The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Full Race Results available via http://www.emituk.com/

 

The final event in the Rivette 2008 questars Adventure Race Series was held on Saturday 6 September in the scenic jewel that is the Isle of purbeck in Dorset. Stormy conditions led to an eventful race.

 

Read on for a report on this race

 

Action shots of participants are available at www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk

 

questars Saturday 6 September 2008 : Purbeck

Event Report

There was much anticipation ahead of the last event in the Rivette 2008 questars series held in Purbeck, Dorset. Top teams were gearing themselves up to gain points towards the final overall series placings. Many other teams were just wondering how they were going to manage in the forecast challenging weather conditions.

At the pre event Briefing teams were forewarned about how tough much of the terrain had become due to recent rainfall, and where the muddiest parts could be anticipated. As it turned out the forecast storms abatted for much of the day and teams enjoyed some sun and fine views. Many teams reported back that they were bowled over, not just by the wind, but also by the scenery and stunning panaroma afforded from the chalk ridge near Corfe Castle. Others who tackled the further optional checkpoints towards the World Heritage Jurassic Coast were rewarded with great views east as far as the Isle of Wight and west towards Portland Bay - where the Olympic Regatta will take place in 2012.

All the top teams took different route choices around the plethora of optional checkpoints. Strong bikers aimed to visit as many of the red checkpoints as they could and a number managed to gain all the available biking points. The trail run started from a remote transition point on the high Purbeck Hills. This afforded teams access to some of the best areas of the Isle of Purbeck to the south. The kayaking stage also proved challenging in the wind, albeit some teams managed to visit all six optional checkpoints on the water which was quite an achievement. 

A number of the leading teams were caught out by the conditions as they opted to visit one too many checkpoints resulting in arriving late back at the big yellow Finish arch.

Patrick Meldrum who won the third questars event in the series in July was determined to do the same in Purbeck. He had a storming day chosing a route very close to the 'perfect' route anticipated by the course planner. A combination of the tough conditions and the self imposed pressure of aiming for the top slot led to a rare error at the end of his race. This resulted in out of bounds penalty points and the loss of the top slot. This was partly compensated by his strong second place in the overall series leader board and the award of £500 worth of Merrell kit.

For the first time ever the overall questars series leader title was successfully defended by last year's winner Matthew Leathwood. He received the applause of his fellow adventure racers, as he was awarded the series trophy and a top of the range Rivette mountain bike at the post event prize giving.

Full results including split times and route choices of all teams are available now at www.emituk.com Images of teams competing were captured at various places around the course and are available via www.rightplacerighttime.co.uk

Eleven category winners in the Purbeck event also won prizes alongside the top ten teams in the overall series leaderboard. Quest is grateful to our event and series sponsors, Rivette, The Bike Chain, 2 Pure, SIS, Timex, Merrell and Likeys for the terrific prizes for event and series winners.

Also announced at the prize giving were details of the 2009 questars series:

28 March  - New Forest

30 May - South Wales

18 July - Wiltshire Downs

5 September - Cotswold Hills

All available places in the 2008 series of events sold out weeks before each closing date. You'll be able to enter on line from next month. Quest look forward to welcoming teams to further great parts of the country in 2009 and another bumper series of events.

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