On the Back of Brigg Bomber Excitement its time to enter your next challenge!
Dearne Valley Quad and Box End Quad National Championships are just around the corner …. get your entries in! I have had a couple of messages from our Quadrathlon Race Organizers asking for your Entries … they seem to be on the low side at the moment, especially the QuadKidz entries too. If your thinking about entering one or two of our wonderful events could you enter soon please! This really helps our race organizers to prepare for their event, especially when they have to organize goodies, medals and prizes!
Here is a quick reminder of the Next two races in the BQA National Trophy Series
RACE 2 – 16th 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! Dearne Valley Quad
RACE 3 – 30th June – NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Box End Sprint Quad & QuadKidz– A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. This year it is our British National Championships so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too …. And you can even try your hand at wake boarding! After a successful Quadkidz race last year the second Quadkidz Race of the junior series will take part at the same time as the Open Race! BoxEnd Quadrathlon
Spectators witnessed Quadrathlon at its best, with the World Middle Distance Championships taking part Brigg on 26th May. A brilliant day with plenty of exciting racing and superb performances from the Europeans to our very own GB Athletes!
British Quadrathlon, BQA are extremely grateful to Lincsquad’s Organizing Team for putting on this World Championship Race for us and to all the Marshall’s who made every single athlete feel so special as they raced around the course!
Well done to every single athlete that raced and to all the teams too, there was a lot of grit and determination out there, also lots of camaraderie, plenty of smiles and support for fellow athletes around the course! Big congratulations to the 2 Overall World Champions ‘William Peters’ Belgium and ‘Becky Robertson’ GB and to all the other Age Group Champions!
There have been so many positive comments, the atmosphere was brilliant, so Thanks ‘Lincsquad’ Great Britain couldn’t of done it without you!
The standard of racing was World Class, with strong male athletes coming from Belgium, Czech Germany Hungary and Spain to defend their titles and get World Cup points! We missed 2018 World Champion Lisa Teichert from the Ladies start line, but never the less there was a good strong field with some new talent in the mix! The weather was reasonably warm and spirits not dampened even though we had the odd heavy shower, the sun finally did come out and it turned out to be good conditions!
The atmosphere at the start was electric with the athletes being counted down with that ‘Heartbeat thump’ echoing over the River Ancholme. Svoboda was first out of the water well ahead in 18.31, a group followed with Cole in 2nd 21.44 closely followed by Csima, Peters, King, and Garcia. The heavy rain showers didn’t slow the bike leg down, it was extremely fast with 4 athletes going under the hour.
Fastest bike split was King 59.04, but Svoboda stayed in the lead going into the kayak. Peters, Csima, Mason were all close behind as the race had certainly hotted up! Csima had the fastest kayak 33.04 but Peters, almost as fast 33.46 went into the lead, leaving Svoboda in his wake. (Tom was paddling Lincsquads Donna Chappill’s Kayak – it was quite amazing how fast he paddled it … I hope he’s left some magic in their Donna!!)
So out on the run Peters held onto his lead to take the Championships (2.34.33). Tom had a lot to do after the kayak leg but he chased hard with a very fast run 36.26 passing Csima, Mason and King to take 2nd place (2.36.53). Csima just held on to 3rd (2.37.44) with Mason our first Brit, (2.37.54) working extremely hard to try and catch him. Mike just missed the podium spot by 10 seconds, but he certainly proved he is up there with the World Class Quadrathletes!
In the Ladies race Russell was first out of the swim in 23.46, Davies 2 mins behind with Illidge and Robertson 15 seconds after. Robertson (who did her last quadrathlon in 2012) soon put her expert biking to the test and went into the lead with the fastest split in 1.08.43. Russell held onto 2nd place, with Davies in 3rd both producing similar bike splits. Illidge new to our sport hadn’t done a lot of biking, but with kayaking being her best discipline the podium places were still up for grabs. Robertson increased her lead on the kayak with another top split 40.26, Russell still maintained 2nd, Davies in 3rd with the young Illidge chasing hard in
the kayak, having a fast split also 41.43. Robertson pulled away again with a strong run 44.49 to take the Championship title, (3.02.20) Russell still working hard took 2nd (3.11.35). Meanwhile Davies was having a great race, but Illidge being a strong runner was still making up ground, with just 30 seconds to go she went into 3rd place (3.24.21) with Davies in 4th (3.24.21).
