The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Q2 Adventure Race

Central England (East) - Thetford Forest

 

 

Course & Conditions

Information about the course area and its condition for the adventure race on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 April 2014.

 

Special Notes

All transitions take place back at the event base so you won't need to carry running shoes with you whilst cycling if different.

Watch out for other people and animals including walkers and horse riders. Always slow down, give way and be courteous to other members of the general public.

The weather can change very quickly and it can still be quite cold at night at this time of year. Please make sure you are fully prepared for all weather.

The winter storms brought down a fair number of trees in the forest. Some of the trees that have been blown over have started to be cleared but other's still lie across some of the lesser-used forest tracks and therefore you will need to cross / make your away around these with care.

 

Trail Run

During the Trail Run you must keep to paths and tracks within the forest. Cutting across the forest undergrowth is not permitted under any circumstances, as this disturbs ground nesting birds. Environmentally sensitive areas have been marked out of bounds, so it's important you don't enter or use these areas.

Outside the forest you are only allowed to use the public rights of way that are marked on your map.

The ground in the forest is quite sandy and is therefore relatively well drained and dries out quite quickly. However in some parts of the forest where tree felling is taking place, the tracks have been cut up and are quite wet and muddy in places. Trail shoes with a decent tread are recommended if you have them.

A few weeks ago nettles were starting to make an appearance on some of the grassy paths in the forest. They were still quite low and so didn't cause us any problems but they can grow quite quickly so having full leg cover just in case would be advisable.

 

Mountain Biking

Bikes are allowed on tracks within the forest. Outside the forest bikes are only allowed on public rights of way that permit cycling e.g. roads, bridleways and designated off road cycle routes.

The main vehicle access tracks in the forest were all clear of fallen trees when we last recce'd the area. We recommend you stick to these as much as possible when mountain biking as some of the lesser used tracks still have fallen trees lying across them.

When dry, the sandy forest tracks can be loose, soft and deep in places, throwing you off balance, so do watch out for these patches and slow down accordingly. Also some of the tracks have been ploughed / turned making riding along them difficult so best to avoid these if possible.

Generally though the forest tracks provide a good all weather surface on which to cycle. You shouldn't find much mud apart from where tree felling vehicles have churned up the ground.

Please take care whilst cycling on roads and crossing the main A roads. Even the small roads are busy at weekends. Keep in to the left hand side so that vehicles can pass when safe to do so.

 

Kayaking

The kayaking takes place on the Little Ouse River. The water moves at a steady pace in some places and barely at all in other parts of the river.

Grasses and reeds growing in the river come up to the surface in some places but it is possible to paddle through / around this. This doesn't last forever and there are more clear sections of the river than there are parts like this. Unfortunately our initial plans to avoid the worst of the grasses in the river were thwarted by this big tree blocking the river. Thankfully the other fallen trees are easier to get around / under.

Access to the river is via a grassy river bank. It's quite a step down to the water so we recommend you step down into the shallow water before getting into your kayak. Better to get your feet wet rather than try to keep them dry and risk falling over in the water!

There are swans nesting on the river. Best not to go near them and give them a wide berth.

 

Photos

View all the recce photos showing different parts of the course here

 

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