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New Adventures Await – Are You Ready?

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 2018!  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 2nd Deva Divas (ladies only) Quad sold out, with an amazing 50 women now on the start line! Take a look at our 2018 races on our ‘events’ page!

BQA Membership is open now for 2018 and is £15.00 per person, we have dropped the U18’s Quadkidz membership to £7.00 to encourage those youngsters to join up, (we still have Family memberships). 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. 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!

You can download the form here Membership_Form 2018 If I have your details from last season and wish to do a Bank Transfer please send me an email: malpasashleys@btinternet.com and I will send you the details, Thank you very much.

New Trisuits for 2018

One-off Tri Suits are available to order via Godfrey, quite a few of us have Tech Tee shirts, race vests, gilets and cycle tops from Godfrey, and we are all very pleased with them. You can have your name printed down the side panel … which gives them a personalized touch, and also enables the supporters to shout out your name and cheer you on, which without a doubt make you go faster!

http://godfrey.co.uk/club/britishquadrathlonassociation

Here’s a quick rundown of our Trophy Races, so get those races in your diary and Enter Now!

BQA National Trophy Events for 2018

RACE 1 – 27th May – Brigg Bomber Quad – National Championships/World Cup – A superb race to start the season, extremely well organized by our Top Quadrathlon Club ‘Lincsquad’ a fast flat and safe course, its the British National Championships and World Cup race so lots of points! Just to top it off they have an excellent T- shirt Tour of the Brigg Pubs to celebrate … certainly not to be missed!! Entries OPEN 

Brigg Bomber Quadrathlon

RACE 2 – 10th June – Dearne Valley Sprint Quad – This race takes place around the Manvers Waterpark and its surrounding area, all the racing takes place within this lovely venue. 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, the first ‘QuadKidz’ race of the season, 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 – 15th July – Box End Sprint Quad – World Cup Race – A very well established and superbly organized by Quadrac racing, the whole event held within the Box End Waterpark. It’s ideal for youngsters, beginners as it’s a sprint distance and support crews can see the whole race from the lovely lake side café. It’s the  third time it has been give World Cup Status so we need to give this race the backing it deserves. Excellent camping on site too …. And you can even try your hand at wake boarding! After a successful Quadkidz race last year the second Quadkidz Race of the junior series will take part at the same time as the Open Race! Entries open soon.

BoxEnd Quadrathlon

RACE 4 – 2nd September – Shrewsbury Sprint Quad – This race just keeps getting stronger and stronger, 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 1st January 2018

Shrewsbury Quadrathlon

RACE 5 – 9th September – Fabian4 Conwy Mountain Triathlon– The long-awaited Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge is back for 2018. Last year’s event (2016) was the best yet, & here at Fabian4, we’re already working hard to make sure that next year’s is even better! Where else can you find a well-organised, non-commercial, realistically-priced, serious sea to summit adventure, much of it taking place in Snowdonia National Park. All the profits will be donated, as always, to the Snowdonia Society. Take advantage of the very early bird rate & enter ASAP. What a great Christmas present for your like-minded friends Entries OPEN 

Fabian4 Conwy Mountain Triathlon

RACE 6 – 16th September – Awesome Foursome Quad – 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

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!

Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge

Hello everyone,
Entries are now live for the next Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Challenge which will take place on Sunday, 9th September 2018, & we are offering a very early bird fee which will be in effect until midnight on Jan 31st – see the Entry Rates (and savings).

The venue has been booked, tide times are perfect & we have already had the promise of some sponsorship. We are proud that once again, the race will be part of the fantastic BQA’s 2018 Race Series, & here at Fabian4, we are already working hard to make sure that it will be at least as good as last time.

Remember that this is not a big commercial event, but a serious mountain challenge in support of the SNOWDONIA SOCIETY  & to that end, we’d appreciate it if you would share this Race to all like-minded people that you know.

See event website for last years Results, Report & Photos

Looking forward to seeing you all on 09/09/2018,

Ellie & Adrian
www.map17events.org.uk

2018 Membership Open

Membership is open now for 2018 and is £15.00 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!

 Membership Price Structure Membership_Form 2018

 Type of Membership Members Fees
Senior £15.00
Family – 2 Adults £25.00
Junior – Under 18 £7.00
Family – 1 Adult 1 Child £20.00 + £5 Additional Child
Family – 2 Adults 2 Children £30

Race Affiliation

Affiliating your race will only cost £15 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 2018

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 2 races Dearne Valley and Boxend in 2017 and Lincsquad organized a Quadkidz training day, so we to continue to support ‘Our QuadStars’ of the future.  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).

