Bude Cancelled

Bude Awesome Foursome – Unfortunately permission has been refused for this years race by Bude Town Council. So as it stands, at the moment the race is cancelled unless permission comes through very soon. Shoreline Pursuits are very sorry but the decision is out of their hands. 😥

Our lovely enthuiastic Race organizer ‘Simon Hammond’ sent me a message, ‘Its been frustrating trying to jump through everyone’s hoops but its not the end of the world.  We’ll transfer all entries to next years event unless people want a 70% refund. I’ll sort out a date soon. Shoreline has been hit pretty hard and I am not sure what shape we will be in next year but will definitely carry on organising the triathlon and quadrathlons. Strange and challenging times that’s for sure!

Lets hope all our Race organizers, come through this and there’s one thing for certain ….. we MUST give them all the support they deserve next season to keep our Sport Alive! #onwardsandupwards

 

BOX END Cancellation

After the Quadrac Race Organizers had met with Box End Water Park Owners, it has been agreed that Box End Quad should be cancelled this year. This is unfortunate following the easing of some lock down provisions, however there were still to many risks on site to allow the race to go ahead safely.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions.

I hope your all remaining safe, healthy and managing to maintain some fitness at least its been perfect weather for enjoying running, biking and now open water swimming and kayaking. Stay Positive and Enjoy the Elements, we are lucky to have 4 Disciplines to Enjoy!

Next Years Date will be 4th July 2021

Jean X

Tribute to Dearne Valley

Covid-19 Replic-Quad Series Round 2 ….the avid followers of Quadrathlon will know that round 1 was the Adventure Bomber.

So Lincsquaders were out in action on Sunday 14th June, it was the turn of the Dearne Valley event which was covid cancelled.  In the spirit of the sport and adhering to the latest guidelines Kev Lovett, Donna, Jeff, and Pete Chappill commenced a similar distance course at a local venue.

At 08.30 the Dearnish Valley Quadrathlon set off with the 800m swim, (The tape measure got wet and snapped part way around so estimated distance). The weather was kind with a light breeze from the east. The transition was on a small piece of grass and had a long run out with the bike onto a 2 laps “P” shaped technical course with “s” bends and climbs. Kev had ridden the course in the week and blamed a chill on the fact that his wife beat him. Jeff and Donna utilised their ability to have no social distancing with Jeff drafting and changed the direction of the second lap as it was more scenic. Once again I complied with the rules and let Kev make some space up front.

The transition was back to the grass having to carry the bike through the gate. To simulate Dearne it was a deep water start in the kayak. This allowed Donna the opportunity to practice her high brace.5 “ish” laps around the perimeter of the lake made the 4kms route. The shapely course, plenty of turns and cross winds made for some interesting moments as did the deep water exit.

The run course which was a square and undulating one with 2 laps around the surrounding estate followed by a lap of honour around the lake.

That’s the second event of this series completed with the prospect of at least two local age group champions. Thanks go to Dawn, Tracy, and Ben for transition security and ensuring that social distancing was maintained.

The next event should have been Box End which has been rescheduled to September! We will schedule a Repli-Quad in July to try and keep some normality to this year’s calendar and there are valuable points for the local age group championships! ….. Thanks to Pete Chappill for his great report!

Meanwhile over in Chester Lance Ball and Jean Ashley were replicating Dearne Valley, thinking of Mark Benton and all at Manvers Lake we took to the River Dee to keep sharing our Quad Passion, and doing our own ‘Social distancing Quad’.

Perfect conditions as we started our swim in the River Dee at 9.30am this morning, though slightly cooler than expected due to a heavy thunderstorm the day before! 24 miles #swimkayakbikerun from start to finish around similar distance to Dearne Valley (though I probably made the Kayak leg slightly longer just because the river was so calm and I love that bit the best!! ) Once again we were using our separate cars as our transition areas, a bit of a squash and its a good job we weren’t timing our transitions! We had a very fast out and back bike, followed by our steady run , not quite race pace as we did have enough breath to keep chatting!  We made up our own ‘Banter’ – not quite the same as Mark‘s commentary and the cheering from the Manvers Team, but we got out there and smashed all 4 disciplines!

Other BQA Members were out at Manvers Lake, well done to Bob Mawson, Dave and Caz Jones also flying the BQA flag!


Sending Love to all our Quadrathlon Buddies, and especially thinking of ‘The Manvers Team’ 💜 #makingthemost

 

Shrewsbury Cancelled

This is very sad news once again, to hear Shrewsbury Quad is another race to be cancelled to Covid. We thank the organizers Phil Holden and the SYTri Team for consideration of our safety and everything they have done so far, I have no doubt we will all be there to support them again in 2021.

The BQA supports all our Quadrathlon events in the UK, but each event is organized by a local promoter, and they will dictate the out come of their race regarding Covid-19, following our Government Rules. We ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions.

