Snowdonia Quad Training Camp

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 –malpasashleys@btinternet.com

Check out this overview of the itinerary, no specific day has been set for each discipline as they will be arranged to the most suitable weather on a daily basis, but this is a guide line for the weeks activities – Training camp Llyn Gwynant Wales 11th May 2019 to 19th May 2019

The campsite can cater for caravans, campers, and tents. There is also a youth hostel at the far end of the lake, and a Hotel just 2 miles away. People attending will have to make their own reservations, so take a look at the websites below for more details. The site allows day visitors if they report to reception on arrival and there is space in the car park the cost is £5/day they have to leave by 2200 hours.

The location Llyn Gwynant Campsite   –  Full facilities for tents, camper vans, and limited caravans with electric hookup, extra. £9 -£10 per person per night . There is no wi-fi or phone signal on site and they are very strict on noise, (BLISS)

There are 2 youth hostels close by, www.yha.org.uk. Bryn Gwynant and Pen-y-pass.

Hotel Pen-y-Gwryd about 2 miles North of site, www.pyg.co.uk
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We just need to book some good sunny Welsh Weather now … and let those wonderful mountains enhance your training!

Box End Quadrathlon Our National Championships …. Entries Open!

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!

Our QuadKidz of 2017!

See Details and Entry Form BOX END ENTRY FORM 30 June 2019

Event Details –
The Sprint Quadrathlon – 750m open water swim – 4.8km kayak [4 laps] – 15km off-road bike course [3 laps] – 5km trail run

QuadKids – 250m open water swim – 1.2km kayak (1 lap) – 5km off-road bike (1 lap) – 2km trail run. This is the 2nd QuadKidz race of 2019 Series

Lets watch ‘QuadKidz’ Grow and Grow, exciting times ahead for our juniors – Its time for our ‘QuadKidz’ to Shine!

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

Entries and Information Box End Quadrathlon

Spring Quad Training Days at Dearne Valley

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

Any interested parties need to book on on the following web page:
Book event/introduction-to-quadrathlon-new-and-nervous

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

Race information  Dearne Valley Tri-Quad-2019

Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2019

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 montcanaltriath@btinternet.com
Triathlon Entry Coordinator,
Friends of the Montgomery Canal

Exciting times for British Quadrathlon in 2019!

I’m sure most of you will have time to wear your lycra, and get out for a swim, kayak, bike or run over the festive holidays! Like all the athletes I know, we like to get out in the fresh air for some fun on the trails, or a blast on the river ….. leaving room for more Christmas cake and mulled wine! It’s what makes most of us tick ….. and besides, I bet we will all want to test out our new Christmas toys, with 4 disciplines to master, there’s always something to try out, even if its only new socks!

Over Christmas we might not all have Abs as good as this, but I’m sure once you get your Race plan sorted, and training underway they will soon be well defined!

I hope you are all starting to plan your Race Calender and have lots of goals and challenges lined up for next season, we have the World Championships in Brigg and also a World Cup Race in Shrewsbury, both races are likely to sell out quite quickly, so make sure you enter early!

IMPORTANT NOTE – The Brigg Bomber on Sunday 26th May and the final World Cup race of the season the Shrewsbury Sprint on Sunday 1st September, both these events have a good history of putting on well organised and well attended races. The last time Brigg was a World Championship race it filled up very quickly with local competitors and when International athletes came to enter, many were disappointed to find the event was full (about 100 entrants).
The Shrewsbury Quadrathlon takes place alongside a triathlon. Both events sell out every year and the quadrathlon has previously been limited to 50 entries.
Entries for both events are now open and spaces are beginning to fill up. Please enter early if you want to take part in either of these races.
Brigg Race: Lincsquad – Brigg Bomber
Shrewsbury Race: SYTri – Shrewsbury Quad

So get your entries in early and have a reason to start training. Having entered your races it does wonders for your motivation, having something to work for, kick start your training right now! Plenty of our races have opened their entries, and we’ve even had the 3rd Deva Divas (ladies only) Quad sold out, with an amazing 50 women now on the start line! Take a look at our 2019 races on our ‘events’ page!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2019

RACE 1 – 26th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – World 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 World Cham pionships 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 – 16th 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 soon.

Dearne Valley Quadrathlon

RACE 3 – 30th June – 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. This Race has been given the National Championships this year so another good reason to enter! The Quadkidz Race will take part at the same time as the Open Race! Entries open soon.

BoxEnd Quadrathlon

RACE 4 – 1st September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – World Cup Race                                                               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 

Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

RACE 5 – 21st September – Awesome Foursome Quad                                                                                          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

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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!

