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2020 Snowdonia Quad Training Camp

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

It is a low key camp and athletes can dip in and out of the sessions as they wish, Peter Chappill & Kev Lovett Lincsquad members will be organizing the sessions on the camp at The Llyn Gwynant Camp Site, Snowdonia between 25th April and 3rd May 2020. 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 we did last year, no specific day has been set for each discipline as they will be arranged to the most suitable weather on a daily basis, but this is a guide line for the weeks activities – Training Camp Llyn Gwynant Wales guide 2019

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

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

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

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

Happy Christmas & Another Fantastic New Year of Quadrathlon!

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 mince pies 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, Santa is never stuck for ideas! Even though he might not be able to disguise them!

I am so pleased to announce the ‘The Brigg Bomber’ will be hosting the EUROPEAN Championships, and that Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will be our NATIONAL Championships! 

Hears a few reasons why you should get these dates in your Race Calender ….. get your entries in and have a reason to start training. Having a goal does wonders for your motivation, kick start your training right now …… I will let you off if you want to leave it until 26th December!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2020

RACE 1 – 24th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – European 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 – 14th 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 Dearne Valley Quadrathlon

RACE 3 – 5th July – 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. The Quadkidz Race will take part at the same time as the Open Race! 

Entries open soon BoxEnd Quadrathlon

RACE 4 – 6th September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – 550km river swim/5km river kayak/23 road bike/5km run.

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

Entries OPEN (and selling out fast) Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

RACE 5 – 12th September – Awesome Foursome Quad  National Championships – 800km sea swim/30km road bike/10km canal kayak/10km road run.

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

Entries OPEN Awesome Foursome Quadrathlon

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

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 wouldn’t 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 2020 Trophy Series
24th May – Brigg Bomber
14th June – Dearne Valley Sprint & QuadKidz
5th July – Box End Sprint Quad & Quadkidz
6th Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad
12th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz Series
14th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz
5th June BoxEnd QuadKidz
Date to be Decided Lincs QuadKidz Event

Races supported by BQA (not Trophy Races)
2nd May – Montgomery Canal Triathlon (Charity Event)
22nd June – Norfolk SuperHeroes Quad Norfolksuperheros
12th July – Deva Divas Quad Deva Divas Quad
20th September – Conwy Mountain Challenge Conwy Mountain Challenge

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas … Safe Training over the winter months, and we look forward to a very exciting 2020 Quad Season!

Jean and the BQA Team

Conwy Mountain Challenge 2020

As you may of heard the Conwy Mountain Tri has been put on hold for 2020 due to difficult tide times, but after an overwhelming ‘go for it’ response to change the format ‘Fabian 4’ have made the decision to go ahead with a TWO-STAGE Mountain Challenge on Sunday, 20th Sept, 2020.

The BQA will most certainly be supporting this event, but it will not be in the BQA National Trophy Series as it now only has 2 disciplines and no canoe leg. 

The competitors will be bussed over to Caffi Siabod at Capel Curig, & offered the choice of either a marked trail run back to HQ/transition at Nant Conwy Rugby Club, or a longer, higher level route, requiring navigational skills, from the head of the Crafnant Valley, up Crimpiau & then along the ridge to where our usual check point is at the fence crossing, from then following our normal traditional route back down to the Crafnant Valley.

Leg 2 will be the usual mountain bike leg in Gwydir Forest.

We will be offering Solo & Pairs (one stage each) classes.

As always, it will be a friendly, environmentally-aware journey through fantastic terrain, in aid of the Snowdonia Society  & if funds allow, the Carneddau Pony Society 

Entries will open in JANUARY, so keep an eye on the event website & Facebook page.

Please forward this to your team members if you were the team leader at the last event, & to all your like-minded buddies/club-mates.

Cheers, Ellie

Ruben & Elena future Quadkidz

Mark Evans-Guillen has just joined and his twins Ruben and Elena aged 9 to the BQA QuadKidz, their aim next season is to do all 3 of the Quadkidz races! We certainly look forward to welcoming them to the Quadkidz family next season! This year they ran 100km this year to raise money for the local hospital. Ruben and Elena both have ADHD, running activities such as this help to manage their ADHD symptoms by challenging their hyperactivity and improving their overall sense of mental balance and well-being. In addition, it gives them increased self-esteem and a strong sense of community values. Read this very inspiring local story and lear about the benefits of being active for children and communities.

