If you are taking part in the 2022 New Forest Adventure Race, your race number, suggested start time window and kayak time slot can all be found on the start list. Do make a note of these details – you’ll need them on race day!
Please also read all the accompanying notes below which provide further important details.
You will need to know your race number (see the Start List) in order to collect your race pack. It’s also a good idea to have some form of ID with you just in case we need to verify you are who you say you are.
NB. If you know your race number then that will suffice. You will only be asked for your race registration number and/or your race entry order confirmation number if you are not on the start list i.e. you don’t have a race number.
Each team has been given a suggested start time window (see the Start List). This is based on when your kayak time slot is, how long it’ll take most people to get to/from the kayaking and the fact the course closes at 16:45.
You can start anytime within your suggested start time window. But remember if you are kayaking early on, you will need to allow enough time to cycle to the kayak transition (i.e. you will probably want to start at least 20-30 minutes before your kayak slot time). And if you are kayaking towards the end of the day then you will need to allow sufficient time to get back to the finish after you kayak (i.e. 20-30 mins by bike).
NB. The suggested start time windows for Masters & Novices are only a guide. If you want to start earlier/later you can do but remember…
- You must have finished by 16:45 so Masters who wish to use the full 6 hours need to have started by 10:45. And Novices who wish to use the full 5 hour time limit need to have started by 11:40.
- The earliest time Masters can start is 09:30
Make your way to the big yellow inflatable arch when you’re ready to start. Your race time (5/6 hour time limit) begins when you dib the start control.
Kayak Slot Times
Due to the lie of the land (i.e. where the kayaking is in relation to the running and biking), everyone will kayak either towards the beginning of their race or the end of their race. And the kayak time slots have been allocated accordingly to facilitate this.
The maximum time allowed for the kayaking is:
- 40 minutes for Masters
- 45 minutes for Novices
Exceed the maximum permitted kayak time (even by 1 second) and you will incur a 50 point penalty, so don’t go over!
You can only kayak within your kayak time slot (see the Start List). You must have finished kayaking (i.e. be off the water having dibbed the kayak transition control) before the end of your kayak time slot, otherwise you will incur a 50 point penalty.
So if you arrive at the kayak transition halfway through your kayak time slot, you’ll only have the half of your kayak time slot that’s left remaining in which to visit kayak checkpoints.
NB. Unfortunately, it is not possible to make any changes to kayak times now. We’re sorry if this doesn’t suit you, but allocating times and preparing the start list is a logistical challenge/nightmare. And making changes now simply isn’t compatible with the event running smoothly and safely for everyone on the day.
COURSE PLANNERS GUIDE
How long you spend running, biking and kayaking is up to you. But if you’ve never done a Questars Adventure Race, it can be difficult to know how long to run / bike for and how to fit everything in around your kayak time slot.
The course planners guide below gives an idea of how long they would spend on each discipline (assumes an equal level of running and biking in terms of ability). And the guide also gives an example of one way you can do this and fit the running and biking in around your kayak timeslot.