The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

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Final Details for Saturday 26 May 2012

Do take time to read everything below before you arrive on Saturday, it will help you get off to a good start!


Team List & Start Times

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

You can start anytime within your allocated start window. Further details will be explained at the Race Briefing.


Entry Amendments

Any last minute entry amendments will now need to be made on the day itself. Please inform the Quest staff of any such changes at the Front Desk before the Race Briefing.

Please do not contact us with last minute entry amendments in the week before the race as we won't be able to make them until the day itself. 



The event base will open at 8am. Please do not aim to arrive before this as Quest marshals won't be in place to direct you.


•    0815-0845 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0845-0915 Team Pack Collection
•    0915-0930 Race Briefing
•    1000-1030 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
•    1600-1630 Teams Finish
•    1715-1730 Results & Prize Giving


•    0930-1000 Recommended Arrival Time
•    1000-1030 Team Pack Collection
•    1030-1050 Race Briefing
•    1115-1145 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
•    1615-1645 Teams Finish
•    1715-1730 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 to bring the following:
•    Footwear that you don't mind getting wet and muddy (see kayaking course info below)
•    A back pack big enough to carry everything you need with you, including your running shoes - if different from the shoes you cycle in (see trail run course info below). After you start, you will not return to the Event Base again until you finish.


Course Information


The Trail Run begins from, and ends at, a remote transition point. So if you run and cycle in different shoes will need to bring a back pack big enough to carry your running shoes in, whilst you are cycling.

Apart from one or two tarmac sections, the Trail Run is mainly on grassy or bare earth trails. These were hard baked (i.e. quite firm) last week but could easily become slippy, especially on the steeper slopes, if the ground surface is wet.

You must stay on only the public rights of way that are marked on your map during the Trail Run. Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground. 

Obviously you may stick to the side of paths to avoid the worst of the mud but you must not cross any fences / boundaries that run alongside the edges of some paths. If you can't get past without staying on the path/track and you don't fancy getting wet/muddy feet, you must turn around and find another route or visit a different checkpoint.


A fair amount of the Mt Bike course is on minor roads with the rest on public bridleways and other off road routes with public access. Again these were predominantly hard baked (i.e. quite firm) last week but could easily become slippy, especially on the steeper slopes, if the ground is wet.

Although you are allowed to cycle on bridleways, legislation states that cyclists should give way to walkers and horseriders. Please make sure you do this and that you dismount when passing horse riders.

Taking your bike on footpaths is strictly forbidden.  


Access to the river is via quite a steep slipway which is incredibly slippery, especially when the tide is out.

You will need to wade into the water a bit before getting on your kayak, so expect to get your feet wet here. If you don't do this and your kayak rests on the ground when you get on it, it is likely to roll onto one side of the keel, possibly tipping you off which means you'll get a bit more than just your feet wet!



Facilities at the event base include:

  • a large indoor sports hall for the Race Briefing and Results / Prize Giving
  • changing rooms, showers and toilets - lockers are available for those who want to leave things at the event base.
  • food and drinks available upon arrival upstairs at All Stars - the Sports Centre Cafe. As well as breakfasts baps and the 'Full English' they have cereals, a fruit bowl, freshly ground coffee and the morning papers. So do arrive early and make the most of these facilities, especially if you are starting later i.e. you are a Questars Trio Novice or Questars Duo participant.
  • energy drinks and chocolate bars from vending machines in the Sports Centre
  • post race BBQ - hot dogs and burgers available outside at the finish (or upstairs in the cafe if wet). Vegetarian options available.
  • map pens available to buy from the Front Desk
  • medic on standby to provide any necessary first aid

Spot Prizes

Top-of-the-range, fully assembled, Orifix mapboards worth £60 each will be given away as spot prizes on the day. Unlike some other mapboards, these boards are ideal for adventure racing as they can be fully rotated, are large enough to hold A4 maps and can be mounted on different diameter handlebars. See for more details.

