World Championship Fever in Brigg!!

Fellow Quadrathletes and all our international Competitors, The World Quadrathlon Championshops Keyo Brigg Bomber 2019 is almost hear! I hope your training has gone well and your all looking forward to racing on 26th May. The race is 99% full (one or two entries left due to injuries). That’s fantastic news for Lincsquad and for our sport of Quadrathlon! I would like to say a Huge Thank-you to Lincsquad for hosting the Championships, its always hard work for the Committee and Organizing Team, and it takes time, patience and a lot of dedication to put on a race of this caliber, the BQA and WQF appreciate your commitment and I have no doubt the competitors will be very proud to be part of this 2019 World Championships! 

The BQA wish you a safe trip over to Brigg, and we look forward to meeting you all! Hears wishing everyone a great race, fingers crossed for good weather and safe racing! Plus a celebration afterwards in True ‘Lincsquad Style’ … The T-Shirt Tour!

Thank-you to all our members who will be flying the flag … you will be contributing to the Great Briatains World Cup Points for this New ‘World Cup Trophy! all standards and all ages, the BQA really appreciate your support … Your are keeping OUR SPORT ALIVE …. thank-you and have a Great Race!

…. and remember SMILE all the way….  Jean x

Tropical Quad Training Camp!

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!! 

Time Trailers at the ready!!

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!

Llyn Gwynant Quad Options!

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)
  • Tues – Snowdon Run/hike (8 or 13 miles) – Kayak (steady) – Swim 1200m
  • 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!!!!

 

 

 

More Camp reading ‘Alan’s Blog’

Quad Camp Day 3 – Snowdon

The World Quadrathlon National Team Trophy

Exciting News from The World Quadrathlon Federation, we have a new Trophy! The World Quadrathlon National Team Trophy will be awarded annually by the WQF. It will be awarded to the Nation with the highest number of points scored in the each of the 16 WQF Age group and Gender categories by an individual national, in any ONE of the World Cup races during the season.

This is great news for all the athletes racing in World Cup races … you can get those important points to help support your National Team! If no individual from a nation is represented in an age/gender group, then zero points will be scored for that category. Also only one person from each age group scores points for their nation and it is only the score from their best race that counts.

Carved from the ‘Mighty English Oak’!

The trophy will be held by the winning nation for one year. It will be that nation’s responsibility to have the Trophy Engraved on the reverse (example: 2019 Great Britain) and ensure the trophy is available to be presented at the last World Cup Race  of the following season.

The Trophy was beautiful carved out of English seasoned Oak by ‘Antony Dala’ Wood Sculpture and a triathlete who is a good friend of Jean Ashley’s. He also made the Wonderful Diva Devas Trophy in 2017.

The Metal plates we cut by another friend Helene Gilmour A Big Thank-you to our 2 talented Artists that have made sure our sport is rewarded with such ‘strong solid natural masterpieces’ … just like our Quadrathletes!   

 

Snowdonia Quad Training Camp

Just to remind Quadrathletes the training camp is getting closer and our race season will start at the end of may too ….. If you want to enhance your training with like minded athletes this is the the place to go! You can dip in and out of the training or just come for a couple of days to suit …. check out the details below.

Peter Chappill & Kev Lovett Lincsquad members will be organizing a low key training camp at The Llyn Gwynant Camp Site, Snowdonia between 11th and 19th May 2019. The timetable will be dependent upon the weather,  but Pete has mapped out several run routes, bike routes and swim/kayak training packages for those who require some guidance. For those who prefer to do their own thing there is plenty to go at, as the site is at the base Snowdon with of 4 up to the top, plus some excellent undulating and hilly biking. Swimming and kayaking can be done from the campsite.

They are more than happy for any of the BQA community to join them for the week or just few days. We will post more details at a later date, but if you’re interested please email me –malpasashleys@btinternet.com

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

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

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

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

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

Box End Quadrathlon Our National Championships …. Entries Open!

Box End Sprint Quadrathlon will be the BQA National Championships for 2019, a big thanks to Mark Pryor and Quadrac racing for hosting the championships this year! It will also be our 2nd Quadkidz race of the series too. Entries are NOW OPEN!