By Mark Evans-Guillen:

Since the back end of 2017, myself and my two twin children Ruben and Elena from Cheshire, UK have been involved almost every weekend in a series of fundraising events to raise money towards an outside play area for the Children’s Ward at Warrington & Halton Hospital. The fund raising project is called Running4 Dr Ozzy (Dr Ozzy is the mascot for the Children’ Ward at Warrington & Halton Hospital). The garden is half complete, so funding is required to purchase the play equipment.

The big challenge for them was to complete 100 Kilometres of running during 2018 and I am pleased to let you know that we are well on track to achieve that target. This challenge involves a variety of events, such as fun-runs, trail adventure running and obstacle courses. It is a great range of efforts for a great cause. However, this is also very much a family challenge involving both us parents to run with the kids every step of the way. It also has huge benefits for Ruben and Elena as they are both diagnosed with ADHD. Running activities such as this help to manage their ADHD symptoms by challenging their hyperactivity and improving their overall sense of mental balance and well-being. In addition, it gives them increased self-esteem and a strong sense of community values.

Ruben and Elena being awarded the British Citizen Youth Award

Hospital is always a difficult and for many, a frightening place for young children no matter what their medical issues are and we are trying to build some normality in to their lives. The new outside play area will carry the nautical theme along with Dr Ozzy. This new area will include interactive games, sensory garden, covered area and wheelchair access including a pirate ship!

However, the most ground-breaking part of this new play area is the plan to create an easy bed access to the area to invite children patients who are not able to leave their beds to be able to join in and experience something other than the four walls of the ward. It will provide access for children who cannot move from their beds to have all-year round access to an excellent play area. No doubt it will make a huge difference for the kids. There are over 30,000 child patients within the Children’s Ward, so it is vital for our town.

Winter Training Sessions at MADCC

Do you want to keep motivated over the Winter? Quadrathlete John Kavanagh is organizing some monthly training sessions in Macclesfield over the next 5 months. The format will be a 6.4km handicap kayak race, 22km bike ride and 6km run. The intention is, not serious racing but a good multi-session workout.

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

Meet at Adelphi Mill, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington at 9:30 am. Bring your own hot drink for the finish, but there will cake or similar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet at Adelphi Mill, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington at 9:30 am. Bring your own hot drink for the finish, but there will cake or similar.


BQA 2019 Annual Report

Hello Quadrathletes
Thank you for supporting the BQA this year and we hope you have had a great Season, enjoyed your training and racing and will come back for more next year. I hope your having a recovery and rest period so you’ll come back motivated, ready to plan your 2020 season!

Once again we’ve have some great races organized by extremely hard working volunteers so lets keep supporting them! Please enter their races early, and spread the word amongst your fellow athletes. The BQA have had our ‘On line AGM’ and BQA members have had all the news and plans for moving forwards in 2020, our BQA events have been finalized, and we are just waiting for one QuadKidz date confirmation and one WQF World Cup Confirmation. There have been a couple of changes … so take a look at our BQA AGM Report and our Annual Report for all the latest details – Attached Below

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, or sponsorship contacts, all will be most welcome, Thank-you. We are a small sport, and I am more than happy to be able to keep the BQA on going, with a ‘Team’ of enthusiastic helpers to support me. But closer to home we do need your support if the BQA is going to survive each year, so please keep coming to our races and sharing your passion, lets keep our sport moving forwards!

BQA-AGM 2019 Report

BQA-Annual-Report 2019
Thanks again to all those involved, whether it be racing, organizing or supporting we need you, and here’s looking forward to seeing you all next season.

Jean on behalf of British Quadrathlon Association.

Bude the Final Showdown for 2019!

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

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

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!

Jacq and Pete ICE BATH time!

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!

Final Trophy Results 2019 Final Results

NATIONAL TROPHY 2019 Champions

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!



