Spectators witnessed Quadrathlon at its best, with the World Middle Distance Championships taking part Brigg on 26th May. A brilliant day with plenty of exciting racing and superb performances from the Europeans to our very own GB Athletes!
British Quadrathlon, BQA are extremely grateful to Lincsquad’s Organizing Team for putting on this World Championship Race for us and to all the Marshall’s who made every single athlete feel so special as they raced around the course!
Well done to every single athlete that raced and to all the teams too, there was a lot of grit and determination out there, also lots of camaraderie, plenty of smiles and support for fellow athletes around the course! Big congratulations to the 2 Overall World Champions ‘William Peters’ Belgium and ‘Becky Robertson’ GB and to all the other Age Group Champions!
There have been so many positive comments, the atmosphere was brilliant, so Thanks ‘Lincsquad’ Great Britain couldn’t of done it without you!
The standard of racing was World Class, with strong male athletes coming from Belgium, Czech Germany Hungary and Spain to defend their titles and get World Cup points! We missed 2018 World Champion Lisa Teichert from the Ladies start line, but never the less there was a good strong field with some new talent in the mix! The weather was reasonably warm and spirits not dampened even though we had the odd heavy shower, the sun finally did come out and it turned out to be good conditions!
The atmosphere at the start was electric with the athletes being counted down with that ‘Heartbeat thump’ echoing over the River Ancholme. Svoboda was first out of the water well ahead in 18.31, a group followed with Cole in 2nd 21.44 closely followed by Csima, Peters, King, and Garcia. The heavy rain showers didn’t slow the bike leg down, it was extremely fast with 4 athletes going under the hour.
Fastest bike split was King 59.04, but Svoboda stayed in the lead going into the kayak. Peters, Csima, Mason were all close behind as the race had certainly hotted up! Csima had the fastest kayak 33.04 but Peters, almost as fast 33.46 went into the lead, leaving Svoboda in his wake. (Tom was paddling Lincsquads Donna Chappill’s Kayak – it was quite amazing how fast he paddled it … I hope he’s left some magic in their Donna!!)
So out on the run Peters held onto his lead to take the Championships (2.34.33). Tom had a lot to do after the kayak leg but he chased hard with a very fast run 36.26 passing Csima, Mason and King to take 2nd place (2.36.53). Csima just held on to 3rd (2.37.44) with Mason our first Brit, (2.37.54) working extremely hard to try and catch him. Mike just missed the podium spot by 10 seconds, but he certainly proved he is up there with the World Class Quadrathletes!
In the Ladies race Russell was first out of the swim in 23.46, Davies 2 mins behind with Illidge and Robertson 15 seconds after. Robertson (who did her last quadrathlon in 2012) soon put her expert biking to the test and went into the lead with the fastest split in 1.08.43. Russell held onto 2nd place, with Davies in 3rd both producing similar bike splits. Illidge new to our sport hadn’t done a lot of biking, but with kayaking being her best discipline the podium places were still up for grabs. Robertson increased her lead on the kayak with another top split 40.26, Russell still maintained 2nd, Davies in 3rd with the young Illidge chasing hard in
the kayak, having a fast split also 41.43. Robertson pulled away again with a strong run 44.49 to take the Championship title, (3.02.20) Russell still working hard took 2nd (3.11.35). Meanwhile Davies was having a great race, but Illidge being a strong runner was still making up ground, with just 30 seconds to go she went into 3rd place (3.24.21) with Davies in 4th (3.24.21).
We’ve had some amazing Results, congratulations again to William Peters (Belgium) and Becky Robinson (GB) who are the 2019 World Champions! We are also very proud of our Age Group World Champions … A Brilliant Effort from Team GB …. Thank you all so much for making it a Great World Championships!
MALE World Champion William Peters (BEL) Elite
2nd Tom Svobod (CZE) Elite
3rd Ferenc Csima (CZECH) Vet 40 World Champion
4th Mike Mason (GB) Masters 40
5th Jordi Garcia (ESP) Masters 40
Vet 50 World Champion Nigel Unwin (GB)
Vet 60 World Champion Iain Wood (GB)
Vet 70 World Champion John Sharp (GB)
FEMALE World Champion Becky Robertson (GB) Elite
2nd Helen Russell (GB) Vet 40 World Champion
3rd Jenny Illidge (GB) Elite
Vet 50 World Champion Jacquline Davies (GB)
Vet 60 World Champion Mary White (GB)
Full Results Brigg Bomber World Championship Results
BQA Trophy Standings BQA trophy 2019
World Cup Standings WQF world cup 2019
WQF NATIONAL TEAM Trophy WQF National trophy 2019
There were many more brilliant performances, and some excellent personal goals achieved …. Some lovely stories and photographs on our BQA and Lincsquad facebook pages. The BQA wish to thank every single one of you, for giving your very best and flying the flag for us, you have put British Quadrathlon on the World Map!
Team GB’ Our BQA MEMBERS –
They took advantage of the championships being on home turf and had a strong Team, a huge thank-you to all 32 of you racing for our GB Quad Team! Without your BQA memberships, we would have no BQA (Governing Body) and so we wouldn’t be able to affiliate to the World Quadrathlon Federation, who allow us to host these amazing Championship Races.
Our GB Team is made up of BQA Members, some are at the top of British Quadrathlon, but just as important are the members who want to share their passion, and spread the word for our sport! Thank you for your support and for racing at the 2019 World Championships ‘Bask in Your Glory’ and get planning your next Quadrathlon!
BQA Members Role of Honor
4th Michael Mason 2nd Vet 40
14th Alan Cole Vet 40
15th Nigel Unwin World Champion Vet 50
17th Nigel Leeson 2nd Vet 50
23rd Kevin Blakey Vet 50
26th Peter Tindall Vet 40
27th Iain Wood World Champion Vet 60
30th Phil Holden Vet 50
32nd Cliff Odgers Vet 50
37th Peter Chappill Vet 50
38th Michael Toomy 2nd Vet 60
41st Lance Ball Vet 50
43rd Wayne Smith Vet 40
47th Phil Laycock Vet 50
49th Kev Lovett Vet 50
50th John Kavanagh 3rd Vet 60
56th Ian Collins Vet 50
58th John Redmond Vet 60
62nd Mark Benton Vet 50
2nd Helen Russell World Champion Vet 40
5th Jacqueline Davies World Champion Vet 50
7th Mary White World Champion Vet 60
9th Helen Adams 2nd Vet 50
10th Victoria Price Elite
13th Liz Angood Elite
14th Siobhan Henn Elite
15th Anne Collins 3rd Vet 50
16th Amanda Clements Vet 40
Also well done to BQA Members that entered the Team Event
5th When I’m 64 (Mike Garnock-Jones and Jean Ashley) Our Fairy Quadmother ‘Jean Ashley’ has had her wings clipped for a while due to injury so thanks to Mike for at least letting her fly in the kayak!
11th Team Jones (Caroline & David Jones) Well done to Caroline new to Quads last year she persuaded her husband to join up to do their first middle distance!
I’d just like to mention Belgium Team GoldenBear who without a doubt gave it all in Brigg over the weekend! They raced hard and played hard! They took 2nd Team place enjoying every moment, giving us some great Bomber Video footage, supporting their own team members and everyone else along the way! They also drank us under the table on the t-shirt tour, sampling our English Beers, our Fish’n Chips and joining in the true spirit of Quadrathlon! A great bunch of Guys, thanks for visiting us in Brigg!