The Long Awaited first GB Quad post Covid ‘Brigg Bomber 2021’

The BQA would like to say ‘A huge thank you to Lincsquad for all the hard work they put into getting this race to take place, it was certainly challenging with so many restrictions having to be enforced. Throughout the planning there was always a possibility of a last minute cancellation, but despite this being in the back of everyone’s mind the Lincsquad Committee pulled out all the stops ‘in true Lincsquad Style‘ and everyone had a fantastic day!  

I have been sent 2 great Race Reports, from 2 of our ever supportive BQA Members, thanks to John Kavanagh and Peter Chappill.

 

John Kavanagh

John’s Report: It was lovely to be back racing again and renewing friendships between competitors that have not been able to meet up for over a year.

Brigg in Lincolnshire is the usual venue for the opening race of the GBR season. This year it was also a World Cup race, although under the current circumstances no overseas athletes were able to take part. Because the race numbers were expected to be lower than usual, the organisers (Lincsquad) added a triathlon to the quad, which doubled the number of entries. The other changes imposed by the COVID conditions were to reduce the swim distance from 1500m to 800m as many would have had little opportunity for swim training; the bike route (32km) was changed to a single lap but slightly shorter than the 2 laps of recent years; the 7km kayak route was unchanged from last year;  and the 10km run route was changed to a single out and back lap, avoiding the town centre.

Winner Michael Mason

The start was staggered, with two athletes going off at 30s intervals. The start order was determined by predicted swim times with fastest setting off first. In the Men’s race Steve Clark and Mark Walsh were closely matched in the swim with Michael Mason over a minute behind. Mark was fastest in the bike leg, but Steve had lost some time while Michael moved up into second. The kayak section was decisive, Michael was fastest by far and built up a 6 minute advantage, Steve had closed the gap on Mark and was only 30 second behind. Michael extended his lead on the run, while Steve moved up into second place.

Ladies Winner (forever smiling) Sallie Joseph

In the Women’s race, the lead was similarly exchanged during the course of the event. Sallie Joseph and Helen Adams set off together on the swim. Helen came out in first place by over a minute, while Helen Bainbridge, who started much later, was second Lady swimmer. Thereafter, the battle for to top place was between Sallie and Helen Adams. Sallie was almost 2 minutes ahead after the bike but Helen Adams was much faster on the kayak and established a 10 minute lead. A super run from Sallie allowed her to regain first place which she held onto by the small margin of 14 seconds.

The race was held in wonderful weather and Lincsquad put on a very well run event. Their marshals, as ever were terrific, efficient, friendly and encouraging. Many thanks to the organisers for putting the event on, especially under the current circumstance where COVID rules and advice are changing so frequently and unpredictably.

Lincsquad’s Pete Chappill

Pete’s Report: The Bomber 2021 – New Beginnings. We took some time to think of those who could not be with us.

The priority is to thank all those people involved in the behind the scenes of all events. If you have only ever taken part then this year set aside some time working with those who spend many hours ensuring that the day happens. Planning, typing, printing, equipment procurement, setting up, marshalling, signage, timing, coordinating all the support agencies, dealing with issues on the day, and clearing up.

This year has been particularly testing, the theme quickly became NEW.

The registration, briefing, transition, start, routes, and addition of a triathlon, to accommodate those who haven’t quite developed into a proper athlete yet, were all NEW. Closer liaison with national governing bodies and hoping for a period of stability were at the forefront with the possibility of a last minute cancellation on everyone’s mind. Despite this the planning continued.

We all arrived social distanced at the swim start. Starting in pairs at 30 second intervals seemed very relaxed compared to the usual chaos. First time participants enjoyed this experience as did I. Anyone who has been kicked, punched, and swum over at a mass start will appreciate the difference. Having recently experienced the wettest weather in Wales on record at the training camp with ice over 500m above sea level, all four seasons every hour of every day, the peace and calm was a welcomed change. The bonus was that the river temperature here felt tropical. The NEW shorter swim felt the same distance too me, lack of available training opportunities a reasonable excuse.

