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!!
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!
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)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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 ‘BQAEric 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 toShrewsbury 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!
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!
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).
Race Details – The Box End Quadrathlon BQA & Quadkids Race 3 – Sunday 5.07.20
Timings 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The final race of the season and as always Bude lived up to its expectations! The weather was amazing for the event, but the strong South Easterly Wind meant everything was a bit tougher!
Organizer Simon Hammond wants to give A big shout out ‘to all the competitors for creating the amazing atmosphere on the day and an even bigger shout out to all the Volunteer Marshall’s, without whom this event couldn’t take place’. A great entry of 13 Teams/Pairs with 26 individual competitors, 11 of those flying the BQA flag!
Billy Butler was very strong throughout, but it was his kayak split which was 8 mins faster than anyone elses that took him to first place (2.42.19) he was 11 minuets ahead of his next competitor Ian Robertson 1st Vet 40 (2.53.40) with Jim Evans 1st Vet 50 in 3rd (3.03.08). There were some excellent Team performances with 3 teams going head to head in a close competition just a minuet between them all ‘Teamy Mc Teamface’ eventually winning (2.47.43) 2nd ‘3 plus 1’ (2.48.32) and 3rd ‘Two Flat Tyres’ (2.49.32).
In the Ladies event Becky Robertson current World Quadrathlon Champion had an outstanding win (3.12.43) 20 minuets ahead of local athlete and Vet 50 Winner Alison Parritt (3.33.20) Our top BQA lady of the day Jacq Odgers took 3rd place (3.38.56). Well done to all competitors, great racing under blue Cornish skies .. a great final race to our 2019 season! Full Results Bude Quadrathlon Results 2019
BUDE WINNERS MALE 1st Overall/Senior Billy Butler 2.42.19 1st Vet 40 Ian Robertson 2.53.40 1st Vet 50 Paul Cottle 3.09.03 1st Vet 60 Michael Toomey 3.31.50
FEMALE 1st Overall/Senior Becky Robertson 3.12.43 1st Vet 50 Alison Parritt 3.33.20 1st Vet 40 Jacqie Smith 4.28.37
Special mention goes out to all our BQA MEMBERS .. Well Done Everyone!
BQA MEMBERS 1st Senior Billy Butler 2.42.19 3rd Vet 50 Russell Breyer 3.27.09 4th Vet 50 Cliff Odgers 3.31.28 1st Vet 60 Michael Toomey 3.31.28 5th Vet 50 Peter Chappill 3.34.01 2nd Vet 60 John Kavanagh 3.35.36 2nd Vet 50 Jacq Odgers 3.38.56 7th Vet 50 Lance Ball 3.45.04 3rd Senior Siobhan Henn 4.22.56 10th Vet 50 Ian Collins 4.28.05 3rd Vet 50 Anne Collins 4.28.05
The Final National Trophy Standings All the Mens awards were depending on the race results in Bude, so there was a lot at stake on race day! Billy Butler had to win the race overall to knock Alan Cole of top spot, which he did moving Alan into 2nd place but still winning Vet 40 Age group prize. Good results from Cliff Odgers Vet 50 and Michael Toomey Vet 60 meant that they secured their age groups too. In the ladies event it was a little more clear cut after Shrewsbury, Helen Russell had already been crowned the overall women’s winner, with Elizabeth Angood taking Senior, Amanda Clements Vet 40, Jacqueline Odgers Vet 50 and Mary White Vet 60
Congratulations to you all, some excellent performances and big improvements for may athletes this season long may it continue, enjoy your rest and recovery time and see you all again next season!
Billy Butler Overall Alan Cole Vet 40 Cliff Odgers Vet 50 Mike Toomey Vet 60
Helen Russell Overall Elizabeth Angood Senior Amanda Clements Vet 40 Jacqueline Odgers Vet 50 Mary White Vet 60
The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy ‘For Endeavor 2019’ was presented to Lance Ball He has shown Enthusiasm & Commitment To Our Sport and have raced Quadrathlons for many years showing true dedication! He has encouraged many newcomers and been a big supporter of QuadKidz, and that’s not to mention the help you have given to fellow athletes during races!
