Entries Open for Dearne Valley Sprint Quad & QuadKidz

BQA National Trophy RACE 2 – 19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad & QuadKidz – 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! 

​Team Manvers are offering training sessions through 2022, at the lake so please get in touch for details. If you are worried about any part of the event then please contact us and we will sort an alternative activity for that section.

Sprint Quadrathon – Swim, Bike, Paddle and Run

Sprint 800m Swim, 15k Bike, 4k Paddle, 5k Run – Start Time 9.30am Price £29.99*
Quadkidz (ages 9 to 12): 100m Swim, 2k Bike 400m paddle, 2km – Run Start Time 8.30 Price £11.99
Quadkidz (ages 13 to 15): 200m Swim, 4km Bike, 800m paddle, 2km – Run Start Time 8.30 Price £11.99
Quadkidz (ages 16-18): 800m Swim 15k Bike 4k paddle, 5k Run – Start Time 9.30am Price £11.99

* MWBC Adult Members £10 discount
​Showers, changing rooms available, on site café.
​Commemorative medal to all finishers.

​Limited number of kayaks available to use/hire

Enter Race – ENTER Dearne-valley-triathlon-quadrathon-2022

Event Camping/Parking – informal camping and motorhome parking at Manvers.C amping and the parking of campervan/motorhomes is permitted around the lake and the car park, the evening before, however this must be booking prior to the event. Facilities are limited but you will be given an access fob so you may use the boathouse shower and toilets, water is available from the outside tap.

Please book your space at least 48 hours before arriving for the event. BOOK EVENT CAMPING

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club are ready to Welcome you!
The Lake was created in the 1990’s as part of the remediation works following the closure of the Wath Main & Manvers Main colliery complex and associated railway yards. In addition to its amenity & recreational value, the lake also serves a functional purpose as a balancing lake forming part of a sustainable urban drainage scheme for the surrounding residential and industrial developments.

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club was formed in 2011 and is based at Manvers Lake near Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire. The club has the use of a purpose built boathouse which is owned and operated by Manvers Lake & Dearne Valley Trust Ltd, a charitable company formed in 2011 to look after the lake and surrounding area.

Since its formation the club has grown rapidly to its current size of over 600 members participating in a wide range of activities. The club currently has sections dedicated to paddlesports (canoeing and kayaking), triathlon, running, angling, open water swimming, windsurfing and model boating. The lake is also regularly used by our partners such as Dearne Valley College and other affiliated organisations.

Time to get Motivated 2022!

So lets hope your New year has started well and lets hope weve got a great race season to look forward too! Here is a reminder of our BQA races we have in our calender so far, 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! Once again a BIG THANK-YOU to our Race Organizers who affiliate to the BQA and put these events on for us year in year out, we appreciate your time and commitment and we look forward to racing this year! ‘The Brigg Bomber’ & Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will both be World Cup Races. Our National Championship is to be decided soon.


RACE 1 – 29th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – WQF Race Series  1500km river swim/8km river kayak/40km road bike/10km road run.

A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its in the World Cup Calendar so certainly not to be missed, Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day!  Entries OPEN Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon


RACE 2 – 19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad and QuadKidz – 800km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km trail run.

This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue, this race gets better each year! 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, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine!  Entries Open  Dearne Valley Quadrathlon  PLEASE NOTE 2022 BQA members can use the MWBC discount option.


RACE 3 – 4th September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – 550km river swim/5km river kayak/23 road bike/5km run.

This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and is well worthy of its World Cup Status! 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 – 12th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – WQF Race Series – 800km sea swim/30km road bike/10km canal kayak/10km road run.

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 Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon


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!