The NEW one lap bike course had brutal climbs for us Lincolnshire folk, for those from Wales or Bude they were mere speed bumps. The light wind helped to ease the pain. The spanner in the works was a temporary road work section which disappeared immediately after the event had finished, bad timing. There was space and an air of calm in the transition area.

The NEW kayak route, for the fully fledged athletes only, the triathlon people went on their run.  This route utilises the island system and has bends and curves which is more scenic than the straight river out and back route and I couldn’t see how far I was behind the others. The sun came out and things warmed up. The river was flat calm. No excuses available today.

The NEW run route utilised a tow path along the river bank. The old hands might remember it as a single mud track with nettles. Today it is a hard surface designated cycle route some 6 feet wide. This part requires a lot of mental toughness due to the fact that it was hot, and it is straight enough to see all the other runners heading back towards you. The finish line as always was a welcome site even without the support of a crowd. My customary stand in the cold water while eating my free banana gave me chance to reflect on what had been a great day. To actually be with other likeminded people made a refreshing change.

No presentations or tee shirt tour this year.

Thanks again to all those who devoted time too ensuring this event happened and I hope it lifted the spirits, and gave a NEW focus for training for everyone who participated.

BQA Results BQA trophy 2021

WQF Results WQF World Cup 2021

 

 

BQA Annual Report

Dear BQA Members, how I’ve missed you all!

First and foremost I hope you have all stayed fit and healthy in what has been such a difficult challenging times, what a year it has been!

As most of you will know, I’m never stuck for words, but for once I didn’t really know where to start on putting together our BQA Report for this season …. I hope you have all found some positives to take forwards into 2021.

It was certainly difficult at the start, knowing how different our year would be, I felt very sad giving everyone the news that our races would be cancelled month after month. Motivation to train is often fueled by race adrenalin, so I expect we have all lacked a bit of this ‘oomph’ this year. I did get to do 5 virtual quads instead with a few friends, which were great fun; however we did talk most of the way our hearts were in it, but our heart rates were far from race pace! I expect many of you will have had your own challenges to keep you ticking over, no matter how big or small the goal, hopefully they helped keep you motivated and smiling throughout these Covid times.

So after such a quiet season there isn’t a lot to report, but I did feel the need to keep in touch and wish you all well with your training over the winter months! I hope we all come out on the other side, ready for action with a full season of Quadrathlons in the diary.

At least there is some good news ‘All 2020 BQA members and affiliates will have their memberships extended until the end of 2021’

Here is the link to Our ‘Annual Report and Vitual AGM 2020’  BQA-AGM 2020 Report                                                  If you have any points you wish to raise or any suggestions to help our Sport please and email me at malpasashleys@btinternet.com

It has been a very difficult year for our race organizers and we are still waiting for confirmation of some of our 2021 Race Dates, as soon as I have any news you’ll be the first to know. But now Open for 2021 entries are The Brigg Bomber and Shrewsbury Quad are ready to take your Entries here are the links below-

Lincsquad Events Lincsquad Events
For a direct link to the Bomber please use the following. Brigg-Bomber Quad 2021
Also new for this year Lincsquad will also be running a standard distance triathlon alongside the Bomber. Brigg-bomber-Triathlon 2021
 
 
 
 

 

 

So hears wishing you all a Safe and Happy Christmas and lets hope its going to be a Wonderful Adventurous New Year with our Race Heads Back On!!

Merry Christmas and Very Best Wishes for Next Year                                        Love Jean and the BQA Team XX

Sending ‘James Block’ Our Healing Wishes

James in 3rd place Overall at Shrewsbury Quad 2019

Many of you will know Quadrathlete and excellent kayaker ‘James Block’ from Shrewsbury, he was involved a head on car accident a fortnight ago. Sadly the all the family were in the car but the good news is, that despite the many serious injuries, none are life threatening, and they are all mending.

James and one daughter are still in Stoke hospital, Jo his wife and the younger daughter were discharged last Wednesday but Jo is staying in to support the other daughter. Grandparents are looking after the younger daughter.

