in the beautiful Snowdonia  Tudor Lodge is the place to stay! Tudor Lodge

Tudor-lodge

GOOD LUCK THE DOBBERS …. and hope to see you soon

Jean X

Box End Sprint Quad, World Cup Race & QuadKidz!

Sunday 15th July 2018

A very well established and superb Race, 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 third time it has been give World Cup Status so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. All Quadrathletes racing will get BQA National Trophy points plus World Cup points too, its also the final and 3rd race of the QuadKidz Series, without a doubt a great weekend in store!

Don’t Miss this Great Race and enjoy the venue with a lovely weekend of camping too!

See Details and Entry Form    Box End Entry Form 2018

Venue – Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485

Event Details –
The Sprint Quadrathlon – 750m open water swim – 4.8km kayak [4 laps] – 15km off-road bike course [3 laps] – 5km trail run

Quadkids – 250m open water swim – 1.2km kayak (1 lap) – 5km off-road bike (1 lap) – 2km trail run. This is the 3rd QuadKidz race of 2018 Series and the BQA will present the ‘Championship Prizes’ to ‘BQA QuadKidz’ who have completed the Race Series!

Camping – is available at Box End Park for all competitors. Caravans and Campervan facilities available; apply directly to Box End – Telephone Number: 01234 846222, 07922 824678

 

 

Grant for K1’s for Shrewsbury Canoe Club.

Quadrathlete ‘Phil Holden’ has been working with Shrewsbury Canoe Club to get a grant from Sport England for K1’s to help encourage and improve flatwater paddling at the club.

The grant has now been awarded and they will shortly be getting 6 new K1s and paddles to help establish the flatwater paddling group.  They hope to introduce kayakers and newcomers alike, to the K1 racing boats, and hopefully introduce members into our sport of Quadrathlon.

Gill Otto from Shrewsbury C.C. was the instigator of the wonderful Shrewsbury Sprint Quad race and Phil Holden has take over this year, working along side SYTri. They are both continuing to share their passion and spread the word of ‘Quadrathlon’. Phil races most of the BQA Quad Races, and Gill having been organizing for the past few years has decided to put back on her ‘Quad Lycra’ and will be racing the Deva Divas Ladies Only Quad in Chester! Both these athletes love to encourage others and would be only to pleased to see you at the Canoe Club. So If your in the Shrewsbury Area and wish to improve your flatwater paddling please dont hesitate to get in touch with the Canoe Club and book into one of their sessions.

Shrewsbury Canoe Club training sessions

Stay Warm & Keep Motivated

Hope all you Quadrathletes are keeping safe ‘n sound, and coping with the ‘Beast from the East’! It may of been a frustrating couple of weeks having not been able to jump on our bikes, paddle in our kayaks or even find the motivation to go out running in this cold icy blast of air and snow we’ve been getting! But fear not, were all in the same boat ….its important we stay safe and we make the start line of our Events planned for the New Season! The better weather I’m sure will be here soon (we hope), in the mean time treat yourself to an extra swim session, stick to the turbo, maybe an extra class at the gym, try one you’ve not done before, stretch strength or enjoy a ‘Hot Yoga’ session – would most defiantly recommend that!

Plan your races, I’ve entered a few whilst peering out at the snow flakes … does wonders for the motivation and I’m sure this will help me focus as soon as the ice melts! So take a look at our Events below and let the Race Organizers know your coming! In the mean time Take Care out there, stay safe, stay warm and double up on those THERMALS!

A Great Training Event to get you started – 19th May Montgomery Triathlon (Charity Event) Shropshire. An End to End event all down the Montgomery Canal, starting with an off road bike, followed by a run and finishing with the kayak. No prizes, but a lovely slate medal and a feast of sandwiches cakes and tea for the finishers!

Montgomery Triathleaflet 2018

Here is a list of our BQA National Trophy Events for 2018, 6 races to choose from, with 3 races to count in the Trophy Championships … Be Motivated and Enter soon!

RACE 1 – 27th 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!! Entries OPEN 

Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon

RACE 2 – 10th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad & QuadKidz Race 1 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, the first ‘QuadKidz’ race of the season, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! Entries OPEN

Dearne Valley Quadrathlon

‘LincsQuadKidz’ and Beginners Training Camp Saturday 16th June  

QuadKidz race 2 Sunday 17th June  The Second Race of the ‘BQA QuadKidz 2018 National Series. and a first ever QuadKidz race for Lincsquad, no doubt this will live up to their top class race organization! Certainly a weekend not to be missed – Venue: North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5RB. Entries OPEN

LincsquadKidz.
For more details  QuadKidz Flyer

RACE 3 – 15th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race & QuadKidz Race 3 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  third 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! After a successful Quadkidz race last year the Quadkidz Race will be the 3rd race of series will take part at the same time as the Open Race! Entries OPEN

BoxEnd Quadrathlon

RACE 4 – 2nd 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! Entries OPEN 

Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

RACE 5 – 9th September – Fabian4 Conwy Mountain Triathlon– The long-awaited Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge is back for 2018. Last year’s event (2016) was the best yet, & here at Fabian4, we’re already working hard to make sure that next year’s is even better! Where else can you find a well-organised, non-commercial, realistically-priced, serious sea to summit adventure, much of it taking place in Snowdonia National Park. All the profits will be donated, as always, to the Snowdonia Society. Take advantage of the very early bird rate & enter ASAP. What a great Christmas present for your like-minded friends Entries OPEN 

Fabian4 Conwy Mountain Triathlon

RACE 6 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – National Championships – 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! Entries OPEN

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!

