Sandstone Trail Challenge

The places for runners have all gone now - they filled in under 10 hours. As I write this there are still places for runners on the waiting list.  There are still plenty of places for walkers - please read the paragraph below before entering!

Participants running on Sandstone Trail Challenge charity walk

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Charity Walk Course

The 2017 Sandstone Trail Challenge opened for entries on 1 December, at midnight. Last year the places for walkers filled within a month, and they could go even faster this time. We will have separate waiting lists for runners and walkers. If you don't get a place, join the waiting list if you can.  Once the waiting lists are also full, you may still be able to get a place - we may re-open the waiting lists at a later date.  Please don't enter as a walker if you intend to run - the tally card you will carry will give you away and we will hold runners up at checkpoints if they have a walker's tally card.  This is to make sure this is an event for walkers as well as runners - we're not worried about walkers doing a bit of running here and there along the way though.


Route description

The Challenge route follows the way-marked trail throughout, apart from avoiding the final road section into the centre of Frodsham. The way-marking uses a yellow footprint and is of a standard comparable with National Trails (ie good but not perfect). The route is also marked on recent editions of the relevant OS Explorer maps. We will not be issuing a detailed route description ourselves, but will produce some brief notes covering a few particular points to look out for and hand these out at registration on the day. Note that it is perfectly possible to get lost when following the Trail, so you must be capable of navigation with map and compass, and be carrying both (see the conditions of entry).

The best places to find information about the route of the Sandstone Trail are the Cheshire West and Chester Council website and Tony Bowerman’s guidebook. See the Sandstone Trail Links page for more information. The route is also shown on recent editions of OS Explorer maps 257 and 267.

Event Location: Jubilee Park, Whitchurch, SY13