It is thought that the driver of the other car lost consciousness while driving causing her car to  swerve into the oncoming traffic. So tragic for her family.

The local newspaper write up is here: https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/shrewsbury/2020/09/21/woman-dies-and-four-hospitalised-after-a49-crash-in-shrewsbury/ 

Thanks to Gill Otto for letting us know,  we wanted to let BQA members know, so that good thoughts and our positive healing wishes can boost the determination of them all to get fit again soon. They are certainly all fighting souls and our thoughts are with them all.

The main photo shows James and his sporty family at Shrewsbury quad last year. 

Tribute to Bude’s Awesome Foursome!

September 12th should of been our National Championships the final Quad of the season in the lovely seaside town of Bude …. its always a great end to our Quad Season, spectacular views, a challenging course, our wonderful Simon Hammond and his team, and not forgetting those awesome Cornish Cream Teas! 

Many of us did ‘Yet Another virtual one’ and some were lucky enough to be spending ‘holiday time’ there … I do know for the ‘Chappills’ it was the thought of the Cream Teas along with the Millock Hill that took them back for a September Break! They enjoyed the Quad course and rumor has it they even did the bike course twice (though not on the same day!) 

This is Pete’s Report! ‘Repli-quad event 4 Bude-ifull’ Pete, Donna and Jeff Chappill

Due to the current covid situation a decision was made to have this event on Thursday. It was nothing to do with the best day weather wise with the lightest winds, honest governor! The weekends in Bude have been busy with people in the usual transition area by the canal, so the order of disciplines was adjusted to minimise the time spent in the area.

We were staying at a site on the bike and run course so drove down to Bude to catch the tide coming in. This was Donna’s first sea swim for many years and the sea had been kind with no waves and a small swell. The usual 2 laps were completed. Transition into the kayak as usual completing the normal course. Dodging the pedellos and rowing boats slowed things a little but being able to use the weed free centre channel made the time up. Transition out the kayak saw us driving back to the campsite.

 

 

 

 

Change to the bike and off with Donna and Jeff to battle with Millock. 

There was a lot of traffic on the roads so progress downhill was sedate. Progress up the hill was also sedate but completed. The wind was increasing a little for the ride back but the sweeping downhill allowed good progress.

Into the site for transition to the run. Jeff and I joined the route into Bude as usual. Donna famous for add-libbing decided to run the coast path.

It was warm and as hard as ever. I missed the drink stations and marshals. I don’t normally see many other people on the run but it felt strange.

So course completed tee shirt tour to attend and relax.

Hopefully see you all in 2021…. Pete

‘Sprinkling the Fairy Dust’ – It’s been great company to have Lance Ball along side in all 5 of this years Virtual Quads, I certainly think this was one of the calmest and warmest a fitting tribute to Bude! Perfect conditions here in Chester on the River Dee warm calm and sunny… certainly ideal for our 4 disciplines, transition area was a bit tight in the backs of our cars but it was good to be out there and reminiscing about Bude Races gone by!

So not quite the way the Quad Season should of ended in Bude with National Trophy presentations and Simon’s Banter … but a big thank-you to those of you that did 1 or 4 of the Quad disciplines today we were there in spirit, lets hope its the real thing in 2021!  Jean #motivationalmileswithsmiles

A note from ‘John Durrant’

Today would have been the Awesome Foursome in Bude – honestly my favourite event of the year and has been a regular pilgrimage for my wife and I – we’ve even considered moving to Bude as we’ve always enjoyed the feel of the place…

This year I’ve set my own little mini-event for my 50th birthday on Thursday which will be a swim in the Thames, followed by 1,000 Burpees (with push-up and a jump), and hopefully an evening kayak down the River Wey to have some food in the Pyford Anchor pub with the family, although they’re currently closed due to a Covid case in the pub…

What a strange and lonely year this has been – so I guess it calls for strange little physical challenges like this to keep sane…! 