A very well established and superb Race, organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It always promises great racing across the board and is also ideal for beginners too as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. All Quadrathletes racing will get BQA National Trophy and will be part of the ‘National Championships’ 2019!  Its also the 2nd race of the QuadKidz Series, and is a great onsite race for our Quadkidz to be part off, with a chance to support them around this great course. Without a doubt a great weekend in store! Don’t Miss this Great Race and enjoy the venue with a lovely weekend of camping too!

Our QuadKidz of 2017!

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

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

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

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

Camping – is available at Box End Park for all competitors. Caravans and Campervan facilities available; apply directly to Box End – Telephone Number: 01234 846222, 07922 824678

Entries and Information Box End Quadrathlon

Spring Quad Training Days at Dearne Valley

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club will be hosting some spring training sessions this season to help Quadrathletes and QuadKids prepare for the Dearne Valley Quadrathlon on the 16th June 2019 .

These have be instigated and organized by Dearne Valley Quadrathlon organizer Mark Benton and Mandy Greenaway Pennine Canoe/Quadrathlon Club. It is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our great sport of ‘Quadrathlon’. The aim is to deliver a fun day where you can enjoy learning about the 4 disciplines, you’ll be encouraged all the way, and will feel a great sense of achievement afterwards! I have no doubt you’ll be inspired and hopefully motivated to join us at the race in June! 

Training Day Itinerary 

10.00 – Advice about boats and safety on the water
10.15 – Get on the water
11.15 – Bike Ride Trans Pennine Trail (mountain bike or hybrid)
13.00 – Short Run (1.25 Miles)

Come along and try Quadrathlon. Helpers/coaches will be available to give advice.  July session will include Open Water Swimming (April session may include Open Water Swimming depending on water temperature)
Non Members Welcome – £5 Adults £3 Children
Open to all – suitable for all ages.
Hot showers and cafe on site

Venue: Manvers Waterfront Boat Club
Contacts:  Mark Benton or Mandy Greenaway

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

March 31st – Start 10.00am  Spring Training – Introduction to Quadrathlon
April 28th – Start 10.00am Quadkids & Introduction into Quadrathlon Training
June 8th – 9th- Afternoon (Time to be decided)  Pre Race Training Session
July (Date & Time to be decided) Mid Season Training Session

Race information  Dearne Valley Tri-Quad-2019

QuadKidz Are you Ready? 2019 Race Series

The BQA are very excited to announce all the dates for our 2019 ‘QuadKidz’ Race Series! This will comprise of 3 Quadrathlon’s for our youngsters, there are  various distances for the 3 age groups. (9-12) (13-15) and (16-18). At each race they will pick up points, which will go towards ‘Championship Prizes’ in each category. The Child with the most points in each age group will win the Prize, but they must of done 2 events from the series and must be a BQA QuadKidz Member. After the 3rd race at Box End we will honor our QuadKidz Champions!

Overall Winners must be ‘BQA QuadKidz’ members, very reasonable membership for the year. £7 individual child or £5 per child if parent is a BQA Member. Membership Form

QuadKidz1 – ‘Dearne Valley Quad’ Sunday 16th June Is our First Race of the season. A Big thanks to Mark Benton for hosting this again, it is certainly a great start for our QuadKidz, with the organizers giving the youngsters plenty of support! This race takes place within this lovely Manvers Waterpark . (camping available on site). The aim is to deliver a fun Quadrathon where our children can enjoy the challenge, be encouraged all the way, and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards!

Entries and Information Dearne Valley-triquad-2019

BQA QuadKidz Winners with Etienne Stott

QuadKidz2 – ‘Box End QuadKidz’ Sunday 30th June
Our second QuadKidz race will be at Box End. Thanks to Mark Pryor ‘Quadrac Racing’ for adding this QuadKidz event which fits perfectly into the main race. It’s an off road course, with plenty of encouragement from onlookers along the way making sure the QuadKidz finish with a smile and a huge sense of Achievement!

