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Sunshine in Shrewsbury for 2021

Phil Holen after the kayak at Shrewsbury Quadrathlon (GBR) 2021 (c) SYtriPhil Holen after the kayak at Shrewsbury Quadrathlon (GBR) 2021 (c) SYtri

Great to be back at in Shrewsbury for the 8th Shrewsbury Quadrathon, it was cancelled due to Covid in 2020, but this year with some covid restrictions in place SYTRI were determined to give us a great event …. and that they certainly did! The weather this year was perfect, as always the race was brilliantly organized and the atmosphere buzzing, though for many of us it was back to racing for the first time since ‘Covid lockdown’ so a some apprehension on the start line, but with plenty of smiley friendly quadrathletes offering reassurance the nerves were soon gone!

The racing was good with PB’s and personnel triumphs from many first time Quadrathletes! There were 3 waves this year as wave numbers were reduced due to Covid restrictions first off Open and Vet 40, then Vet 50, 60 and 70 and then all the Ladies together.

In the men’s race Steve King dominated from the start, producing the fastest splits across the board, (1.29.30) he finished 5 mins ahead of Ryan Sneddon (1.34.24) who was in the same wave. Nigel Unwin in the 2nd wave was just beaten into 3rd place by 3 seconds (1.34.27) it certainly would of been a very close race if they had been racing in the same wave! Alexander Williamson came 4th (1.38.48) followed by BQA member and Race organizer Phil Holden (1.39.14) a brilliant effort by Phil who had been up to his eyes in organizing and making sure everything was in place for race day!

We had an excellent turnout of Male BQA Members and it was so good to see so many BQA trisuits on the course, it was certainly noted by onlookers who were very impressed by the fact we were doing 4 disciplines instead of 3!

Sadly due to Covid there was no prize giving, just the top 3 in Male and Female. But having said that everyone was rewarded with a great celebratory 10 year Anniversary Technical T-shirt and beautiful medal, a really nice touch to celebrate this excellent event, I shall certainly be wearing mine with pride!

There were some fantastic performances from all of the women, strong racing from the age groupers and plenty of big smiles and positive feedback too! We also had lots of great efforts from all our BQA Members, a total of 20 racing at Shrewsbury! Great to see them flying the flag for us … Thank-you! The BQA really appreciate your support and valuable membership!

If we had a ‘Team Trophy’ it would of been presented to the ‘GIRLS, from MADCC a fine crew of 6 …. a huge well done to Natalie Abbott, Liz Dawson, Nicola Hamerton and Heike Chapman – inspired by our forever young ’70 year old twins’ Mary and Margaret!

However after the race, we did present the ‘BQA Eric Hattliff Memorial Trophy’ to Mary & Margaret this is given to an athlete showing his/her enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of Quadrathlon. Both Mary and Margaret have been doing Quads for many years now and along the way inspiring many people to give racing a try. During the past 2 years, they have been encouraging their team of ladies at Macclesfield Canoe Club to take part in several of our races, all of them love the camaraderie of the quad training and racing! So a big thanks to Mary and Margaret who will no doubt continue to inspire us for many more years.
On behalf of the BQA I would like to say a huge thank-you to Shrewsbury Triathlon/Quadrathlon Team of organisers, Shrewsbury C.C. marshals, helpers and family members for letting us, once again be part of your Triathlon Event – Be Very Proud of your great race and here’s to the next 10 years!

by Jean Ahsley

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1. Steve King (GBR) 01:29:30
2. Ryan Sneddon (GER) 01:34:24
3. Nigel Unwin (GBR) 01:34:27
4. Alexander Williamson (GBR) 1:48:33
5. Phil Holden (GBR) 1:39:14


1. Natalie Abbott (GBR) 1:49:17
2. Helen Adams (GBR) 1:50:03
3. Jean Ashley (GBR) 1:51:08
4. Liz Dawson (GBR) 1:51:43
5. Nicola Hamerton (GBR) 1:56:06

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