2012 BQA Annual Report

CHAIRMANS REPORT 2012 by Mark Pryor
2012 gave us a great feel good factor, with the likes of the Olympics and the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, with numerous GB athletes leading their field winning medals and World Titles . However, the UK Quadrathlon scene had highs and lows, ranging from the prestige of hosting two World Cup races, to some disappointing low turn outs at other races.
The Deeside Race was the first race of the season [and the National trophy Series] but only a few hardy athletes braved the Scottish elements. Mick Weir was to win the race with Colin Calder coming second. Unfortunately no Ladies took up the challenge this year.
The Adventure Challenge [organised by Lincsquad] was the second race in the
National Trophy Series and was hampered by bad weather, but the athletes were not to be phased. Matt Foulger was the first male to cross the line with Ian Smith coming a respectable second. In the Ladies event the infamous “Jean Ashley” was first with Alison Deykin taking second.
Unfortunately the Extreme 5 Quad was not able to be run this year. However, we
were lucky to have a new Quad over on the Isle of Wight which, unfortunately, was subject to high winds [the weather seems have played a big factor in most races this year] and the proposed paddle route around the Needles had to be changed. The southerly location and bad weather seemed to reduce entry levels. However, we received some good reports about this being a worth while quality race Ian Smith was the overall winner. It will be joining us in the Trophy Series next year. It is fantastic to see a new race on the south coast.
In June Russell Breyer travelled over to Germany to take part in the Oberpfalzer
Seenland Quad. This was only Russell’s third ever Quad and he came away with
third place in the MV50 class. He thoroughly enjoyed the race and definitely
recommends it.  June also saw the Norfolk Superhero Challenge take place. This team Quad challenge [its not open to individuals] was well attended and raised some well deserved money for charity.

July saw our third National Trophy Race, in the form of the “Brigg Bomber” which also doubled up as the National & European Championships, as well as being a world cup series race. Yet again the British weather showed its ugly head and high water levels on the Ancholme meant that the race format had to be changed. Some may say it was an even better race. This was to be a hard fought race with some high quality athletes from abroad pushing up the standards and giving our guys a run for their money., Matt Stephenson showed his racing colours and came away with the National & European Championship trophies, with the World Quadrathlon President, Stefan Teichent, coming second. In the ladies class, Becky Schofield became both the National and European Champion, with Kathryn King coming second. We also had some age group winners in the form of: Nigel Crowe [Vet50 M]; Tom Stead [U23 M] and Jean Ashley [Vet50 Ladies]. It has been recently announced that the “Brigg Bomber” will again both host the National & European Championships next year.
At last we had a race without any weather related problems [unfortunately it did clash with the Olympics], the Box End Sprint Quad. This enclosed X/C course saw a closely contested race with Matt Stephenson crossing the line first a mere 27 seconds ahead of Adam Norfolk. Roz Giles was the first lady home. Tom Stead, now an incredibly old 16, was improving with every race and was fourth overall.
Unfortunately we did not have an organised G/B Team to represent us at the World Quadrathlon Championships over in the Czech Republic. However, a few enthusiastic individuals took up the challenge and put on a good showing for the UK. Matt Stephenson was our highest place athlete coming in 5th place. We did pick up Silver in the men’s team event. Hopefully, next year we will be able to field a bigger team.
In early September we saw the first ever Shrewsbury Quad. This brand new sprint saw a full entry and, possibly the fastest swim on the race circuit, in the fast flowing waters of the River Seven. This was the 5th race in the Trophy Series and showed excellent potential and pedigree. Matt came first yet again [he really has dominated the UK race scene this year] with Sharon Colley taking the first ladies slot. We look forward to seeing this new race again next year.
On the same weekend as the Shrewsbury Quad, a few G/B athletes travelled over to Germany to take part in the World Sprint Quadrathlon Championships. The UK’s own “Tom Stead” became the World Junior Champion, to add to his growing list of achievements.
Mid September saw the 6th and final Trophy Race in the Bude Awesome Foursome, a truly fitting and challenging setting for the last race. Bude was also
designated a World Cup Series race. Unusually Bude was blessed with calm weather and flat seas, this is unheard off! This was to be another strongly contested race where Matt’s skill in the swim and speed on the bike could not hold of Stefan’s supremacy in the kayak that lead to Stefan’s eventual win. Yet another hard fought and excellent race, this again will have World Cup status in 2013. At the end of the trophy series, Matt Stephenson and Jean Ashley both respectively won overall, with Phil Binch, Alison Deykin and Tom Stead picking up age group wins. Tom Stead was also awarded the Eric Hatliff trophy for Endeavour for his success at National, European and World levels.
Bude was the last Trophy race but not the last race of the year.