BQA 2022 Trophy Series

29th May – Brigg Bomber

19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint

4th Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint

17th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz 2022

19th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz

Date to be Confirmed Lincs QuadKidz Event


Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)

? May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)

18th June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad 

11th July – Deva Divas Ladies Quad


If your looking to do some races in Europe these are the WORLD CUP RACES 2022

09.4.2022 Quadrathlon Terceira (POR, Sprint)

29.05.2022 Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon (GBR, Middle)

05.06.2022 Gyekenyes Quadrathlon (HUN, Sprint)

18.06.2022 Quadrathlon Týn nad Vltavou (CZE, Middle)

25.06.2022 ExtremeMan Kaposvár (HUN, Sprint)

02.7.2022  Koberbachtal Quadrathlon  (GER, European Champs Middle)

10.07.2022 Bydgoszcz Quadrathlon (POL, Worlds Champs Sprint)

03.09.2022 Bergsee Quadrathlon Ratscher (GER, Sprint)

11.09.2022 Tiszafüred Quadrathlon (HUN, World Champs Middle)

17.09.2022 Bude Quadrathlon (GB Middle)

25.09.2020 Cazalegas Quadrathlon  (ESP, European Sprint)

2022 Snowdonia Quad Training Camp is on!

Just to remind Quadrathletes about the training camp just before the start of our race season. If you want to enhance your training with like minded athletes this is the the place to go! You can dip in and out of the training or just come for a couple of days to suit …. check out the details below.

It is a low key camp and athletes can dip in and out of the sessions as they wish, Peter Chappill  Lincsquad member will be organizing the sessions on the camp at The Llyn Gwynant Camp Site, Snowdonia between 16th May and 23rd May 2022. The timetable will be dependent upon the weather,  but Pete has mapped out several run routes, bike routes and swim/kayak training packages for those who require some guidance. For those who prefer to do their own thing there is plenty to go at, as the site is at the base Snowdon with of 4 up to the top, plus some excellent undulating and hilly biking. Swimming and kayaking can be done from the campsite.

They are more than happy for any of the BQA community to join them for the week or just few days, more detailswill be posted at a later date.

Check out this overview of the itinerary we did in 2019, no specific day has been set for each discipline as they will be arranged to the most suitable weather on a daily basis, but this is a guide line for the weeks activities – Training Camp Llyn Gwynant Wales guide 2019

The campsite can cater for caravans, campers, and tents. There is also a youth hostel at the far end of the lake, and a Hotel just 2 miles away. People attending will have to make their own reservations, so take a look at the websites below for more details. The site allows day visitors if they report to reception on arrival and there is space in the car park the cost is £5/day they have to leave by 2200 hours.

The location Llyn Gwynant Campsite   –  Full facilities for tents, camper vans, and limited caravans with electric hookup, extra. £9 -£10 per person per night . There is no wi-fi or phone signal on site and they are very strict on noise, (BLISS)

There are 2 youth hostels close by, www.yha.org.uk. Bryn Gwynant and Pen-y-pass.

Hotel Pen-y-Gwryd about 2 miles North of site, www.pyg.co.uk
We just need to book some good sunny Welsh Weather now … and let those wonderful mountains enhance your training!

BQA 2021 Annual Report

I started last year’s Annual Report with these words …. ‘As most of you will know, I’m never stuck for words, but for once I didn’t really know where to start putting together our BQA Report ….’ Well it’s not been quite that bad we did have 3 Quads in our calendar and many of us managed at least one of them! It has certainly been another tough year for many of us, but hopefully by next season we will all be firing on all cylinders!
Motivation to train is often fueled by race Adrenalin, so let’s hope we can back to racing, and put events in our calendar to fuel our passion!

We had 3 races in our Series in 2021 and I would like to say a Big Thank – you to our Race Organizers who very successfully did us proud yet again, and also to every single one of you that made it to the start line this year, be proud of what you have achieved and we look forward to seeing you again next season!

If you’d like to read our Annual Report & Virtual AGM 2021 – Onwards & Upwards 2022 please see the link below. As always we are welcome to ideas, and suggestions for future events, so if you have any thoughts or contacts please get in touch.