Other Quadrathletes that sent me news were Helen Recchia and Paul also on holiday in Bude reviewing and testing the hilly bike course, ready for next year!

David Jones and his Quad Friends at Manvers Lake doing there motivational multi session swim kayak and a run in and around the lake!  If any one is near Manvers sessions like this go on most Sundays!

Well Done to you all and thank-you for sharing your Quadrathlon Passion!

 

Pete Chappill from Lincsquad finished his season with the Re-scheduled Box End Quad, well done to him for completing all 5 Virtual BQA Quadrathlons, along with Lance Ball and Jean Ashley, lets hope we will bet out there for real next season!

Pete’s Report  Boxenderventure

 

Tribute to Shrewsbury Quad

So today 6th September should of been the wonderful Shrewsbury Sprint Quadrathlon, unfortunately like all our Quadrathlons this season sadly Covid cancelled. However not to be disheartened and as always #makingthemost members of the BQA got their Quadrathlon Heads on, and did their own virtual quadrathlons! 

Jean and Lance took to the water in Chester and completed a long version of the Sprint quad including an extended kayak and bike, the weather was beautiful and it brought back many memories of all those fantastic races organized by SYTri … we gave it our best shot and we can’t wait to be back in September 2021!

Meanwhile Pete Chappill from Lincsquad was actually in Shrewsbury for the weekend this was his 3rd Repli-quad event of the season ‘The famous Shrews-bearly’ this is Pete’s wonderful race report! 

The start and finish for this event were at Wingfield caravan park in Montford Bridge close to Shrewsbury and right on the river bank.
The river was swollen and flowing fast so for the 500m swim I tasted what a decent swimmer feels like finishing in around 6 minutes. Had it been against the flow I would still be there.
The kayak leg was out against the flow and provided some wobbly moments at the turn. The return leg was 2 mins quicker and a lot easier.
Onto the bike and out towards the monument junction on the actual Quad course. This section was a lot more undulating than the section from the showground. Turning left placed me on the actual route up to the turn and back to the monument. The return to the site was again undulating with a variable wind direction and about 16 degrees of warmth.
The run had to be limited for me as it was the first since an injury 7 weeks ago. 10 minutes out and 10 minutes back proved to be a good test for gait maintenance and a good sign for the next event in a weeks time, the Bude-ifull.
The usual screaming crowd was at the finish. However numbers were limited to one in order to remain covid safe.
All though these events are not the same with people passing me spurring me on it does act as a normalisation in these frustrating times! Fantastic effort Pete … we look forward to the Bude-ifull Report next weekend!

As always Pete is very passionate about the ‘The tee shirt tour’ so full marks for his one -off original race Tech-TShirt, and at this rate Pete you must be on for a Trophy Prize!!

I hope all our Quadrathlon friends are keeping fit and motivated, its been a crazy year and I’m certainly missing our friendly banter and smiling faces! One Virtual Race Left … ‘The Awesome Foursome’ …..please post a photo on our facebook page if your out and about next weekend and raise a glass on your own T-shirt Tour to our Wonderful Sport!  Love from Your Fairy Quadmother XX

Bude Cancelled

Bude Awesome Foursome – Unfortunately permission has been refused for this years race by Bude Town Council. So as it stands, at the moment the race is cancelled unless permission comes through very soon. Shoreline Pursuits are very sorry but the decision is out of their hands. 😥

Our lovely enthuiastic Race organizer ‘Simon Hammond’ sent me a message, ‘Its been frustrating trying to jump through everyone’s hoops but its not the end of the world.  We’ll transfer all entries to next years event unless people want a 70% refund. I’ll sort out a date soon. Shoreline has been hit pretty hard and I am not sure what shape we will be in next year but will definitely carry on organising the triathlon and quadrathlons. Strange and challenging times that’s for sure!

Lets hope all our Race organizers, come through this and there’s one thing for certain ….. we MUST give them all the support they deserve next season to keep our Sport Alive! #onwardsandupwards

 

BOX END Cancellation

After the Quadrac Race Organizers had met with Box End Water Park Owners, it has been agreed that Box End Quad should be cancelled this year. This is unfortunate following the easing of some lock down provisions, however there were still to many risks on site to allow the race to go ahead safely.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions.

