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 


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

Deva Divas Quad Cancellation

Hello Our Diva Quadrathletes … Sally and I are feeling really sad now she has had to send an email out to cancel Deva Divas 2020. Yet we know it is the right decision. We really hope that we see as many of you as possible for Divas next year, put the new date in your diary 11th July 2021 ……. let’s make it a race to remember 2021 is going to be amazing!!

Once again this is very sad news but look at what you’ve achieved in your training so far, it has made you focus physically and mentally and what you have put in will only make you stronger. Most of us will be able to still enjoy the great outdoors, the lanes and tracks on our bikes or running ……..this is all part of the the big picture, we will come through this with strength, tomorrow is another day ….. #onwardsandupwards #yougirlsarethebest

Biggest hugs ever to you all!! 😘 Stay safe, stay focused and take care.🌈💜 Love Jean and Sally XX

Membership Update

Dear BQA Members and Affiliates ‘Our quadrathlon family’

I hope you are all fit and well and still able to keep up your daily hours exercise, I suppose we are quite lucky having 4 disciplines to choose from, so lots of muscle groups to work on!

We were all looking forward to a great season this year, when the European Championship’s would have kicked started the season in Brigg. In anticipation our membership numbers for 2020 were higher than normal. Sadly the World has changed and Covid-19 has stopped us all in our tracks.

Many races have been cancelled across the board, running, biking, kayaking, swimming, many triathlons and as we speak 4 Quadrathlons so far. (see under events – Race List). The BQA Quadrathlon events are organized by local promoters, and they will dictate the outcome of their race regarding Covid-19, following our Government Rules and taking advice from British Triathlon and British Canoeing. We ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions.

In light of the fact we will have a very disjointed season, the BQA have decided to carry over all our 2020 memberships and affiliations through to the end of the 2021. Getting back to normal may take some time, but we do hope there will be some opportunity to race before the end of the season.

As a quadrathlete look at what you’ve achieved in your training and racing so far, it has made us stronger physically and mentally and I have no doubt that when this storm is over, we will be back out there motivating and willing each other on …….. just like we always do! We are all on this journey together; we will come through this and be back even stronger!

Stay Safe, Be positive and I look forward to those Sunshine Days together again soon.

Jean Ashley on behalf of the ‘BQA Team’

Brigg Bomber Cancelled

With British Traithlon’s Announcement today extending the suspension of triathlon activity until at least 30 June our Brigg Bomber is the next BQA Race to be hit by COVID -19. Lincsquad with heavy hearts, I’m afraid to say have no other option but to cancel The Keyo Brigg Bomber & European Championships.

Please all take care of yourselves and your families through this difficult time… as that is what is most important 💗 XX

Dearne Valley Quad

I have just had an email from Mark Benton asking me to circulate this news ‘ He is sorry to announce they have taken the decision to cancel the Dearne Valley Quad/Tri at Manvers on 14th June. We will contact SI Entries and refund any race fees that have been paid.’

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. 

This is very sad news once again but look at what you’ve achieved in your training so far, it has made us stronger physically and stronger mentally and gets us ready for our next challenge. Most of us will be able to still enjoy the great outdoors, rivers, lanes and tracks and continue swim, kayak, bike or run …….. its all part of the the big picture, we will come through this and be back even stronger! Stay safe, be sensible and take care Jean Ashley x

COVID-19 Update

As you will all have noticed so many events have been cancelled, marathons, triathlons and unfortunately we also have to register the first cancellations of planned WQF World Cups: – Terceria (POR), 26.04.2020, Kretinka (CZE), 13.06.2020, Olso (NOR), 22.08.2020.

BQA Events cancelled Dearne Valley Quad (GB) 14.06.2020

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. 

This is very sad news and I’ve seen many posts of disappointment, but stand back and observe what you’ve achieved in your training, training is never a waste it has made us stronger physically and stronger mentally and gets us ready for our next challenge. Look to move forwards knowing that you’ve more time to train, more time to get stronger and fitter, look for the positives, every swim, kayak bike or run is about why we do it, for our minds and our bodies not for just for the races …. its all part of the the journey ….. the race is just the bonus! Stay safe, take care …. we will come through of this! 

