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runSandstone Trail Races

The only trail race in our stable of races but what a race it is.  The 2019 race sold out in just 4 hours due to its unique beauty and challenge.  The event consists of two alternative point to point races run concurrently, both following sections of the Sandstone Trail Path run under FRA rules.

The A Race (Starting at 10.00am) is 27.5km (17.5 miles) with 655m climb starting from Duckington and is ideal for the more experienced runner.

The B Race (Starting at 11.00am) is 17.0km (11.5 miles) with 288m of climb starting from Beeston and is better suited for those wishing to try their hand at trail running.

Competitors have the option of buying a place on a bus to their chosen start line from Delamere Forest when entering the race.

Both races finish in Delamere Forest where the Prizes are presented.  The race finishes close to the Gruffalo statue and not at Barnes Bridge Car Park as in previous years.

For safety reasons both races have a timed-out road crossing at the A51 due to the heavy traffic on this road. Each runner has a maximum of 90 seconds. All competitors must cross the timing mats both before and after the road crossings. The time taken between the two controls will be deducted from the overall time for the race; the time deducted will be shown on the results which each competitor receives at the finish.  We have taken this action in the interests of competitor safety in the race.

The Sandstone Trail Race was previously organised by Deeside Orienteering Club and they held annually it in mid-autumn for forty years from 1977-2016. We were honoured and delighted to be asked to keep the race in the local race calendar.

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The route the Sandstone Trail Race follows the waymarked by the distinctive yellow, circular Sandstone Trail markers on posts, styles and gates.

Potential race winners are strongly advised check out the public footpath sections beforehand. Please do not run across the field diversion after Primrose Hill as this is private ground and only open to us on race day

Yoursafety

For safety reasons both races have a timed-out road crossing at the A51 due to the heavy traffic on this road.

Each runner has a maximum of 90 seconds. All competitors must cross the timing mats both before and after the road crossings. The time taken between the two controls will be deducted from the overall time for the race; the time deducted will be shown on the results which each competitor receives at the finish. We have taken this action in the interests of competitor safety in the race.

The Sandstone Trail Race was previously organised by Deeside Orienteering Club and they held annually it in mid-autumn for forty years from 1977-2016. We were honoured and delighted to be asked to keep the race in the local race calendar.

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NOT SURE?FAQS

There will be a temporary road closure on Tattenhall Road Beeston for approximately 15 minutes to allow the B race to get underway.

Each runner will be issued with a race number with a disposable timing chip on race day.

This system is user friendly. The disposable system allows runners to have more flexibility at the finish line, since the removal of the chip is not required.

If you are using the single use chip, please ensure the following to receive an accurate time:

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

Please note: The race number allocated to you is for use by you only. Please do not pass on the race number unless you have completed the online transfer.  The transfer entry closing date is on your confirmation email.

No.  The Sandstone Trail is not suitable for buggies.

No.  The race takes place on a narrow track and would be unsuitable for runners with dogs.

Refunds are not available for the race but participants are able to transfer their space to someone else up until the closing date specified on the conformation email.  We do not allow deferrals to another race or to the same race the following year.

Full details of parking will be included in race instructions sent normally around 10 days prior to the race.  However, runners are encouraged to park at Delamere Forest and to book a place on our bus for this point to pint race.

Toilets will be available on race day at Race HQ and/or close to the start line.

There are no changing or shower facilities.

Yes. You can leave your bag at the start line and we will take it to the finish line for you.

No.  The race is affiliated to The Fell Runners Association and as such headphones are not permitted.

No. The Sandstone Trail is not suitable for wheelchairs.

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