We had a great day’s racing at the 7th Shrewsbury Quadrathon, it was given WQF World Cup Status a true testament to the Event organizers Phil Holden and SYTri. The Event as always sold out at the end of June with 23 males and 21 females entered! The weather this year was perfect, as always the race was brilliantly organized and the atmosphere buzzing! The racing was top class with PB’s and personnel triumphs from many first time Quadrathletes!
Our top GB athletes and age groupers were all looking for World Cup and BQA Trophy points, with World Cup leader Ferenc Csima coming over from Hungary in the hope of top points too!
In the men’s race it was a close battle to the finish. Together out of the swim in first was Steve King and Alan Cole in 5.01, with Ferenc a minuit down 6.01 and James Block 20 seconds later. Steve pulled away on the downstream leg of the kayak, but chasing him down was Ferenc and James. Ferenc moved into 1st place and James worked really hard to overtake Steve with James producing the fastest Kayak split of 20.14.
On the Bike Steve is redound for his fast times and he started to chase Ferenc down, Steve’s bike split was the fastest of the day 36.35 and this moved him back into first place. So onto the run Steve knew he had his work cut out as Ferenc would do his best to chase him down! Ferenc ran the fastest split 18.59 but it wasn’t quite enough to catch Steve, he held on to first place winning in 1.24.31, Ferenc in 2nd 1.24.58 with James holding onto 3rd 1.29.33 with Alan producing another fast run split coming 4th in 1.29.33
Overall Male Winners
1st Steve King Vet 40 (1.24.31) 2nd Ferenc Csima Vet 50 (1.24.58) 3rd James Block Vet 50 (1.28.55)
There was lot of exciting racing going on just behind with BQA members all looking for valuable Trophy Points as all the Trophy prizes are still up for grabs! Pete Tindle was 6th having had a good race with Iain Wood in 7th producing some strong splits throughout taking the Vet 60 prize. Cliff Odgers secured the vet 50 prize racing well came 8th overall.
It was so good to see lots of solid performances from our 14, BQA Male Members, and so good to see them flying the flag for us … Thank-you we really appreciate your support and valuable membership!
4th Alan Cole (1.29.33) Vet 40 Winner 6th Pete Tindle (1.36.01) 7th Iain Wood (1.38.04) Vet 60 Winner 8th Cliff Odgers ( 1.41.10) Vet 50 Winner 10th Russel Breyer (1.44.06) 11th Peter Chappill (1.44.45) 13th John Kavanagh (1.47.54) 14th Lance Ball (1.48.57) 15th Andrew Lawson (1.49.38) 17th Ian Collins (1.53.58) 18th John Redmond (1.56.38) 19th Jeff Chappill (1.58.52) 22nd John MacLeod (2.06.54) Vet 70 Winner 23rd David Jones (2.12.38)
Special mention to Newcomers Nicholas Mahony winning 1st Open/Senior (1.30.34) and Jake Liversedge who took 1st U23 (1.45.04), we hope they enjoyed their first quadrathlon and hope to see them next season!
There was a fantastic turn out from the Ladies, with 21 competing 14 being BQAMembers! Helen Russell was first out of the swim 6.43 with Jacqueline Davies hot on her heals 6.47, they both paddled strongly almost together most of the way, Helen just slightly ahead by 5 seconds 26.01. Helen was only just in the lead going onto the bike, Jacq had a slightly faster bike split by 6 seconds 43.07 … so it was all down to the run. Helen held onto the lead and took 1st place in 1.40.35 and she also secured the Overall BQA National Trophy for 2019. Jacq raced into 2nd putting in a great new PB in 1.44.01. Mean while back from a broken collar bone Natalie Abbott was having a strong run and moved up to take 3rd, (1.48.35). There were some fantastic performances from all of the women, strong racing from the age groupers and plenty of big smiles and positive feedback from those newbies!