 

 

 

Montgomery Canal Triathlon 2018

This is a great warm up to our Quadrathlon season if you fancy a day out down the Montgomery Canal. This Triathlon is a Superb Charity Event, in its 7th year and it takes place on Saturday, 19th May 2018. I have done this event 4 times now and have really enjoyed the challenge, its great pre-race training and a good opportunity to support the Montgomery Canal Trust.

About 220 athletes/fundraisers start the journey to bike, run/walk and then kayak the 35miles following the tow path of the Montgomery Canal. The journey starts in Newtown and finished in Lower Frankton, 17miles M.T. BIKing, 11miles X.C. running, and 7 miles of kayaking/canoeing, with the majority using Canadian Canoes (in pairs). The more competitive ones amongst us start first at 8.30 (in groups of 6), leaving the ones taking it ‘a bit less competitive’ to start at a more steady pace! I must say if I’d of seen the Tea, Cakes and sandwiches at the transition areas I might of been persuaded to take my time! It really is worth saving the date! 

The format is the same as for the past 3 years, along 35 miles of the Canal, entrants can attempt any or all of the three sections, individuals pairs or teams are all welcome.
CYCLING 17 miles from Newtown to Pool Quay.
WALKING 11 miles from Pool Quay to Morton.
CANOEING 7 miles from Morton to Lower Frankton.

 

This is an endurance event, not a race and is a great day out for families with children as well as experienced triathletes. All entrants who complete a section will receive a commemorative medallion made from local slate.

Entry forms are available at  Montgomery Triathleaflet 2018 or Poster Montgomery TriathPoster 2018

The closing date for entries is 5th May 2018 and the email address is montcanaltriath@btinternet.com                             Maggie Ellis, Triathlon Entry Coordinator & Friends of the Montgomery Canal

 The Triathlon – is organised in support of the restoration of the canal – which has reached an exciting stage. The section currently under restoration to Crickheath in Shropshire is now fully funded following an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and, whilst that project is still ongoing, new works have started on the section between Crickheath and Llanymynech in Powys: In July, volunteers cleared over 1,100 tons of material of a former railway embankment blocking the canal at Pant (making the towpath much easier for the Triathlon). The next major obstacle is Schoolhouse Bridge near Pant, the last ‘dropped’ bridge in Shropshire blocking the canal’s route to the Welsh border. Plans to rebuild this bridge are well progressed and a major fund-raising campaign was launched earlier this year. We were able to pledge £1,500 from the 2017 Triathlon towards it and are hoping to raise much 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/fmcevents2018.html.

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

Annual Report & Moving Forwards in 2018

With the end of 2017 fast approaching you can look back at our Race Season and reflect on what a great one it has been! The BQA have had our AGM, and BQA members have had all the news and plans for moving forwards in 2018, our events have been finalized. We now have a new website, thanks to Nicola Perrins Ti-Visual Ltd, who is also a First Time Deva Divas Quadrathlete! We still have quite a bit of updating after a major crash, but its starting to look good!

Here is the Annual Report and BQA AGM Minutes

BQA-Annual-Report 2017

BQA-AGM 2017

If anyone has any suggestions to help move the BQA forwards in the future, please contact Jean. malpasashleys@btinternet.com

Kayak Triathlon Training

John Kavanagh will be running another series of Kayak Triathlons as training sessions over the winter. The dates planned are Nov 26th, Jan 21st, Feb 25th, Mar 25th, Apr 22 – all Sundays.
The plan is to start at 9:30 with a 5km paddle out and back (going North) followed by a 22km bike ride on the local roads and then a 6km run out and back along the Middlewood Way.
Anyone is welcome to join him on the understanding that this is not a club organised event, just a group going out together with everyone responsible for themselves and their kit.

Start and finish is the Canal at Grimshaw Lane, Bollington, parking at the Adelphi Mill. N.B. there are no toilets, changing facilities, or transition areas. I use my car to store my boat and bike while not being used.
I will aim to arrive at 9:00 and paddle up and down around the start area till 9:30. If you want to join in and do not know the cycle route (same as previous years), let me know. I can send a route map or will ride with anyone not familiar with the course. It is not intended to be a race simulation, just a hard training session of about 2hrs or so.

John will post an update on our BQA Facebook page a few days before each date to confirm go ahead or propose weather associated adjustments.