We’ve had some amazing Results, congratulations again to William Peters (Belgium) and Becky Robinson (GB) who are the 2019 World Champions! We are also very proud of our Age Group World Champions … A Brilliant Effort from Team GB …. Thank you all so much for making it a Great World Championships!
MALE World Champion William Peters (BEL) Elite 2nd Tom Svobod (CZE) Elite 3rd Ferenc Csima (CZECH) Vet 40 World Champion 4th Mike Mason (GB) Masters 40 5th Jordi Garcia (ESP) Masters 40 Vet 50 World Champion Nigel Unwin (GB) Vet 60 World Champion Iain Wood (GB) Vet 70 World Champion John Sharp (GB)
FEMALE World Champion Becky Robertson (GB) Elite 2ndHelen Russell (GB) Vet 40 World Champion 3rdJenny Illidge (GB) Elite Vet 50 World Champion Jacquline Davies (GB) Vet 60 World Champion Mary White (GB)
There were many more brilliant performances, and some excellent personal goals achieved …. Some lovely stories and photographs on our BQA and Lincsquad facebook pages. The BQA wish to thank every single one of you, for giving your very best and flying the flag for us, you have put British Quadrathlon on the World Map!
Team GB’ Our BQA MEMBERS –
They took advantage of the championships being on home turf and had a strong Team, a huge thank-you to all 32 of you racing for our GB Quad Team! Without your BQA memberships, we would have no BQA (Governing Body) and so we wouldn’t be able to affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Federation, who allow us to host these amazing Championship Races.
Our GB Team is made up of BQA Members, some are at the top of British Quadrathlon, but just as important are the members who want to share their passion, and spread the word for our sport! Thank you for your support and for racing at the 2019 World Championships ‘Bask in Your Glory’ and get planning your next Quadrathlon!
BQA Members Role of Honor
Male 4th Michael Mason 2nd Vet 40 14th Alan Cole Vet 40 15th Nigel Unwin World Champion Vet 50 17th Nigel Leeson 2nd Vet 50 23rd Kevin Blakey Vet 50 26th Peter Tindall Vet 40 27th Iain Wood World Champion Vet 60 30th Phil Holden Vet 50 32nd Cliff Odgers Vet 50 37th Peter Chappill Vet 50 38th Michael Toomy 2nd Vet 60 41st Lance Ball Vet 50 43rd Wayne Smith Vet 40 47th Phil Laycock Vet 50 49th Kev Lovett Vet 50 50th John Kavanagh 3rd Vet 60 56th Ian Collins Vet 50 58th John Redmond Vet 60 62nd Mark Benton Vet 50
Female 2nd Helen Russell World Champion Vet 40 5th Jacqueline Davies World Champion Vet 50 7th Mary White World Champion Vet 60 9th Helen Adams 2nd Vet 50 10th Victoria Price Elite 13th Liz Angood Elite 14th Siobhan Henn Elite 15th Anne Collins 3rd Vet 50 16th Amanda Clements Vet 40
Also well done to BQA Members that entered the Team Event
5thWhen I’m 64 (Mike Garnock-Jones and Jean Ashley) Our Fairy Quadmother ‘Jean Ashley’ has had her wings clipped for a while due to injury so thanks to Mike for at least letting her fly in the kayak!
11thTeam Jones (Caroline & David Jones) Well done to Caroline new to Quads last year she persuaded her husband to join up to do their first middle distance!
I’d just like to mention Belgium Team GoldenBear who without a doubt gave it all in Brigg over the weekend! They raced hard and played hard! They took 2nd Team place enjoying every moment, giving us some great Bomber Video footage, supporting their own team members and everyone else along the way! They also drank us under the table on the t-shirt tour, sampling our English Beers, our Fish’n Chips and joining in the true spirit of Quadrathlon! A great bunch of Guys, thanks for visiting us in Brigg!