Overall Female Winners and BQA Womens Results
1st Helen Russell (1.40.35) Vet 40 and Winner of the BQA National Trophy 2nd Jacqueline Davis (1.44.01) Vet 50 3rd Natalie Abbott (1.48.35) 4th Helen Adams (1.53.19) Vet 50 Winner 1st time she has completed 3 quads in the trophy Series! 5th Nicola Hamerton (1.53.19) 6th Mary White (1.56.46) Vet 60 Winner 7th Siobhan Henn (2.02.38) Open/senior Winner 9th Donna Chappill (2.04.40) a great PB for Donna! 11th Liz Angood (2.05.08) 12th Anne Collins (2.06.35) 15th Margaret Huyton (2.08.21) 16th Amanda Clemens (2.10.54) 1st time she has completed 3 quads in the trophy Series! 18th Caz Jones (2.21.14) and another 1st timer completing 3 quads in the trophy Series! 19th Emma Cronin (2.22.31)
Well done to 8th Victoria Iremonger (2.03.25) Vet 40 Winner
A great day out – though I must say its so hard on the sidelines, I would of been much happier in my Lycra, though I did enjoy cheering you all on in your kayaks! However it was great to see how much everyone enjoyed being part of the Quadrathlon … I did feel very proud of all the Quadrathletes and BQA members, the feel good factor we portray is second to none, it such a friendly and inclusive sport to be part of we are so lucky to have such great supporters … thank you long may it continue!
I also had great pleasure in presenting Lance Ball with the ‘The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy’ 2019 For Endeavor. Lance has shown Enthusiasm & Commitment To Our Sport for many years showing true dedication! He has encouraged many newcomers and been a big supporter of QuadKidz, and that’s not to mention the help you have given to fellow athletes during races, which includes mending broken chains and punctures all within his own race! He is a true ambassador for our sport … We Really Appreciate Your Efforts Lance THANK-YOU from BQA.
I also presented Ferenc Csima with the World Cup National Trophy Congratulations to Hungary taking this New Trophy in its first year. A Big Thank you to all our GB athletes that raced in the World Cup races, GB came in 2nd place just short of a few points especially in the under 23 and open categories … maybe next year?
Box End was blessed with beautiful weather for the National Quadrathlon Championships (3rd Trophy Race of the Season). As ever Mark and his Team ‘Quadrac Racing’ put on another excellent event, and looking at all the comments and photographs on our BQA Facebook page it was enjoyed by all the Quadrathletes that raced!
Sadly due to difficult family circumstances at the moment ‘the fairyquadmother’ was unable to make it … but Jean was very pleased that plenty of you were sharing your passion and spreading her fairy dust in her absence … thank-you! X
If anyone does have time to do a race report or put together a few thoughts about the race you’d like to share please send me an email, this is open to our QuadKidz too, I’d love to here from you too and would love to put a QUADKIDZ REPORT on your Website page! email@example.com
This race was certainly Quadrathlon at its best and the leaders and age groupers certainly had their work cut out! It was a tough fight at the top with Billy Butler taking 1st by just 30 seconds from Michael Mason in 2nd with Alan Cole in 3rd. Helen Russell won the Ladies race with Jacq Odgers in 2nd and newcomer Rachel Temple-Fry in 3rd.
These are our National Champions and runners up … well done to you all! As requested by the quadrathletes at the race we did a role down for the prizes.
National Champions Male 1st Billy Butler Senior 2nd Michael Mason MV40 3rd Alan Cole MV40 4th/1st MV50 Ewan Cox 5th/2nd MV50 Kevin Blakey 8th/1st MV60 Michael Toomey 9th/1st MV40 Wayne Smith 10th/2nd MV60 Andrew Lawson 1st MU23 & 1st QuadKidz 13-15 Blake Mawson-Burren
National Champions Female 1st Helen Russell FV40 2nd Jacqueline Odgers FV50 3rd Rachel Temple-Fry Senior 4th/1st FV60 Mary White 6th/1st FV50 Gillian Melia 7th/2nd FV50 Elaine Palmer 8th/2nd FV60 Margaret Huyton 11th/1st FV40 Mandy Lewis
1st FU23/1st Quadkidz 13-15 Hermione Ball 2nd Quadkidz 13-15 Rebecca Lewis 1st QuadKidz 9-11 Willow Lewis
Congratulations to the 33 athletes that raced and to our 4 Quadkidz, the numbers at BoxEnd were down by a lot this year, the BQA chose this Sprint race to be National Championships in the hope the shorter distances may have been more inclusive and encouraged a lot more athletes to enter, but sadly not. Speaking to race organizers this may put the race in jeopardy for the future it has been a lot of hard work and effort for such a small field, so lets do what we can to keep encouraging our friends and especially our youngsters to join our great sport! It was excellent to see 24 of the 33 athletes taking part were BQA Members so a huge thank-you to those for flying the flag!
