The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

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Thames Ridgeway Challenge


Frequently Asked Questions

The underlying principle behind this event is that we provide the framework of the challenge - the logistics and a recommended route, but ultimately it's up to you what and how much you do. So if you want to do something different to what's suggested then that's not a problem as long as it fits in within the framework (and is safe and legal of course). With this in mind, you'll find the answers to the following frequently asked questions below...


Can we do just one or two of the Stages?

Yes, but you will need to get yourself to / from where the stages begin / end.

If you like the sound of the challenge but think it's a bit too long for you we recommend you just do Stage 2 and Stage 3 - the best bits! This means you will need to get yourself from the event base (Pewsey) to the start of Stage 2 (near Lechlade). You can either get someone else to drop you off near Lechlade or you can travel there in one team member's car, leaving the other team members car at the event base for when you finish.


Can I use my own kayak?

Yes, you can use your own kayak as long as it is a tandem (two-person) kayak

Additional notes:

One team member will need to be a member of British Canoeing and carry their membership card with them.

Please note we are only able to transport the sit-on-top kayaks provided so you will need to make your own arrangements to get your kayak to the put in point (near Lechlade), and collect if from get out point (Oxford).


Can I do it on my own?

It's not really practical to do this challenge on your own. There are a number of things which we need to be satisfied with before we say yes to this, namely your safety and how you'll portage your kayak round the locks on your own. Obviously if you don't want to kayak and are happy to do the whole of Stage 2 on foot then this solves the issue around portaging.

Please let us know your plans if you want to undertake this challenge on your own. You'll need to provide evidence of your experience to prove your competency.


Can a team of three take part?

Yes, you can do it as a relay (see below) with two people taking part at any one time and the third driving the support vehicle.


Can we do it as a relay?

Yes, you can undertake the route as a relay as long as you check with us first. We'll need to know the number of people in your team and who intends to do what. 

Additional notes:

It is possible to split up each stage into smaller chunks (legs) so each team member takes part in each of the three stages. You will need your own support vehicle to transport team members around the course when they are not undertaking a leg, but this can be driven by the team members themselves. You can have as many people in your team as you want but a minimum of two people should undertake each leg together (no legs to be undertaken solo), so four or more team members are recommended if you want to do it as a relay.


Do I need to hire a backrest?

They are strongly recommended.

Backrests aren't included in the entry fee because although Quest has kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids, we don't have any backrests.

We know some of you have your own backrests, having purchased them to take part in other races. We have therefore come to an arrangement with a third-party supllier where by those that want to hire a backrest for this event can do so.


What happens if I don't finish within 24 hours?

Nothing. You can keep going for as long as it takes you within reason.

The course closes on Sunday evening so everyone has up to 36 hours to complete the course (including any overnight stop).


What happens if I retire?

We will pick you up and transport you to the next transition point or railway station (whichever is closer). You will then be able to get a train back to Pewsey (good railway links) or a lift with a marshal back to the event base.

Things to bear in mind...

i) In order to keep entry fees down there won't be a designated broom wagon to pick up people who drop out.

ii) We will endeavour to give people a lift back to the event base with marshals where possible but this will be done as a gesture of goodwill and is not a service which is included as standard. We won't have the ability to give lots of people / a whole team of 4 a lift back, and we won't be able to lay on any special or extra trips.

iii) Our priority is making sure the event runs smoothly and everyone's kit is in the right place at the right time. Picking up retiree's and transporting them onwards comes second to everything else.

iv) If you prepare and train properly you will have a good idea of whether you are up to covering the sorts of distances involved. If you aren't, or you have any doubt, you should make contingency plans before you start e.g. bring cash/card for the train or know someone you can call to pick you up and give you a lift back.

v) There will be some short cuts you can take if you want to continue under your own steam but get back to the event base as quickly as possible. Let us know if you want to do this and we'll be happy to advise accordingly.


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