This was the Fabian 4 race which turned out to be the hardest race of the year in extreme weather. With gale force winds, gusting up to 55mph, and torrential rain the race was interesting to say the least. The Estuary paddle, fell run and MTB ride in the hills of North Wales turned out to be an epic adventure which everyone enjoyed. The team at “Map 7” put on an extremely hard race in harsh conditions. This race will be joining us as part of the trophy series next year.
It has been an interesting year with the UK holding two World Cup races and holding the European Championships.

Some challenging weather at a lot of races and the ever so present economic down turn hampering the racing scene. I would like to thank all the race organisations who throughout the year put on some excellent races and I look forward to next year.
Also a big thanks to everyone who helped out with the running of the BQA, especially Jean Ashley, whose constant hard work is the back bone of our organisation. Looking ahead to next year I hope to see increased numbers at all events to make them worth running. You can all support the BQA by joining us, details can be found on the membership page: Membership and affiliation fees remain the same for 2013.
Next year will be my last year as Chairman and I hope that it is a successful one for the sport of Quadrathlon. A big thanks to everyone who organised and took part in Quads this year and I look forward to seeing you all at a race next season.

Election of officers- the following have been elected for 2013
Chairman – Mark Pryor (standing for 1 more year)
Membership Secretary – Jean Ashley
Secretary/Treasurer – Jean Ashley
Event Co-ordinator – Mat Stephenson
GB Team Manager – Steve Hook
Team Captains
Men – Mat Stephenson
Ladies – Alison Deykin
Kit sales – Steve Dolby
Website – Paul Carvill

Trophy Races 2013
1. The 6 Races for our Trophy Series are –
Brigg Bomber, West Wight, Box End, Shrewsbury, Fabian 4,
Awesome Foursome.
2. National Championships awarded to Brigg Bomber for 2013, to be
selected yearly.
3. Trophy Prizes and Rules to remain the same
Perpetual trophies for Overall National Trophy Winners (plus Thule
vouchers, if they continue to sponsor the BQA in 2013).
T-shirts for Senior, Vet 40, Vet 50, under 23.
Eric Hatliff Endeavour Prize” (plus Thule vouchers in sponsorship
4. Only give prizes to winners who’ve done 3 races and are BQA
5. Only British Athletes will get allocated Trophy points for 2013.
6. Juniors will only get Overall Trophy points if they do a full Trophy Race,
(less laps do not count). However we do have a separate Junior league
to cover the junior/sprint races for the junior prize.
Race Affiliation in 2012