Entries and Information BoxEnd QuadKidz

 

QuadKidz3 – ‘LincsQuadKidz’ Event Sunday Date to be decided (possibly SEPTEMBER) Our third and final QuadKidz race will be at North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber. Thanks to Lincsquad for hosting this event, no doubt this will live up to their top class race organization certainly one not to be missed! This will be the the final race and the BQA will present the ‘Championship Prizes’ to ‘BQA QuadKidz members’ who have completed the Race Series!

To Register  email to youthchair@lincsquad.co.uk
For more details Date to be changed –  LincsQuadkidz Flyer 2019       

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

LincsQuadKidz

 

Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2019

The 2019 Montgomery Canal Triathlon will take place on Saturday, 18th May. (closing date for entries is 4th May 2019). This is a fantastic Charity event which I’ve done 6 times now, its a great challenge organized by a lovely bunch of enthusiasts!

Once again, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections in one day along 35 miles of the Canal: CYCLING 17 miles – Newtown to Pool Quay; RUNNING/WALKING 11 miles – Pool Quay to Morton; CANOEING 7 miles – Morton to Lower Frankton.

Thanks to a ‘Bags of Help’ grant through Tesco in Newtown, we have been able to keep entry fees the same at £25 for the full Triathlon or £10 per section (£12.50 and £5 for juniors). However, there is a small increase in the hire charge for canoes and kayaks and for those wanting bus transport in the morning to the start in Newtown. These are detailed on the attached Entry Form Triathlon Leaflet 2019

The Triathlon is organised in support of the restoration of the canal, which is visibly progressing. The section currently under restoration to Crickheath in Shropshire is fully funded: the rebuilding of Crickheath Wharf by contractors is nearing completion; volunteers restoring the canal channel towards Crickheath Wharf have finished ‘Phase 1’ this month and have handed back the restored section to the Canal & River Trust for a full water test; and volunteers have already started clearing trees from the next section towards Crickheath Wharf. Entrants in the 2019 Triathlon will see a real change in the canal between Pryces Bridge and Crickheath!

Whilst that project is still ongoing, progress is being made on the next section between Crickheath and Llanymynech. Plans to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge near Pant, the last ‘dropped’ bridge in Shropshire blocking the canal’s route to the Welsh border, are well progressed. This month contractors will be conducting investigations to establish the soil conditions for the foundations of the new bridge, which will enable the volunteers working on the restoration and their professional consultants to finalise the design for approval by the road and canal authorities.
We are pleased to report that we have been able to donate £5,000 from the 2017 and 2018 Triathlons towards the restoration of Schoolhouse Bridge and are hoping to raise more next year!

Many entrants raise funds for their chosen charities through taking part in the Triathlon. If you would like to raise funds for the restoration, you can download a ‘Restore The Montgomery Canal’ sponsorship form which will be available shortly at www.montgomerycanal.me.uk

We hope you’ll be able to enter if you need any more information contact:
Maggie Ellis montcanaltriath@btinternet.com
Triathlon Entry Coordinator,
Friends of the Montgomery Canal

Exciting times for British Quadrathlon in 2019!

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

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

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

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

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

BQA National Trophy Events for 2019

RACE 1 – 26th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – World Championships                                                                  1500km river swim/8km river kayak/40km road bike/10km road run.

A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the World Cham pionships so certainly not to be missed, Lincsquad will certainly pull out all the stops to make this a brilliant day! Entries OPEN 

Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon

RACE 2 – 16th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad and QuadKidz                                                                          800km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km trail run.

This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue, this race gets better each year! The aim is to deliver, a Quadrathon where people from all walks of life can participate. Mark Benton (organizer) quotes ‘All that we ask is that you enjoy your training towards it and feel a great sense of achievement afterwards’. The Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, with various distances for the 3 age groups … it will be time for our Quadkidz to Shine! Entries open soon.

Dearne Valley Quadrathlon

RACE 3 – 30th June – Box End Sprint Quad – National Championships and QuadKidz                                    750km lake swim/4.4km lake kayak/13.2km X/MT bike/5km XC run.

A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café with excellent camping on site too. This Race has been given the National Championships this year so another good reason to enter! The Quadkidz Race will take part at the same time as the Open Race! Entries open soon.