Most of us are now be able to still enjoy the great outdoors, rivers, lakes, lanes, tracks and can continue swim, kayak, bike or run …….. its is often hard to stay motivated, but if any of you fancy replicating any of our races (social distanced off course) please get out there and have a go, even if its difficult to manage all 4 disciplines, you could certainly do 2 or 3!

‘Dearne Valley’ should of been on 14th June, we’d love to see your photos and hear your stories, please post on the BQA Facebook page and lets Share the Passion and keep Our Quadrathlon Spirit Shinning Bright!

We will come through this and be back even stronger! Stay safe, be sensible and take care Jean x

Tribute to the Brigg Bomber

So last weekend we should of all been racing at in the European Quadrathlon Championships ‘Brigg Bomber’ and it was great to see that some Quadrathletes took it upon themselves to do there own Social Distancing Brigg Bomber!!

Lance Ball and I from Cheshire started our swim in the River Dee at 9.00am this morning, after our transition at the canoe club we went back in the water for our 5 mile windy kayak. Canoes back on their racks, we headed to our separate cars where we got on our bikes and took to the undulating Cheshire countryside. Finally we packed our bikes back in the cars and headed off out and back on our very suuny run, we finished in 3hrs 25mins later! In true Bomber style it was windy, but as always we had a great time, we did miss those cheering marshals and all the friendly faces, but we certainly worked hard and ‘earned our T-shirt Tour tonight’!! Lance was extremely pleased as he said ‘it was the first time he’d made the podium!’ 

          

 

 

 

 

Thinking of ‘The Lincsquaders’ all the way Jean and Lance  #makingthemost 

Russel

I also had a note from Russel Breyer, Lee Morgan and Russel (both Quadrathletes) did something similar to replicate the Bomber, (more or less) standard distance quadrathlon based in a local village Stratford St Mary with the swim and kayak on the lovely River Stour. Russel’s words ‘We of course socially distanced … in fact, as the race went on the social distance got greater and greater, in Lee’s favour! We had a great day and we hope to see you all soon, fellow quadrathletes….stay safe’….. Russel

Whilst in Brigg Pete Chappell and Kev Lovett reiterated the ‘Bomber’ and the good old ‘Adventure Challenge’ (for those of you who are old enough to remember that great event!

Pete’s account ….. Sunday the 24th May 2020 about 0830 I jumped into the river and swam the Bomber route. Kev acted as a bank safety officer. It was strange not having feet in my face and people swimming over me but all went well considering I only swam 5 times since March. The time was one of my best!! My transition was in the back of my van. We set off on the Adventure Challenge bike route Kev powering ahead, no problem with social distancing. The wind was gusting around 20 mph from the west and it was overcast, a nice 16 degrees.

Pete flying the Flag

The gusting wind was something I was not used to with indoor training, and Kev was lost in the distance.

Into transition and the Bomber kayak leg for me. Kev had decided to go around the island and was nowhere to be seen. The wind blowing across the river didn’t cause any major problems. The kayak went well considering only 6 training paddles, and having missed the expert tuition I would have had at the Wales training camp. Transitioned on to the run using the improved Adventure challenge route along the river. Some may recall the nettle hopping rough grass single track, not now the path is a joy.

Kev Flying the Flag

Some 3.1/2 hours later saw us running into the cheering crowd, of swans, at the finish. We both finished. Banana, milk, photographs and medals. I must say it is different without others to chase and shout encouragement to as they pass me. I have experienced the world of the front runner and found it a lonely place so I won’t go there again, that’s my excuse anyway.

Both Jean, Dave and Pete all agreed that the tee shirt tour was slightly quieter than usual ….  but no queuing for service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a thought …… it would be a GREAT idea to KEEP OUR SPORT ALIVE, if any of you fancy replicating ‘Dearne Valley’ on 14th June, get out and have a go, even if its difficult to manage all 4 disciplines, you could certainly do 2 or 3! We’d love to see your photos and hear your stories, please post on the BQA Facebook page and lets Share the Passion and keep Our Quadrathlon Spirit Shinning Bright!

Stay Strong missing you all Jean XX

Deva Divas Quad Cancellation

Hello Our Diva Quadrathletes … Sally and I are feeling really sad now she has had to send an email out to cancel Deva Divas 2020. Yet we know it is the right decision. We really hope that we see as many of you as possible for Divas next year, put the new date in your diary 11th July 2021 ……. let’s make it a race to remember 2021 is going to be amazing!!

Once again this is very sad news but look at what you’ve achieved in your training so far, it has made you focus physically and mentally and what you have put in will only make you stronger. Most of us will be able to still enjoy the great outdoors, the lanes and tracks on our bikes or running ……..this is all part of the the big picture, we will come through this with strength, tomorrow is another day ….. #onwardsandupwards #yougirlsarethebest

Biggest hugs ever to you all!! 😘 Stay safe, stay focused and take care.🌈💜 Love Jean and Sally XX

Membership Update

Dear BQA Members and Affiliates ‘Our quadrathlon family’

I hope you are all fit and well and still able to keep up your daily hours exercise, I suppose we are quite lucky having 4 disciplines to choose from, so lots of muscle groups to work on!

