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!
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.
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.
DATES 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)
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!!
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!
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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Congratulations to our Winners and to our BQA Members
Male 1st Mike Birchmore Senior 2.41.13 2nd Nigel Unwin Vet 50 BQA 2.56.42 3rd Sam Pantling Vet 40 3.02.12
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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 ‘BQAEric 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 toShrewsbury 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!
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!
With Covid Restrictions and so much uncertainty regarding regulations we were unsure how the Deva Divas Ladies Races would go this year. The 12 week Kayak course which I organize pre-race, had been full, we had some cancellations, but we managed an excellent 9 weeks with all 7 Girls doing very well and paddling K1 race Kayaks beautifully on Race Day, which was so rewarding!
A massive thank-you must go to our Race director ‘Sally Napthen’ and Chester Tri Race Organizing Team who held it all together working hard with all the Covid Rules and Restrictions! Also to everyone who prepared the race venue, course, safety, technical teams, all marshals across 4 disciplines, cake makers, commentators, and the list goes on and on!
Our Deva Divas Festival, was a real up lifter to many of us and athletes too, and having 3 races in our ‘Ladies Festival’ it proved to be a Great Success this year … The Triathlon, The Quadrathlon and now the popular Aqua Bike. There were a few missing due to covid self-isolation, we managed 31 finishers but sadly no hugs allowed on the Finish Line. All those Divas showed determination and dedication, not to forget the camaraderie as you supported your fellow competitors throughout the race.
We couldn’t have this race without the competitors, so thank-you to all you Deva Quadrathletes for giving it your all, you pushed hard, smiled all the way, you were amazing, and make our race so very special. It means so much to Sally Napthen and myself, when we see those Big Smiles throughout the race we know it’s been another memorable Day! I have had so many lovely messages from you all, it’s been a great pleasure and an honor to be part of YOUR journey, I am so proud of you all …..
Everyone who took part in the Quadrathlon was a Winner; I know plenty of you had your own dreams and goals which you all blew away on Race Day! Never the less at the front end there was some excellent racing going on and leaders changed several times. Elizabeth Midding was first out of the swim, followed close by Gillian Melia, Elizabeth kept her lead in the kayak but was chased down by (previous winner 2018) Jenny Illidge. After a strong bike leg Adele Blakeborough, (also previous 2019 winner) came into transition in first place, with several other contenders close behind ….. so it was all down to who had the strongest run? Eleanor Young with very fresh legs started to chase them all down and eventually moved into first place, a great effort for this first time Quadrathlete, she also had her Mum Judith competing too!
Sadly due to Covid there were no presentations on the Podium, but all the Winners have received ‘Tri Girl Vouchers’ thanks to them for the ongoing support. As always in Quadrathlon we LOVE to share out the prizes so if you were in the top 3, the age group prizes are rolled down to the next person ….. Congratulations to you all!
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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