There will be two prize draws. One for Masters race entrants at the 0915 Race Briefing and another for Novice and Duo race entrants at the 1030 Race Briefing. Every race entrant will be automatically entered into the appropriate prize draw but you must be there in person to collect it (i.e. at your Race Briefing).

Orifix mapboards, in a range of colours and sizes, will be available for you to look at and purchase. Stock will be limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Please bring cash or a cheque book if you wish to buy one (sorry, no card payments). Specific colours can be ordered on the day or in advance by emailing Emily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Directions & Car Parking

The event base for this adventure race is Purbeck Sports Centre, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PH

The Sports Centre is behind The Purbeck School, on the east side of the A351 where the A352 joins the A351 at a large roundabout (grid reference SY 914 870). Access is off the B3070 and The Purbeck School is clearly visible and sign posted from this road.

View map showing event base location here

From the B3070: Turn into the school / sports centre entrance and follow the event signage / marshals instructions to the car parking area in front of the school. Follow signs and marshals instructions on where to park.

Please do share transport if possible. If each team comes in one vehicle it’ll be much kinder to the environment and you’ll also be able to talk team tactics on the way!


On Arrival

Park where directed.

Take your bike to the bike depot. Lock your bike to keep it secure whilst it’s in the bike depot. The bike depot will be marshalled from 0830 until the start of the Prize Giving. So please ensure you remove all your belongings from the bike depot before this.

Make your way to the Sports Hall. No registration is required.

Grab a bite to eat and drink from All Stars - the Sports Centre Cafe

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

Each team pack contains:
    1 set of course maps (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 (for attaching race number to clothing)
    1 EMIT card (electronic scoring device)
    1 piece of cord (to secure your EMIT card)
    1 plastic wallet (to protect your map)

You will be given the checkpoint descriptions and values (printed on waterproof paper) as you start.


Race Information


•    This event is in the usual Questars format. There are one or two things which are slightly different from normal. You will be informed about these things at the Race Briefing.
•    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 (on your map) to let us know. A Quest staff member will probably get to you before the ambulance.


•    The course is such that everyone will bike first and last, with the trail run (and kayaking) in between. Come to the yellow arch on foot to start. Once you've started, proceed on foot to the bike depot. Collect your bike. Exit the school on your bike.
•    When finishing on your bike, return your bike to the bike depot area 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 dismount when passing horse riders. Slow down and give animals roaming free a wide berth.
•    Always follow the Highway and Mountain Bike Codes (see bottom of the Race Format page)
•    The terrain varies and includes some busy roads. Take care. Always expect to find oncoming traffic around the next corner. Moderate your speed on narrow lanes. Keep within your technical riding capabilities. It's much safer to dismount if you are uncertain.


•    You will need to cycle to the kayak transition.
•    Kayaking is on a tidal section of the River Frome. The kayak transition point is at Ridge Wharf.
•    Permission has only been given for cycle access to the kayak transition point. Access by vehicle and parking at Ridge Wharf is strictly forbidden. Any spectators wishing to watch you kayak must therefore either cycle to Ridge Wharf or walk along the public footpath by the side of the river.
•    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 staff at the Kayaking Transition Point for help if uncertain about where to sit / 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 yachts. Pass oncoming vessels on your left (as if you were driving on the Continent).
•    You should be able to reach all kayak checkpoints from the water without having to get out of your kayak. The checkpoints are attached to white floats which are tied to objects in the river. 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 one of the river safety crew (in a small powerboat) as well as a Quest staff member at the Kayaking Transition Point.




Checkpoints are easily found if you are in the right place. Refer to the checkpoint descriptions 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 and other forest tracks 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 the permitted routes (as detailed on your map). Do not 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 Race Format page)


After the Race

Proceed immediately to the Download Station. Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your total 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 sports hall and put up on display afterwards.

Before the Prize Giving, collect your bike from the bike depot 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. Food and drinks will be available outside near the finish (or upstairs in the sports centre cafe if wet).

Changing rooms, showers and toilets are available in the sports hall.

An emergency medical technician will be on standby 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 window 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 look forward to seeing you on Saturday,

The Questars Team


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