We look forward to welcoming participants to the 2021 Wiltshire Downs Adventure Race this coming Saturday.
As you probably know, we booked two different venues back in autumn 2020 to use as a base for this event, as we didn’t want to be left in a situation where we were legally able to hold the event but didn’t have a venue from which to do so (due to covid).
Unfortunately our preferred venue – the venue that we usually use for the Wiltshire Downs Questars – has been dragging their heels and is still not open to third party users (due to covid). So we have had to implement PLAN B (though it feels more like plan X, Y or Z after what we’ve been through these last 18 months) and hold this event from our back-up contingency venue. This venue is not so ideal, as space – and in particular parking space – is very limited and access is via a narrow lane. However, we can make it work for all of you that have signed up to take part, BUT only with your help and understanding.
With the above in mind, please make sure you read the Race Day Info document (below) carefully and pay particular attention to the notes in the Approach to the Venue and Car Parking sections. NB. The address of the venue is at the bottom of page 1 of this document.
Your co-operation with this is much appreciated and will help make the event run smoothly.
RACE DAY INFORMATION
This provides all the information for participants about the event. It includes timings, directions and a map of the venue showing where things are.
Race Briefing Notes
There will be no race briefing on the day. All the information about the actual race itself will be contained within the race briefing notes document which will be published here on Wednesday 1st September.
There will be no race briefing on the day. All the information about the actual race itself is contained within the race briefing notes document below.
Please make sure you read everything carefully, even if you’ve taken part in lots of Questars adventure races before, as each one is slightly different – and this one is no exception. If you don’t, you won’t know what to do, which is not a great start to any race!
A copy of the course map (minus the checkpoints, of course) will be added to this page on Thursday 2 September, so participants can familiarise themselves with it, and the information contained on it, in advance.
A copy of the course map (minus the checkpoints, of course) can be found below. It will be provided to you on an A3 sheet of waterproof paper.
It’s worth having a look at this so you can see where the start/finish and kayak transition is in relation to the map and course area. Plus you can see all the useful information that’s printed on and around the edge of the map for you to refer to during the race as necessary.
The copy of the map is only for participants to view online (click on image below to enlarge). It is not designed for you to print off as this would infringe copyright law.
CP Descriptions & Values
In addition, a blank copy of the checkpoint descriptions and values sheet will be added to this page on Thursday 2nd September. If you’ve never done a Questars adventure race before then it’s useful to have a look and familiarise yourself with the information on it. And if you are familiar with it, it’s still a good idea to have a quick look at it, as some of the notes are specific/unique to this race.
The format of the checkpoint descriptions has changed slightly from previous Questars events. They now follow a similar standard to that used by MTBO events. Where applicable, the location of the checkpoint control is given in the following order and format:
- Identifiable feature on map e.g. Footpath junction
- Where the control is in relation to this feature (on the ground) e.g. South side
- What the checkpoint control is attached to e.g. on wooden gate
Here are a couple of examples…
- Bend in bridleway | West side | on tree
- Footpath/bridleway junction | North West | on fence corner
A blank copy of the checkpoint descriptions and values sheet can be found below. It will be provided to you on an A4 sheet of waterproof paper.
If you’ve never done a Questars adventure race before then it’s useful to have a look and familiarise yourself with the information on it. And if you are familiar with it, it’s still a good idea to have a quick look at it, as some of the notes are specific/unique to this race.
On the day, please remember to…
- Respect the area and the local community
- Be great ambassadors for adventure racing
- Stay on the permitted routes at all times
- Give way to other members of the public
- Give all animals a wide berth
- Close and properly fasten gates behind you
- Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense
Each team must carry a mobile phone (that works), a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
Have a good race. We hope you enjoy it! And above all, stay safe.