The Quadrathlon Camp certainly exceeded all our expectations, the location was stunning, the weather was absolutely fantastic, and the training sessions were just perfect, varied and inclusive to all the various standards of Quadrathletes that joined the camp! Lots of banter, great company plenty of laughs, lots of tips, training sessions and stories shared during the week … not forgetting Alan’s cake too!
Those that wanted did 3 sessions a day, nothing was compulsory and there were always plenty of options to do longer or shorter. The lake was beautiful for swimming, a tad cold at around 15C but so clear. We did lots of kayaking, most days for some of us, the wind certainly had a mind of its own, some days flat calm and other days challenging waves, all good for stabilization techniques in K1’s, it was the first time I’ve paddled my Tor through ‘white horses’ … exciting stuff!!
The Biking was vary varied, from a hilly ride and a stiff hill climb up to the top of Llanberis, to a very fast time trial down to Porthmadog. There was a good trail road for running from the site and of course the beautiful mountain of Snowdon to run hike and walk up!
To top the week off we had our own ‘Llyn Gwynant Quadrathlon’ and as you can see from the map there were plenty of options to choose from – 3 swim distances, 3 bike distances, 1 – 5 laps on the kayak and 3 run distances … we even had a duathlon option!
So I would just like to say a huge Thank-you to Pete Chappill from Lincsquad that instigated the camp, it was chilled but at the same time we all worked as hard and pushed each other on! The training was thought out and planned really well! The beautiful weather really helped make it feel like a European Training Camp, we could of easily been in the Swiss mountains … so Thank-You Snowdonia for Blue Bird skies and Sunshine ….. a truly great week!
Hopefully we may do it all again next year ? The camp was for 8 days but athletes dipped in and out, so here’s an outline of the 5 middle days … just in case you fancy ‘Camp 2020’
Sun – Kayak intervals (66,3333,111111mins) – Swim 1000m – Run Intervals (3 miles)
Mon – Bike 3 hours (inc Hill Climb) – Kayak intervals (88,44,2222,1111mins)
Wed – Bike TT (12 miles) Special Treat Coffee and Cake with the Dobbers!! Ride back supposed to have done a ‘Negative split’ but we ate to much cake!! Kayak intervals (5,4,3,2,1 x 2) – Kev’s Cross Fit!
Thurs – ‘Llyn Gwynant Quad’ various distances taking between 2 and 3 hours.
So a Big Thanks again to all that came and made it great fun! Pete Chappill, Kev Lovett, Donna and Jeff Chappill, Liz Dawson, John Redmond, Alan Cole, Lance Ball and Jean and Dave Ashley.
P.S haven’t mentioned the great food, BBQ’s and the odd Beer and Bottle of Red …. goes without saying that went down very well too!!!!
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 –email@example.com
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!
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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 ……
The Final Race of the season and our National Championships for 2018, as ever Bude lived up to its reputation, and we were in for some great racing! A strong turnout of athletes, the regular BQA members, all fighting for those extra ‘BQA Trophy Points’ and age group placings, plus a couple of strong newcomers, and locals from the local surf-lifesaving scene, some compete as individuals but there are also lots of teams or pairs competing too.
It had been wet and windy the day before, and their was plenty of heavy swell in the sea. It was a little chilly at 7.00 am on race day, but we had sunshine and light winds, and as the day went on it got warmer and proved to be good race conditions, even though most of us found the sea challenging!
After the race briefing we all headed down to the sea lock, the swim consists of two 400m loops split by a 200m run across the sands of the beach, the tide was higher than expected and the beach was completely flooded. so the beach run was a wade through knee deep water instead. In the individual event Alan Cole was out first (20.28) with newcomer Billy Butler in 2nd place (22.10) with Nigel Unwin (23.30) and Andy Parrritt (23.30) close behind, there were a lot of locals in the team and pairs event amongst the top swimmers, all looking strong in the choppy swell.
The Bike is a course of two halves, a very hilly 1st half, along the coast road to Widemouth and then up those 30% climbs out of Millook, the 2nd half is very fast down the A39 into Bude. Alan managed to hold onto his lead for a while but his legs were still suffering from the Conwy Mountain Tri the week before. Nigel loves this bike course and put in the fastest bike split of the day (54.49) which took him into the lead. Alan stayed in 2nd (58.58), there were some good splits from Peter Tindall (56.00), Nigel Leeson (57.01) all looking for those Trophy points!