 

Events

Here is a list of Quadrathlon based events both in the UK and World Cup Races overseas.
If you would like to add your event then please feel free to get in touch.
RED shows confirmed Dates for National Trophy Status for Season 2018
THREE National Trophy Races to count for the championships, and athletes must be a current BQA Member.
GREEN shows confirmed World Cup Status for 2018 Season
THREE World Cup Races to count – up to two results from one country, for the championships.

 

 

Date Event Venue Status
26.Nov 17
21.Jan 18
25.Feb 18
25.March 18
Kayak Triathlon Training 2017-2018 Macclesfild, Cheshire Supported by BQA 
19.May.18 Montgomery Triathlon (Charity Event) Shropshire Supported by BQA 
27.May.18 Brigg Bomber/MIDDLE Brigg BQA Trophy 1  WORLD CUP
10.June.18 Dearne Valley Quad & QuadKidz Rotherham BQA Trophy 2
16th June.17 Norfolk Superhero Burnham Supported by BQA
08.July.18 Deva Divas Ladies Only Sprint Quad Bedford Supported by BQA
07.July.18 Artemis Great Kindrochit Quad Scotland Supported by BQA
15.July.18  Box End Sprint Quad Chester BQA Trophy 3  WORLD CUP
02.September.18 Shrewsbury Sprint Quad Shrewsbury BQA Trophy 4
09.September 2018 Fabian4 Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon Conwy BQA Trophy 5
15.September.18 The Awsome Foursome Bude BQA Trophy 6 NATIONALS
25.March.18 Quadrathlon Terceira/SPRINT Portugal EUROPEAN CHAMPS Sprint
19.May.18 Křetinka/Middle CZE EUROPEAN CHAMPS Middle
27.May.18 Brigg Bomber/MIDDLE GB World Cup Middle
03.June.18 Hannover/LONG GER WORLD CHAMPS Long
09.June.18 Talavera/Sprint ? ESP World Cup Sprint?
23.June.18 Kaposvar/SPRINT HUN World Cup Sprint
30.June.18 Tyn-nad-vltavou/Middle CZE WORLDS CHAMPS Middle 
15.July.18 Box End/SPRINT GB World Cup Sprint
08.August.18 Komárno/SPRINT SVK World Cup Sprint
18. August.18 Oslo/SPRINT GER EUROPEAN CHAMPS Sprint
25.August.18 Balton/SPRINT NOR World Cup
01.September.18 Bergsee Ratscher/Sprint GER WORLD CHAMPS Long

British National Trophy 2017

The BQA runs a National Trophy Series of events which are generally spread throughout the country. Each event contributes points towards finding a National Champion, with the best three results for each individual to count.

Trophies are awarded each year, provided each winner has done 3 races in the series, and must be a current BQA Member. (In the event of a tie the 4th race points will count to decide the winner).

Overall Winners Perpetual Trophy for Male and Female. BQA Kit vouchers for winners Male and Female in each age category, Juniors (u23), Seniors, V40+ V50+ V60+ Vet 70+

Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy awarded each year ‘For Endeavor’ given to an athlete showing his enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon.

Qualifying Events for 2018

The Men’s National Trophy was wide open going into the last race of the season, Bude Awesome Foursome was going to be a very competitive race and places were fought right to the very end! The Overall Men’s winner and Vet 40 and 50 all depended on the Bude Results! The Ladies Champions had been decided at the Shrewsbury Quad along with the Male Vet 60. Well Done to all our BQA Quadrathletes that raced over this season, and we welcome many new members, especially all our first timers at the ‘Deva Divas’, and of course our ‘QuadKidz’ the athletes of the future!

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners, who showed commitment and raced well all season!

Full Trophy 2017 Results 17-b-trophy

MEN Overall Winner Perpetual Trophy Male Julian Brewer

Vet 40 Male Alan Cole 

Vet 50 Male Cliff Odgers (role down as Julian Brewer won Overall Trophy)

Vet 60 Male John Kavanagh

WOMEN Overall Winners Perpetual Trophy Female Helen Russell

U23 Female Louise Beedham

Vet 40 Female Sallie Joseph (role down as Helen Russell won Overall Trophy)

Vet 50 Female Jean Ashley

Vet 60 Female Mary White

No prizes were awarded to Seniors or U23 Male athletes as no one had completed 3 races this year.

