The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race


About the Race

This adventure race follows the general Questars race format, however there may be one or two things which are slightly different. Don't worry if you don't understand everything that's written on this page at the moment - all will become clear after you see the map and listen to the race briefing.

Start & Finish

The start and finish is at the event base. Come to the yellow arch on foot to start. No bikes are allowed at the start / finish arch - leave them in the designated transition area.

Once you've started, if you want to Mt Bike first, proceed on foot to collect your bike from the transition area and exit the school grounds on your bike.

It's the reverse procedure when you finish; so if you end the day on your bike, you must first deposit your bike in the transition area before making your way on foot to the finish under the big yellow arch.

  • The course closes at 1540 with the furthest checkpoints removed before this (so don’t go looking for these if you are late). You should use the Emergency Contact number (on your map) to let us know you are running late if you won't make it back before 1540.
  • After you cross the finish line, it is very important that you hand in your EMIT card at the download station in the sports hall straight away. Failure to do so before 1540 means you won't be included in the prize giving.


The kayaking is on the Kennet & Avon canal. The kayaking transition is just across the road from the event base at Pewsey Wharf. No bikes are allowed at the kayak transition. Leave your bike in the transition area at the event base and make your way to the kayak transition on foot. To get to the kayak transition from the event base or vice versa you should go under the road bridge on the canal towpath.

There is very limited space at the kayak transition point. To avoid congestion, spectators are kindly asked not to hang around the kayak transition point – there is plenty of room to watch from further along the canal towpath.

You should be able to reach all kayak checkpoints from the water without having to get out of your kayak. The checkpoints are attached to white floats which are tied to objects on the side of the canal. Glide up to the checkpoint in your kayak, punch them with your EMIT card as normal and kayak on. Don’t lean out of the kayak too much as you could over balance. Do not pull on the rope as you may pull the checkpoint off. Should this happen, reattach the checkpoint and inform a member of The Quest Team.

  • You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
  • If you are not off the water by the end of your kayak slot you will get a 50 point penalty.
  • Maximum of 2 people per kayak. Solos & pairs use one kayak. Teams of 3 / 4 use two kayaks.
  • Always wear a buoyancy aid and make sure it's done up properly.
  • Ask the Quest Team for help if uncertain about where to sit / kayaking technique.
  • The sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink, rarely capsize & are great fun to paddle.
  • Always be considerate to other water users. Stay in control whilst on the water and keep clear of other boats / anglers lines.
  • Stick to the right hand side of the canal (so any oncoming craft can pass on your left)

Trail Run

The Trail Run starts and finishes from the event base. During the Trail Run you must stick to the public rights of way and designated paths that are marked on your map. See the key on the course map for details. Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.

  • If you do your Trail Run first: after the start leave the event base on foot and make your way along the canal towpath to your first Trail Run checkpoint (the only exit from & entrance to the school on foot is along the canal towpath - the A-road outside the school is out of bounds for the duration of the Trail Run).
  • If you do your Trail Run after your Mt Biking: return your bike to the transition area at the event base and punch the transition control before exiting along the canal towpath.
  • You should aim to visit all the trail run checkpoints that you intend to visit together i.e. in one go
  • Always follow the Countryside Code - respect other people and protect the natural environment.

Mountain Biking

Bikes must remain on the permitted Mt Bike routes at all times (i.e. roads, byways, bridleways and other permitted cycle routes). No bikes are allowed on footpaths or the canal towpath at any time. See the key on the course map for details.

It's most efficient to try to visit all the Mt Bike checkpoints that you intend to visit together i.e. in one go (rather than split the Mt Biking in two around another discipline).

  • Always wear a bike helmet.
  • Always give way to horse riders (you are legally obliged to do so on bridleways).
  • Slow down and moderate your speed when passing other people and livestock.
  • When descending off road you must give way to cyclists coming uphill (i.e. get out of their way).
  • Always follow the Mountain Bike Code and the Highway Code.


All transitions - between the running, biking and kayaking - take place at the event base.

Water will be available in the transition area at the event base for you to refill / top-up during the race. Toilets are available in the sports hall at the event base - please use these and not the bushes.

For safety and security reasons, spectators are not allowed in transition areas - these areas are for participants only.

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas during the race but they get pretty busy at times. A couple of people have in the past returned to transition unable to find something because they left their things loose / on their own and these became muddled up with other participant's belongings. We therefore recommend you take the following precautions to safeguard your equipment:

  • Mt Bike items (e.g. helmet, SPDs etc.) should either be attached to or left (preferably in a bag or box) with your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
  • Slip a lock round your bike(s) to prevent anyone else moving it.


If you have a serious accident and need to summon help, do so by blowing six short blasts on your whistle every minute. If you hear this go immediately to assist (times of teams that give assistance to others can be adjusted accordingly). Phone 999 and tell the ambulance service where you are - install the OS Locate app on your smart phone to help with this. Then phone the emergency contact number (on your map) to let us know.

  • Each team must carry a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
  • Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense.
  • Close all gates behind you and make sure they are properly fastened.
  • Leaving litter on the course is totally unacceptable and won't be tolerated. Please make sure all empty wrappers are securely stowed and carried back to transition / the finish with you.
  • Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the route on the ground.


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