Contemplating taking on an adventure race in 2020 and don’t know which to choose, here’s some information to whet the appetite!
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, Lough Derg & 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;
18-30km ‘Challenge’ route
30-50km ‘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 South Kerry every two years. This is 146km and 253km respectively but also entails, running, cycling and kayaking. Quest 12/24 will take place again in 2021.
Here’s some more details on our 2020 events:
Quest Kenmare – 7th March 2020
Quest Kenmare kick starts the adventure racing season in March and this time of year is perfect to include the event in your New Year goals with plenty of time to get training. The challenging routes encompass the amazing mountains of the Beara Peninsula and boutique charm of Kenmare Town.
Quest Glendalough – 4th April 2020
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 three years. It was named best ‘Outdoor/Adventure Event’ in 2018 by Outsider Magazine, which we are very proud of!
Quest Wales – 20th June 2020
Quest Wales starts and finishes in the charming boutique town of Betws-y-Coed where you could lose days. The event takes you around Snowdonia National 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.
Quest Lough Derg – 12th September 2020
2019 was the first year for Quest Lough Derg and it was a terrific success. The event takes you around some of Ireland’s most iconic waterways, kayaking on majestic Lough Derg, running along the banks of the mighty Shannon and cycling through country roads, quaint villages and sprawling forests. Participants start and finish their event in Ballina taking in locations like Tonn Toinne, Garrykennedy, Ballycuggaran and Moylussa.
Quest Killarney – 10th October 2020
The Quest Adventure season finishes in style with Quest Killarney, the home of adventure racing when over 2000 participants take to the spectacular Killarney National Park. This epic adventure involves racers running and cycling through the Gap of Dunloe, Molls Gap, Black Valley, Ring of Kerry, Torc Waterfall, Devil’s Punchbowl, Mangerton Mountain and Muckross House as well as kayaking across the Muckross Lake in Killarney National Park.
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. All these events are on sale now with early bird prices available.