I hope your all remaining safe, healthy and managing to maintain some fitness at least its been perfect weather for enjoying running, biking and now open water swimming and kayaking. Stay Positive and Enjoy the Elements, we are lucky to have 4 Disciplines to Enjoy!

Next Years Date will be 4th July 2021

Jean X

Tribute to Dearne Valley

Covid-19 Replic-Quad Series Round 2 ….the avid followers of Quadrathlon will know that round 1 was the Adventure Bomber.

So Lincsquaders were out in action on Sunday 14th June, it was the turn of the Dearne Valley event which was covid cancelled.  In the spirit of the sport and adhering to the latest guidelines Kev Lovett, Donna, Jeff, and Pete Chappill commenced a similar distance course at a local venue.

At 08.30 the Dearnish Valley Quadrathlon set off with the 800m swim, (The tape measure got wet and snapped part way around so estimated distance). The weather was kind with a light breeze from the east. The transition was on a small piece of grass and had a long run out with the bike onto a 2 laps “P” shaped technical course with “s” bends and climbs. Kev had ridden the course in the week and blamed a chill on the fact that his wife beat him. Jeff and Donna utilised their ability to have no social distancing with Jeff drafting and changed the direction of the second lap as it was more scenic. Once again I complied with the rules and let Kev make some space up front.

The transition was back to the grass having to carry the bike through the gate. To simulate Dearne it was a deep water start in the kayak. This allowed Donna the opportunity to practice her high brace.5 “ish” laps around the perimeter of the lake made the 4kms route. The shapely course, plenty of turns and cross winds made for some interesting moments as did the deep water exit.

The run course which was a square and undulating one with 2 laps around the surrounding estate followed by a lap of honour around the lake.

That’s the second event of this series completed with the prospect of at least two local age group champions. Thanks go to Dawn, Tracy, and Ben for transition security and ensuring that social distancing was maintained.

The next event should have been Box End which has been rescheduled to September! We will schedule a Repli-Quad in July to try and keep some normality to this year’s calendar and there are valuable points for the local age group championships! ….. Thanks to Pete Chappill for his great report!

Meanwhile over in Chester Lance Ball and Jean Ashley were replicating Dearne Valley, thinking of Mark Benton and all at Manvers Lake we took to the River Dee to keep sharing our Quad Passion, and doing our own ‘Social distancing Quad’.

Perfect conditions as we started our swim in the River Dee at 9.30am this morning, though slightly cooler than expected due to a heavy thunderstorm the day before! 24 miles #swimkayakbikerun from start to finish around similar distance to Dearne Valley (though I probably made the Kayak leg slightly longer just because the river was so calm and I love that bit the best!! ) Once again we were using our separate cars as our transition areas, a bit of a squash and its a good job we weren’t timing our transitions! We had a very fast out and back bike, followed by our steady run , not quite race pace as we did have enough breath to keep chatting!  We made up our own ‘Banter’ – not quite the same as Mark‘s commentary and the cheering from the Manvers Team, but we got out there and smashed all 4 disciplines!

Other BQA Members were out at Manvers Lake, well done to Bob Mawson, Dave and Caz Jones also flying the BQA flag!


Sending Love to all our Quadrathlon Buddies, and especially thinking of ‘The Manvers Team’ 💜 #makingthemost

 

Shrewsbury Cancelled

This is very sad news once again, to hear Shrewsbury Quad is another race to be cancelled to Covid. We thank the organizers Phil Holden and the SYTri Team for consideration of our safety and everything they have done so far, I have no doubt we will all be there to support them again in 2021.

The BQA supports all our Quadrathlon events in the UK, but each event is organized by a local promoter, and they will dictate the out come of their race regarding Covid-19, following our Government Rules. We ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions.

