Its been a great season so far for British Quadrathlon, after the last race at Box End there are plenty of British National Trophy Points to be had, plus World Cup Points from Shrewsbury! We have just 2 great races left in our 2019 Series, both of which are very different, Shrewsbury short fast and dynamic, and to Bude, exciting and challenging always living up to its name The AWESOME FOURSOME!
SOLD OUT RACE 4 – 1st September – World Cup Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – The BQA are very pleased this race has World Cup status and it will be the final Race in the WQF Series … so which country will take the New Series Trophy Home? If you lucky to have an entry your results will count and hopefully give GB a chance to lift this Trophy! The latest points are at 2019/19-World Cup Results .
GB still leads the WQF National trophy ….. so GB Quadrathletes we need to be STRONG in SHREWSBURY!!
This race just keeps getting better and better 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 … I hope your entered!
So if you need those BQA Points BUDE is the Race!!! RACE 6 – 21st September Awesome Foursome Quad -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! Awesomefoursome.quadrathlon
So get your Entry for Bude – as soon as possible please support our committed race organizers who do a great job every year for the BQA!
If anyone is having a holiday in Bude there will be another event the following Sunday September 29th ‘The Cornish Nutcracker’ and it’s an eight Hill hill-climb series on the coastal roads between Bude and Boscastle and back, including Millook in both directions, certainly one to test those legs – 100% of money goes to Bude Surf Life Saving Club!
Sue alias ‘Tiger Stripes‘ was back smiling and with vengeance this year! Last year Sue joined the kayak course but after a few weeks almost transferred back to the Triathlon, but after a serious (friendly) talking too and a sprinkling of the fairyquadmother’s fairy dust she came back the following week wearing her ‘Tiger Strips and hasn’t looked back since!
Sue has been an inspiration to our Deva’s kayak team and a demon with her camera capturing our weekly canoe sessions! Her smiles and positivity this year has been infectious, she has been an absolute pleasure to coach and long may she continue to share her ‘Quadrathlon Passion! Thanks Sue for your great race report … see you next year!
Sue’s Story …… Four of us had joined Chester Canoe Club’s training plan as novice paddlers to take part in the Diva Devas Quadathlon last year and enjoyed it so much we returned again for 2019.
However that brought with it the added pressure of trying to beat last year’s time rather than simply be pleased to finish.
The day of the event dawned with weather conditions perfect. As we arrived at the Meadows the site of transition, ladies unloading their bikes, volunteers in high vis seemingly everywhere, made the butterflies start, my heart beat faster and of course my stomach and bowels start to churn!
Watching the clock it was a bit of a race itself to get everything set up in transition, having to count not three but four sets of kit and make sure my number was on my kayak. The nerves were obvious on fellow competitors’ faces. The obligatory queue for the loo, wrestling to get the wetsuit on and all too soon it was time for the race briefing and the walk down to the swim start.
There wasn’t time to be nervous as Quadathletes were in the first wave so it was ditch the flip flops, kiss hubby and get straight into the murky but not too cold water.
As the hooter sounded the strong swimmers seemed to fly away from us slower ones and, feeling sick with fear that the panic that can overtake my swimming in events would kick in, I set off. I chose the middle of the river to catch the current but at the back to keep out of trouble.
Surprise, surprise about 100 metres later after a great start that feeling began, I cant do this, ‘I can’t breathe’. But I remembered the mantra I had been telling others, stop or slow down, look around and BREATHE. Thank goodness it worked and after a couple of second I started again. The remainder of the swim was slow but steady and enjoyable, even pulling away from several swimmers – I’m not going to be last out I realised!
The exit ramp and the volunteers ready to help me out came into sight so I kicked hard for the last 50 metres hands helped me onto dry land. And there was the wonderful Jean Ashley shouting encouragement and helping with the zip of my wetsuit.
Shouting my number to the kayak volunteers I ran for my paddle and BA and managed the undignified clamber out of my wetsuit.
Back to the river bank and down to my loaned Tempest and once safely in the boat, the next half hour was spent desperately trying to remember everything our coaches had taught us. Paddle position, core strength, using our hips and legs and turning to the side. Oh and breathe.
Better kayakers passed me and my head went down. But constant encouragement from safety paddlers in kayaks and on SUPs and even one volunteer taking photos lifted my spirits as did the shouts from fellow paddlers that had already turned for home.
As I turned I felt the current helping me and doubled my efforts. A beautiful heron flew towards and directly over me and then the finish buoys came into view. A paddler in a plastic boat was in view nearing the turn, maybe I could actually pass someone. In fact we beached our craft simultaneously and she shot off into transition while I hauled myself out and, clutching a seized up glute hobbled through the mud and to my bike.
