The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

South Downs Adventure Race


Race Day Information

Final details for the 2018 South Downs adventure race participants.


Race Numbers & Kayak Times

Your race number, start time window and kayak timeslot can all be found on the Start List - do make a note of these details - you'll need them on the day.

You can choose when you start within your start time window. Come to the start when you are ready, a few minutes before you actually want to begin.

The maximum time allowed for the kayaking is 70 mins (this includes getting on and off the water - allow 5 minutes for this to be on the safe side). You must not exceed the maximum time limit OR be late off the water (after your kayak timeslot has ended) otherwise you will incur a 50 point penalty.

Not sure how to fit everything in around your kayak timeslot? See the course planners guide for one way (a suggestion of how) you could do this.


Entry Amendments

Any entry amendments should now be made on the day itself - just let The Quest Team know at the front desk before your Race Briefing.



The event base will open at 8am. Please give us sufficient time to set-up by not arriving before this.

MASTERS (6 hrs)

0815-0845 Recommended Arrival Time
0830-0900 Race Pack Collection
0900-0915 Event Briefing
0945-1010 Teams Start
Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
1545-1610 Teams Finish
1645-1700 Results & Prize Giving

NOVICES & DUO (5 hrs)

0915-0945 Recommended Arrival Time
0930-1010 Race Pack Collection
1010-1030 Event Briefing
1050-1115 Teams Start
Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
1550-1615 Teams Finish
1645-1700 Results & Prize Giving


Facilities & Services

Facilities at the event base include:

- Toilets

- Food & Drinks including pre-race breakfast baps and post-race chilli see menu

- Indoor Hall for collection of team packs, the race briefing and the prize giving

- Medic on standby to provide first aid


Available to purchase on the day (cash only):

- Map Pens fine permanent pens for marking your map - £1.80 each view pen

- Bike Map Boards with reusable cable ties for mounting on your handlebars - £5 for A5, £8 for A4

- Map Bag clear plastic A4 wallet to put your map and checkpoint descriptions in - 50p

- Questars 2018 T-shirt technical wicking t-shirt, 100% polyester - £15 each (SRP £18)


Directions & Car Parking

This adventure race is based from Duncton Hall & Recreation Ground, Duncton, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 OJY.

The Hall & Recreation Ground is on the east side of the A285, just north of the village of Duncton itself. It is not very clear where you turn off the A285 (it's a small track nestled between a house and a field) so approach slowly and look out for the event signs - view on Google Maps

Once on site follow the event signage and/or marshals directions. Parking is on the recreation ground. Please drive carefully when on the grass. Do not do anything to damage the ground / cut up the grass.

The map below shows where things are at the event base.



On Arrival

Make your way to the Event HQ in the Village Hall (see map above).

Grab a bite to eat and drink from The Quest Kitchen

There is no registration - collect your team pack from around the edge of the hall at the appropriate time. These will be laid out in numerical order. If your team pack is not there or if you have paid for a t-shirt, come to the Front Desk to collect it.

Please note the team packs are slightly different this year in an attempt to make things easier for you, better for us and to cut down on unnecessary waste - in particular plastic packaging.

Each team race pack contains:
1 course map - with all the checkpoints marked on; printed on waterproof paper
1 EMIT card - electronic scoring device
1 numbered wristband - to be worn by one member of each team (who'll carry the EMIT card)
1 piece of cord - to secure your EMIT card

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

At the appropriate time, attend the event briefing.

Before you start, put your bike in the transition area on the recreation ground together with anything else you need during the race.


After the Race

Proceed immediately to the download station (in the village hall). Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your total time and the checkpoints you visited. Check this carefully and let us know before the prize giving if any checkpoints you visited don't appear on your print out.

The print out will not show your score - these are calculated when everyone's finished and will be announced at the prize giving in the hall and put up on display afterwards.

Eating soon after you finish is proven to aid recovery. The Quest Kitchen will be serving chilli with hot & cold drinks.

A medic 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.

Prizes are awarded to each person in the winning team, in each of the ten different race classes. There are up to £1000 worth of prizes to be won, thanks to the support from our event partners...

  • Likeys - quality outdoor clothing and equipment
  • Clif Bar - organic energy products
  • Amphibia - innovative watersports gear
  • MapDec - products and services for cyclists
  • Stique - innovative bike tools

Final Word

Remember to...

• Respect the area and the local community
• Be great ambassadors for adventure racing
• Stay on permitted routes at all times
• Give way to members of the public
• Give all animals a wide berth

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