Just over a week to go ….. Still time to send your Entries in for RACE 3 in the BQA National Trophy Plus the added bonus as its our NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Box End Sprint Quad & QuadKidz on 30th June.
A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café.
It’s is our British National Championships so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too the whole race takes place within the boundary of the Box End Water park, it really is a superb venue! After a successful Quadkidz race last year the second Quadkidz Race of the junior series will take part at the same time as the Open Race!
The Box End Quadrathlon BQA National Championships & Quadkids Race 2 – Sunday 30.06.19 The National Championship event is suitable for both experienced and novice athletes just wanting to start out in the sport.
Date: The event takes place on Sunday 30th June 2019. Timing: Registration on Saturday 29.06.19 is open from 17.00 to 18.00 and on Sunday 30.06.19 registration opens 06.00 to 07.15. Competitors are encouraged to register on the Saturday. Race briefing is at 07.45 in the transition area [compulsory to attend] The race will start at 08.00. Venue: Box End Park, Box End, Kempston, Bedford, Beds, MK43 8RQ Grid Ref: TL011485 Directions available from Box End Water Ski Park website: http://www.boxendpark.com/directions.php EVENT DETAILS The Quadrathlon – 750m open water swim – 4.8km kayak [4 laps] – 15km off-road bike course [3 laps] 5km trail run
Quadkids Race – 250m open water swim – 1.2km kayak (1 lap) – 5km off-road bike (1 lap) [1 lap] 2km distances can be reduced if necessary for younger quadkidz.
Wet suits are advisable but not compulsory unless low water temperatures. ENTRY FEES FOR QUAD MINIMUM AGE : 14 Years Individual Entry fee for BQA member £30 Individual Entry fee for non BQA member £35 On the day [at registration] £5 extra Limited kayak hire (pre-booking essential) £5 Team for Quadrathlon £60 Quadkids £15
Facilities available: toilets, showers, changing areas, refreshments, camping, parking, bar, restaurant and café. CAMPING – is available at Box End Park for all competitors. Caravans and campervan facilities available; apply directly to Box End – Telephone Number: 01234 846222, 07922 824678
Thank goodness the days of rain we’d had finally stopped in time for the Dearne Valley Quadrathlon, our 2nd Trophy Race of the Season, lots of passion for our sport, with non stop smiles as juniors, first timers, and seasoned quadrathletes crossed the finish line! Organizer Mark Benton and his ‘Team’ of volunteers and marshals hosted a great race for us all, there enthusiasm and friendliness shone through, to make their 3rd time of running the event a huge success, thank-you you did your selves proud yet again!
A fantastic turnout with 13 juniors, 8 in the Quad and 5 in the Tri, and 34 seniors in the Quad and 32 in the Tri, so all the pre race training days organized by Mark Benton and Mandy Greenaway certainly paid off, so again a big thanks for getting those athletes in kayaks and encouraging them to do the Quad!
The kids races got underway at 8:30am and everyone seemed to be having a good time. As always they were supported the whole way around. The ethos of the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is one of inclusivity and giving everyone a chance, which is just how it should be, this was clear throughout the weekend and it was good to see the kids giving it their all, Congratulations to them all!
Gemma Block 13F Junior Quad 1st Girl Hermione Ball 13F Junior Quad 2nd Girl Tabatha Caruthers 14F Rebecca Lewis 13F Willow Lewis 8F Blake Mawson Burren 15M Junior Quad 1st Boy Thomas Caruthers 15M Junior Quad 2nd Boy Theo Caruthers 13M
The kids presentations were made at around 9:30am. The jubilant podium finishers collected their certificates, proud parents cheered and the adult Quadrathletes and Triathletes assembled ready for their races.
It was a real mixture of 34 quadrathletes racing with 20 of those BQA members, so plenty of National Trophy points ready to be picked up! There were plenty of athletes giving the quad a go for the first time, and they looked like they had given everything and had a great time!
