Time to get Motivated 2022!

So lets hope your New year has started well and lets hope weve got a great race season to look forward too! Here is a reminder of our BQA races we have in our calender so far, 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 racing this year! ‘The Brigg Bomber’ & Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will both be World Cup Races. Our National Championship is to be decided soon.


RACE 1 – 29th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – WQF Race Series  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 in the World Cup Calendar 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 – 19th 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 to Open SOON Dearne Valley Quadrathlon  PLEASE NOTE 2022 BQA members can use the MWBC discount option.


RACE 3 – 4th 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  Shrewsbury Quadrathlon


RACE 5 – 12th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – WQF Race Series – 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 2022 Trophy Series

29th May – Brigg Bomber

19th June – Dearne Valley Sprint

4th Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint

17th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz 2022

19th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz

Date to be Confirmed Lincs QuadKidz Event


Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)

? May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)

18th June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad 

11th July – Deva Divas Ladies Quad


If your looking to do some races in Europe these are the WORLD CUP RACES 2022

09.4.2022 Quadrathlon Terceira (POR, Sprint)

29.05.2022 Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon (GBR, Middle)

05.06.2022 Gyekenyes Quadrathlon (HUN, Sprint)

18.06.2022 Quadrathlon Týn nad Vltavou (CZE, Middle)

25.06.2022 ExtremeMan Kaposvár (HUN, Sprint)

02.7.2022  Koberbachtal Quadrathlon  (GER, European Champs Middle)

10.07.2022 Bydgoszcz Quadrathlon (POL, Worlds Champs Sprint)

03.09.2022 Bergsee Quadrathlon Ratscher (GER, Sprint)

11.09.2022 Tiszafüred Quadrathlon (HUN, World Champs Middle)

17.09.2022 Bude Quadrathlon (GB Middle)

25.09.2020 Cazalegas Quadrathlon  (ESP, European Sprint)

2022 Snowdonia Quad Training Camp is on!

Just to remind Quadrathletes about the training camp just before the start of our race season. 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.

It is a low key camp and athletes can dip in and out of the sessions as they wish, Peter Chappill  Lincsquad member will be organizing the sessions on the camp at The Llyn Gwynant Camp Site, Snowdonia between 16th May and 23rd May 2022. 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, more detailswill be posted at a later date.

Check out this overview of the itinerary we did in 2019, 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 guide 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
We just need to book some good sunny Welsh Weather now … and let those wonderful mountains enhance your training!

Winter Multisport Training at Macclesfield

John Kavanagh is planning to do some kayak triathlons and duathlons over the winter. Anyone is welcome to join me, remembering that this is not an official club event and while looking out for each other, we all take responsibility for ourselves. They will take place on and around the Macclesfield Canal at Bollington starting at 9.30am

The Kayak triathlons will use the Macclesfield Canoe club Hare and Hounds events for the kayak leg (6.4km). (These are Club events and there is a £1.50 entry fee). Followed by a road cycle (22km) and a run on the Middlewood way (6km). Transitions will be in the car park, storing boat and bike in or on your car. The Hare and Hounds is a handicap race, slowest setting off first. The cycle part can be a social group ride or “go at your own pace”, depending on conditions. The run is a straightforward out and back. No rules, marshals or prizes, but there will be cake at the finish!

The kayak duathlons will be an experiment, with a view to putting on Official races. The initial plan is Kayak 4km, and then run 3.5km the same route on the towpath. There will be someone to watch over the kayaks on the canal bank during the running.
Updates on plans, details of routes etc. will be posted nearer the dates on the BQA and MADCC FB pages.

November 14th 2021 Hare and Hounds/Kayak Triathlon (Remembrance Sunday, the cycle route will be adjusted to avoid road closure through Bollington see –Google Map
(December 12th 2021 Hare and Hounds Kayak only)
January 9th 2022 Hare and Hounds/Kayak Triathlon
February 6th 2022 Kayak Duathlon
(February 13th 2022 Hare and Hounds Kayak only)
March 6th 2022 Kayak Duathlon
(March 13th 2022 Hare and Hounds Kayak only)


2021 National Trophy Champions

We had no National Trophy Winners last year due to all our races being cancelled due to Covid, but this year we were hoping for a much better season. Sadly Covid still disrupted our calender and we had Dearne Valley and Box End Quads cancelled. With 3 races to count in the series we did manage to hold 3 events, thanks to our race organizers who really did have to pull out all the stops to accommodate the residual Covid regulations.

Our 3 races were The Brigg Bomber (Middle), Shrewsbury Quad (sprint) and The Awesome foursome Bude (Middle). We had 45 male athletes and 18 female athletes racing in the series, but only 4 athletes managed to complete all 3 races ….. a huge well done to Nigel Unwin, Nick Farnell, Peter Chappill and John Kavanagh. It has been a difficult season for many of us so lets hope 2022 will bring a fresh start, plenty of motivation and lots of Quadrathletes back in ACTION!!

