The 3rd Deva Divas Quadrathlon’ is almost here ….. another special day for ‘British Quadrathlon’ as this year we have 50 Ladies take to the water for the ‘Only Ladies Quadrathlon in the World’ This race also has the backing of the WQF (World Quadrathlon Association) the BQA and ‘British Canoeing’ they wish you all a great and enjoyable race!
For the 3rd time Race Organizer ‘Sally Napthan’ and Chester Triathlon Club agreed to let me add this to the ‘Infamous Deva Divas Sprint Tri’, we have so much fun with the ‘Quad Girls’ I’m sure the quad is hear to stay …. a huge thank-you to all at the Tri Club and Canoe Club that have helped make this possible!
I have met well over half of you and had great pleasure in coaching 12 of you who joined our Deva Divas Canoe Course at Chester Canoe Club 12 weeks ago! Myself and club coaches have been inspired to how hard you have worked and so pleased you have all progressed to K1 race kayaks … showing true commitment!
I am very excited about Race Day … its a First for many of you, and I’m so excited to see how far you have all come! I will be cheering every single one of you, as you complete each one those four disciplines, and will be waiting for you all at that finish line!
Looking Forward to meeting you all, have a fantastic day and believe me there is the BEST Cake EVER waiting for you at the Finish Line …. now there’s an incentive…. who doesn’t just love cake!
BQA Leisure Kit – I’ve had a few orders for Tech T-shirts and Micro Fleeces, I’m just sending a shout out to BQA members asking if anyone else needs any leisure kit before I place the order. If you do email me stating item and size …. Thanks Jean email@example.com
Box End was blessed with beautiful weather for the National Quadrathlon Championships (3rd Trophy Race of the Season). As ever Mark and his Team ‘Quadrac Racing’ put on another excellent event, and looking at all the comments and photographs on our BQA Facebook page it was enjoyed by all the Quadrathletes that raced!
Sadly due to difficult family circumstances at the moment ‘the fairyquadmother’ was unable to make it … but Jean was very pleased that plenty of you were sharing your passion and spreading her fairy dust in her absence … thank-you! X
If anyone does have time to do a race report or put together a few thoughts about the race you’d like to share please send me an email, this is open to our QuadKidz too, I’d love to here from you too and would love to put a QUADKIDZ REPORT on your Website page! firstname.lastname@example.org
This race was certainly Quadrathlon at its best and the leaders and age groupers certainly had their work cut out! It was a tough fight at the top with Billy Butler taking 1st by just 30 seconds from Michael Mason in 2nd with Alan Cole in 3rd. Helen Russell won the Ladies race with Jacq Odgers in 2nd and newcomer Rachel Temple-Fry in 3rd.
These are our National Champions and runners up … well done to you all! As requested by the quadrathletes at the race we did a role down for the prizes.
National Champions Male 1st Billy Butler Senior 2nd Michael Mason MV40 3rd Alan Cole MV40 4th/1st MV50 Ewan Cox 5th/2nd MV50 Kevin Blakey 8th/1st MV60 Michael Toomey 9th/1st MV40 Wayne Smith 10th/2nd MV60 Andrew Lawson 1st MU23 & 1st QuadKidz 13-15 Blake Mawson-Burren
National Champions Female 1st Helen Russell FV40 2nd Jacqueline Odgers FV50 3rd Rachel Temple-Fry Senior 4th/1st FV60 Mary White 6th/1st FV50 Gillian Melia 7th/2nd FV50 Elaine Palmer 8th/2nd FV60 Margaret Huyton 11th/1st FV40 Mandy Lewis
1st FU23/1st Quadkidz 13-15 Hermione Ball 2nd Quadkidz 13-15 Rebecca Lewis 1st QuadKidz 9-11 Willow Lewis
Congratulations to the 33 athletes that raced and to our 4 Quadkidz, the numbers at BoxEnd were down by a lot this year, the BQA chose this Sprint race to be National Championships in the hope the shorter distances may have been more inclusive and encouraged a lot more athletes to enter, but sadly not. Speaking to race organizers this may put the race in jeopardy for the future it has been a lot of hard work and effort for such a small field, so lets do what we can to keep encouraging our friends and especially our youngsters to join our great sport! It was excellent to see 24 of the 33 athletes taking part were BQA Members so a huge thank-you to those for flying the flag!
Congratulations to the QuadKidz after their first race of the season. See their rankings BQA Quadkidz 2019
The 2019 ‘QuadKidz’ Race Series comprises of 3 Quadrathlon’s, 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. The next race is Box End QuadKidz’ Sunday 30th June. 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
Just over a week to go ….. Still time to send your Entries in for RACE 3 in the BQA National Trophy Plus the added bonus as its our NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Box End Sprint Quad & QuadKidz on 30th June.