Congratulations to the Winners and to all those BQA Members Flying the Flag for British Quadrathlon, as ever thank-you for the support, you make our races tick!
Overall Male 1st Alan Cole Vet 40 2nd James Block Vet 50 3rd Peter Tindall Vet 40
BQA Members 4th Mark Pryor Vet 50 5th Pete Chappill Vet 50 7th Lance Ball Vet 50 8th Wayne Smith Vet 40 9th Mike Garnock Jones Vet 60 11th John Redmond Vet 60 13th Chris Moorhouse Vet 50 16th David Jones Vet 60
Overall Ladies 1st Helen Russell Vet 40 2nd Gillian Melia Vet 50 3rd Helen Adams Vet 50
BQA Members 4th Elizabeth Angood Senior 6th Helen Recchia Vet 60 7th Mandy Greenaway Vet 50 8th Caz Jones Vet 50 9th Amanda Clements Vet 40 10th Margaret Huyton Vet 60 11th Mandy Lewis Vet 40
Link to some Action Shots on the BQA Facebook Page (Thanks to Mike Ford).
Spectators witnessed Quadrathlon at its best, with the World Middle Distance Championships taking part Brigg on 26th May. A brilliant day with plenty of exciting racing and superb performances from the Europeans to our very own GB Athletes!
British Quadrathlon, BQA are extremely grateful to Lincsquad’s Organizing Team for putting on this World Championship Race for us and to all the Marshall’s who made every single athlete feel so special as they raced around the course!
Well done to every single athlete that raced and to all the teams too, there was a lot of grit and determination out there, also lots of camaraderie, plenty of smiles and support for fellow athletes around the course! Big congratulations to the 2 Overall World Champions ‘William Peters’ Belgium and ‘Becky Robertson’ GB and to all the other Age Group Champions!
There have been so many positive comments, the atmosphere was brilliant, so Thanks ‘Lincsquad’ Great Britain couldn’t of done it without you!
The standard of racing was World Class, with strong male athletes coming from Belgium, Czech Germany Hungary and Spain to defend their titles and get World Cup points! We missed 2018 World Champion Lisa Teichert from the Ladies start line, but never the less there was a good strong field with some new talent in the mix! The weather was reasonably warm and spirits not dampened even though we had the odd heavy shower, the sun finally did come out and it turned out to be good conditions!
The atmosphere at the start was electric with the athletes being counted down with that ‘Heartbeat thump’ echoing over the River Ancholme. Svoboda was first out of the water well ahead in 18.31, a group followed with Cole in 2nd 21.44 closely followed by Csima, Peters, King, and Garcia. The heavy rain showers didn’t slow the bike leg down, it was extremely fast with 4 athletes going under the hour.
Fastest bike split was King 59.04, but Svoboda stayed in the lead going into the kayak. Peters, Csima, Mason were all close behind as the race had certainly hotted up! Csima had the fastest kayak 33.04 but Peters, almost as fast 33.46 went into the lead, leaving Svoboda in his wake. (Tom was paddling Lincsquads Donna Chappill’s Kayak – it was quite amazing how fast he paddled it … I hope he’s left some magic in their Donna!!)
So out on the run Peters held onto his lead to take the Championships (2.34.33). Tom had a lot to do after the kayak leg but he chased hard with a very fast run 36.26 passing Csima, Mason and King to take 2nd place (2.36.53). Csima just held on to 3rd (2.37.44) with Mason our first Brit, (2.37.54) working extremely hard to try and catch him. Mike just missed the podium spot by 10 seconds, but he certainly proved he is up there with the World Class Quadrathletes!
In the Ladies race Russell was first out of the swim in 23.46, Davies 2 mins behind with Illidge and Robertson 15 seconds after. Robertson (who did her last quadrathlon in 2012) soon put her expert biking to the test and went into the lead with the fastest split in 1.08.43. Russell held onto 2nd place, with Davies in 3rd both producing similar bike splits. Illidge new to our sport hadn’t done a lot of biking, but with kayaking being her best discipline the podium places were still up for grabs. Robertson increased her lead on the kayak with another top split 40.26, Russell still maintained 2nd, Davies in 3rd with the young Illidge chasing hard in
the kayak, having a fast split also 41.43. Robertson pulled away again with a strong run 44.49 to take the Championship title, (3.02.20) Russell still working hard took 2nd (3.11.35). Meanwhile Davies was having a great race, but Illidge being a strong runner was still making up ground, with just 30 seconds to go she went into 3rd place (3.24.21) with Davies in 4th (3.24.21).