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy awarded each year ‘For Endeavor’. This year it was given to Gill Otto for her enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon.  She has been a BQA member for many years representing GB at the World Quadrathlon Championships in the Czech Republic 2008 along with her son ‘Quintan’ and daughter ‘Lucy’. Once Gill finished competing in Quads she channeled her energy into instigating the brilliant Shrewsbury Quadrathlon along side the Shrewsbury Tri, this race goes from strength to strength each year with Gill encouraging many new members to take up our sport. She has has been an inspiration to many especially those newcomers to our sport, she continues to motivate many especially at her canoe club. I am certainly looking forward to seeing Gill race again next year in the ladies only Deva Divas, where once again she’ll be encouraging her friends to train in preparation! Well Deserved Gill!

All of our Quad Races this year have been superbly organized by enthusiastic ‘Teams’ of like minded people and athletes, all enjoyed by the competitors ! A Huge thank-you for their commitment, affiliation fees and for providing us with great races with the Aim to Keep our Small Friendly Sport ALIVE! The BQA help to promote these races and supply the Race insurance so its vital we have YOUR support! A Big THANK-YOU to all our quadrathletes and especially the 2017 BQA members, we really appreciate your memberships and love to see you all racing at as many races you can fit into your diary!

Jean Ashley


Julian Brewer

Julian Brewer

Helen Russell

Helen Russell

Alan Cole

Alan Cole

Cliff Odgers

Cliff Odgers

Jean Ashley

Jean Ashley

Mary White

Mary White

2017 Final BQA Trophy Winners

The Men’s National Trophy was wide open going into the last race of the season, Bude Awesome Foursome was going to be a very competitive race and places were fought right to the very end! The Overall Men’s winner and Vet 40 and 50 all depended on the Bude Results! The Ladies Champions had been decided at the Shrewsbury Quad along with the Male Vet 60. Well Done to all our BQA Quadrathletes that raced over this season, and we welcome many new members, especially all our first timers at the ‘Deva Divas’, and of course our ‘QuadKidz’ the athletes of the future!

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners, who showed commitment and raced well all season!

Full BQA Trophy 2017 Results 17-b-trophy

MEN Overall Winner Perpetual Trophy Male Julian Brewer

Vet 40 Male Alan Cole 

Vet 50 Male Cliff Odgers (role down as Julian Brewer won Overall Trophy)

Vet 60 Male John Kavanagh

WOMEN Overall Winners Perpetual Trophy Female Helen Russell

U23 Female Louise Beedham

Vet 40 Female Sallie Joseph (role down as Helen Russell won Overall Trophy)

Vet 50 Female Jean Ashley

Vet 60 Female Mary White

No prizes were awarded to Seniors or U23 Male athletes as no one had completed 3 races this year.

 

Team Otto at World Champs!

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy awarded each year ‘For Endeavor’. This year it was given to Gill Otto for her enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon.  She has been a BQA member for many years representing GB at the World Quadrathlon Championships in the Czech Republic 2008 along with her son ‘Quintan’ and daughter ‘Lucy’. Once Gill finished competing in Quads she channeled her energy into instigating the brilliant Shrewsbury Quadrathlon along side the Shrewsbury Tri, this race goes from strength to strength each year with Gill encouraging many new members to take up our sport. She has has been an inspiration to many especially those newcomers to our sport, she continues to motivate many especially at her canoe club. I am certainly looking forward to seeing Gill race again next year in the ladies only Deva Divas, where once again she’ll be encouraging her friends to train in preparation! Well Deserved Gill!

This season 59 males and 38 female athletes took part in the series, 10 less men than last year but 10 extra females! It was good to see plenty of first timers and great to see commitment from our BQA members, plenty of top class racing from our age groupers and elite athletes too. We’ve had plenty more Women race this year, and hopefully the increase in competitors will continue next year. The BQA hope everyone enjoyed their quad season and will be back for more challenges and races next year, please tell your friends and help spread the word!

All of our Quad Races this year have been superbly organized by enthusiastic ‘Teams’ of like minded people and athletes, all enjoyed by the competitors ! A Huge thank-you for their commitment, affiliation fees and for providing us with great races with the Aim to Keep our Small Friendly Sport ALIVE! The BQA help to promote these races and supply the Race insurance so its vital we have YOUR support! A Big THANK-YOU to all our quadrathletes and especially the 2017 BQA members, we really appreciate your memberships and love to see you all racing at as many races you can fit into your diary!

Jean Ashley

Past Trophy Winners ‘BQA HALL OF FAME’ BQA-Hall-of-Fame

BUDE …. Fantastic Racing to the Very End!