We were all looking forward to a great season this year, when the European Championship’s would have kicked started the season in Brigg. In anticipation our membership numbers for 2020 were higher than normal. Sadly the World has changed and Covid-19 has stopped us all in our tracks.

Many races have been cancelled across the board, running, biking, kayaking, swimming, many triathlons and as we speak 4 Quadrathlons so far. (see under events – Race List). The BQA Quadrathlon events are organized by local promoters, and they will dictate the outcome of their race regarding Covid-19, following our Government Rules and taking advice from British Triathlon and British Canoeing. We ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions.

In light of the fact we will have a very disjointed season, the BQA have decided to carry over all our 2020 memberships and affiliations through to the end of the 2021. Getting back to normal may take some time, but we do hope there will be some opportunity to race before the end of the season.

As a quadrathlete look at what you’ve achieved in your training and racing so far, it has made us stronger physically and mentally and I have no doubt that when this storm is over, we will be back out there motivating and willing each other on …….. just like we always do! We are all on this journey together; we will come through this and be back even stronger!

Stay Safe, Be positive and I look forward to those Sunshine Days together again soon.

Jean Ashley on behalf of the ‘BQA Team’

Brigg Bomber Cancelled

With British Traithlon’s Announcement today extending the suspension of triathlon activity until at least 30 June our Brigg Bomber is the next BQA Race to be hit by COVID -19. Lincsquad with heavy hearts, I’m afraid to say have no other option but to cancel The Keyo Brigg Bomber & European Championships.

Please all take care of yourselves and your families through this difficult time… as that is what is most important 💗 XX  

https://www.britishtriathlon.org/important-information-on-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR1430B1wxpKA2JAknt-g38MdtKzVQgVp8llvYW-lptmiUXz4lOSFxSEfQs

Dearne Valley Quad

I have just had an email from Mark Benton asking me to circulate this news ‘ He is sorry to announce they have taken the decision to cancel the Dearne Valley Quad/Tri at Manvers on 14th June. We will contact SI Entries and refund any race fees that have been paid.’

The BQA supports all our Quadrathlon events in the UK, but each event is organized by a local promoter, and they will dictate the out come of their race regarding Covid-19, following our Government Rules. We ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions. 

This is very sad news once again but look at what you’ve achieved in your training so far, it has made us stronger physically and stronger mentally and gets us ready for our next challenge. Most of us will be able to still enjoy the great outdoors, rivers, lanes and tracks and continue swim, kayak, bike or run …….. its all part of the the big picture, we will come through this and be back even stronger! Stay safe, be sensible and take care Jean Ashley x

COVID-19 Update

As you will all have noticed so many events have been cancelled, marathons, triathlons and unfortunately we also have to register the first cancellations of planned WQF World Cups: – Terceria (POR), 26.04.2020, Kretinka (CZE), 13.06.2020, Olso (NOR), 22.08.2020.

BQA Events cancelled Dearne Valley Quad (GB) 14.06.2020

The BQA supports all our Quadrathlon events in the UK, but each event is organized by a local promoter, and they will dictate the out come of their race regarding Covid-19, following our Government Rules. We ask for all BQA members and Quadrathletes to support our organizers and respect their decisions. 

This is very sad news and I’ve seen many posts of disappointment, but stand back and observe what you’ve achieved in your training, training is never a waste it has made us stronger physically and stronger mentally and gets us ready for our next challenge. Look to move forwards knowing that you’ve more time to train, more time to get stronger and fitter, look for the positives, every swim, kayak bike or run is about why we do it, for our minds and our bodies not for just for the races …. its all part of the the journey ….. the race is just the bonus! Stay safe, take care …. we will come through of this! 

The BQA adhere to WQF Rules and British Triathlon guidelines, the latest news on the situation here in the UK is below and will be updated regularly. For your information –

COVID -19 British Triathlon is taking the current threat of COVID-19 very seriously and are working closely with all the relevant authorities. The wellbeing of the British Triathlon family, whether you are a member, volunteer, athlete or member of staff is our main priority, particularly as we enter the triathlon season in the UK. There are now an increasing number of event cancellations across the world and we expect this to continue in the coming weeks.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) today announced that all activities have been suspended until April 30. This includes all events in the World Triathlon and Continental calendars. The full statement can be found here: Latest World triathlon cancellations

The latest advice from the government which can be found here: UK Guidance/coronavirus-covid-19

For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed, and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.  Further information can be found here Uk Guidance Travel Advice Coronavirus

British Triathlon would like to remind anyone running events, training sessions or trips abroad that they must inform participants, coaches, volunteers and spectators of hygiene precautions to help reduce the spread of infection. For the latest infection control advice, please click here.