Nigel Unwin

This year, with only a few athletes doing more than one race we have decided not to award age groups, so only the overall winner will get a trophy to keep for a year. Nigel Unwin is our 2021 National Male Champion, we didn’t have a female that completed all 3 races, but well done to Helen Adams who did complete 2 races, we certainly look forward to seeing many of our athletes back racing again next year!

Congratulations to all that managed to race in the series, some excellent performances and big improvements for may athletes this season, enjoy your rest and recovery time and see you all again next season!

Final Trophy Results BQA Trophy 2021

NATIONAL TROPHY 2021 Champion Nigel Unwin (315 points)

Athletes to have completed 3 Races
2nd Nick Farnell (292 points)
3rd Peter Chappill (284 points)
4th John Kavanagh (271 points)

Nicholas Farnell

Pete Chappill

John Kavanagh







Mary & Margaret

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy ‘For Endeavor 2021’ This year the Trophy was presented to Twins Mary White & Margaret Huyton’ this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment and true dedication to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now, along the way they have been inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 3 years or more, they have been encouraging a team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing, this has boosted the number of ladies competing in our sport! They are also in our ’70 years young category’ and they still a force to be reckoned with, long may it continue. They will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years to come!



Sunshine in Shrewsbury for 2021!

Great to be back at in Shrewsbury for the 8th Shrewsbury Quadrathon, it was cancelled due to Covid in 2020, but this year with some covid restrictions in place SYTRI were determined to give us a great event …. and that they certainly did!  The weather this year was perfect, as always the race was brilliantly organized and the atmosphere buzzing, though for many of us it was back to racing for the first time since ‘Covid lockdown’ so a some apprehension on the start line, but with plenty of smiley friendly quadrathletes offering reassurance the nerves were soon gone!

The racing was good with PB’s and personnel triumphs from many first time Quadrathletes! There were 3 waves this year as wave numbers were reduced due to Covid restrictions first off Open and Vet 40, then Vet 50, 60 and 70 and then all the Ladies together. 

Race Organizer & Competitor Phil, a great effort and very happy to be over the finish line!

In the men’s race Steve King dominated from the start, producing the fastest splits across the board, (1.29.30)  he finished 5 mins ahead of Ryan Sneddon (1.34.24) who was in the same wave. Nigel Unwin in the 2nd wave was just beaten into 3rd place by 3 seconds (1.34.27) it certainly would of been a very close race if they had been racing in the same wave! Alexander Williamson came 4th (1.38.48) followed by BQA member and Race organizer Phil Holden (1.39.14) a brilliant effort by Phil who had been up to his eyes in organizing and making sure everything was in place for race day!

We had an excellent turnout of Male BQA Members and it was so good to see so many BQA trisuits on the course, it was certainly noted by onlookers who were very impressed by the fact we were doing 4 disciplines instead of 3!

Sadly due to Covid there was no prize giving, just the top 3 in Male and Female. But having said that everyone was rewarded with a great celebratory 10 year Anniversary Technical T-shirt  and beautiful medal, a really nice touch to celebrate this excellent event, I shall certainly be wearing mine with pride!

Male Winners and Congratulations to our BQA Members.

Winner Steve King

1st Steve King Vet 40 (1.29.30)
2nd Ryan Sneddon Open (1.34.24)
3rd Nigel Unwin Vet 50 (1.34.27)

BQA Members
5th Phil Holden Vet 50 (1.39.14)
6th Pete Tindall Vet 40  (1.40.06)
7th Nicholas Farnell Vet 60 (1.40.46)
9th Peter Chappill Vet 60 (1.46.13)
11th Wayne Smith Vet 50 (1.48.02)
12th Lance Ball Vet 50 (1.49.21)
13th Andrew Lawson Vet 60 (1.52.44)
15th John Kavanagh Vet 60 (1.53.38)
18th Jeff Chappill Vet 50 (1.55.56)
24th John MacLeod Vet 70 (2.08.34)
25th David Jones Vet 60 (2.09.50)

Winner Natalie Abbott
The Ladies race was fought hard from the start, with the lead changing after each discipline!  Liz Dawson had a fantastic swim and was just getting in her kayak as Helen Adams, Natalie Abbott and Jean Ashley were finishing there swim! Jean in her strongest leg chased down Liz and came out of the kayak in the lead. Meanwhile Helen with a great effort on the bike, started to chase Jean and came into transition just ahead of her. Natalie in 3rd place after the bike was now on a mission in her best discipline, she ran a superb time to overtake Jean and then Helen to take a well deserved 1st place. 


Female Winners and Congratulations to our BQA Members.

