The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series


Race 1 of the 2012 Questars Adventure Race Series


Full race results are available to download and view above. Do take a look at other teams' split times to see which checkpoints they visited and in what order they visited them. You can learn a lot from other teams' route choices.


Photos of participants taking part in this adventure race are now up in the Questars website gallery.

Do take a look at these photos of both the Questars Trio Masters and Questars Duo adventure race on Saturday 24 March and the Questars Trio Novice adventure race on Sunday 25 March, to see what participants got up to and how nice the weather was!

Race Report:

The first race of the 2012 Questars adventure race series took place in the New Forest at the weekend. Such is the popularity of the New Forest that this event was held over two days with experienced adventure racers competing on Saturday and novice adventure racers taking part on Sunday.

The weather was amazing for this time of year with wall to wall sunshine on both days. The trees in the forest offered some welcome shade for participants and there was a refreshing breeze coming in off the coast which helped prevent those taking part from getting too hot.

In a slight change from normal, rather than being given a specific start time, participants could start anytime within a given time window for their race. This meant teams had even more flexibility than normal as they could choose to start at a time which best suited their race plan. Those kayaking first had to ensure they started sufficiently early enough in order to be able to get to the kayak transition for the beginning of their kayak time slot while those kayaking last needed to make sure they didn’t start too early otherwise they wouldn’t have had enough time left afterwards to get back to the finish without being late.

The kayaking was on the tidal estuary part of the wonderfully scenic Beaulieu River. The combination of high tides and glorious weather meant conditions couldn’t have been more perfect for a kayaking. Fish basking in the warmth of the sun just below the surface of the water often scurried off as participants approached in kayaks momentarily turning the flat calm water into a splashing frenzy.

Participants used only minor roads and permitted cycle routes to cycle to and from the kayak transition, visiting mountain bike checkpoints on the way there and back. Much of the mountain biking was on waymarked cycle tracks within the forest. These are all hard packed gravel tracks making it quick and easy to cover the ground so the mountain biking stage for this race was longer than it is for Questars adventure races held in other parts of the UK.

Many people found the Trail Run the most technically demanding out of the three disciplines. Participants were not allowed to cross open heathland (in order to protect sensitive wildlife habitats and ground nesting birds) and therefore had to follow pre-existing paths and tracks. This might not sound too difficult but in practice it was a different story with some paths present on the ground not being marked on the map and other paths that were marked on the map being difficult to find under the blanket of leaves that carpeted the forest floor.

Despite the notable lack of rain in recent weeks, participants were warned that they may encounter ankle deep mud in one or two places - depending on the route they took of course. And judging by the mud splattered legs at the finish it would appear that most people managed to find the muddy bits!

After the finish, participants took advantage of the facilities at event base by using the spacious changing and shower rooms. Many people also grabbed something to eat and drink from The Quest Kitchen before the results were announced and Likeys prize vouchers were awarded to the winners in each class.

On Saturday, the Questars Trio Masters adventure race which involved running, biking and kayaking over six hours was won by Tom Davies who put in a very impressive performance to clear all the checkpoints on all three disciplines with more than 15 minutes to spare, giving him the maximum score of 1000 points. Veterans Mike Bayne and Roy Sievers as Team Endorfiends did exceptionally well too. They visited all but one of the kayak checkpoints to finish second overall and first in their class with 960 points. Third place in the Masters adventure race went to top Men’s Team whose team members; Barry French and Matt Morris scored 880 points.

Matthew Hammerton from Alpkit Adventure visited all but one of the Trail Run checkpoints to win the five hour Questars Duo adventure race (excludes kayaking) with a high score of 835 points.

The Questars Trio Novice adventure race which took place on Sunday involves all three disciplines (run, bike and kayak) over five hours. A score of 707 points posted by Men’s team Dark & Stormy was sufficient for Rob Sherrington and Giles Bradford to win this race. The top mixed team; The Three Amigos (Jon Godfrey, Katie Roby & Matt Cafferky) were not that far behind in second place with 700 points. Emily Benham, who was taking part in her first ever adventure race, finished third overall in the Novice race and first in the ladies class scoring 650 points with plenty of time to spare.

The next race in the 2012 Questars Adventure Race Series takes place on the 28 & 29 April in Exmoor and is suitable for both novice and experienced teams of 1, 2, 3 or 4 people. The number of places left available for this two-day multi stage event known as Q2 The Quest Challenge are limited. So if you want to take part but haven't got your entry in yet, you need to enter online soon to make sure you get a place.


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