2023 WINTER Adventure Race

Start List

If you are taking part in the 2023 South Downs Winter Adventure Race, your race number can be found on the start list. Do make a note of this as you will need it on race day!

Please also read all the accompanying notes below which provide further important details.


For those who have raced with us before, the good news is that the format remains the same but for the following changes:

1. For our winter series, participants will be rewarded with one point per whole minute that they arrive back early (up to a maximum of 15 minutes/points).

2. Each team member will be issued with an SI-card. This means that all team members need to attend registration together (and return to registration at the end of the event) to be issued with their SI-Cards. Team members need to ‘dib’ within a minute of each other at each checkpoint. 

RACE day information

All the information you need for a successful race can be found here:

Regular race information

All our regular race information can be found here:


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

Start Times

Each team has been given a start time window (see the Start List). This is based on which course you are doing. 

You can start any time within your suggested start time window. 

Make your way to the big blue start arch when you’re ready to start. Your race time (2/3/5 hour time limit) begins when you dib the start control and receive your checkpoint descriptions.


The layout of the course is such that…

  • the transition point for the run and bike is located at the event base 
  • You can only bike once
  • You can only run once  

How long you spend running and biking 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.

As a rough rule, we would recommend the following (this can obviously be tailored depending on your preferred discipline):

Duo Full: 2 to 2.5 hours running; 2.5 to 3 hours mountain biking (within the 5 hour time limit)

Duo Taster: 1 to 1.5 hours running; 1.5 to 2 hours mountain biking (within the 3 hour time limit)

The above is a guide, the great thing about Questars races is that what you do is up to you! If you like running, you can spend more time running and less time biking (and vice versa). 

Equally, you do not need to use all of your time limit. If you have had your fill of adventure after a couple of hours then you can join us back at HQ for food, drink and to share stories of your navigation successes and failures!

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