The 10km kayak section consists of two loops of the canal, with tight turns at either end, it was nice and calm and had started to warm up. Nigel pulled away and opened up a gap between him and Alan, but then paddler Billy Butler started to make huge gains on everyone, he produced the fastest kayak split by far (44.52) leaving everyone in his wake! Nigel was still 2nd fastest (51.29) Andy Parritt (53.05) with Alan (53.41) and Nigel (53.54). Race organizer Simon Hammond also produced a strong kayak split (54.36) … so all the age groups were still in contention!
The first couple of miles of the run are along the flat tarmac of the canal towpath, then up hill across fields and down to the coast road into Widemouth Bay, where you climb up the coastal path towards Bude, before a final descent to the Canal Warf. Billy had built up a strong lead, and maintained his position with a good run split (43.47). Nigel running the fastest time of the day (42.02) couldn’t quite catch Billy so held 2nd place, with Alan in 3rd (45.17) . There were some excellent age group performances, but the National Championship Title was well deserved by Billy Butler producing a fine win in his first ever Quadrathlon!
In the Ladies race Helen Russell came out of the swim in first place (22.51) with Jacq Davies 2nd (24.59), Natalie Abbott 3rd (26.23) followed by Alison Parritt, Bethany Goodlad, and Jean Ashley. Helen increased her lead on the bike (1.01.00), Natalie also having a strong bike moved into 2nd place (1.05.44) with Alison close behind (1.06.25).
Going into the kayak Helen maintained her lead (57.19), and the positions were to change again. Natalie was some what disadvantaged paddling a heavy sea kayak, so Alison moved in to 2nd (58.45) and Jacq into 3rd (1.00.03). Jean in her favorite discipline started to make up time and had the fastest kayak (56.48) which moved her into 4th place.
Helen maintained her lead and went on to take the National Championship Title for the 2nd year on the run, Alison stayed in 2nd place with Jean running into 3rd place. Some excellent racing from the ladies with a good quality of field, great to see newcomers to our sport performing well and strong performances from our BQA members too.
A special congratulations must go to our 2 BQA members who have done all 6 races in our BQA Calender, John Kavanagh and Lance Ball … a superb effort! Lance also deserves another mention, he was just at the start of the famous Millook climb when his chain broke, he quickly got his ‘chain tool out’ and proceeded to mend it … he then noticed a fellow ‘athlete in distress’ just ahead of him, who also had a broken chain …. so he mended hers so they both could continue to finish the race. Genuinely a top guy, showing us what a true advocate he is to our sport!
Everyone that completes this awesome course finishes it with a huge sense of achievement, its a true testament to the standard all our Quadrathletes, some out at the front, and some behind … equally your all just as important… Strong motivated and giving 100%, that’s what makes you all special!
A big thank-you to Simon Hammond and his Team for putting on another brilliant race, as always very friendly plenty of support, great commentating and lots of happy smiling faces!
National Champions 2018
1st Billy Butler Elite winner 2:51:00
2nd Nigel Unwin Vet 50 winner 2:51:42
3rd Alan Cole Vet 40 winner 2:58:24
4th Nigel Leeson Vet 50 3:02:50
5th Des Gosling Vet 50 50 3:09:31
6th Peter Tindall Vet 40 3:12:03
7th AndyParritt Vet 60 winner 3:12:49
8th Simon Hammond Vet 50 3:13:43
1st Helen Russell Vet 40Winner 3.07.33
2nd Alison Parritt Vet 50Winner 3:24:50
3rd Jean Ashley Vet 60Winner 0 3:28:42
4th Natalie Abbott Vet 50 3:29:18
5th Bethany Goodlad Elite Winner 3:33:42
6th Jacqueline Davies Vet 50 3:36:02
Emma Whitehouse Elite 3:50:46
Peter Chappill Vet 50 3:32.57
John Kavanagh Vet 60 3:34:44
Lance Ball Vet 50 3:39:52
This was also the last race of the Quadrathlon Trophy Series for 2018. This trophy is awarded to BQA members only and is based on your best 3 finishes out of the 6 trophy series races. Alan Cole took the overall Men’s trophy series win this year, whilst Helen Russell defended her Female British Trophy Series Champion status with the overall in the women’s series.
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