Wiltshire Downs

2021 Adventure Race

Event Details

The 2021 Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race is the third event in the 2021 Questars Adventure Race Series. It will take place on the first Saturday in September. This is slightly later on in the year than it has been in the past.

Traditionally the Wiltshire Downs adventure race has been held in July. And the last three Questars events in Wiltshire at this time of year have all been scorchers. So, after a hat-trick of exceptionally hot conditions we have decided to ring the changes. Hopefully, by holding the 2021 event in early September, we can avoid a repeat of the record-breaking heatwave that the 2018 event was held in, or the scorching temperatures experienced in 2015, or the heatwave before that in 2013.

venue Location


Two different venues have been booked to use for the 2021 Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race. Both are within 6 miles of Pewsey. The plan is to use one of these venues as the event base and the other as a transition point. Which is used for which will depend on the Covid-19 situation next summer and whether either of the venues continue to have any restrictions that impact how they can be used. The address of the event base therefore won’t be revealed until nearer the time (possibly not until June 2021). However, what we can let you know at this stage is the event base will be in the Pewsey / Marlborough area. And Pewsey station is the nearest railway station to both venues.

This event was originally due to take place in 2020. But, it had to be postponed due to the governments Covid-19 restrictions at the time. Places available for this event are therefore somewhat limited due to the large number of entries transferred over from 2020.

If you entered the 2020 Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race that was unable to go ahead due to Covid-19, then we will send you an email at the end of this week when all the 2021 races have been announced. This email will explain what you need to do to confirm transfer of your 2020 race entry over to this event, if that’s what you want to do. Please only contact us if you haven’t received this email from us by Monday 7th December, and remember to double check your junk/spam folder first!

Key Features

Solos & Teams

Take part on your own, in a pair or as a team of 3 or 4 people.

Score format

How many checkpoints can you visit in the time limit?

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Kayaks provided

Sit-on-top kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids are all provided.

Bike hire available

You can hire a bike for this adventure race if needed.

Questars adventure races give you the option to run, bike and kayak. You can choose which of the following disciplines you do (if you don’t want to do all three)… 

  • Trail Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking

We give you a map with all the run, bike and kayak checkpoints marked on and you see how many you can visit within the time limit. You choose which checkpoints to visit and in what order. Hence the time spent and distance covered on each discipline is up to you.

All kayak equipment is provided and bike hire is available if needed. So all you need to take part is a pair of running shoes – and a sense of adventure!

Take on the challenge of this adventure race on your own or team up with friends/family and go around together.

You can take part…
  • on your own as a solo participant
  • with another person (as a pair)
  • in a team of 3 or 4 people

Pairs and teams who wish to be competitive must remain together for the duration of the race i.e. all team members do each discipline together (it is not a relay race).

Questars adventure races are for everyone, irrespective of your ability and previous experience. On average, a quarter of participants at a Questars event have never done an adventure race before. So if you are a complete beginner you will not be alone!

And if you are an experienced adventure racer, expect some stiff competition. From Olympic medallists to Adventure Racing World Champions, we have had them all.

Questars events attract athletes not just from the UK but also from overseas too.

Every participant needs a bicycle for this event (unless you only intend to run and/or kayak in which case please contact us first before you enter so we can advise accordingly).

We recommend that you use a mountain bike (preferably with front suspension) as these are best suited to deal with the broadest range of off-road terrain and trail conditions that you might encounter during the race. You can either bring your own or hire one from our official provider.

However, you are welcome to use a different type of pedal cycle (e.g. a cyclocross bike) if you want to, as long as…

  1. it is designed to be used off-road (slick tyres are not allowed).
  2. you understand and accept that it may not be as suitable as a mountain bike and may therefore hinder your progress.

Anyone using an e-bike must declare this before they start and will not be eligible for a winners prize.