QuadKidz 2019 Round -Up

A Big Thank-you to all those QuadKidz that took part in our 2019 Series, the highest number of youngsters taking part since we started our QuadKidz Events 3 years ago! A total of 17 awesome youngsters, we hope you all enjoyed your events and you’ll come back next season …. and bring your like minded friends too!

Hermione Ball
Blake Mawson-Burren

Once again Congratulations to 2019 Series Winners Blake Mawson-Burren, and Hermione Ball racing all 3 events showing great determination and commitment. We hope they continue to race and inspire many other QuadKidz next season, and lets hope we get lots more doing all 3 races in the series.

Here are the 2019 Final Trophy Results BQA Quadkidz 2019

I would also like to thank our QuadKidz race organizers, who have taken time to add these races into the Quadrathlon Calendar, without your time and commitment we wouldn’t be able to offer this fantastic opportunity to our youngsters …..  the BQA’s future stars!

So thank-you Mark Benton and his Manvers Waterpark Team for QuadKidz1 – Dearne Valley Quad      Thanks to Mark Pryor Quadrac Racing QuadKidz2 – Box End Quad. Bedford.
And to Pete Chappill and his Lincsquad Team for QuadKidz3 – ‘LincsQuadKidz’ at North Lincolnshire & Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber.

Manvers Water Park and Lincsquad have also had regular training sessions and training days which have also helped encourage the youngsters too, so lets hope we can keep moving these events forwards, keep our Quadkidz motivated and one day onto that World Circuit!

A few smiley faces from those great training days … 

















This is a great endevour to try to encourage the next generation of quadrathletes. We hope that some of these youngsters will progress to the full competitions that are suitable in the coming years. Once again a big thank you to those who made these events happen.

Generally, both here in GB and in mainland Europe the Masters age groups outnumber the younger ages. The WQF has a small fund which can be used to pay race entry fees for young athletes to attend races outside their own country. Do you think this is this the best use of a limited pot of money? Or is there anything else we could be doing to help our future QuadKidz. If anyone has any suggestions or can offer help on how we can address this, the BQA would love to here from you. 

Here’s to next Season #onwardsandupwards

Jean – malpasashleys@btinternet.com

Our Quad Stars of the Future!

The final Race of the QuadKidz Series took place on Sunday, 8th September hosted by Lincsquad at the ‘North Lincs And Humberside Sailing Club’ Lincsquad put on an absolutely fantastic day, bluebird skies and the sun shone all day long! They had some amazing young potential taking part, our future young Quadrathletes all enjoying their day and the final race in the QuadKidz Series.

National QuadKidz 2019 Boys Champion Blake Mawson-Burren,

Well Done all the the QuadKidz who have taken part in the 2019 Series. Congratulations to 2019 Series Winners Blake Mawson-Burren, and Hermione Ball racing all 3 events showing great determination and commitment. We hope they continue to race and inspire many other QuadKidz next season, and lets hope we get lots more doing all 3 races in the series. Full Trophy Results to follow soon.

National 2019 QuadKidz Girls Champion Hermione Ball


A Big Thanks to all our QuadKidz Race Organizers, Mark Benton Dearne Valley, Mark Pryor BoxEnd, Peter Chappill and the Lincsquad Team for this final race, the BQA really appreciate your efforts!

Linsquad Coach Donna quoted ‘The weather was perfect for racing and even the water was warm, the route of the course was simply amazing, they couldn’t have asked for more! But they did ……. general conscientious was can they go back to the weekend event again as per 2018 ….. Let’s hope we can! We will look into this and let you all know in Annual News and moving Forwards Report at the end of October!

#onwardsandupwards our QuadKidz Stars of the Future!

Be a Quadstar its Four times the Fun!

Bude Final Trophy Race Do you need those Trophy Points?

With just one race left in the BQA Trophy National Series there are still plenty of Trophy points to be WON … its exciting stuff! The only Trophy which cannot be contested is the Ladies overall, congratulations to Helen Russell who was awarded this at Shrewsbury. All the others are open for grabs! Check out the latest Trophy Standings and see where YOU stand!  BQA trophy 2019

And then get your Race Entries in for the Awesome Foursome! 2019 Awesome Foursome Entry Form