Fellow Quadrathletes and all our international Competitors, The World Quadrathlon Championshops Keyo Brigg Bomber 2019 is almost hear! I hope your training has gone well and your all looking forward to racing on 26th May. The race is 99% full (one or two entries left due to injuries). That’s fantastic news for Lincsquad and for our sport of Quadrathlon! I would like to say a Huge Thank-you to Lincsquad for hosting the Championships, its always hard work for the Committee and Organizing Team, and it takes time, patience and a lot of dedication to put on a race of this caliber, the BQA and WQF appreciate your commitment and I have no doubt the competitors will be very proud to be part of this 2019 World Championships!
The BQA wish you a safe trip over to Brigg, and we look forward to meeting you all! Hears wishing everyone a great race, fingers crossed for good weather and safe racing! Plus a celebration afterwards in True ‘Lincsquad Style’ … The T-Shirt Tour!
Thank-you to all our members who will be flying the flag … you will be contributing to the Great Briatains World Cup Points for this New ‘World Cup Trophy! all standards and all ages, the BQA really appreciate your support … Your are keeping OUR SPORT ALIVE …. thank-you and have a Great Race!
The Quadrathlon Camp certainly exceeded all our expectations, the location was stunning, the weather was absolutely fantastic, and the training sessions were just perfect, varied and inclusive to all the various standards of Quadrathletes that joined the camp! Lots of banter, great company plenty of laughs, lots of tips, training sessions and stories shared during the week … not forgetting Alan’s cake too!
Those that wanted did 3 sessions a day, nothing was compulsory and there were always plenty of options to do longer or shorter. The lake was beautiful for swimming, a tad cold at around 15C but so clear. We did lots of kayaking, most days for some of us, the wind certainly had a mind of its own, some days flat calm and other days challenging waves, all good for stabilization techniques in K1’s, it was the first time I’ve paddled my Tor through ‘white horses’ … exciting stuff!!
The Biking was vary varied, from a hilly ride and a stiff hill climb up to the top of Llanberis, to a very fast time trial down to Porthmadog. There was a good trail road for running from the site and of course the beautiful mountain of Snowdon to run hike and walk up!
To top the week off we had our own ‘Llyn Gwynant Quadrathlon’ and as you can see from the map there were plenty of options to choose from – 3 swim distances, 3 bike distances, 1 – 5 laps on the kayak and 3 run distances … we even had a duathlon option!
So I would just like to say a huge Thank-you to Pete Chappill from Lincsquad that instigated the camp, it was chilled but at the same time we all worked as hard and pushed each other on! The training was thought out and planned really well! The beautiful weather really helped make it feel like a European Training Camp, we could of easily been in the Swiss mountains … so Thank-You Snowdonia for Blue Bird skies and Sunshine ….. a truly great week!
Hopefully we may do it all again next year ? The camp was for 8 days but athletes dipped in and out, so here’s an outline of the 5 middle days … just in case you fancy ‘Camp 2020’
Sun – Kayak intervals (66,3333,111111mins) – Swim 1000m – Run Intervals (3 miles)
Mon – Bike 3 hours (inc Hill Climb) – Kayak intervals (88,44,2222,1111mins)
Wed – Bike TT (12 miles) Special Treat Coffee and Cake with the Dobbers!! Ride back supposed to have done a ‘Negative split’ but we ate to much cake!! Kayak intervals (5,4,3,2,1 x 2) – Kev’s Cross Fit!
Thurs – ‘Llyn Gwynant Quad’ various distances taking between 2 and 3 hours.
So a Big Thanks again to all that came and made it great fun! Pete Chappill, Kev Lovett, Donna and Jeff Chappill, Liz Dawson, John Redmond, Alan Cole, Lance Ball and Jean and Dave Ashley.