You must be a BQA member to race for the ‘GB TEAM’ at the World Championships or in a World Cup race, and also to qualify for all BQA prizes in the National Trophy Series. We do need your memberships to help fund our sport. Money goes towards various areas within the organization, one being our website, where we keep you updated with the latest news and events. Our biggest annual outlay is insurance, which we use to cover the races on the British Quad Calendar, without this insurance many of our races would’nt take place. We also affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Association ‘WQF’ so our athletes can race at World Cup Races the World and European Championships. The future of British Quadrathlon is in our hands, so please support the BQA and you will be helping to keep our small sport alive!

BQA 2019 Trophy Series
26th May – Brigg Bomber
16th June – Dearne Valley Sprint & QuadKidz
30th June – Box End Sprint Quad & Quadkidz
1st Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
21st Sept Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz Series
16th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz
14th July Lincs QuadKidz Event
30th June BoxEnd QuadKidz

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
18th May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)
22nd June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad
6th July – Artemis Great Kindrochit Quad
14th July – Deva Divas Quad

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas … Safe Training over the winter months, and we look forward to a very exciting 2019 Quad Season!

Jean and the BQA Team

2019 Middle Distance World Champs in Brigg!

Lincsquad and the BQA are so pleased to announce that the ‘Lincsquad Keyo Brigg Bomber 2019’ will be the Quadrathlon Middle Distance World Championships …. This is just fantastic News for British Quadrathlon, and a Big Thanks to Lincsquad for taking on this event, I have no doubt they will do us proud!

The Keyo Brigg Bomber has always been part of the BQA National series and a WQF points race many times, but in 2019 BQA members can be part of ‘TEAM GB’ racing on British soil at the World Championships at one of the biggest Quadrathon races on the calendar!

I can confirm that all 2019 BQA members will be eligible to race for ‘TEAM GB’ so join the BQA, wear a GB Tri Suit, support your Governing Body … and Race in a World Championships! Lets help Lincsquad, give them the support they deserve and make this a World Championships to Remember. It would be fantastic to field a large team of GB quadrathletes to chase down those medals in all the age categories, but just as important to embrace this opportunity, to fly the flag and be part of this brilliant event!

Lincsquad are proud to be hosting this event and I know the club will pull together to put on an event to be proud of, they will put on a ‘big show’ for the worlds best quadrathletes and for every single athlete racing on the same stage!

Entries are now open and we encourage you to enter as soon as possible. (Early bird entry prior to Feb 1st 2019). Brigg-Bomber Entry

More details about ‘Team GB’ to follow …. Be there see you on the start line!

Winter Training Sessions at MADCC

Do you want to keep motivated over the Winter? Quadrathlete John Kavanagh is organizing some monthly training sessions in Macclesfield over the next 5 months. The format will be a 6.4km handicap kayak race, 22km bike ride and 6km run. The intention is, not serious racing but a good multi-session workout.

The Hare and Hounds is a club event and non-members are welcome. (We have a £1.50 entry fee for end of year prizes). The first time you do the course we make an educated guess at your time to set your handicap (subsequent races will be used to reset your handicap appropriately). This means we should all finish close together.

The bike and run are not part of a club event and you must take responsibility for yourself and your own kit. Transition will be in the car park below the canal (steep steps) and you should store your bike and Kayak on or in your vehicle. The bike ride is 22km on open roads with a few up and downs. A .gpx file is available from me on request. We can ride in groups so that newcomers don’t get lost.

The run is out and back along the Middlewood Way (gravel, tarmac or hardcore surface – perhaps puddles, but road or trail shoes will be fine).

The dates will be the 2nd Sunday of the Month, Nov 11th, January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th.

Meet at Adelphi Mill, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington at 9:30 am. Bring your own hot drink for the finish, but there will cake or similar.

Check the British Quadrathlon Association or MADCC Facebooks pages (and MADCC Forum) in the days before each date for any last-minute changes and weather related issues.

Thanks John I’m sure many of us will enjoy these!

BQA 2018 Annual Report

Hi Quadrathletes,

Thank you for supporting our sport of Quadrathlon this year, we hope you have had a great Season, enjoyed your racing and will come back for more next year. I hope you are enjoying a Recovery and Rest Period, and will soon be motivated to get back into training, and looking at next years race plans! Once again we’ve have some great races organized by extremely hard working volunteers so lets keep supporting them! Enter their races (early) and spread the word amongst your fellow athletes.