We’ve had some amazing Results, congratulations again to William Peters (Belgium) and Becky Robinson (GB) who are the 2019 World Champions! We are also very proud of our Age Group World Champions … A Brilliant Effort from Team GB …. Thank you all so much for making it a Great World Championships!
MALE World Champion William Peters (BEL) Elite 2nd Tom Svobod (CZE) Elite 3rd Ferenc Csima (CZECH) Vet 40 World Champion 4th Mike Mason (GB) Masters 40 5th Jordi Garcia (ESP) Masters 40 Vet 50 World Champion Nigel Unwin (GB) Vet 60 World Champion Iain Wood (GB) Vet 70 World Champion John Sharp (GB)
FEMALE World Champion Becky Robertson (GB) Elite 2ndHelen Russell (GB) Vet 40 World Champion 3rdJenny Illidge (GB) Elite Vet 50 World Champion Jacquline Davies (GB) Vet 60 World Champion Mary White (GB)
There were many more brilliant performances, and some excellent personal goals achieved …. Some lovely stories and photographs on our BQA and Lincsquad facebook pages. The BQA wish to thank every single one of you, for giving your very best and flying the flag for us, you have put British Quadrathlon on the World Map!
Team GB’ Our BQA MEMBERS –
They took advantage of the championships being on home turf and had a strong Team, a huge thank-you to all 32 of you racing for our GB Quad Team! Without your BQA memberships, we would have no BQA (Governing Body) and so we wouldn’t be able to affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Federation, who allow us to host these amazing Championship Races.
Our GB Team is made up of BQA Members, some are at the top of British Quadrathlon, but just as important are the members who want to share their passion, and spread the word for our sport! Thank you for your support and for racing at the 2019 World Championships ‘Bask in Your Glory’ and get planning your next Quadrathlon!
BQA Members Role of Honor
Male 4th Michael Mason 2nd Vet 40 14th Alan Cole Vet 40 15th Nigel Unwin World Champion Vet 50 17th Nigel Leeson 2nd Vet 50 23rd Kevin Blakey Vet 50 26th Peter Tindall Vet 40 27th Iain Wood World Champion Vet 60 30th Phil Holden Vet 50 32nd Cliff Odgers Vet 50 37th Peter Chappill Vet 50 38th Michael Toomy 2nd Vet 60 41st Lance Ball Vet 50 43rd Wayne Smith Vet 40 47th Phil Laycock Vet 50 49th Kev Lovett Vet 50 50th John Kavanagh 3rd Vet 60 56th Ian Collins Vet 50 58th John Redmond Vet 60 62nd Mark Benton Vet 50
Female 2nd Helen Russell World Champion Vet 40 5th Jacqueline Davies World Champion Vet 50 7th Mary White World Champion Vet 60 9th Helen Adams 2nd Vet 50 10th Victoria Price Elite 13th Liz Angood Elite 14th Siobhan Henn Elite 15th Anne Collins 3rd Vet 50 16th Amanda Clements Vet 40
Also well done to BQA Members that entered the Team Event
5thWhen I’m 64 (Mike Garnock-Jones and Jean Ashley) Our Fairy Quadmother ‘Jean Ashley’ has had her wings clipped for a while due to injury so thanks to Mike for at least letting her fly in the kayak!
11thTeam Jones (Caroline & David Jones) Well done to Caroline new to Quads last year she persuaded her husband to join up to do their first middle distance!
I’d just like to mention Belgium Team GoldenBear who without a doubt gave it all in Brigg over the weekend! They raced hard and played hard! They took 2nd Team place enjoying every moment, giving us some great Bomber Video footage, supporting their own team members and everyone else along the way! They also drank us under the table on the t-shirt tour, sampling our English Beers, our Fish’n Chips and joining in the true spirit of Quadrathlon! A great bunch of Guys, thanks for visiting us in Brigg!
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