South Downs

2022 Adventure Race

Event Details

We are pleased to reveal that the second race in the 2022 Adventure Race Series will be in the South Downs. This event is taking place on Saturday 14 May so make a note of the date and keep it free! Questars last visited this wonderful area back in 2018. How will the 2022 South Downs Adventure Race be different? We’re keeping tight lipped about this – you’ll have to take part to find out – but different you can be sure it will be!

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 take part in previous races.

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 be classified as non-competitive.

Event Base

PROVISIONAL

Venue
Duncton Village Hall
Duncton
nr. Petworth
West Sussex
GU28 0JY
Facilities

Car
Parking

Parking at the venue (weather permitting)

Indoor Shelter

Hall providing an indoor space and shelter

Event Catering

Hot and cold food and drinks available onsite

Sports
Field

Large outdoor space for the start/finish & bikes

Toilets

Flushable toilets with running water and portable units

The facilities shown above are given as indication of what’s normally available at the event base. 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 published on this website in the week leading up to the event and all entrants (that provide a valid email address) are notified of this by email.

Race Options

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.

The entry process is quite different this year as we are using a brand new online entry system. You can find out more and read all about it here

Timetable

Saturday 14 May 2022

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 an indication 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

Cyclexperience aren’t quite ready to take bike hire bookings for this event yet. We’ll add the link here just as soon as they’ve set it up on their system in early 2022.

Bikes for the 2022 South 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.

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

The hire price shown is for recreational use (not organised events). So you need to make sure you select the EVENT DELIVERY FEE which includes delivery and collection, on site support and event use.

The total price should be a minimum of £42 per bike. If your total is less than this then you have not selected the £20 South Downs Event Delivery Fee (under extras – scroll down to find), which is 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.
  2. scroll down to the model you want (we recommend the DELUXE LEVEL option).
  3. under EXTRAS scroll down and select the DELIVERY to QUESTARS on 14th May 2022 (South Downs)
  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 (£42+ per bike)

Course Maps

Each team will receive one copy of the 2022 South 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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