GB Team Leader/manager – Steve Hook
Hi all, as many of you know I had a slightly rough year, well now that things
are settling, and even though I am very busy, I want to work with as many as
possible towards getting a competitive team for the Worlds, the Europeans
(now at Brigg), and to see if we can get the numbers ramped up in our home
events. We want to spread the word amongst the triathlon events and
kayaking events, that the true sporting challenge is in Quadrathlon. I do want
to have a training weekend in the spring, all details will be sent out to BQA
members and put on our BQA website and facebook page, so please contact
me if you’re interested and would like to attend.
Steve Hook
Race Kit – we have 3 (small) Tri suits in stock, there is a minimum order of
10, I have 3 orders on a waiting list, as we are hosting the European
Championships and if we have a team for the World Championships we hope
to be able to get an order together for 2013. It’s great to see athletes racing in
GB Tri suits, please let Jean Know if you are interested. The new suits will
have a rear zip now and will cost about £65 but payment will be needed
Leisure Kit – Steve Dolby
Steve has set up this on the website, and is going to continue this service for
us. Athletes can order ‘one-offs’ and pay direct to the company -Tech T-shirts,
Hoodys are available, maybe look at doing a fleece in 2013.
Matching Team Kit does help raise the profile of the BQA, the new Hoodies
and Tech T-shirts look really good.
Website and monthly Newsletter, and facebook page – Jean Ashley
They are all up and running very well, though we would like to encourage
more members to send us race reports, photographs or articles linked to
quadrathlon or Multi-sports, its always good to share your news, reports and
race experiences with us …… please email to Jean.
AGM dates to be confirmed, if we have a training weekend in the Spring we
could review this Annual Report then. Hopefully the AGM for 2013 can be held
at the last race of the season, Bude or Chester if it takes place.
Membership forms attached to this email, all fees remain the same please
support us in 2013.
Results of 2012 Trophy Series
Congratulations to all our 2012 Athletes, and prize winners.
Numbers racing in the Trophy Series were down on last year –
Matt Stephenson – Overall Ladies – Jean Ashley Overall
Phil Binch – Vet 40 Alison Deykin – Vet 40
Peter Chappil – Vet 50
Endevor Trophy Tom Stead

05/5/2013 DEESIDE Scotland – Approved by BQA
26/5/2013 BRIGG BOMBER Brigg – BQA Trophy 1 National Champs
Europeans & World Cup BQA
30/6/13 WEST WIGHT I of W – BQA Trophy 2
29/6/2013 NORFOLK SUPERHEROS Norfolk Charity Race – Approved by BQA
4/8/2013 BOX END Bedford – BQA Trophy 3
1/9/2013 SHREWSBURY QUAD Shrews – BQA Trophy 4
8/9/2013 FABIAN 4 Conwy – BQA Trophy 5
14/9/2013 AWESOME FOURSOME Bude – BQA Trophy 6
World Cup

Please download BQA Events poster and put up in your club, to help us spread the Quadrathlon Events Thank-you BQA Trophy Events 2013

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital”
Happy and Safe Training over the winter … We look forward to seeing you Racing in 2013 … see you in the spring!

2011 BQA Annual Report

Despite the economic and social difficulties this year, 2011 has been a reasonable year for Quadrathlon. With: 6 Quad events in the National Trophy series [running the length of the country]; a large charity Quad; various World Cup Race around Europe and a winter Quad series the sport of Quadrathlon is a live and kicking.. We even had two World cup races in the UK, hosted at the Brigg Bomber and The Awsome Foursome in Bude.

One of the highlights of the year was theBritish Team travelling out to the World Championships in the Czech Republic. The team was lead by our new GB Team Manager [Steve Hook] who has recently been selected as Vice president of The World Quadrathlon Federation. The team came back from the World Champs with a handful of trophies and some World Champion age group winners [full results on the BQA website]. Well done to all.

In the National Trophy Series, Steve Clark narrowly beat Mat Stephenson to take the men’s trophy with Alison Dykin taking the title in the Ladies event. Along
with, Phil Binch, who won the Eric Hatliff Trophy [for Endeavour] they each will received £300 of vouchers from our sponsors:Thule

Looking forward to 2012, it promises to be an exciting year. Linsquad have introduced two sprint races to run along side their middle distance events: The North Lincs Adventure Challenge and the Brigg Bomber. There is also a strong possibility of 2 more sprint races on next year’s calendar. One new event is proposed to run on the Isle of Wight, including a paddle around the Needles [sounds great]. Also in the pipe line is a sprint Quad to be tagged on to the newly formed Shrewsbury Triathlon.