The BQA adhere to WQF Rules and British Triathlon guidelines, the latest news on the situation here in the UK is below and will be updated regularly. For your information –

COVID -19 British Triathlon is taking the current threat of COVID-19 very seriously and are working closely with all the relevant authorities. The wellbeing of the British Triathlon family, whether you are a member, volunteer, athlete or member of staff is our main priority, particularly as we enter the triathlon season in the UK. There are now an increasing number of event cancellations across the world and we expect this to continue in the coming weeks.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) today announced that all activities have been suspended until April 30. This includes all events in the World Triathlon and Continental calendars. The full statement can be found here: Latest World triathlon cancellations

The latest advice from the government which can be found here: UK Guidance/coronavirus-covid-19

For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed, and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.  Further information can be found here Uk Guidance Travel Advice Coronavirus

British Triathlon would like to remind anyone running events, training sessions or trips abroad that they must inform participants, coaches, volunteers and spectators of hygiene precautions to help reduce the spread of infection. For the latest infection control advice, please click here.


Rescheduled Box End Sprint Quad

Due to Covid -19 Box End Sprint Quad has been Rescheduled 20th September (depending on Government Guidelines) – 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. There is excellent camping on site too the whole race takes place within the boundary of the Box End Water park, it really is a superb venue!

Running along side the Sprint Quad will be Race 3 the final Quadkidz race on the season, so our youngsters will be presented with the Series Winners Prizes (all those who have raced all 3 QuadKidz races 2020).

2020 BOX END ENTRY FORM  Be Inspired and get your Entries in NOW!!! 

Race Details – The Box End Quadrathlon BQA & Quadkids Race 3 – Sunday 5.07.20

 Registration [in main building] on Saturday 4th.July 20 is open from 17.00 to 18.00 competitors are encouraged to register on the Saturday if possible.
 Sunday 5th July 2020 registration will be open from 06.00 to 07.15.
 Race briefing is at 07.45 in the transition area [compulsory to attend]
 The race will start at 08.00
Race information will be emailed but can also be found on our website:
Venue: Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485

Directions available from Box End Water Ski Park website:
Event Details
Quadrathlon Race
750m open water swim – 4.8km kayak [4 laps] – 15km off-road bike course [3 laps] – 5km trail run [1 lap] 

QuadKidz Race                                                                                250m open water swim – 1.2km kayak (1 lap) – 5km off-road bike    (1 lap) – 2km trail run

Wetsuits are advisable but not compulsory unless low water temperatures.
Entry Fees
Individual Entry fee for BQA member £30
Additional fee for non BQA member – £5 (Pay on day)
On the day registration (At reception) – £5 extra
Team for Quadrathlon – £60
Quadkids – £15

Hermione Ball Series Winner 2019

Facilities available –  Camping, toilets, showers, changing areas, refreshments, parking, bar, restaurant and café.
If camping contact Box End directly pre booking and payment is mandatory – Telephone Number: 01234 846222, or email

Event Rules –  The event will be run under the rules & guidelines set out by the British Quadrathlon & World Quadrathlon Association can be seen here –

LincsQuadKidz 2020 Training Weekend & Race

‘LincsQuadKidz’ and Training Camp Saturday 27th & QuadKidz Race Sunday 28th June 2020
Back again for 2020 this brilliant weekend of ‘Quadrathlon Fun’ hosted by Lincsquad will take place at North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club. British Triathlon & British Cycling coaches, and Lincsquad members will be  coaching you and leading the day which will consist of off road cycling, running, open water swimming and kayak practice. There will be lots of help, encouragement, plenty of smiles and guaranteed to be plenty of fun along the way! The training day will be on the Saturday and the QuadKidz Race on the Sunday, this will be the 2nd event in the QUADKIDZ National Trophy Series

There will also be an opportunity for the Adults to do an Open water Swim practice Sunday morning cost £5 but swim for FREE if you help with Marshaling the race!

The date is confirmed, but Entries will not be open until BTF authorise the event. Registering will be through the BTF as a Go-Tri Liincsquad 1-2-3-4 event, but initial enquiries can be dealt with through the club site Youth-Academy Contacts

The Training Day is open to Children 8 – 18 Our Quadrathletes in the making! Keep posted for more information!