BQA- ANNUAL REPORT & AGM 2021 website

Thanks Jean BQA Secretary – malpasashleys@btinternet.com


Winter Multisport Training at Macclesfield

John Kavanagh is planning to do some kayak triathlons and duathlons over the winter. Anyone is welcome to join me, remembering that this is not an official club event and while looking out for each other, we all take responsibility for ourselves. They will take place on and around the Macclesfield Canal at Bollington starting at 9.30am

The Kayak triathlons will use the Macclesfield Canoe club Hare and Hounds events for the kayak leg (6.4km). (These are Club events and there is a £1.50 entry fee). Followed by a road cycle (22km) and a run on the Middlewood way (6km). Transitions will be in the car park, storing boat and bike in or on your car. The Hare and Hounds is a handicap race, slowest setting off first. The cycle part can be a social group ride or “go at your own pace”, depending on conditions. The run is a straightforward out and back. No rules, marshals or prizes, but there will be cake at the finish!

The kayak duathlons will be an experiment, with a view to putting on Official races. The initial plan is Kayak 4km, and then run 3.5km the same route on the towpath. There will be someone to watch over the kayaks on the canal bank during the running.
Updates on plans, details of routes etc. will be posted nearer the dates on the BQA and MADCC FB pages.

November 14th 2021 Hare and Hounds/Kayak Triathlon (Remembrance Sunday, the cycle route will be adjusted to avoid road closure through Bollington see –Google Map
(December 12th 2021 Hare and Hounds Kayak only)
January 9th 2022 Hare and Hounds/Kayak Triathlon
February 6th 2022 Kayak Duathlon
(February 13th 2022 Hare and Hounds Kayak only)
March 6th 2022 Kayak Duathlon
(March 13th 2022 Hare and Hounds Kayak only)


2021 National Trophy Champions

We had no National Trophy Winners last year due to all our races being cancelled due to Covid, but this year we were hoping for a much better season. Sadly Covid still disrupted our calender and we had Dearne Valley and Box End Quads cancelled. With 3 races to count in the series we did manage to hold 3 events, thanks to our race organizers who really did have to pull out all the stops to accommodate the residual Covid regulations.

Our 3 races were The Brigg Bomber (Middle), Shrewsbury Quad (sprint) and The Awesome foursome Bude (Middle). We had 45 male athletes and 18 female athletes racing in the series, but only 4 athletes managed to complete all 3 races ….. a huge well done to Nigel Unwin, Nick Farnell, Peter Chappill and John Kavanagh. It has been a difficult season for many of us so lets hope 2022 will bring a fresh start, plenty of motivation and lots of Quadrathletes back in ACTION!!

Nigel Unwin

This year, with only a few athletes doing more than one race we have decided not to award age groups, so only the overall winner will get a trophy to keep for a year. Nigel Unwin is our 2021 National Male Champion, we didn’t have a female that completed all 3 races, but well done to Helen Adams who did complete 2 races, we certainly look forward to seeing many of our athletes back racing again next year!

Congratulations to all that managed to race in the series, some excellent performances and big improvements for may athletes this season, enjoy your rest and recovery time and see you all again next season!

Final Trophy Results BQA Trophy 2021

NATIONAL TROPHY 2021 Champion Nigel Unwin (315 points)

Athletes to have completed 3 Races
2nd Nick Farnell (292 points)
3rd Peter Chappill (284 points)
4th John Kavanagh (271 points)

Nicholas Farnell

Pete Chappill

John Kavanagh







Mary & Margaret

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy ‘For Endeavor 2021’ This year the Trophy was presented to Twins Mary White & Margaret Huyton’ this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment and true dedication to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now, along the way they have been inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 3 years or more, they have been encouraging a team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing, this has boosted the number of ladies competing in our sport! They are also in our ’70 years young category’ and they still a force to be reckoned with, long may it continue. They will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years to come!



Bude as Awesome as Ever!

A Big Thanks to ‘Shoreline Pursuits’, Simon and his Team, for putting on yet another Awesome Foursome race again! Special Thanks to the many Volunteers and to ‘Bude SLSC’ and their Local Lifeguards for their water safety cover who are crucial in helping run this great little event. A great effort by everyone with all the extra restrictions they have all had to overcome, in these challenging times! Having missed the event this year, BQA member’s  Nick Farnell and Pete Chappill have both kindly sent me their race reports … Big thanks to Nick and Pete, the BQA really I are always greatfull when we get some input from fellow members …it’s always good to have the support and views … THANKS!

