Are you thinking about taking part in the Quadrathlon? Are you a past participant considering giving it another go or venturing into the event for the first time? Why not come along to one of our Quad 2020 info evenings and find out more.
The info evenings are designed to fit in after work and they won’t take too long. David Fox-Pitt MBE, our Event Director, will give a short presentation on the event and there will be a quick Q&A session at the end. Nobody knows this event like David so please do take the opportunity to come along and get the inside scoop. He is also extremely persuasive so if you have a friend who’s on the fence about it - bring them!
Date: Monday 20th January 2020
Location: Artemis Fund Managers, 6th floor, Exchange Plaza 50 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BY
Date: Monday 20th January 2020
Location: Artemis Investment Management, Cassini House, 57 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1LD
Light refreshments will be provided. Please reply to email@example.com, stating which presentation you would like to attend ASAP so we can confirm numbers for catering purposes.
Registration for the 2020 Event is now open. Register Here
You can see the 2019 Quad results here
And here are the 2019 photos
Make sure you focus on these few things and the last 34 miles of the Quad will be a breeze….
1. Train the distance - Obvious one, but make sure you can cycle 34 miles. Training the distance and maybe longer will give you the mental strength of knowing you can do it and keep going to the end of the event.
2. Brick training - In the Quad you transition from kayaking to cycling. If you are in the fortunate position to be able to practice this then do it once a week. If not then try going from a rowing machine to cycling at the gym or from a hill walk into a cycle. You will be cycling on tired legs in the race so practice with 2 activities combined together to replicate this as best you can.
3. Hit the hills - Build that all important leg strength by riding hill repeats. These are tough to do by yourself so team up with your partner for this session. As part of a long cycle ride, find a hill that takes 3-5min to cycle up. Cycle hard uphill and slowly roll back down to recover, repeat 4 times the first time and add on an extra climb each session.
4. Bike fit - Make sure your bike is the right size for you, the saddle and handlebars are adjusted correctly and the seat is comfortable. Bikes are not one-size-fits-all! Take yours along to an expert to get fitted to your body shape and you’ll find training and racing much more enjoyable.
5. Nutrition - Being the last of the 4 Quad disciplines everyone will be running out of steam! Don’t forget to stay hydrated and keep eating your snacks or energy bars and gels. In training, be sure to practice what and how often you will eat on the bike and throughout the race. This will make the difference between enjoying the last few miles or hating every minute!
If you’re looking to challenge yourself in 2019, while helping some of the world’s poorest children, then the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon could be for you. The Quad, organised by Wild Fox Events, starts on the south side of Loch Tay in Scotland on Saturday, 6 July – with funds raised from the endurance test going to Mary’s Meals.
Joe Black, 29, took part in the 2017 event and is now set to take on the 2019 Quad, which includes a 0.8-mile swim, a 15-mile walk over seven hills, a 34-mile cycle and a seven-mile kayak across Loch Tay. While the event may sound daunting, Joe encourages anyone interested to give it a go as he surprised himself two years ago.
“I think you read about the Quad and can feel intimidated by it, but as someone who has completed it, I’m telling you that you can do it. Knowing you are taking part to support the important work of Mary’s Meals also helps to keep you going,” Joe says.
He adds: “The swim was the scariest part for me because I have never swam that far before and in those conditions. When I got into the water in the morning, I remember thinking ‘I don’t know if I can do this’. But as soon as I finished the swim I knew the rest would be okay. The adrenaline really helps too, you look around and know that everyone is in it together.
“I’ll never forget the experience, getting into the water at 6am for the first part of the quad, the mist rising above Loch Tay, the pipes playing. It was incredible. It’s also a great way to take in the Scottish Highlands.”
Registration for the 2019 Quad is currently open, with places available on the bronze, silver and gold routes. And Joe has some helpful tips for anyone taking part this year. He says: “I would say that the hills are pretty tough, make sure you have experience of hill walking before. We actually had a training day on the hills that make up the Quad, so that really helped, I would recommend doing that if you are able to.
“Taking part in the Quad is an unforgettable experience.”
On 4th July 2020 you can choose the Bronze, Silver or Gold route option.
Bronze is a triathlon with a 10 mile walk or run over 5 Munros, a 7 mile kayak and a 34 mile cycle.
Silver includes a 0.8 mile swim, with a 13 miles run or walk over 6 Munros.
Gold is the toughest challenge with the 0.8 mile swim, a 15 mile walk over 7 Munros, and the 7 mile kayak and 34 mile cycle round Loch Tay.
The Bronze route starts on the north side of Loch Tay, opposite Ardtalnaig. The Silver and Gold routes start at Kindrochit on the south side of Loch Tay at Ardtalnaig. All the walking routes are over the spectacular Ben Lawers mountain range, while the kayak leg starts at Milton of Morenish on the north side of Loch Tay and finishes at Ardtalnaig. The cycle route starts there and circumnavigates Loch Tay in an anti-clockwise direction.
You can register here: https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=4514
If you took part in the 2017 Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, you will know that the BBC were there, capturing the action to create an Adventure Show episode featuring the Event. The BBC have confirmed the date of the programme transmission; Sunday 12thNovember at 7pm, on BBC 2 Scotland. You can catch it on the iPlayer too. Check out our Facebook page to see the trailer for the show: Facebook
Ed Smith covered the event again this year and you can now view and purchase his photos. Click here to go to Ed Smith Photography website.
You can also view and download low resolution watermarked versions at the WildFox Events Flickr page.
Mary’s Meals works with communities in some of the world’s most impoverished areas to set up and deliver school feeding programmes that provide one nutritious daily meal in a place of education for hungry children where children so often miss school because of hunger and poverty. 1,230,171 children receive Mary’s Meals around the world, as well as their teachers, families, and wider communities. Thanks to the commitment and fundraising efforts of Quad competitors Mary’s Meals is able to provide vital support to over 7,500 chronically hungry children in Malawi. It costs just £13.90 to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year and we are committed to spending at least 93p of every £1 donated directly on our charitable activities.
Fatsileni from Malawi explains, “Sometimes we haven’t eaten in days, so my tummy aches and I feel weak. I couldn’t concentrate in school before and would have to go home,” Earlier this year, we were able to start serving Mary’s Meals in Fatsileni’s primary school for the first time. She tells us joyfully: “Now Mary’s Meals is at school and we can eat in the morning! It is such a big relief for my parents. They know I have had something to eat in the day.” Without a daily meal in their place of education girls like Fatsileni and all of those enrolled in schools supported by the quadrathlon are much less likely to go to school. Mary’s Meals is offering children in Malawi – and all over the world – hope for the future.