new forest

2024 Adventure Race

Event Details

We return to the New Forest for the second event of our 2024 series. Terrific terrain and interesting navigation, there is good reason that this has been a staple of Questars Series since 2001.

Our Summer Adventure Races involve trail running, mountain biking and kayaking. Bike hire is available so all you need to take part is a pair of running shoes and a sense of adventure!

For all events, you will use a map and compass to navigate to as many checkpoints as you can within the time limit.

The race format has been carefully designed to be as flexible and inclusive as possible, to enable people to participate irrespective of ability or experience. We offer the following event options:

Trio Masters (Run, Bike & Kayak): 6-hour Adventure Race

Trio Novice (Run, Bike & Kayak): 5-hour Adventure Race

Duo (Run & Bike): 5-hour Adventure Race

Run only: 2-hour Trail Run Orienteering Event

Bike only: 2-hour Mountain Bike Orienteering Event

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?

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 challenging 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 enter the run-only event).

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

Venue

New Forest

Exact location to be released shortly

Facilities

Car
Parking

Onsite parking at the venue for participants

Indoor Shelter

Hall providing large indoor space and shelter

Event Catering

Hot and cold food and drinks available onsite

Changing Rooms

Ladies and gents changing rooms and showers

Toilets

Permanent facilities with flushable toilets and running water

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.

Timetable

Saturday 27 april 2024

Trio Masters

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, Duo
run/bike only

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

Bikes for the event 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 over 15 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 early is strongly recommended to ensure availability.

Course Maps

Each team will receive one copy of the course map on waterproof paper, with all the run, bike and kayak checkpoints marked on. 

The course map uses Ordnance Survey (OS) 1:25000 Explorer map data.

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