As ever Bude lived up to its reputation, another brilliant Awesome foursome! The turnout was great with over 100 athletes racing individually, in pairs and teams, though the build up was slightly harrowing  for race organizer Simon Hammond, the early part of the week the beach was closed due to the invasion of the Portuguese Man O War Jelly fish, and then there were high winds, huge swell and waves and torrential rain, which would of made the course lethal. The night before we were still being battered by the weather, but miraculously Saturday morning the weather Gods were on our side and we were blessed with sunshine, light winds, it was cool but it was 100% better than the forecast!

It was a 2.30pm start due to the tide and as ever Simon kept us all entertained at the race briefing with his banter, it always helps with the race nerves as everyone goes into the water with a smile! The swim is always starts fast as the Bude surfers speed off not giving a thought to the size of the waves, its always difficult to workout who is in the lead in the individual race as the local boys and girls make up relay teams. Alan Cole was 1st out 17:.46 with a good lead from all the other individuals, he needed to move fast as he needed maximum points to win the overall Trophy Series.

However local athlete Chris Hammond was very familiar with the bike course along with past winner Nigel Unwin, both having very strong bike legs with Nigel’s split being the fastest of the day 51:39. Nigel worked hard in the kayak with Simon Hammond (pair) to move into the lead, meanwhile Ian Smith, (great to see him back in action after injury problems) was flying in his kayak producing the fastest split 47:09. So onto the run, Nigel  held onto his lead coming 1st 2:45:45 with Ian chasing him down coming 2nd 2:46:48, Chris Hammond came 3rd 2:50:15 with Alan Cole in 4th 2:51:13, this gave Alan enough points to take the Vet 40 2017 BQA Trophy Prize.

Meanwhile there was a battle going on for Trophy Points between Vet 50’s Julian Brewer, Nicholas Farnell and Cliff Odgers, Julian and Cliff have been consistent all season, and had extra points in the bag. For Nicholas his Bude points had to count, he finished 9th overall which gave him the same points as Cliff, so with the 4th race taken into account Cliff took the Vet 50 2017 BQA Trophy Prize. Julian after some strong races this season had enough points for him to take the Overall BQA Trophy, a well deserved winner as he has been a keen Quadrathlete and BQA member for many years now!

BQA Mens Bude Results

1st Nigel Unwin 2:45:45 (1st Vet 50)

2nd Ian Smith 2:46:48 (2nd Vet 50)

4th Alan Cole 2:51:13 (2nd Vet 40)

9th Nicholas Farnell 3:01:34 (3rd Vet 50)

10th Julian Brewer 3:03:01

17th Russell Breyer 3:13:50

18th Michael Toomey 3:19:00 (1st Vet60)

19th Cliff Odgers 3:21:48

20th Peter Chappill 3:32:30

In the Ladies Race, once again it was a battle to the end between Allison Parritt and Jean Ashley. Jacqueline Davies had a strong swim and was 1st out of the water, with just over a minuet’s lead going onto the bike. Jean caught her up at the bottom of the first big climb and had pulled away by the top of Millook. Allison however was also having a strong bike leg and she then caught Jean up on the way to Wainhouse Corner, they swapped positions a couple of times, but Allison had the edge and arrived back to transition 1st. Jean quickly moved into the lead on the kayak, but Allison paddled strongly and kept Jean in her sights. Jacqueline was also paddling her new kayak well, so it was looking like it was all down to the run! Jean pushed hard and stayed in the lead for the first half of the run, but Alison wasn’t going to give in, she overtook Jean on the well-known ‘ploughed field’ and went on to win in 3:15:19, with Jean in 2nd 3:16:53. Jacqueline stayed comfortably in 3rd 3:35:22. Emma Whitehouse came in with a big smile in 4th 3:45:41.

Bude Results Bude Quadrathlon Results 2017

Every single person that finished the race deserves a mention, it’s always challenging, you never quite know what the Cornish Coast will throw at you, at least the Jelly fish didn’t come back, the weather was kind, but those hills never change and it always lives up to its Name …. AWESOME!

A Huge Big Thank-you To Simon and his Wonderful Team for Hosting the Race.  A massive thank-you to all the marshals, the Bude Surf lifeguards for looking after us and showing us the way! It was great to see plenty BQA members racing, plus all the other athletes and first-timers! Plus all the Teams and Pairs Entries … an excellent turnout. I hope you all enjoyed it and will be back to support Shoreline Extreme Sports for more fun next Year … and to top it off Bude will be the BQA National Championships 2018!

See you next year … Jean

Alan Cole’s Bude Race Report https://www.alananna.co.uk/blog/2017/bude-awesome-foursome-quadrathlon-race-report/