The BQA have had our AGM, and BQA members have had all the news and plans for moving forwards in 2019, our BQA events have been finalized, and we are working on the last few WQF Races. There have been a couple of changes … so take a look at our BQA AGM Report and our Annual Report for all the latest details

BQA-AGM 2018 Final Report

BQA-Annual-Report Final 2018

Hears looking forward to another Great Year for Quadrathlon!

BQA Races 2019

Whilst you are all enjoying some rest and recovery time, (hopefully) The BQA Team and Race organizers have been clarifying next years races. This week all currant BQA members will have received our BQA AGM report, Annual report and Finance report … these will be added to the website when all have been discussed and approved by our members.

I have had athletes asking for next years race dates so here is a quick preview … so get them in your diaries!

BQA 2019 Trophy Series
CONFIRMED 26th May – Brigg Bomber
CONFIRMED 16th June – Dearne Valley Sprint & QuadKidz
CONFIRMED 30th June – Box End Sprint Quad & Quadkidz
CONFIRMED 1st Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
NO RACE until 2020 Sept – Fabian 4 Conwy Mountain Tri (Biannual)
CONFIRMED 21st Sept Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz Series
CONFIRMED 16th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz
To be Confirmed ? Lincs QuadKidz Event
CONFIRMED 30th June BoxEnd QuadKidz

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
CONFIRMED 18th May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)
CONFIRMED 22nd June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad
CONFIRMED 6th July – Artemis Great Kindrochit Quad
CONFIRMED 14th July – Deva Divas Quad

BQA National Trophy Champions added to our Hall of Fame!

The BQA started a National Trophy Series in 2005 this is a series of events which are generally spread throughout the country. Each event contributes points towards finding a National Champion, with the best three results for each individual to count.

This is our Hall of Fame, since the Series started in 2005 BQA-Hall-of-Fame-2018

Trophies are awarded each year, provided each winner has done 3 races in the series, and must be a current BQA Member. (In the event of a tie the 4th race points will count to decide the winner).

Overall Winners Perpetual Trophy for Male and Female. BQA Kit vouchers for winners Male and Female in each age category, Juniors (u23), Seniors, V40+ V50+ V60+ Vet 70+
Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy awarded each year ‘For Endeavor’ given to an athlete showing his enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon.
2018 National Trophy Full Results 2018-BQA-trophy

BQA Trophy Winner at Bude Alan Cole

2018 National Trophy: The Mens Trophy was still in contention up to the last race of the season, and with the age Group slots still up for grabs Bude was going to be the decider!  Michael Mason took 3 wins in the series, but as the rules state the winner must be a currant BQA Member that takes the Trophy. So the Trophy rolled down to Alan Cole after he finished 3rd in Bude. Alan won the Vet 40 event, so there was then another roll down to 2nd place. Despite Bryce Dyer coming 3rd in the overall positions, in the Vet 40 category he had joint points with Peter Tindall, so the rules quote ‘we then take the points from the 4th race into account’. Peter having done 5 events had the extra points, so took the title. Peter has had a great first season in Quadrathlon, apart from one race sadly he got lost on the Conwy Mountain Tri, so missed the cut off time on the run. Vet 50 went to Nigel Unwin and Vet 60 to Nicholas Farnell. For the first time ever we had had a Vet 70 winner, we are proud to have the veteran Canoe Slalom Olympian supporting us … Congratulations John Macleod!

Vet 40 Pete Tindall

Vet 50 Nigel Unwin

Vet 60 Nicholas Farnell

Vet 70 John Macleod

 

 

 

 

 

BQA Trophy Winner at Bude Helen Russell

The Ladies Trophy, had been decided before Bude, with Helen Russell winning all her 4 races. Newcomer to our sport Elizabeth Angood in her first year of Quadrathlon took the Senior prize. The very supportive seasoned quadrathlete Jacqueline Davies took the Vet 50, in what is proving to be our most competitive age group. Jean Ashley  won the Vet 60 catagory, quite a mile stone 20 years in the sport, she did her first Quad when she was a young 40 year old!

Congratulations to John Kavanagh (Vet 60) and Lance Ball (Vet 50) for showing ‘true commitment’ competing in all 6 of our Trophy Races!

Finally ‘The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy’ was presented to Nigel Unwin he has shown enthusiasm and commitment to our sport, and has raced at a very competitive level for many years, showing true dedication to Quadrathlon, long may he continue to compete and enjoy!

Senior Elizabeth Angood

Vet 50 Jacq Davies

Vet 60 Jean Ashley

Eric Hatliff Winner Nigel Unwin

A big thank you to everyone who has competed in our National Series, and all our BQA members we really appreciate your support, we need you to keep our small sport Alive and Kicking … so see you all in 2019! Next Years dates and Races are in the making …. watch this space ……