We hope that a Kayak Triathlon will be running up in North Wales in September, featuring: an ascent of the River Conway, a fell run and finishing of with a mountain bike ride all in the beautiful surroundings of the Snowdonia National Park.

Along with the National Trophy Series and the European World Cup Races, the future of Quadrathlon has never looked so good in the UK.

However the British Quadrathlon Association [BQA], who works hard on your behalf, needs your help. You can support us by signing up to the BQA for a mere £15.00. We need the funds to keep the BQA well oiled machine [some may say] working. The funds raised from the BQA Membership ensure that we can continue to run and organise the National Trophy Series and represent the interest of the sport in the UK and on the World stage. Membership forms for 2012 available on our website now.

It would also be very helpful if as many people as possible could sign up to our facebook page [link from BQA website]. In this modern, busy, high tech world, Facebook and the internet are readily available and is an ideal way to keep intouch with fellow athletes and find out all the up to date information about
Quadrathlon. Along side our website you should find all the up to date information.

It just leaves me to say a big thanks to all the event organisers, BQA committee and competitors who have made our interesting and diverse multisport event such a success this year. Make sure you keep up your winter training [why not try out the Wadenhoe Winter Series] ready for a good racing season next year.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas a happy and successful sporting New Year in 2012.

Mark Pryor – Full 2011 Annual Report BQA AGM MINUTES 2011

BQA 2010 Annual Report

In my first year as BQA Chairman it has been a lean difficult year with the credit crunch still affecting people’s ability to finance their racing desires. Unfortunately we have seen the demise of one race, the Pembrokeshire Challenge, but on a brighter note we have a new Diamond distance Quad in the form of the Extreme 5 based at MK.

The first race of the Season was Deeside, even though it looks a great race the number of entrance were low probably because of the large travelling distance up to Breamar.

Also in May the Newport festival run for the first time. With a good mixture of racing and training opportunities this seems it was a great motivator and a kick start to the season. It was attended by a few guy’s from Lincsquad and Ashley’s’, who all had a great time.

At the end of May we had the Adventure Challenge put on by Lincsquad. A good race, good turnout but very windy.

In June the Norfolk Hero team charity Quad took place. Even though there are no individual entries the event organisers decided to become affiliated to the BQA and now use our race insurance bring in some valuable income and raise good money for charity.

In early July The Box End Quad took place, numbers were down this year and if it had not been for a group of Soldiers then the race would have had to be cancelled.

Mid July saw the Brigg Bomber and the National Championships. A mixed bag of weather but good numbers made it a high quality race,

In August the Quad World Championships took place, unfortunately we had very few UK athletes take part. However we still came away with the overall female gold going to Gail King and Josh Hook became the youth world champion. Next year I hope that we can put in a bigger team. Steve Hook has kindly decided to take on the roll as GB Team Manager and he will also tow over a canoe trailer.

In September the Extreme 5 took place for the first time. Next year we will be adding the race to the national trophy series.

Also in Mid September the last Quad of the season [Bude] took place. This is probably the hardest race in the series and is also a World Cup series race.

At the end of the season Steve Clark was the overall Male winner of the National Trophy series with Andy Grimwood in second place. Jean Ashley was the overall female winner, with Josh Hook picking up the junior category.

I would like to thank all the race organisers and committees for all their hard work in putting on some fantastic races during the season.

I would all like to thank everyone in the BQA for all their hard work in the background keeping the sport alive. Special thanks must go to the Ashley family [especially Jean] who between them are the background of the BQA and without all their dedication life would be much harder,

Finally big thanks to everyone who has taken part in any Quads this year.

I hope next year proves to be fruitful for all.

Mark Pryor BQA Chairman Full 2011 Annual Report BQA AGM MINUTES 2010





2011 Annual Report BQA AGM MINUTES 2011