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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.

 

Entries Now Open for Box End Sprint Quad

Box End Sprint Quad – Sunday 5th July – 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).

2020 BOX END ENTRY FORM  Be Inspired and get your Entries in NOW!!! 

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

Hermione Ball Series Winner 2019

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 info@boxendpark.com

Event Rules –  The event will be run under the rules & guidelines set out by the British Quadrathlon & World Quadrathlon Association can be seen here – https://www.britishquadrathlon.org.uk/56-revision-v1/

LincsQuadKidz 2020 Training Weekend & Race

‘LincsQuadKidz’ and Training Camp Saturday 27th & QuadKidz Race Sunday 28th June 2020
Back again for 2020 this brilliant weekend of ‘Quadrathlon Fun’ hosted by Lincsquad will take place at North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club. British Triathlon & British Cycling coaches, and Lincsquad members will be  coaching you and leading the day which will consist of off road cycling, running, open water swimming and kayak practice. There will be lots of help, encouragement, plenty of smiles and guaranteed to be plenty of fun along the way! The training day will be on the Saturday and the QuadKidz Race on the Sunday, this will be the 2nd event in the QUADKIDZ National Trophy Series

There will also be an opportunity for the Adults to do an Open water Swim practice Sunday morning cost £5 but swim for FREE if you help with Marshaling the race!

The date is confirmed, but Entries will not be open until BTF authorise the event. Registering will be through the BTF as a Go-Tri Liincsquad 1-2-3-4 event, but initial enquiries can be dealt with through the club site Lincsquad.co Youth-Academy Contacts

The Training Day is open to Children 8 – 18 Our Quadrathletes in the making! Keep posted for more information!

Flyer Information Lincs quadkidz Event 2020

Quadrathlon Camp 2018

 

Team Manvers WIN Gold Award

The BQA wish to CONGRATULATE Team Manvers the organizers of the brilliant Dearne Valley Quadrathlon on their Gold Award! Mark Benton and his Team are very pleased to announce that Team Manvers “Dusk Til Dawn” has won the Racecheck Gold Award, earned through excellent participant reviews, this is great news for Manvers Waterfront Boat Club based ​in Wath upon Dearne.

They are a friendly multi-sports club with the primary aim of promoting Swim-Bike-Run activities for the community of the Dearne Valley and surrounding areas. They run a variety of different sessions during the week which are posted on our FACEBOOK page. The Boat Club has toilets/showers and changing facilities for members. We also have a dog Friendly café and plenty of on site parking.

The winter timetable is now in operation, please click on the appropriate section for full details on the website  Teammanvers

Mark wishes to thank everyone for all your great reviews and entries for this years event are now open, so book your place now to avoid disappointment. Entry details are below. ​                                                                  
2020 EVENT DETAILS

Sunday 24th May “Great South Yorkshire Swim” – For entry click HERE.
Saturday 13th June “South Yorkshire SUP/BIKE/RUN” – For entry click HERE.

Sunday 14th June “South Yorkshire Triathlon/Quadrathlon Festival” – For entry click HERE.
This Sprint Quadrathlon takes place in and around the Manvers Waterpark, the Junior Quadrathlon will run along side the sprint event, with various distances for the 3 age groups, it is an excellent friendly and very inclusive event for all levels of athletes. It is certainly a brilliant start to the Quadkidz season, your children will be well supported and encouraged throughout, they will no doubt finish feeling very proud with a huge smile!
Thanks also to Mark who has given 2020 BQA members the MWBC discount option so you can enter at a cheaper rate
 
Saturday 25th July “Dusk Til Dawn” – For entry click HERE.
 

Any Quadrathletes in the area wishing to do some training with Manvers keep an eye open for Quad Training Days …. BQA Quadrathletes Caz and Dave Jones along with Mark will be organizing some sessions at Manvers to help out newcomers to our sport ….. A session with these wonderful people and you’ll be hooked!!  

 

Time to get Motivated!

So lets hope your New year has started well and lets hope you’ve got these dates in your Race Plan for 2020! Here is a reminder of our BQA races, 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! Once again a BIG THANK-YOU to our Race Organizers who affiliate to the BQA and put these events on for us year in year out, we appreciate your time and commitment and we look forward to another great Quadrathlon Season!

‘The Brigg Bomber’ will be hosting the EUROPEAN Championships, and that Bude ‘Awesome Foursome’ will be our NATIONAL Championships! 

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 European Championships 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  PLEASE NOTE 2020 BQA members can use the MWBC discount option.

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!

BQA 2020 Trophy Series
24th May – Brigg Bomber
14th June – Dearne Valley Sprint
5th July – Box End Sprint
6th Sept – Shrewsbury Sprint
12th Sept – Awesome Foursome Quad

QuadKidz 2020 Series
14th June Dearne Valley QuadKidz
5th June BoxEnd QuadKidz
27th/27th June Date to be Confirmed Lincs QuadKidz Event

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

If your looking to do some races in Europe these are the WORLD CUP RACES 2020

26.4.2020 Quadrathlon Terceira (POR, Sprint)

24.05.2020 Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon (GBR, European Champs Middle)

13.06.2020 Quadrathlon Křetinka (CZE, Sprint)

20.06.2020 Quadrathlon Týn nad Vltavou (CZE, World Champs Middle)

27.06.2020 ExtremeMan Kaposvár (HUN, European Champs Sprint)

05.07.2020 Bydgoszcz Quadrathlon (POL, Sprint)

15.08.2020 Quadrathlon water soup (GER, Sprint)

22.08.2020 Quadrathlon Oslo (NOR, Sprint)

05.09.2020 Bergsee Quadrathlon Ratscher (GER, World Champs Sprint)

13.09.2020 Tiszafüred Quadrathlon (HUN, Middle)

26.09.2020 Quadrathlon Cazalegas (ESP, Sprint)

 

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
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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 European Championships 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