BoxEnd Quadrathlon

RACE 4 – 1st September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – World Cup Race                                                               550km river swim/5km river kayak/23 road bike/5km run.

This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, and is well worthy of its World Cup Status! An excellent fast, flat sprint race, running on the back of a very popular Triathlon. A great day out with a superb race atmosphere, with lots of support especially on the 3 lap run course around the Showground! A real ‘feel good friendly race’ instigated and organized by one of our very passionate quadrathletes along with SYTri … one not to be missed! Entries OPEN 

Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

RACE 5 – 21st September – Awesome Foursome Quad                                                                                          800km sea swim/30km road bike/10km canal kayak/10km road run.

This is one of our longest running established Quadrathlons, in beautiful Cornwall in the surfing town of Bude. It never ceases to amaze me, I have raced it in all weathers …. it is always a brilliant exciting and challenging race and a great end the race season! Swimming in the sea, there’s plenty of hills on the bike, a historic canal for the kayak and amazing coastal views on the run! It’s one of those addictive races that keeps drawing you back. The race is on a Saturday so plenty of time for sun, sand and surf too! Entries OPEN

Awesome foursome.quadrathlon.event

All links to these races are on our ‘events’ page. I hope I have tempted you …. keep you eye on the events page as some race organizers may offer early bird race discounts!

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

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

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

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

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

Jean and the BQA Team

2019 Membership Open

Membership is open now for 2019 and is £20.00 per person. As a member you are entitled to discount at some BQA races (discretion of the race organizer). You will receive news updates via our monthly email-newsletter (subscribe to this on our website). You must be a 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. Your membership money goes towards various areas within the organization of our sport, one being our website, where we hope to keep you updated with the latest news! But our biggest annual outlay is insurance, which we use to cover the races on the British Quad Calendar. 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, please support the BQA and you will be helping to keep our small sport alive!

A Google Document Membership Form has been set up so you can Join the BQA online, follow the link fill Google Membership Form Fees can be paid by Bank Transfer or Cheque (if preferred).

Membership Price Structure Membership Form 2019

 Type of Membership Members Fees
Senior/Masters £20.00
Family  – 2 Adults £35.00
Junior – Under 23 £7.00
Family  – 1 Adult 1 Child £25.00 + £5 Additional Child
Family  – 2 Adults 2 Children £40.00

Race Affiliation

Affiliating your race will only cost £20 for the year, the BQA will promote your race, on our website, email news bulletins, and at our other BQA events.  You are permitted to use the name and logo of the British Quadrathlon Association, and also have the opportunity to take advantage of the BQA Race Insurance and become part of the National Trophy Series. For further information contact Jean Ashley email malpasashleys@btinternet.com 

To register your race then please complete the Race Affiliation Membership Form 2019

QuadKidz

All our Juniors (under 18) that join the BQA will be automatically be members of Quadkidz and will be eligible for prizes in our QuadKidz Race Series. We set up QuadKidz in 2017 this a great step forwards for our sport, we hope to build on its success each year. We had 3 races in 2018 – Dearne Valley and Boxend and Lincsquad organized a race & a training day, we to continue to support ‘Our QuadStars’ of the future and have 3 races again in 2019.  Each Age group races over different distances, with the 16-18 year age group, building up so they are able to take on a Sprint Distance Race, which is – 750m swim, 5km kayak, 15-20 km cycle, 5km run.
QuadKidz Age Groups
• QuadKidz 9-11 years
• QuadKidz 12-15 years
• QuadKidz 16-18 years

A parent/guardian must be with the competitor at the race venue at all times (to avoid child protection issues).

The BQA want to comply with GDPR consent requirements and by completing this form we assume that you are happy for us to keep the data on your membership and affiliation forms whilst you are a member. Personal data, information and any exchange we have with you is therefore very close, and we treat it with utmost care and respect, investing all necessary resources to make sure it remains secure with the BQA only.

Email addresses of those on the BQA mailing list are held by the Secretary. We won’t share email addresses with any other organisation. Photographs of BQA activities may be used to publicise our sport. You can opt out at any time by contacting the Secretary Parental consent will be sought before taking or using any photographs of children.