Heading for the 2nd lap of the swim

Nick’s Report – We’ve enjoyed two brilliantly organised Quads, so far this season at Brigg and Shrewsbury. How would Bude measure up? Answer, no less than Awesome thanks to Simon Hammond (race organiser) and his team. We started off with grey clouds, but the sun quickly appeared along with the locals and holiday makers who showed a keen interest and were supportive of the event and cheered us all on, making for a great atmosphere.

The age distribution of the solo competitors this year showed a preponderance of men in the over 50s and 60s, but only one senior male namely, Michael Birchmore who went onto win the event. We had 2 senior women and one in the over 40s. 5 relays and 6 pairs joined the throng.

The swim start was in the sea, rough enough for the surfers to test their skills and judging by the flags and burgees , we had  a nice onshore breeze, The tide was well in and I suspect the proposed 800 m sea swim was a tad further. We raced out to sea through a boating channel which acted as a rip current and then hit the waves which helped us back into shore and then back out again for a second helping. The bike was exciting and armed with the all the aerodynamic accoutrements, a 70km/hour plus descent to Widemouth was easily manageable. Winding coastal roads and a 1 in 3 climb followed. The kayak section in the canal required vigilance with low headroom bridges, zig zagging pedalo craft, ducks and swimming dogs. The run took place over varied terrain and the views from the coastal footpath were spectacular.

Our solo senior male Michael Birchmore developed a commanding lead in the swim and continued to extend his lead throughout the next 3 disciplines posting an impressive overall time of 2 hours 41 mins and 13 seconds. Second overall was Nigel Unwin who was in true warrior mode and put in an impressive performance with another sub three hour time of 2 hours 56 mins, Sam Pantling came third in just over 3 hours and was first male over 40.

Left to right: Michael Birchmore, Nigel Unwin, Sam Pantling, Sally Crabb, Rebecca Newson and Harriet Enoch.

In the women, we had a battle Royal in the swim between Harriet Enoch and Rebecca Newson, both ladies had similar fast swims, but as the race unwound Harriet pulled ahead in the remaining disciplines and impressively posted the fasted kayak time of the day. Harriet, also managed a sub three hour time (2 hours 57). Rebecca came in second (3 hours 14) and Sally Crabb was third and the first over 40 forty female.

In the remainder of the age groups, as stated before , Nigel Unwin won the over 50s with Paul Cottle and Glyn Collen second and third respectively separated by less than a minute. In the over 60s, Nick Farnell was first with Peter Chappill second and Mini Fry third.

In the Pairs , Lee Sampson and Simon Hammond posted a winning time of 2 hours 53 and in the relays  the Fore Shore team won in 2 hours 50 . I was amused by Simon Hammond who although in race mode ,during the kayak leg had time to put his organisers hat on and ask the passing kayakers how the bike leg went.

With the competitors safely back in, we had the medal giving ceremony .The quality and quantity of the trophies awarded was impressive and appreciated . A great finish to the Quadrathlon season.

Bring on the 2022 Awesome foursome, Nick Farnell


Pete’s Report – Arriving in Bude is always a joy it feels like home. While preparing equipment for the 10 am start of the 2021 Quadrathlon it was drizzling but a comfortable temperature. Something new to focus the mind has been a theme this year. The transition was on the hotel side grass bank which is long and thin. Kayaks were laid next to the canal bikes rested against the fence or wall. This provided plenty of room for all the equipment. The benefits were clear.

Briefing time and the rain stopped the sun showed it’s face and smiled on the riotous participants. The swim start was in the same place but the tide was very high which meant only a short run on the beach to the turn flag in fact running in the water was the order of the day. The local lifeguard crew stated conditions were calm. Being one of those from the flat lands of Lincolnshire it looked like a heavy swell too me. The event set off watched by a very vocal crowd offering support. The serious racers were away.