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.
It’s is our British National Championships so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. 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! 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!
The Box End Quadrathlon BQA National Championships & Quadkids Race 2 – Sunday 30.06.19 The National Championship event is suitable for both experienced and novice athletes just wanting to start out in the sport.
Date: The event takes place on Sunday 30th June 2019. Timing: Registration on Saturday 29.06.19 is open from 17.00 to 18.00 and on Sunday 30.06.19 registration opens 06.00 to 07.15. Competitors are encouraged to register on the Saturday. Race briefing is at 07.45 in the transition area [compulsory to attend] The race will start at 08.00. Venue: Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485 Directions available from Box End Water Ski Park website: http://www.boxendpark.com/directions.php EVENT DETAILS The Quadrathlon – 750m open water swim – 4.8km kayak [4 laps] – 15km off-road bike course [3 laps] 5km trail run
Quadkids Race – 250m open water swim – 1.2km kayak (1 lap) – 5km off-road bike (1 lap) [1 lap] 2km distances can be reduced if necessary for younger quadkidz.
Wet suits are advisable but not compulsory unless low water temperatures. ENTRY FEES FOR QUAD MINIMUM AGE : 14 Years Individual Entry fee for BQA member £30 Individual Entry fee for non BQA member £35 On the day [at registration] £5 extra Limited kayak hire (pre-booking essential) £5 Team for Quadrathlon £60 Quadkids £15
Facilities available: toilets, showers, changing areas, refreshments, camping, parking, bar, restaurant and café. CAMPING – is available at Box End Park for all competitors. Caravans and campervan facilities available; apply directly to Box End – Telephone Number: 01234 846222, 07922 824678
Thank goodness the days of rain we’d had finally stopped in time for the Dearne Valley Quadrathlon, our 2nd Trophy Race of the Season, lots of passion for our sport, with non stop smiles as juniors, first timers, and seasoned quadrathletes crossed the finish line! Organizer Mark Benton and his ‘Team’ of volunteers and marshals hosted a great race for us all, there enthusiasm and friendliness shone through, to make their 3rd time of running the event a huge success, thank-you you did your selves proud yet again!
A fantastic turnout with 13 juniors, 8 in the Quad and 5 in the Tri, and 34 seniors in the Quad and 32 in the Tri, so all the pre race training days organized by Mark Benton and Mandy Greenaway certainly paid off, so again a big thanks for getting those athletes in kayaks and encouraging them to do the Quad!
The kids races got underway at 8:30am and everyone seemed to be having a good time. As always they were supported the whole way around. The ethos of the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is one of inclusivity and giving everyone a chance, which is just how it should be, this was clear throughout the weekend and it was good to see the kids giving it their all, Congratulations to them all!
Gemma Block 13F Junior Quad 1st Girl Hermione Ball 13F Junior Quad 2nd Girl Tabatha Caruthers 14F Rebecca Lewis 13F Willow Lewis 8F Blake Mawson Burren 15M Junior Quad 1st Boy Thomas Caruthers 15M Junior Quad 2nd Boy Theo Caruthers 13M
The kids presentations were made at around 9:30am. The jubilant podium finishers collected their certificates, proud parents cheered and the adult Quadrathletes and Triathletes assembled ready for their races.
It was a real mixture of 34 quadrathletes racing with 20 of those BQA members, so plenty of National Trophy points ready to be picked up! There were plenty of athletes giving the quad a go for the first time, and they looked like they had given everything and had a great time!
Congratulations to the Winners and to all those BQA Members Flying the Flag for British Quadrathlon, as ever thank-you for the support, you make our races tick!
Overall Male 1st Alan Cole Vet 40 2nd James Block Vet 50 3rd Peter Tindall Vet 40
BQA Members 4th Mark Pryor Vet 50 5th Pete Chappill Vet 50 7th Lance Ball Vet 50 8th Wayne Smith Vet 40 9th Mike Garnock Jones Vet 60 11th John Redmond Vet 60 13th Chris Moorhouse Vet 50 16th David Jones Vet 60
Overall Ladies 1st Helen Russell Vet 40 2nd Gillian Melia Vet 50 3rd Helen Adams Vet 50
BQA Members 4th Elizabeth Angood Senior 6th Helen Recchia Vet 60 7th Mandy Greenaway Vet 50 8th Caz Jones Vet 50 9th Amanda Clements Vet 40 10th Margaret Huyton Vet 60 11th Mandy Lewis Vet 40
Link to some Action Shots on the BQA Facebook Page (Thanks to Mike Ford).
BQA National Trophy 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
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, and Commemorative medal to all finishers.
Welcome to Manvers Waterfront Boat Club ! Manvers 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. Manvers Waterfront Boat Club
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!
…. and remember SMILE all the way…. Jean x
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