P.S haven’t mentioned the great food, BBQ’s and the odd Beer and Bottle of Red …. goes without saying that went down very well too!!!!
The BQA are very excited to announce all the dates for our 2019 ‘QuadKidz’ Race Series! This will comprise of 3 Quadrathlon’s for our youngsters, there are various distances for the 3 age groups. (9-12) (13-15) and (16-18). At each race they will pick up points, which will go towards ‘Championship Prizes’ in each category. The Child with the most points in each age group will win the Prize, but they must of done 2 events from the series and must be a BQA QuadKidz Member. After the 3rd race organized by Lincsquad we will honor our QuadKidz Champions!
Overall Winners must be ‘BQA QuadKidz’ members, very reasonable membership for the year. £7 individual child or £5 per child if parent is a BQA Member. Membership Form
QuadKidz1 – ‘Dearne Valley Quad’ Sunday 16th June Is our First Race of the season. A Big thanks to Mark Benton for hosting this again, it is certainly a great start for our QuadKidz, with the organizers giving the youngsters plenty of support! This race takes place within this lovely Manvers Waterpark . (camping available on site). The aim is to deliver a fun Quadrathon where our children can enjoy the challenge, be encouraged all the way, and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards!
QuadKidz2 – ‘Box End QuadKidz’ Sunday 30th June Our second QuadKidz race will be at Box End. Thanks to Mark Pryor ‘Quadrac Racing’ for adding this QuadKidz event which fits perfectly into the main race. It’s an off road course, with plenty of encouragement from onlookers along the way making sure the QuadKidz finish with a smile and a huge sense of Achievement!
QuadKidz3 – ‘LincsQuadKidz’ Sunday 8th Sept Our third and final QuadKidz race will be at North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber. Thanks to Lincsquad for hosting this event, no doubt this will live up to their top class race organization certainly one not to be missed! This will be the the final race and the BQA will present the ‘Championship Prizes’ to ‘BQA QuadKidz members’ who have completed the Race Series!
Exciting News from The World Quadrathlon Federation, we have a new Trophy! The World Quadrathlon National Team Trophy will be awarded annually by the WQF. It will be awarded to the Nation with the highest number of points scored in the each of the 16 WQF Age group and Gender categories by an individual national, in any ONE of the World Cup races during the season.
This is great news for all the athletes racing in World Cup races … you can get those important points to help support your National Team! If no individual from a nation is represented in an age/gender group, then zero points will be scored for that category. Also only one person from each age group scores points for their nation and it is only the score from their best race that counts.
The trophy will be held by the winning nation for one year. It will be that nation’s responsibility to have the Trophy Engraved on the reverse (example: 2019 Great Britain) and ensure the trophy is available to be presented at the last World Cup Race of the following season.
The Trophy was beautiful carved out of English seasoned Oak by ‘Antony Dala’ Wood Sculpture and a triathlete who is a good friend of Jean Ashley’s. He also made the Wonderful Diva Devas Trophy in 2017.
The Metal plates we cut by another friend Helene Gilmour A Big Thank-you to our 2 talented Artists that have made sure our sport is rewarded with such ‘strong solid natural masterpieces’ … just like our Quadrathletes!
Just to remind Quadrathletes the training camp is getting closer and our race season will start at the end of may too ….. 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.
Peter Chappill & Kev Lovett Lincsquad members will be organizing a low key training camp at The Llyn Gwynant Camp Site, Snowdonia between 11th and 19th May 2019. 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. We will post more details at a later date, but if you’re interested please email me –email@example.com
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!
Box End Sprint Quadrathlon will be the BQA National Championships for 2019, a big thanks to Mark Pryor and Quadrac racing for hosting the championships this year! It will also be our 2nd Quadkidz race of the series too. Entries are NOW OPEN!
A very well established and superb Race, organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It always promises great racing across the board and is also ideal for beginners too as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. All Quadrathletes racing will get BQA National Trophy and will be part of the ‘National Championships’ 2019! Its also the 2nd race of the QuadKidz Series, and is a great onsite race for our Quadkidz to be part off, with a chance to support them around this great course. Without a doubt a great weekend in store! Don’t Miss this Great Race and enjoy the venue with a lovely weekend of camping too!
