New Forest

2021 Adventure Race

Start List

If you are taking part in the 2021 New Forest Adventure Race, your race number, 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. We recommend you also bring your entry ID number with you and/or a form of ID in case we need to verify who you are.

In your race pack will be a tyvek wristband with your race number on. One member of your team needs to wear this throughout the race. Whoever wears your numbered wristband will be required to show it to the marshals at the start, kayak transition (both when getting on and off the water) and at the finish.

Start Times

You will see that each team has been given a fairly broad start time window (see the Start List). This is based on which race you are doing (i.e. the Trio Masters race, the Trio Novice race or the Duo race), and the fact the course closes at 17:00.

You must finish by 17:00 so Masters who wish to use the full 6 hours need to have started by 11:00. And Novices who wish to use the full 5 hour time limit need to have started by 12:00.

You can start anytime within your start time window. But remember if you are kayaking early on, you will need to allow enough time to get to the kayak transition (i.e. you will probably want to start at least 45 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. 45-60 mins on foot).

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 place your electronic scorecard (EMIT card) on the start control.

Kayak Slot Times

The maximum time allowed for the kayaking is 55 minutes. This is the same for everyone irrespective of your kayak slot time. Exceed 55 minutes (even by 1 second) and you will incur a 50 point penalty.

You can only kayak within your kayak time slot (see the Start List). You must have finished kayaking (i.e. be back at the kayak transition and off the water) before the end of your kayak time slot.

So if you arrive at the kayak transition midway through your kayak time slot, you’ll only have the bit of your kayak time slot that’s left remaining in which to visit kayak checkpoints.

NB. This event has sold out and all the kayak places have been filled so, 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.


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.

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