The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

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Pre Event Information for Cotswold Hills Questars on 3 September 2011

This Pre Event Information gives you all the details you need to know before you arrive.

Do take time to read it thoroughly before the weekend.


Team List & Start Times

Check your details on the Team List are correct and note down your team number, start time and kayak time slot.


Team Changes

Any entry amendments should be made on the day at the Enquiries Desk BEFORE your Race Briefing.

Please do not contact Quest before the event. 



The College campus will open at 8am. Please do not arrive before this.


•    0830-0900 Suggested Arrival Time
•    0900-0930 Team Pack Collection
•    0930-0950 Race Briefing
•    1015-1045 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 6 hours
•    1615-1645 Teams Finish
•    1730-1745 Results & Prize Giving


•    0930-1000 Suggested Arrival Time
•    1015-1045 Team Pack Collection
•    1045-1110 Race Briefing
•    1130-1210 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 5 hours
•    1630-1700 Teams Finish
•    1730-1745 Results & Prize Giving



A list of things you need to bring and a list of things we recommend you to bring can be found midway down the race entry page.

In addition you are advised that appropriate leg cover be worn as one or two paths are quite overgrown and the nettles are high.



Facilities at the event base include:

  • a large indoor hall for the Race Briefing and Results / Prize Giving
  • changing rooms, showers and toilets
  • food and drinks available throughout the day from the Quest Kitchen - a range of both hot and cold refreshments will be available including breakfast baps upon arrival and throughout the day, and a hot dish after the race. View the menu here
  • event partner Mule Bar are providing free samples for participants to fuel your adventure
  • map pens available to buy from the Enquiries Desk  
  • emergency medical technician on standby to provide any necessary first aid

Directions & Car Parking

The event base is Pershore College, Avonbank, Pershore, WR10 3JP

Its recommended that team members travel to the event together. This is much kinder to the environment (and your pocket) and you’ll also be able to talk tactics on the way! Please do not come in large vans or motorhomes. Cars, small vans and minibuses (with more than one team in) are ideal.

The College is just south of the town of Pershore in Worcestershire on the south side of the B4084 at grid reference SO 958 450.  View on a map here.

Car parking is in a designated area on the south side of the College campus. Follow signs and marshals instructions. Please park closely as space is limited.

Download an aerial photo of the event base showing where everything is located on site.


Upon Arrival

Park where directed.

Take your bike and transition bag / box to the bike transition area in the tennis courts (see aerial photo - download here). Lock your bike to keep it secure whilst it’s in bike transition. The bike transition will be marshalled from 0830 until 1730. So please ensure you remove all your belongings from the bike transition before the Prize Giving commences at 1730.

Make your way to the Frank Parkinson Centre which is the event base. No registration is required.

Do have a breakfast bap and hot drink from ‘The Quest Kitchen’. View menu.

At the appropriate time, collect your team pack from around the edge of the hall. These will be laid out in numerical order. If your team pack is not there, come to the Enquiries Desk to collect it.

Each team pack contains:

    1 event map (printed on waterproof paper and pre marked with all the available checkpoints)
    1 race number (to be worn on the front of one team member)
    4 safety pins
    1 EMIT card (electronic scoring device)
    1 piece of cord (to secure your EMIT card)
    1 feedback form - we'd appreciate your feedback on the event and your input into 2012 Questars events (a box for completed feedback forms will be in the hall before the prize giving, when a number of completed forms will be drawn to earn spot prizes)
    1 plastic wallet (to protect your map) if you wish

You will be given the all important Checkpoint Descriptions and Values Card as you start.


Race Details


•    This event is in the usual Questars format.
•    The bike transition point is the transition between the trail run and mountain bike stages which you can undertake in any order.
•    Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense.
•    Always follow the Countryside Code.
•    Each team must carry a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
•    If you have a serious accident, summon help by blowing six short blasts on your whistle every minute. If you hear this go immediately to assist (times of teams that give assistance to others can be adjusted accordingly). Phone 999 and tell the ambulance service where you are. Then phone one of the Quest emergency numbers (shown on your map) to let us know. A Quest staff member will probably get to you before the ambulance.