Event Base

Venue
Within 6 miles of Pewsey
read more here
Facilities

Car Park

Exclusive use of the car park onsite for participants

Indoor Shelter

Hall for race briefing and indoor shelter

Event Catering

Hot and cold food and drinks available onsite

Sports
Field

Large outdoor space for the start, finish & transition

Toilets

Permanent facilities with flushable toilets and running water

The facilities above are given as indication of what’s available at the event base, in normal circumstances. However, nothing is 100% guaranteed as there might be an occasion where circumstances beyond our control means a facility is unable to be used as previously arranged. This is particularly true in the Covid-19 era where the facilities available will be dependent upon the government’s guidelines at the time. Any changes to the facilities available due to Covid-19 restrictions will be communicated to all race entrants in the final details. These are sent out by email and published on this website in the week leading up to the event.

Race Options

* The prices shown above include the discount for pairs and teams (i.e. this is the price you pay when you enter a team of two or more people together in one go). Add £2 onto the price shown for individual Duo race entries and £3 for individual Trio race entries (more details here).

Entry fees increase as the number of places available decrease and the event gets closer. So to get the best price you need to enter sooner rather than later. See what’s included in the entry fee.

Timetable

Saturday 04 September 2021

Trio Masters
Race

08:30 Map collection opens
09:00
Race briefing
09:45
Earliest start time
16:45
Latest finish time
17:15
Results & prize giving

Trio Novice Race
& Duo Race

09:30 Map collection opens
10:00
Race briefing
10:45
Earliest start time
16:45
Latest finish time
17:15
Results & prize giving

The times above are given as a guide only and may alter slightly (by 10-15 mins) depending on participant numbers. Final timings will be confirmed in the week before the event when the start list is published.

Bike Hire

Bikes for the 2021 Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race can be hired from Cyclexperience and collected from the event base on the day.

Cyclexperience have been providing a bike hire service at Questars adventure races for well over 10 years now. They are offering the usual package for Questars participants which includes delivery, onsite support, post-ride maintenance and cleaning.

Hire bikes must be booked in advance. Booking at least a month in advance is strongly recommended to ensure availability.

Last updated: 17 August 2021

You can book a hire bike for this event here on the Cyclexperience website, though please note the following…

Not all the bike options displayed are available for this event and the basic price shown is for general hire (not competitive events). So you need to make sure you select i) a DELUXE LEVEL mountain bike (or if unavailable in your size then a STANDARD LEVEL mountain bike) AND ii) the EVENT / DELIVERY FEE which includes delivery and collection, on site support and competitive use.

The total price should be £37.50 or £40.50 per bike. If your total is less than this then you have not selected the £17.50 Wiltshire Downs Event / Delivery Fee (under extras – scroll down to find), both of which are required.

On Step 2 of 5 (image of screen shown below)…

  1. where you are asked to select the type of bike, click on OFF ROAD (highlighted by green arrow & circle on image below).
  2. scroll down to the DELUXE LEVEL bike option (highlighted by yellow circle on image below) or STANDARD LEVEL if deluxe level unavailable in your size
  3. under EXTRAS scroll down and select the DELIVERY to QUESTARS on 4th September (Wiltshire Downs) highlighted by red circle & arrow on image below
  4. select the sizes and quantities of the bikes you require on the right hand side 
  5. when done, click on the ADD TO CART button to proceed
  6. check the total amount is correct (£37.50/£40.50 per bike)

Course Maps

Each team will receive one copy of the 2021 Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race course map on waterproof paper, with all the run, bike and kayak checkpoints marked on. Extra copies of the course map can be purchased when you enter online if needed.

The course map uses Ordnance Survey (OS) 1:25000 Explorer map data. Click on the adjacent buttons to discover more about this OS map data set. See the Race Format for an example course map.

Map Data Sample

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NB. A street map may appear first whilst the OS map data is being retrieved. Don't zoom out as this will change the OS map dataset.

Map Key / Legend

Download and view a copy of the key / legend for 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps.

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