Both laps completed out across the still flooded bridge up the steps and something new to focus on. Go straight across the lock gates and into the transition. The run into transition was about the same distance  but easier on the feet due to the grass. We collected our bikes for the on coming battle with Millook. Out of transition on the opposite side of the road bridge to normal no cobbles or dog walkers to negotiate and good visibility both ways for a safe entry into the traffic system. Slight head wind on the coastal road allowed a steady transition into bike mode. Riders attacked the steeper parts in their own way. Some wear trainers and run up. Some remain attached to the bike but getting the job done is the aim. Onto the road home with long sweeping descents allows time for hydration. Weather still kind.

Pete starting kayak leg

and heading out on the run!

Transition in was the same as the out, propping up the bike out the way then lowering the kayak into the canal. Two choices here climb into water which was about 60cms deep then climb into kayak or step down into kayak. All headed to the sea lock gates around the buoy then head towards the narrow turn. The participants waiting for each to turn as for some it is a 10 point turn. The usual two laps then into transition. Climb out the kayak or in my case roll out. lifting it onto grass. Running shoes on and out the transition across the road and onto the usual run route. The sun was shining the views from the coastal path as breath taking as ever helping with fatigue and inspired effort to the finish. Coastal erosion meant that the new pathway was not as worn and softer under foot. The finish line was in the usual place and had the usual loud welcome.

Andrew at the finish!

Total Respect to Lincsquads ‘Andrew Lawson’ who set off at 03.30am travelling over 300 miles arriving at the start to complete his first ever sea swim event.

Another event completed by all in what has been a short series. Those that completed the three events felt lucky and thought of those who could not for various reasons.  We wish you all well for 2022. A massive thanks to all involved in organising and marshaling these events. 2021 has seen some enforced new approaches to the events but the core principle of friendly participation has not changed thanks to the BQA committee and members.

See you next Season Pete Chappill 



2nd Overall BQA’s Nigel Unwin

Congratulations to our Winners and to our BQA Members

1st Mike Birchmore Senior 2.41.13 
2nd Nigel Unwin Vet 50 BQA 2.56.42
3rd Sam Pantling Vet 40 3.02.12

1st Harriet Enoch Senior 2.57.38
2nd Rebecca Newson Senior 3.14.58
3rd Sally Crabb Vet 40 3.40.32

1st Team ‘Foreshore’ 2.50.04
1st Pair Lee Sampson & Simon Hammond 2.53.30

BQA’s John Kavanagh

BQA Members
9th Nicholas Farnell Vet 60 3.13.47
12th Pete Chappill Vet 60 3.31.35
16th John Kavanagh Vet 60 3.46.48
18th Andrew Lawson Vet 60 3.53.18

Also well done to our other BQA Member Helen Adams in a 4 man Team, and to Helen Recchia who competed in a Pairs Team.

Full Results 2021 Bude Quadrathlon Results

Final Trophy Results to Follow

Montgomary Charity Kayak Tri

This Great Charity Triathlon normally takes part early may, but due to Covid it has been put back to September, Unfortunately this year it was the same weekend as Shrewsbury, with most BQA members entered in SYTris Quad we didn’t have any takers.

However our BQA website host and Deva Diva Quadrathlete ‘Nicola Perrins’ and her husband ‘Mike Waring’ flew the flag for us, and may I say in fine style too! A big thanks to Mike for his Race Report below:

Craig Williams MP and Richard Williams (Mayor of Newtown) start the Montgomery Canal Triathlon from Newtown.Picture by Phil Blagg Photography.PB057-2021-3

Montgomery Canal Triathlon 4/9/21

A fun event in aid of the restoration of the canal, starting in Newtown in Wales and ending across the border in Shropshire. Shortened for this year due to bridge restoration works, it consisted of a 12 mile MTB, a 5.5 mile kayak and a 9.5 mile run. Due to Covid it was also moved from May to September with a reduced number of entries of about 120. It is a great friendly event with families taking part along with a few serious people at the front.
From the start it became apparent the first wave of us were really going for it, the MTB leg being very fast. Unfortunately I made a rookie mistake at one of the bridges which ended up with me leading the 2nd rider into someone’s driveway, allowing the 3rd rider to pass us! Working together we managed to catch him, then I took the lead from then on and was first to arrive at our waiting kayaks.

