Quest Wales Adventure Race



Quest Wales is a one-day multi-adventure sport race and is part of the Quest Adventure Series UK. The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes of Snowdonia National Park. Choose from 3 challenging routes – Challenge 23km, Sport 38km and the Expert 50km. This race gives competitors the chance to run, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world.

The Route


The routes were designed to be challenging and inspiring as a real test of endurance for any outdoor enthusiast. With the 50km Expert route, 38Km Sports route, and the 23km Challenge route to choose from, we’ll take you on an adventure to reach the edge of your physical ability.

Challenge Route- Quest Wales

Stage 1: Cycle – 6km Description: Description: Pick your bike up at the transition area and head in the direction of Llyn Geirionydd Lake. On this stage you will encounter steep fast up and downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate your way through this challenging section. 

Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.  Note: 200 meters run to the bike rack from the start line.    

Stage 2: Kayak – 1km Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Glyn Geirionydd Lake on double sit-on-top kayaks.    

 Stage 3: Trail Run – 7km Description:  After your kayak stage you will head off on the 7km trail run. Terrain: Hill trail, varying surfaces.   

 Stage 4: Cycle – 9km Description: You will proceed to cycle from the transition area back to the Betws-y-Coed area. Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.  Note: 200 meters run to the finish line from the bike rack.

Training Plans


Quest Adventures have provided a series of training plans from Couch to Quest, gym based training plans, and final push 8/12 weeks plans.

  Hill training for both bike and running definately recommended.

Where, when and how much


Quest Adventure races hold a series of events across the year. Quest Wales is the first in UK, held annually around May/June.

Cost varies dependent on timing , with super early bird discounts. Between £65-£90

Equipment Used


It is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit list with them from the start. •Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters). •Map of the route (included in your race pack). •Survival blanket and whistle. •Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-filling points on the course. •Cycle helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump. •Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket. •Suitable footwear. •Backpack or bum bag. •All kit will be checked before the race.

Road bikes and fell running shoes recommended

Top Tips


Make sure you can identify your bike and bag in transition area. Either remember where you have left it or brightly coloured bags/ribbons to help spot on return!

RACE THE SUN- Lake district

Overview- see full review above


Race the Sun is a hugely popular team challenge set in the stunning Lake District. Teams of four are challenged to cycle 50 miles, climb Helvellyn and canoe Lake Thirlmere. 2018 was the fifteenth year of this exciting triathlon-style adventure challenge. Set off cycling at sunrise into this stunning landscape and your sense of awe is only going up as you then begin the summit of Helvellyn with a vertical height gain of over 2,500 ft. As you climb, you begin to feel the challenge's rewards with spectacular views of hills rolling over the horizon and the mountain lakes below. But what goes up must come back down - the descent gives you a well-earned breather before we jump back on our bikes and set off for the shores of Lake Thirlmere to tackle a 3 km canoe course. The home straight is a cycling section to the finish line at Penrith, but can you race the sun and get there before the sun sets.

Where, When and How much?


Cycling, climbing and canoeing starting just before sunrise and aiming to finish before sunset  racing the sun!

Cycle approximately 50 miles (80km), hike to the summit of England's second highest mountain Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m) and canoe a 3km course on Lake Thirlmere.

Annual In September . Lake District.

Team challenge, Registration fee £195 and minimum sponsorship target of £1800.

All funds raised by the challenge will support the work of children's charity Action Medical Research.

Training Plans


Race the Sun Lake District is an exciting action event. It is achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness, who are prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge. It is a great incentive to train and get fit for, whilst at the same time knowing you are raising funds for an excellent cause.

Biking element is all on road.  No canoe experience is needed.




Will need an over night stay if not local as compulsory safety briefing and registration is the night before.

Equipment Used


It is essential that you come prepared with the correct equipment for the challenge. A cycling helmet is essential and we insist that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge. You must also have a map, compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.

Lots of layers and snacks to keep you going.