•    If biking first: Start under the yellow arch on foot. Proceed on foot to the bike transition. Collect your bike. Exit the College on your bike.
•    No bikes are allowed at the kayak transition point or on the riverside path at any time.
•    If finishing on your bike return your bike to the bike transition BEFORE you go on foot to the yellow arch. Dib your EMIT card on the FINISH control to stop the clock.
•    Always wear a bike helmet.
•    Always follow the Highway and Mountain Bike Codes (see bottom of the Questars Race Format page here)
•    The terrain varies widely and includes some busy roads. Take care. Always expect to find oncoming traffic around the next corner. Moderate your speed on steep descents. Keep within your technical riding capabilities. It's much safer to dismount if you are uncertain.


•    You can break either your run or your bike stage to kayak.
•    No bikes are allowed at the kayak transition. If you break your bike stage to kayak you must leave your bike in the bike transition and run to the kayak transition point.
•    Kayaking is on the River Avon. The kayak transition point is at Pershore Bridges Mooring and canoe launch site which is accessed from the bike transition by following the red and white tapes on a path within the College grounds. Take care crossing the busy road junction just before reaching the river. There are public toilets in the car park which can be accessed from under the bridge.
•    Maximum of two people per kayak. Solos & pairs use 1 kayak. Teams of 3 and 4 use 2 kayaks.
•    Always wear a correctly fastened buoyancy aid. 
•    Ask the Quest marshals at the Kayaking Transition Point for help if uncertain about kayaking technique.
•    The double sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink and rarely capsize. They are great fun to paddle.
•    Always follow the Navigation Code whilst on the water. Stay in control and keep clear of barges. Pass oncoming vessels on your left (as if you were driving on the Continent).
•    All kayak checkpoints can be reached from the water without having to get out of your kayak. The checkpoints are attached to white floats which are tied to objects on the riverbank. Glide up to the checkpoint in your kayak, 'dib' with your EMIT card as normal and kayak on. Don’t lean out of the kayak too much as you could over balance. Do not pull on the rope as you may pull the checkpoint off. If this happens reattach the checkpoint and inform the Quest marshals at the Kayaking Transition Point.




Checkpoints are easily found if you are in the right place. Refer to the Checkpoint Descriptions & Values Card handed out as you Start so you know exactly where to look. 

Ensure you know the difference between bridleways and designated cycleways, on which you can take bikes, and footpaths on which you must not take bikes. If you are unsure about your navigation abilities do review the hints and tips on Navigation here.

You must keep to public rights of way. Never trespass onto private land or property.


Race Conduct

•    Respect the area and the local community.
•    Be great ambassadors for adventure racing.
•    Give way to members of the public.
•    Give a wide berth to all livestock.
•    Close all gates.
•    Follow the Countryside Code (see bottom of the Questars Race Format page here)


After the Race

Proceed immediately to the Download Station just inside the Frank Parkinson Centre. Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your time and the split times between all the checkpoints you visited. This print out will not show your points. Results will be announced at the Prize Giving in the hall and put up on display afterwards.

Before the Prize Giving, collect your bike and return it to your vehicle.

Eating within 20-30 minutes of the finish significantly aids recovery via the restoration of all important glycogen levels within the body. A hot dish cooked on site by ‘The Quest Chef’ will be available along with other fresh food. See the menu here.

Changing rooms, showers and toilets are also available. See the event base map. 

An emergency medical technician will be on standby at the event base throughout the day. If you pick up any minor injuries do see them afterwards as prompt attention can aid rapid recovery.


Final Word

Don't forget to make a note of the timings (see timings section above) along with your team number, start time and kayak slot time (available from the team list attached to the top of this page).

You can also download and print a copy of the information on this webpage here.


We wish you a great day and look forward to seeing you on Saturday,

The Questars Team 


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