Mike finishing his Kayak leg

Although much hard work had been done by volunteers to clear the canal of weed, due to the time of year there were still large sections of it, which felt like paddling through treacle! It was tough going with the weed dragging on my rudder but lucky it eventually opened to clearer water. Being first through, apart from clearing some weeds, I had the privilege of alerting a few families of swans that we were coming through – they weren’t that impressed! The marshals that greeted us, on the other hand, where very friendly and welcoming. Those at the locks even helping carry the kayaks for us!

First finisher Mike Waring with 2nd Tristan Duggleby and 3rd Craig Niccolls.

The final run section followed unrestored parts of the canal through beautiful countryside, where a lot of preparation had been made cutting back foliage for us to pass. I managed to reach the finish first, with the next two finishers just minutes behind. A pleasant surprise was being handed a bottle of Cava for my efforts! This year was my first time taking part, previously supporting my partner Nicola who took part in 2019 (she took a more leisurely pace this time) we both thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to be back next year.

The event was brilliantly organised and the marshalling of the whole course was fantastic, with nearly the same number of marshals as there were competitors! All finishers agreed they preferred the new format with the run at the end instead of the kayak as in previous years.
It was especially nice to see real progress being made with the restoration of the canal from previous donations and also to see competitors offering help for future volunteer work.

They are always interested to hear from anyone who would like to join in,
contact: friends@themontgomerycanal.org.uk.
More information here The Montgomery Canal Triathlon

Sunshine in Shrewsbury for 2021!

Great to be back at in Shrewsbury for the 8th Shrewsbury Quadrathon, it was cancelled due to Covid in 2020, but this year with some covid restrictions in place SYTRI were determined to give us a great event …. and that they certainly did!  The weather this year was perfect, as always the race was brilliantly organized and the atmosphere buzzing, though for many of us it was back to racing for the first time since ‘Covid lockdown’ so a some apprehension on the start line, but with plenty of smiley friendly quadrathletes offering reassurance the nerves were soon gone!

The racing was good with PB’s and personnel triumphs from many first time Quadrathletes! There were 3 waves this year as wave numbers were reduced due to Covid restrictions first off Open and Vet 40, then Vet 50, 60 and 70 and then all the Ladies together. 

Race Organizer & Competitor Phil, a great effort and very happy to be over the finish line!

In the men’s race Steve King dominated from the start, producing the fastest splits across the board, (1.29.30)  he finished 5 mins ahead of Ryan Sneddon (1.34.24) who was in the same wave. Nigel Unwin in the 2nd wave was just beaten into 3rd place by 3 seconds (1.34.27) it certainly would of been a very close race if they had been racing in the same wave! Alexander Williamson came 4th (1.38.48) followed by BQA member and Race organizer Phil Holden (1.39.14) a brilliant effort by Phil who had been up to his eyes in organizing and making sure everything was in place for race day!

We had an excellent turnout of Male BQA Members and it was so good to see so many BQA trisuits on the course, it was certainly noted by onlookers who were very impressed by the fact we were doing 4 disciplines instead of 3!

Sadly due to Covid there was no prize giving, just the top 3 in Male and Female. But having said that everyone was rewarded with a great celebratory 10 year Anniversary Technical T-shirt  and beautiful medal, a really nice touch to celebrate this excellent event, I shall certainly be wearing mine with pride!

Male Winners and Congratulations to our BQA Members.

Winner Steve King

1st Steve King Vet 40 (1.29.30)
2nd Ryan Sneddon Open (1.34.24)
3rd Nigel Unwin Vet 50 (1.34.27)

BQA Members
5th Phil Holden Vet 50 (1.39.14)
6th Pete Tindall Vet 40  (1.40.06)
7th Nicholas Farnell Vet 60 (1.40.46)
9th Peter Chappill Vet 60 (1.46.13)
11th Wayne Smith Vet 50 (1.48.02)
12th Lance Ball Vet 50 (1.49.21)
13th Andrew Lawson Vet 60 (1.52.44)
15th John Kavanagh Vet 60 (1.53.38)
18th Jeff Chappill Vet 50 (1.55.56)
24th John MacLeod Vet 70 (2.08.34)
25th David Jones Vet 60 (2.09.50)