‘LincsQuadKidz’ & Beginners Training Camp

‘LincsQuadKidz’ and Beginners Training Camp Saturday 16th June 2018
This will be a brilliant weekend of ‘Quadrathlon Fun’ hosted by Lincsquad at North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club. British Triathlon & British Cycling coaches, and Lincsquad members will be  coaching you and leading the day which will consist of off road cycling, running, open water swimming and kayak practice. There will be lots of help, encouragement, plenty of smiles and guaranteed to be plenty of fun along the way! The training day will be on the Saturday and the QuadKidz Race on the Sunday, with an opportunity for the Adults to do an Open water Swim practice Sunday morning cost £5 but swim for FREE if you help with Marshaling the race!

The Training Day is open to Children 8 – 18, but also to novice/beginner Adults …. Quadrathletes in the making!

Training Camp last Summer – Well and Truly tested by ‘Lincsquaders & Squadlets’

Wet suits, buoyancy aids, and approved cycle helmets are compulsory.
10am to 6pm. Ages 8 to 18 years (as at 31/12/18) Plus Adult Beginners.
Cost: Lincsquad members £17.50 none members £20
Limited camping on site (no caravans)

Venue: North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5RB.

Some photos of last years camp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘BQA QuadKidz’ Event Sunday 17th June 2018  The Second Race of the ‘BQA QuadKidz 2018 National Series. and a first ever QuadKidz race for Lincsquad, no doubt this will live up to their top class race organization! Certainly a weekend not to be missed!
Race Start: 1 pm – Cost: £12

Venue: North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5RB.
To Register  LincsquadKidz.
For more details  QuadKidz Flyer

 

QuadKidz Are you Ready? 2018 Race Series

The BQA are very excited to announce all the dates for our 2018 ‘QuadKidz’ Race Series! This will comprise of 3 Quadrathlon’s for our youngsters, there are  various distances for the 3 age groups. (9-11) (12-15) and (16-18). At each race they will pick up points, which will go towards ‘Championship Prizes’ in each category, after the 3rd race at Box End we will honor our QuadKidz Champions!

Overall Winners must be ‘BQA QuadKidz’ members, very reasonable membership for the year.                               £7 individual child or £5 per child if parent is a BQA Member. Membership_Form 2018

Overall Winner Alanna Baron

‘Dearne Valley Quad’ Sunday 10th June is our First Race of the season. A Big thanks to Mark Benton for hosting this again, it was certainly the feel good factor event of the year in 2017! This race takes place within this lovely Manvers Waterpark . (camping available on site). The aim is to deliver a fun Quadrathon where our children can enjoy the challenge, be encouraged all the way, and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards!

Entries and Information Dearne-Valley-Quad- QuadKidz

 

‘LincsQuadKidz’ Saturday 16th/17th June 2018 Training Camp & Race
This will be a brilliant weekend of ‘Quadrathlon Fun’ hosted by Lincsquad members & British Triathlon and British Cycling coaches. Saturday will consist of – off road cycling, running, open water swimming and kayak practice, with lots of help, encouragement and fun along the way! Well and Truly tested by ‘Lincsquaders & Squadlets’ last summer!

2017 Camp

Wet suits, buoyancy aids, and approved cycle helmets compulsory.
10am to 6pm. Ages 8 to 18 years (as at 31/12/18)
Cost: Lincsquad members £17.50 none members £20
Limited camping on site (no caravans)

Venue: North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5RB.

‘BQA QuadKidz’ Event Sunday 17th June 2018  The Second Race of the ‘BQA QuadKidz 2018 National Series. and a first ever QuadKidz race for Lincsquad, no doubt this will live up to their top class race organization! Certainly a weekend not to be missed!
Race Start: 1 pm – Cost: £12

Venue: North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber, DN18 5RB.
To Register  LincsquadKidz.
For more details  QuadKidz Flyer

 

2017 QuadKidz Champions

‘Box End QuadKidz’ Sunday 15th July 2018
Our third and final QuadKidz race will be at Box End. Thanks to Mark Pryor ‘Quadrac Racing’ for putting on this last year, it was a last minute plan after the success of Dearne Valley Quad and it fitted perfectly into the main race.The juniors were inspirational, it’s a tough course for them … but plenty of us cheered them along as we raced, they certainly had to dig deep at times, but they all finished, with a smile and a huge sense of Achievement! It will be so good to see them out there again, this will be the the final race and the BQA will present the ‘Championship Prizes’ to ‘BQA QuadKidz’ who have completed the Race Series!

More details to follow Box End

Lets watch ‘Quadkidz’ Grow and Grow, exciting times ahead for our juniors –
Its time for our ‘QuadKidz’ to Shine!