Every race in which you participate in a sport is an adventure. Even if you have driven a hundred athletes and drive fifty 10 km, the next will find a way to surprise and hopefully delight you. However, there are some races that are undoubtedly more adventurous than others. For example, running, cycling and kayaking across Scotland are more likely to trigger more surprises than 10km of driving in a city center.
What's actually an adventure race can be hard to pin down, but as a rule you can assume two different sports and travel a long distance over unfriendly – if not terrifying – terrain that mostly navigates itself. They are tough, but very rewarding and take you to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the UK. Here are some amazing adventures that will give you a taste of what's up to date.
Questars Adventure Races (March 30, May 1
1, June 29, and August 31)
Questar's one-day Adventure Races all have the same format, but the location changes with each event. 2019's events take place in the New Forest, the Chilterns, Padworth in Berkshire and the Malverns. At each event, you must try to reach as many control points as possible within five or six hours by working alone, as a couple, or as a team of three or four people. At each race, there are hiking, mountain biking and kayaking trails, and to mark all the checkpoints you need, 20-30 km on two feet, 40-50 km on two wheels and 6-8 km in two kayaks.
Register | From £ 37.50 per team, £ 40 solo
Quest Wales (June 8)
This is a great option for greenhorns as the shortest of three distances offered is only 25 km (14 km in the saddle , 6 km) on foot and 1 km on the water), in addition there is a bicycle rental with the organizer. The US $ 10 referral offer is also a great way to get a crew together and spend a weekend with them. However, there is something for experienced racers, and this is a 42 km or 53 km long route through the magnificent Snowdonia National Park.
Login | £ 75- £ 90
The People's Coast vs. Man (July 6)
The stretch of coastline you will be fighting for is on the Cornish Peninsula. The 37 km route runs from St. Michael's Mount to Land's End. You will run as far as possible from this route, but you will also need to swim some sections and climb a few cliffs here and there to complete the race.
Register | From £ 145
Sun Lake District Races (August 31)
Sunrise marks the start of this team event and the goal is to complete the three stages of the race before sunset. These three sections are an 80-kilometer cycle path, a hike to the top of Helvellyn, which at 950 meters is the second largest mountain in England, and a 3-km canoe at Lake Thirlmere. Not a nasty performance, but you have almost 14 hours to make it.
Register | £ 146.25 per four-man team
Rat Race Adventure Challenge (September 28)
This ten-hour race on the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons involves going through as many loops as possible with seven loops available in three different sports – running, cycling and kayaking. There are easy, medium and difficult loops for running and cycling, with the longest run being 18 km and the longest run 35 km, while there is only a simple kayak loop. If you have to complete all seven victories, you will have to cover a total of 100 km over difficult technical mountain terrain, so you'll probably need to pick your battles instead of shooting each round.
Register | From £ 119
Coast to Coast (14-15th September)
Nairn, biking and kayaking on the east coast of Scotland to the islands of Glencoe on the west coast. The 169 km route will take you past Loch Ness and through rugged Highland terrain. It can be tackled all at once or as a two-day event, with a night in Fort Augustus. As you might expect, the majority of the route is covered on two wheels, but there are both bike sections and off-road routes that you have to tackle, and you will still drive over 32 km and complete with a 1.6 km kayak, whose difficulty is not to be underestimated.
Register | One-day version from £ 190, two days from £ 230