Most of us are now be able to still enjoy the great outdoors, rivers, lakes, lanes, tracks and can continue swim, kayak, bike or run …….. its is often hard to stay motivated, but if any of you fancy replicating any of our races (social distanced off course) please get out there and have a go, even if its difficult to manage all 4 disciplines, you could certainly do 2 or 3!

‘Dearne Valley’ should of been on 14th June, we’d love to see your photos and hear your stories, please post on the BQA Facebook page and lets Share the Passion and keep Our Quadrathlon Spirit Shinning Bright!

We will come through this and be back even stronger! Stay safe, be sensible and take care Jean x

Tribute to the Brigg Bomber

So last weekend we should of all been racing at in the European Quadrathlon Championships ‘Brigg Bomber’ and it was great to see that some Quadrathletes took it upon themselves to do there own Social Distancing Brigg Bomber!!

Lance Ball and I from Cheshire started our swim in the River Dee at 9.00am this morning, after our transition at the canoe club we went back in the water for our 5 mile windy kayak. Canoes back on their racks, we headed to our separate cars where we got on our bikes and took to the undulating Cheshire countryside. Finally we packed our bikes back in the cars and headed off out and back on our very suuny run, we finished in 3hrs 25mins later! In true Bomber style it was windy, but as always we had a great time, we did miss those cheering marshals and all the friendly faces, but we certainly worked hard and ‘earned our T-shirt Tour tonight’!! Lance was extremely pleased as he said ‘it was the first time he’d made the podium!’ 

          

 

 

 

 

Thinking of ‘The Lincsquaders’ all the way Jean and Lance  #makingthemost 

Russel

I also had a note from Russel Breyer, Lee Morgan and Russel (both Quadrathletes) did something similar to replicate the Bomber, (more or less) standard distance quadrathlon based in a local village Stratford St Mary with the swim and kayak on the lovely River Stour. Russel’s words ‘We of course socially distanced … in fact, as the race went on the social distance got greater and greater, in Lee’s favour! We had a great day and we hope to see you all soon, fellow quadrathletes….stay safe’….. Russel

Whilst in Brigg Pete Chappell and Kev Lovett reiterated the ‘Bomber’ and the good old ‘Adventure Challenge’ (for those of you who are old enough to remember that great event!

Pete’s account ….. Sunday the 24th May 2020 about 0830 I jumped into the river and swam the Bomber route. Kev acted as a bank safety officer. It was strange not having feet in my face and people swimming over me but all went well considering I only swam 5 times since March. The time was one of my best!! My transition was in the back of my van. We set off on the Adventure Challenge bike route Kev powering ahead, no problem with social distancing. The wind was gusting around 20 mph from the west and it was overcast, a nice 16 degrees.

Pete flying the Flag

The gusting wind was something I was not used to with indoor training, and Kev was lost in the distance.

Into transition and the Bomber kayak leg for me. Kev had decided to go around the island and was nowhere to be seen. The wind blowing across the river didn’t cause any major problems. The kayak went well considering only 6 training paddles, and having missed the expert tuition I would have had at the Wales training camp. Transitioned on to the run using the improved Adventure challenge route along the river. Some may recall the nettle hopping rough grass single track, not now the path is a joy.

Kev Flying the Flag

Some 3.1/2 hours later saw us running into the cheering crowd, of swans, at the finish. We both finished. Banana, milk, photographs and medals. I must say it is different without others to chase and shout encouragement to as they pass me. I have experienced the world of the front runner and found it a lonely place so I won’t go there again, that’s my excuse anyway.

Both Jean, Dave and Pete all agreed that the tee shirt tour was slightly quieter than usual ….  but no queuing for service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a thought …… it would be a GREAT idea to KEEP OUR SPORT ALIVE, if any of you fancy replicating ‘Dearne Valley’ on 14th June, get out and have a go, even if its difficult to manage all 4 disciplines, you could certainly do 2 or 3! We’d love to see your photos and hear your stories, please post on the BQA Facebook page and lets Share the Passion and keep Our Quadrathlon Spirit Shinning Bright!

Stay Strong missing you all Jean XX