Sometimes we get asked how our events compare with each other and what the difference is in the routes on our events? Here’s some info to help answer that.
Quest Adventure Series is the overarching name for 5 different Quest events which take place each year. There are five comparable events in Ireland and the UK – Quest Kenmare, Glendalough, Wales, Achill & Killarney.
These five Quest events are roughly the same in structure – they have 3 routes ranging in distance which you will run, cycle and kayak around. These can be broken down as follows;
20-25km ‘Challenge’ route
40-50km ‘Sport’ route and
55-85km ‘Expert’ route
The only difference is Quest Killarney which has two more routes the ‘Pro’ at 73km (Expert is 83km) and the ‘Dual’ route which is 65km but doesn’t include kayaking.
We also run a long-distance adventure race Quest 12/24 that takes place in West Kerry. This is 146km and 253km respectively but also entail, running, cycling and kayaking.
Quest Killarney – 6th October 2018
Each of our event locations have their own individual selling points. Killarney is the ‘home’ to adventure racing and draws the largest numbers each year – some also say it’s the most challenging.
Quest Achill – 8th September 2018
Quest Achill is a long way from everywhere, but it’s that remoteness that accentuates the camaraderie and craic – it’s our only post-event fancy-dress competition and it’s nearly as hotly contested as the race! This is the one to do a road trip with your mates to. It’s awesome sea side situation and landscape will just blow you away if you’ve never been there before. It’s also got the shortest route on any Quest at 18km so it’s a great one for a first time ‘Challenge’.
Quest Kenmare – 2nd March 2019
Quest Kenmare was brand new this year and sold out very quickly. It kick-starts the adventure racing season. The Sport and Expert routes are particularly challenging on this and many report being really pleasently surprised by the scenery in parts of Kerry they had never visited before.
Quest Glendalough – 6th April 2019
Quest Glendalough gives participants the unique opportunity to be the only people allowed to kayak in the Upper Lake – and to finish the event in the shadow of the monastic tower – just spectacular. Glendalough has an excellent atmosphere, selling out the last two years and with weather splitting the stones it’s also a very popular event. It was also named best ‘Outdoor/Adventure Event’ this year by Outsider Magazine, which we are very proud of!
Quest Wales – 2019 date tbc
Quest Wales takes place in early May and starts in the charming boutique town of Betws-y-Coed where you could lose days. The event takes you around Snowdonia Forest Park, a mind-blowingly beautiful location visited by 1000s of outdoor enthusiasts every year. The first UK event in the series is a unique challenge and has mountains, waterfalls and lakes to die for.
Sometimes it’s difficult to make a choice with so many options, so we say try them all, they all have something different to offer but have amazing scenery in common – oh and great people of course! Collect all the medals! You’ll never regret it.
Quest Achill & Killarney 2018 are on sale now. Quest’s spring 2019 events will be on sale soon.