The bike mount is at the start of a gradual climb and I prayed my lovely new machine was in a very low gear.
Thank goodness it was and again encouragement from marshals got me out of the saddle and up that hill. There then followed my best leg.
My bike behaved like a dream and, remembering to get a gel down me in the first mile I found I had the strength to overtake several triathlon competitors and it turned out four quadrathlon ladies over the 15 miles.
I went full pelt on the long downhill worried that the return uphill would be much harder.
The majority of other road users were patient but a few caused some hairy moments including a taxi that had to anchor up as it tried to overtake me just as another vehicle was overtaking competitors coming in the opposite direction. My heart was in my mouth when I took the decision to go across the halfway point roundabout as a car was approaching but the decision proved the right one as I had more time than I feared.
Again reaching half way spurred me on and it was good to be able to shout well done to the ladies bringing up the rear of the event still on their way to the roundabout.
As I reached the long incline a valuable hill workshop I did a couple of years ago paid off as I remembered to use my cleats and pull up on the pedals as well as push down. The feeling of being able to overtake going uphill was wonderful.
Under the bridge and soon we were turning right into the residential streets leading to the Meadows. I quickly grabbed my second gel to help me on the run and there was the entrance to the site and my last fear, how to stop on a downhill without falling off. With a squeal and a prayer I pulled up safely, unclipped and ran my bike in. I could hear my name being shouted by hubby and fellow quadathlete unable to compete because of illness who came along to cheer us all on.
Back in transition, bike safely racked, helmet off and trainers on emotion almost got the better of me as I finally knew I was going to finish and get my medal. There had not been a panic attack like the one that had seen me DNF in a triathlon three years previously, I had not capsized and I hadn’t come off my bike or had a puncture.
The run stage summed up just why Deva Divas is simply the best. The two lap course allows you to see so many other competitors. The faster quadathletes I knew were well into their second lap and we swapped shouts, cheers and high fives on the path.
We were also with the slower triathletes which for me was completely humbling and choked me up. Ladies who would never have the courage to take part in a mixed event had donned their lyrca and conquered their fears to be so close to achieving what they never dreamt possible.
As I neared the half way stage one of my fellow paddlers appeared. She had finished her race, collected her medal and ran back to join me for a few hundred yards just when I needed it. Then it was into the part where second lappers head for the finish line and the rest of us have to face another 2.4k. There was mentally tough.
But stride by stride I reached the turn point, a much needed water bottle and then head for home.
Hubby was on a small hill yelling my name and once again my friend was there to run me in, leaving me to enter that final funnel.
I had just enough fuel in the tank to put on an apology for a sprint and it was under the finish arch and straight into the arms of the wonderful Jean Ashley who put a medal round my neck and gave me a wonderful hug.
Then it was back out to the course to help two first time tri ladies I knew run into the finish.
As last year the Deva Divas quadathlon had completely exceeded expectations. I may not had been anywhere near a podium place. But I wasn’t last.
In fact I had not only come 36th out of 49 quadathletes, not bad for a 58 year old, but I had taken no less than eight minutes of last’s year’s time, what a PB! No pressure for 2020 then!
On Behalf of the BQA, I Just wanted to say a Huge Thank You ‘Chester Tri’ for yet another amazing ‘Deva Divas Quadrathlon … and still the only Ladies Quad in the World! We certainly shared ‘The Quad Passion’ we had 44 ladies on the start line, at least 25 of them first timers, plus a team of 10 from ‘Norwich Canoe Club’, and our own wonderful special ‘Chester Canoe Club Quad Team’! The atmosphere was brilliant the camaraderie and racing superb, these girls just had the Best day Ever!
A massive thank you to my Triathlon club ‘Chester’, and to Race director ‘Sally Napthen’ for letting us add the Quad to the Deva’s Tri for the 3rd time! We owe the success of this race to the amazing organization team, to all those who prepared the race venue, the course, the safety and the technical team, all marshals across 4 disciplines, Chester Canoe Club, the cake makers, commentators ‘with wonderful banter’, and the list goes on and on! THANK-YOU!
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 myself and all the Chester team, when we saw those Big Smiles throughout the race it’s been another memorable Day! I have had so many lovely messages from you all, its been a great pleasure and an honor to be part of YOUR journey.
Certainly makes me realise why I love being involved in these wonderful races, its so good to see athletes of all standards achieving their goals, the smiles, the hugs and the tears on the finish line, I was so proud putting medals around their necks, wear your T’shirts with pride and I hope to see you all next Year!
Thank you Jean ‘Fairyquadmother’
Congratulations to all our Quadrathletes, and Age Group Prize Winners but a special mention to our Overall Winners!
1st Adele Blakeborough 2nd Jacqueline Davies 3rd Ali Pendle
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
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