1st Natalie Abbott Vet 60 (1.49.17) 
2nd Helen Adams Vet 50 (1.50.03) 
3rd Jean Ashley Vet 60 (1.51.08)

BQA Members
4th Liz Dawson Vet 50 (1.51.43)  
6th Mary White Vet 70 (1.57.44) 
9th Margaret Huyton Vet 70  (2.07.07)
11th Donna Chappill Vet 50 (2.12.07) 
13th Caz Jones Vet 50 (2.22.23) 


There were some fantastic performances from all of the women, strong racing from the age groupers and plenty of big smiles and positive feedback too! We also had lots of great efforts from all our BQA Members, a total of 20 racing at Shrewsbury! Great to see them flying the flag for us … Thank-you! The BQA really appreciate your support and valuable membership!

Mary & Margaret

If we had a ‘Team Trophy’ it would of been presented to the ‘GIRLS, from MADCC a fine crew of 6 …. a huge well done to Natalie Abbott, Liz Dawson,  Nicola Hamerton and Heike Chapman – inspired by our forever young ’70 year old twins’ Mary and Margaret!

However after the race, we did present the ‘BQA Eric Hattliff Memorial Trophy’ to Mary & Margaret  this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now and along the way inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 2 years, they have been encouraging their team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing! So a big thanks to Mary and Margaret who will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years.   

On behalf of the BQA I would like to say a huge thank-you to Shrewsbury Triathlon/Quadrathlon Team of organisers, Shrewsbury C.C. marshals, helpers and family members for letting us, once again be part of your Triathlon Event – Be Very Proud of your  great race and here’s to the next 10 years! 

Full Results Shrewsbury Sprint Quad 2021

The Awesome Foursome is back!

Bude is back and entries are open for this Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon on Saturday 11th September! A fantastic event in this beautiful seaside town on the Cornwall Coast. Every September since 2002  Simon Hammond and his Team from ‘Shorelineactivities’ run the Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon, an extreme multi-sport race for individuals, pairs and relay teams to enter. This is an established event in the British and European Quadrathlon calendar regularly being a World Cup ranking event or the European Short Course Championships.

The race makes the very most of Bude’s geography and features. The open water swim takes place within the shelter of Bude’s breakwater. The cycle ride includes some amazing coastal hills (including the 1 in 3 climb at Millook). The kayak leg takes place on the tranquil Bude canal. And the final run follows the canal towpath onto the coastal path and back to Bude. The fastest athletes will take around 3 hours to complete the course with most finished within 4 hours.

Entries must be received in advance. You can do this by going to our website and downloading an application form and following the instructions or by using our On-Line entry system. 


The event starts with an 800 m sea swim, a double loop within Summerleaze bay, protected by the breakwater. Next a 30 km cycle following the coast road to Widemouth, Wanson Mouth and Millook before meeting the A39 at Wainhouse Corner and returning to Bude. Then a 10 km Kayak paddle, which is a double loop of the Bude canal. And finally a 10 km run along the canal towpath to Helebridge, following the marked footpath across the fields to Widemouth and returning to Bude via the coastal path. The course has stayed the same since we first ran it in 2002.

Guarantied to be a fantastic weekend away …. not forgetting those Cornish Pasties and Cream Teas to replenish the muscles afterwards! 


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: www.quadracracing.co.uk
Venue: Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485

Directions available from Box End Water Ski Park website: https://www.boxendpark.com/enquire-now/
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 info@boxendpark.com

Event Rules –  The event will be run under the rules & guidelines set out by the British Quadrathlon & World Quadrathlon Association can be seen here – https://www.britishquadrathlon.org.uk/56-revision-v1/

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 Lincsquad.co 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!!  


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 dates will be the 2nd Sunday of the Month, Nov 10th, January 12th, February 9th, March 8th, April 12th.

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.

The Kayaking, Hare and Hounds part of the session is a MADCC event, so some rules apply. £1:50 per seat, BAs should be worn if division 7 or lower, other details on the MADCC website. Each paddler sets off based on their handicap time (from previous times or a “best” guess). Slowest first and fastest last, so that we all finish close together. Club boats can be used by MADCC members and, by prior arrangement, they might be available to non-members (a charge may apply).

The bike course is a bit up and down. I can send a .gpx file of the route to anyone that wants it, or we can arrange to cycle in groups of similar speed with people that know the route. We will not leave anyone unfamiliar with the route out on their own.

The run is a flat out and back route along the Middlewood Way. (Hard surface, possibly a few puddles).

The transition is in a car park next to the canal. Use your vehicle to store your boat and bike. We tend to be relaxed about transition. Changes of clothing may well be required. We are not racing but aiming for a good workout.

There are steep steps from car park to canal, but help can be available for getting boats up and down. We do not have toilets or changing facilities. Make sure you have appropriate clothing, bring a hot drink for the finish. There will be cake or something similar at the end.

Variations to the plan (e.g. for weather etc.) will be posted on the MADCC Forum, MADCC Facebook pages and BQA Facebook pages on the Friday or Saturday before each event, so please check there before travelling.

The dates will be the 2nd Sunday of the Month, Nov 10th, January 12th, February 9th, March 8th, April 12th.

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.