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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

Class World Cup Racing in Shrewsbury

We had a great day’s racing at the 7th Shrewsbury Quadrathon, it was given WQF World Cup Status a true testament to the Event organizers Phil Holden and SYTri. The Event as always sold out at the end of June with 23 males and 21 females entered! The weather this year was perfect, as always the race was brilliantly organized and the atmosphere buzzing! The racing was top class with PB’s and personnel triumphs from many first time Quadrathletes!

Our top GB athletes and age groupers were all looking for World Cup and BQA Trophy points, with World Cup leader Ferenc Csima coming over from Hungary in the hope of top points too!

Ferenc first out of the kayak
Ferenc first out of the kayak

In the men’s race it was a close battle to the finish. Together out of the swim in first was Steve King and Alan Cole in 5.01, with Ferenc a minuit down 6.01 and James Block 20 seconds later. Steve pulled away on the downstream leg of the kayak, but chasing him down was Ferenc and James. Ferenc moved into 1st place and James worked really hard to overtake Steve with James producing the fastest Kayak split of 20.14.

James with a quick exit

On the Bike Steve is redound for his fast times and he started to chase Ferenc down, Steve’s bike split was the fastest of the day 36.35 and this moved him back into first place.  So onto the run Steve knew he had his work cut out as Ferenc would do his best to chase him down! Ferenc ran the fastest split 18.59 but it wasn’t quite enough to catch Steve, he held on to first place winning in 1.24.31, Ferenc in 2nd 1.24.58 with James holding onto 3rd 1.29.33 with Alan producing another fast run split coming 4th in 1.29.33

Showing Great race Camaraderie on the podium!

Overall Male Winners

Winner Steve King

1st Steve King Vet 40 (1.24.31)
2nd Ferenc Csima Vet 50 (1.24.58)
3rd James Block Vet 50 (1.28.55)

There was lot of exciting racing going on just behind with BQA members all looking for valuable Trophy Points as all the Trophy prizes are still up for grabs! Pete Tindle was 6th having had a good race with Iain Wood in 7th producing some strong splits throughout taking the Vet 60 prize. Cliff Odgers secured the vet 50 prize racing well came 8th overall.

It was so good to see lots of solid performances from our 14, BQA Male Members, and so good to see them flying the flag for us … Thank-you we really appreciate your support and valuable membership!

Great Age Group Kayaking Cliff, Iain and John

4th Alan Cole (1.29.33) Vet 40 Winner
6th Pete Tindle (1.36.01)
7th Iain Wood (1.38.04)  Vet 60 Winner
8th Cliff Odgers ( 1.41.10) Vet 50 Winner
10th Russel Breyer (1.44.06)
11th Peter Chappill (1.44.45)
13th John Kavanagh (1.47.54)
14th Lance Ball (1.48.57)
15th Andrew Lawson (1.49.38)
17th Ian Collins (1.53.58)
18th John Redmond (1.56.38)
19th Jeff Chappill (1.58.52)
22nd John MacLeod (2.06.54)  Vet 70 Winner 
23rd David Jones (2.12.38)

James Block

Nicholas Mahony

Pete Tindall

Cliff Odgers






Special mention to Newcomers Nicholas Mahony winning 1st Open/Senior (1.30.34) and Jake Liversedge who took 1st U23 (1.45.04), we hope they enjoyed their first quadrathlon and hope to see them next season!

There was a fantastic turn out from the Ladies, with 21 competing 14 being BQA Members! Helen Russell was first out of the swim 6.43 with Jacqueline Davies hot on her heals 6.47, they both paddled strongly almost together most of the way, Helen just slightly ahead by 5 seconds 26.01. Helen was only just in the lead going onto the bike, Jacq had a slightly faster bike split by 6 seconds 43.07 … so it was all down to the run. Helen held onto the lead and took 1st place in 1.40.35 and she also secured the Overall BQA National Trophy for 2019.  Jacq raced into 2nd putting in a great new PB in 1.44.01. Mean while back from a broken collar bone Natalie Abbott was having a strong run and moved up to take 3rd, (1.48.35). There were some fantastic performances from all of the women, strong racing from the age groupers and plenty of big smiles and positive feedback from those newbies!

Jacq, Helen & Natalie

Overall Female Winners and BQA Womens Results

1st Helen Russell (1.40.35)  Vet 40 and Winner of the BQA National Trophy
2nd Jacqueline Davis (1.44.01)  Vet 50
3rd Natalie Abbott (1.48.35)
4th Helen Adams (1.53.19)  Vet 50  Winner 1st time she has completed 3 quads in the trophy Series!
5th Nicola Hamerton (1.53.19)
6th Mary White (1.56.46) Vet 60 Winner
7th Siobhan Henn (2.02.38) Open/senior Winner
9th Donna Chappill (2.04.40) a great PB for Donna!
11th Liz Angood (2.05.08)
12th Anne Collins (2.06.35)
15th Margaret Huyton (2.08.21)
16th Amanda Clemens (2.10.54) 1st time she has completed 3 quads in the trophy Series!
18th Caz Jones (2.21.14) and another 1st timer completing 3 quads in the trophy Series!
19th Emma Cronin (2.22.31)

Well done to 8th Victoria Iremonger (2.03.25) Vet 40 Winner

Mary Forever Young!

Anne Always Smiling!

A Very Happy Brenda!










True Supporters Team Lincsquad!

A great day out – though I must say its so hard on the sidelines, I would of been much happier in my Lycra, though I did enjoy cheering you all on in your kayaks!  However it was great to see how much everyone enjoyed being part of the Quadrathlon … I did feel very proud of all the Quadrathletes and BQA members, the feel good factor we portray is second to none, it such a friendly and inclusive sport to be part of we are so lucky to have such great supporters … thank you long may it continue!

Lance Ball

I also had great pleasure in presenting Lance Ball with the ‘The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy’ 2019 For Endeavor. Lance has shown Enthusiasm & Commitment To Our Sport 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, which includes mending broken chains and punctures all within his own race!  He is a true ambassador for our sport … We Really Appreciate Your Efforts Lance THANK-YOU from BQA.

I also presented Ferenc Csima with the World Cup National Trophy  Congratulations to Hungary taking this New Trophy in its first year. A Big Thank you to all our GB athletes that raced in the World Cup races,  GB came in 2nd place just short of a few points especially in the under 23 and open categories … maybe next year?

Full Results here Shrewsbury Quad 2019 event-results

The BQA Trophy Results After 4 Races BQA trophy 2019

World Cup Results after 8 Races WQF world cup 2019

World Cup National Team Trophy WQF National trophy 2019


Could you be A BQA Trophy Winner 2019

With 2 races to go there are still plenty of Trophy points to be WON! The only Trophy which cannot be contested is the Ladies overall, but all the others are open for grabs!

Check out the latest standings BQA trophy 2019 after 3 races

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). If your an Overall Winner your Age Group prize will Role Down to the next person in your category.

The Overall Winners male and female win the BQA Perpetual Trophies and BQA Kit vouchers.

The Age Group Winners male and female in each age category, Juniors (u23), Seniors, V40+ V50+ V60+ Vet 70+ all win BQA Kit Vouchers

The Eric Hatliff Memorial Trophy is awarded each year ‘For Endeavor’ given to an athlete showing his enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon plus a BQA Kit voucher.

The BQA started a National Trophy Series in 2005 this is a 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.

This is our Hall of Fame, since the Series started in 2005 BQA-Hall-of-Fame-2018