Flyer Information Lincs quadkidz Event 2020

Quadrathlon Camp 2018


Team Manvers WIN Gold Award

The BQA wish to CONGRATULATE Team Manvers the organizers of the brilliant Dearne Valley Quadrathlon on their Gold Award! Mark Benton and his Team are very pleased to announce that Team Manvers “Dusk Til Dawn” has won the Racecheck Gold Award, earned through excellent participant reviews, this is great news for Manvers Waterfront Boat Club based ​in Wath upon Dearne.

They are a friendly multi-sports club with the primary aim of promoting Swim-Bike-Run activities for the community of the Dearne Valley and surrounding areas. They run a variety of different sessions during the week which are posted on our FACEBOOK page. The Boat Club has toilets/showers and changing facilities for members. We also have a dog Friendly café and plenty of on site parking.

The winter timetable is now in operation, please click on the appropriate section for full details on the website  Teammanvers

Mark wishes to thank everyone for all your great reviews and entries for this years event are now open, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. Entry details are below. ​                                                                  

Sunday 24th May “Great South Yorkshire Swim” – For entry click HERE.
Saturday 13th June “South Yorkshire SUP/BIKE/RUN” – For entry click HERE.

Sunday 14th June “South Yorkshire Triathlon/Quadrathlon Festival” – For entry click HERE.
This Sprint Quadrathlon takes place in and around the Manvers Waterpark, the Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, with various distances for the 3 age groups, it is an excellent friendly and very inclusive event for all levels of athletes. It is certainly a brilliant start to the Quadkidz season, your children will be well supported and encouraged throughout, they will no doubt finish feeling very proud with a huge smile!
Thanks also to Mark who has given 2020 BQA members the MWBC discount option so you can enter at a cheaper rate
Saturday 25th July “Dusk Til Dawn” – For entry click HERE.

Any Quadrathletes in the area wishing to do some training with Manvers keep an eye open for Quad Training Days …. BQA Quadrathletes Caz and Dave Jones along with Mark will be organizing some sessions at Manvers to help out newcomers to our sport ….. A session with these wonderful people and you’ll be hooked!!  


Time to get Motivated!

So lets hope your New year has started well and lets hope you’ve got these dates in your Race Plan for 2020! Here is a reminder of our BQA races, 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 another great Quadrathlon Season!

‘The Brigg Bomber’ will be hosting the EUROPEAN Championships, and that Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will be our NATIONAL Championships! 

RACE 1 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – European Championships  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 the European Championships 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 – 14th 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 2020 BQA members can use the MWBC discount option.

RACE 3 – 5th July – Box End Sprint Quad – National Championships and QuadKidz 750km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km XC run.

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 with excellent camping on site too. The Quadkidz Race will take part at the same time as the Open Race!  Entries open soon BoxEnd Quadrathlon

RACE 4 – 6th 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 (and selling out fast) Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

RACE 5 – 12th September – Awesome Foursome Quad  National Championships – 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 2020 Trophy Series
24th May – Brigg Bomber
14th June – Dearne Valley Sprint
5th July – Box End Sprint
6th Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint
12th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz 2020 Series
14th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz
5th June BoxEnd QuadKidz
27th/27th June Date to be Confirmed Lincs QuadKidz Event

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
2nd May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)
22nd June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad 
12th July – Deva Divas Ladies Quad
20th September – Conwy Mountain Challenge Duathlon

If your looking to do some races in Europe these are the WORLD CUP RACES 2020

26.4.2020 Quadrathlon Terceira (POR, Sprint)

24.05.2020 Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon (GBR, European Champs Middle)

13.06.2020 Quadrathlon Křetinka (CZE, Sprint)

20.06.2020 Quadrathlon Týn nad Vltavou (CZE, World Champs Middle)

27.06.2020 ExtremeMan Kaposvár (HUN, European Champs Sprint)

05.07.2020 Bydgoszcz Quadrathlon (POL, Sprint)

15.08.2020 Quadrathlon water soup (GER, Sprint)

22.08.2020 Quadrathlon Oslo (NOR, Sprint)

05.09.2020 Bergsee Quadrathlon Ratscher (GER, World Champs Sprint)

13.09.2020 Tiszafüred Quadrathlon (HUN, Middle)

26.09.2020 Quadrathlon Cazalegas (ESP, Sprint)