The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Wiltshire Downs Q2 Adventure Race


About the Race

Information about the actual adventure race itself on Sat 07 & Sun 08 October 2017

Multi Stage Format

  • This adventure race is divided into a number of stages. See the Stage Summary for an overview.
  • Each stage will be slightly different. Stage notes briefly describe the format of each stage. Stage notes for Stage 1 & 2 are collected when you start Stage 1 & 2 on Saturday morning. Stage notes for subsequent stages are issued at the end of the previous stage. This gives you time in between stages to review how the next stage works and to plan accordingly.
  • A full event briefing for all participants precedes Stage 1 at 0900 hours on Saturday. And a short 5 minute stage briefing precedes both Stage 3 and Stage 4. Bring a pen with you to each briefing in case you need to write anything down. Advice and assistance can be obtained from the Race Director at any time. Please do ask if you have any queries.
  • Stage notes include a list of the checkpoint descriptions and values for that stage. These are printed on waterproof paper.

Stage Maps

  • Maps for Stage 1 & 2 are issued in advance at registration. Stage maps for all subsequent stages are issued as you start each stage.
  • Waterproof stage maps are pre-printed with checkpoints for that stage. All stages use digital extracts of 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. Familiarise yourselves with how public rights of way are shown on both these maps and ensure you know which public rights of way you can and can't take bikes on.
  • Each team has one stage map for each stage. If you have pre purchased an extra set of maps: extra maps for Stage 1 & 2 will be in your team pack; extra maps for subsequent stages will be handed out to you at the start - just tell the marshal you ordered an extra map and let them know your team number. If you require an extra set of maps and have not pre purchased them, ask at registration to see if there are any spare.
  • When on Foot: You must remain on public rights of way / other routes with permitted public access at all times - even when on access land.
  • When with Bikes: You must remain on only those public rights of way on which bikes are permitted e.g. bridleways. You must not take bikes on public footpaths - this is illegal in England.
  • Out of bounds areas are marked on the stage maps. All areas not shown on the stage map are also out of bounds.
  • Only the stage maps provided may be used during stages.

Checkpoints & Activity Points

  • Stages comprise optional Checkpoints (CPs) and sometimes an optional Activity Point (AP). CPs are unmanned - there is usually an EMIT control at each CP to record your visit. APs are manned by Quest marshals.
  • Both CPs and APs can be visited in any order.
  • There is an optional activity at each AP (either physical or mental task). You can earn points by completing the activity correctly.
  • If you successfully complete the activity, you also need to punch the EMIT control with the Quest marshal to receive the points for this activity.
  • Some other EMIT controls may be found whilst on a stage. If it doesn’t feature in your stage notes it is not part of that stage so just ignore it.
  • Water will be available at the transition point(s) during each stage.


  • There are two kayak options: Long / Full Course or Flexi / Shorter Course. You will need to decide which of these two kayak options you will do at registration (this is so we can ensure there is a kayak in the right place for you). We have put together a Summary of the Kayak Options so you can have a think about which option you might like to do in advance. As you'll see, if you choose to do the long / full kayak, you will also have to run at least 15 km. If you are not sure which one to do, you should do the shorter option - it is far more flexible! The long option is really only for the top teams trying to clear the course and/or those who would rather do more kayaking and running (and hence not very much mountain biking). Please do not ask any further questions about this now as we won't answer them. There will be a course map on display at registration (if you want to look at it before you make a final decision) and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have then.
  • Each team will be allocated one of the following kayak time slots for stage 1 & 2 on Saturday: 1030-1225 / 1230-1425 / 1430-1625.
  • Kayak time slots can't be allocated until we know which kayak option (long/short) every team wants to do. If you wish to do the Long / Full Course you must tell us at registration before 0830 on Saturday. Anyone registering after 0830 won't be able to do the Long / Full Course (because we won't have time to get a kayak in the right place for you). You will be told which kayak slot you are in at the event briefing (at 0900 on Saturday).
  • You may only kayak during your allocated kayak time slot.
  • You do not have to start kayaking at the start of your kayak time slot but you must be off the water before the end of your allocated kayak time slot to avoid a 50 point penalty.
  • Similarly if you don't do the kayak option that you say you are going to do (when you register) you will also receive a 50 point penalty (as it will mean your kayak won't be in the right place for the next team to use).
  • When you arrive at the kayak transition point put on a buoyancy aid that fits you and do it up before picking up a paddle and a kayak. Always wear a correctly fastened buoyancy aid.
  • Punch the kayak start / finish control with your EMIT card both before getting on the water and again when you come off the water.
  • Maximum of 2 people per kayak. Solos & pairs use 1 kayak. Teams of 3 and 4 use two kayaks.
  • The sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink, rarely capsize & are great fun to paddle.
  • Always follow the Navigation Code. Stay in control. Keep clear of anglers lines / other water users.
  • 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 either the side of the canal or white floats which are tied to objects on the bank. Glide up to the checkpoint in your kayak, punch them 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. Should this happen, reattach the checkpoint and inform a marshal at the kayak transition.

Electronic Scoring

  • At registration you will be given your team pack for the whole event. This will contain your team's EMIT card (electronic score card).
  • You will be shown how to use your EMIT card (to record your visit at each checkpoint) at the race briefing and at the start of Stage 1.
  • Retain your EMIT card throughout the event. Do keep it secure. Cord will be provided so it can be worn round the neck / tied onto your rucksack.
  • You must download the data from your EMIT card in the hall immediately after you finish each stage. It is very important that you do this before each Stage closes so we don't waste time and resources searching unnecessarily for you.
  • If you drop out at any point during the weekend you must hand in your EMIT card before you leave.
  • Scores will be published after each stage.
  • Overall Scores will be published after the prize giving on Sunday.
  • The stage winner is the team with the highest number of points accumulated. Teams with the same number of points are ranked by their elapsed time, with the quickest first.
  • Overall results are the accumulation of stage scores and times.
  • The Race Director’s decision is final.
  • There are two categories of teams – Masters (for more experienced adventure racers) and Novices. There are three classes of teams (Ladies, Mens and Mixed) within each category.
  • Penalties are incurred if teams exceed the maximum stage time. Masters lose up to 5 points, and Novices up to 2 points, for each minute (or part thereof) they go beyond the maximum stage time.

Start & Finish

  • The start procedure will be explained in full at the race briefing. Below is a summary:
  • Start of Stage 1 & 2 - All team members place bikes in the designated area and then come to the start arch on foot to begin.
  • Start of Stage 3 - All team members come to the start arch on foot to begin.
  • Start of Stage 4 - All team members place bikes in the designated area and then come to the start arch on foot to begin.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get in position at the start.
  • All stages start and finish at the event base.
  • Teams must record their time at the finish with their EMIT card once all team members have crossed the finish line. Proceed directly to the event HQ building to download the information from your EMIT card and get a print out of your times.


  • Teams must stay together throughout each stage - i.e. team members should be able to easily communicate with each other at all times i.e. not more than approx. 20 metres apart.
  • Close all gates behind you.
  • Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the route on the ground.
  • Leaving litter on the course is totally unacceptable and won't be tolerated. Please make sure all empty wrappers are securely stowed and carried back to transition / the finish with you.
  • Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense. Always slow down, give way and be courteous to other members of the general public.
  • 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 emergency contact numbers (on your map) to let us know.
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