The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series




As well over 300 adventure racers set off from the Royal Horticultural Society's Pershore College in the last Questars event of the 2007 series it was near perfect racing conditions. The weather was cool, cloudy and calm and the terrain had dried out remarkably well after the deluge and floods that had devastated the area in July. The sun broke out later to provide clear views in all directions from the top of nearby Bredon Hill. Sunny conditions also made for a great post event barbeque in the college grounds.

At the race briefing teams were encouraged to venture up onto the high ground where there were a good number of both trail run and mountain biking checkpoints. Views all the way to the Brecon Beacons, Malvern Hills, Cotswolds and right across the Midlands plain were hard won after some steep ascents. As if to emphasise that this particular hill should not be under estimated our forebears named it Bre- (meaning hill) Don (also meaning hill). So its a hill three times over! They built no less than three castles and ancient forts on its slopes and summit - all still visible today. Teams will long remember Bredon Hill as they pass close by on the M5 in the future.

The kayaking stage of the event was on a delightful stretch of the River Avon. Now thankfully restored to within its banks, the calm river belied its power evidenced by many remains of earlier flood damage, including an upturned barge near CP41. With exactly 70 minutes available on the water teams had to paddle hard to reach the furthest checkpoint and get back within time to avoid a time penalty. Two curiously named mens teams achieved this - Team Artificial Respiration and Team Groin Strain! Here's hoping that their team names were not consequences of this demonstration of power paddling on the river.

The trail run checkpoints were scattered across very varied countryside taking in sections of the flat flood plain, through orchards along the scenic banks of the Avon, and then up and indeed for the very fittest runners over the other side of Bredon Hill. Gary Davies running appropriately as 'OvaTheHill' and seven other teams managed to visit all the trail run checkpoints. This includes Veteran Lyndon Sutton who has achieved this feat in every Questars this year.

The mountain bike stage was the highlight for many teams and a good number managed to clear the whole course despite it requiring at least two ascents of that now infamous hill. This included overall winner Matthew Leathwood who amassed an amazing 970 points the highest total ever in a Questars event.

Matt was also presented, at the final Prize Giving, with the well deserved Questars Series trophy. The winner is decided on the best three results from the four event series. Matt had accumulated nearly 300 more points than his nearest rival.

Details of the 2008 Questars Series were also announced at the Prize Giving and are:

  • 29 March New Forest, Hampshire
  • 31 MayBrecon Beacons, South Wales
  • 19 JulyCannock Chase, Staffordshire
  • 6 September Purbeck, Dorset

All the Questars events in 2007 sold out well before their closing dates. So do pop these 2008 dates into the back of your diary now and apply early.A series discount is again being offered for teams entering all four events.

Great images of teams in action over Bredon Hill and the surrounding countryside were taken by sleepmonsters photographer Jon Brooke and can be viewed at :

Full results can be found at :



Category Leaders:




Men's Solo

  • 970 Matthew Leathwood
  • 920 DynamoPaul Pickering
  • 845 ClunkPatrick Meldrum

Men's Teams

  • 750 Equipment or Body Failure - Simon Horton & Chris Flood
  • 685 Detica Men - Paul Scott, Stephen Rolph, Alex Howard, Dylan Langley
  • 660 Team Nationwide - Chris Harris, Andy Robinson



  • 735 Rachel Leathwood
  • 700 Teresa King
  • 515 Airbus - Heidi Coveney

Mixed Teams

  • 810 Wighttri No Mates - Lucy and Paul Wells
  • 725 Airbus - Guenaelle Piou, Sean Kerr
  • 655 The J Team - Juliette Ranson, John-Joe Cottam



  • 785 HAVA another GO - Nick Howle, Paul Vernon
  • 775 Team Clem - James Clemence
  • 755 The Unlikelies - Ken Piddlesden, Robert Robinson




Men's Solo

  • 530 Mike Garvin
  • 425 Gass & Godber - Mike Godber
  • 329 Not So Nippy Nige - Nigel Weldon


Men's Teams

  • 605 Team Blue Train - Paul Roberts, Dean Colin
  • 590 Beerfest - Max Willcox, Andy Wood
  • 588 The Gitts - Graham and Christopher Gittins


  • 610 Julia Shrubb
  • 365 Team Snazzy - Delia Brown, Lauren Carsley
  • 360 Face First - Rosie Wilson, Ali Gover



  • 588 Sir Fartalot and Lady Getsbitt - Chris Squirrel, Sally Freeman
  • 510 Dave Alice Ely, Jo Scott
  • 467 Team GB - Anna and Ralph Neuff


  • 592 Those Glory Glory Days - Gareth Davies
  • 591 WARPS - Paul Steen, Andy Bridger
  • 509 Old and without Friends - Fabrizio Guccione, Mark Cribbin



  • 525 First Solo - Brian Minehane
  • 490 LTSB Challenger oldstar - Jonathan Sigsworth
  • 450 RDandB - Chris Phillips, Sandra Domizio
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