Winner Natalie Abbott
The Ladies race was fought hard from the start, with the lead changing after each discipline!  Liz Dawson had a fantastic swim and was just getting in her kayak as Helen Adams, Natalie Abbott and Jean Ashley were finishing there swim! Jean in her strongest leg chased down Liz and came out of the kayak in the lead. Meanwhile Helen with a great effort on the bike, started to chase Jean and came into transition just ahead of her. Natalie in 3rd place after the bike was now on a mission in her best discipline, she ran a superb time to overtake Jean and then Helen to take a well deserved 1st place. 


Female Winners and Congratulations to our BQA Members.

1st Natalie Abbott Vet 60 (1.49.17) 
2nd Helen Adams Vet 50 (1.50.03) 
3rd Jean Ashley Vet 60 (1.51.08)

BQA Members
4th Liz Dawson Vet 50 (1.51.43)  
6th Mary White Vet 70 (1.57.44) 
9th Margaret Huyton Vet 70  (2.07.07)
11th Donna Chappill Vet 50 (2.12.07) 
13th Caz Jones Vet 50 (2.22.23) 


There were some fantastic performances from all of the women, strong racing from the age groupers and plenty of big smiles and positive feedback too! We also had lots of great efforts from all our BQA Members, a total of 20 racing at Shrewsbury! Great to see them flying the flag for us … Thank-you! The BQA really appreciate your support and valuable membership!

Mary & Margaret

If we had a ‘Team Trophy’ it would of been presented to the ‘GIRLS, from MADCC a fine crew of 6 …. a huge well done to Natalie Abbott, Liz Dawson,  Nicola Hamerton and Heike Chapman – inspired by our forever young ’70 year old twins’ Mary and Margaret!

However after the race, we did present the ‘BQA Eric Hattliff Memorial Trophy’ to Mary & Margaret  this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now and along the way inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 2 years, they have been encouraging their team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing! So a big thanks to Mary and Margaret who will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years.   

On behalf of the BQA I would like to say a huge thank-you to Shrewsbury Triathlon/Quadrathlon Team of organisers, Shrewsbury C.C. marshals, helpers and family members for letting us, once again be part of your Triathlon Event – Be Very Proud of your  great race and here’s to the next 10 years! 

Full Results Shrewsbury Sprint Quad 2021

The Awesome Foursome is back!

Bude is back and entries are open for this Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon on Saturday 11th September! A fantastic event in this beautiful seaside town on the Cornwall Coast. Every September since 2002  Simon Hammond and his Team from ‘Shorelineactivities’ run the Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon, an extreme multi-sport race for individuals, pairs and relay teams to enter. This is an established event in the British and European Quadrathlon calendar regularly being a World Cup ranking event or the European Short Course Championships.

The race makes the very most of Bude’s geography and features. The open water swim takes place within the shelter of Bude’s breakwater. The cycle ride includes some amazing coastal hills (including the 1 in 3 climb at Millook). The kayak leg takes place on the tranquil Bude canal. And the final run follows the canal towpath onto the coastal path and back to Bude. The fastest athletes will take around 3 hours to complete the course with most finished within 4 hours.

Entries must be received in advance. You can do this by going to our website and downloading an application form and following the instructions or by using our On-Line entry system. 


The event starts with an 800 m sea swim, a double loop within Summerleaze bay, protected by the breakwater. Next a 30 km cycle following the coast road to Widemouth, Wanson Mouth and Millook before meeting the A39 at Wainhouse Corner and returning to Bude. Then a 10 km Kayak paddle, which is a double loop of the Bude canal. And finally a 10 km run along the canal towpath to Helebridge, following the marked footpath across the fields to Widemouth and returning to Bude via the coastal path. The course has stayed the same since we first ran it in 2002.

Guarantied to be a fantastic weekend away …. not forgetting those Cornish Pasties and Cream Teas to replenish the muscles afterwards!