Manvers Waterfront Boat Club will be hosting some spring training sessions this season to help Quadrathletes and QuadKids prepare for the Dearne Valley Quadrathlon on the 16th June 2019 .
These have be instigated and organized by Dearne Valley Quadrathlon organizer Mark Benton and Mandy Greenaway Pennine Canoe/Quadrathlon Club. It is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our great sport of ‘Quadrathlon’. The aim is to deliver a fun day where you can enjoy learning about the 4 disciplines, you’ll be encouraged all the way, and will feel a great sense of achievement afterwards! I have no doubt you’ll be inspired and hopefully motivated to join us at the race in June!
Training Day Itinerary
10.00 – Advice about boats and safety on the water 10.15 – Get on the water 11.15 – Bike Ride Trans Pennine Trail (mountain bike or hybrid) 13.00 – Short Run (1.25 Miles)
Come along and try Quadrathlon. Helpers/coaches will be available to give advice. July session will include Open Water Swimming (April session may include Open Water Swimming depending on water temperature) Non Members Welcome – £5 Adults £3 Children Open to all – suitable for all ages. Hot showers and cafe on site
Venue: Manvers Waterfront Boat Club Contacts: Mark Benton or Mandy Greenaway
March 31st – Start 10.00am Spring Training – Introduction to Quadrathlon April 28th – Start 10.00am Quadkids & Introduction into Quadrathlon Training June 8th – 9th- Afternoon (Time to be decided) Pre Race Training Session July (Date & Time to be decided) Mid Season Training Session
The 2019 Montgomery Canal Triathlon will take place on Saturday, 18th May. (closing date for entries is 4th May 2019). This is a fantastic Charity event which I’ve done 6 times now, its a great challenge organized by a lovely bunch of enthusiasts!
Once again, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections in one day along 35 miles of the Canal: CYCLING 17 miles – Newtown to Pool Quay; RUNNING/WALKING 11 miles – Pool Quay to Morton; CANOEING 7 miles – Morton to Lower Frankton.
Thanks to a ‘Bags of Help’ grant through Tesco in Newtown, we have been able to keep entry fees the same at £25 for the full Triathlon or £10 per section (£12.50 and £5 for juniors). However, there is a small increase in the hire charge for canoes and kayaks and for those wanting bus transport in the morning to the start in Newtown. These are detailed on the attached Entry Form Triathlon Leaflet 2019
The Triathlon is organised in support of the restoration of the canal, which is visibly progressing. The section currently under restoration to Crickheath in Shropshire is fully funded: the rebuilding of Crickheath Wharf by contractors is nearing completion; volunteers restoring the canal channel towards Crickheath Wharf have finished ‘Phase 1’ this month and have handed back the restored section to the Canal & River Trust for a full water test; and volunteers have already started clearing trees from the next section towards Crickheath Wharf. Entrants in the 2019 Triathlon will see a real change in the canal between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath!
Whilst that project is still ongoing, progress is being made on the next section between Crickheath and Llanymynech. Plans to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge near Pant, the last ‘dropped’ bridge in Shropshire blocking the canal’s route to the Welsh border, are well progressed. This month contractors will be conducting investigations to establish the soil conditions for the foundations of the new bridge, which will enable the volunteers working on the restoration and their professional consultants to finalise the design for approval by the road and canal authorities.
We are pleased to report that we have been able to donate £5,000 from the 2017 and 2018 Triathlons towards the restoration of Schoolhouse Bridge and are hoping to raise more next year!
Many entrants raise funds for their chosen charities through taking part in the Triathlon. If you would like to raise funds for the restoration, you can download a ‘Restore The Montgomery Canal’ sponsorship form which will be available shortly at www.montgomerycanal.me.uk
We hope you’ll be able to enter if you need any more information contact:
Maggie Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org
Triathlon Entry Coordinator,
Friends of the Montgomery Canal
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