Sandstone Trail Races

Sunday 1st October 2017

A future version of this event is now available here Sandstone Trail Races
Event Details

Race Instructions will be emailed on Wednesday 27th Sept including information regarding race numbers and buses to the start line prior to the race.

Buses will depart from an overspill car park at Delamere Forest Visitor Centre CW8 2JD and not Barnes Bridge as in previous years.

The Sandstone Trail Race, previously organised by Deeside Orienteering Club, has been held anually in mid-autumn for forty years from 1977-2016.

Due to the time of year and responsibility to our marshals we have a 3 hour 30 mins cut off time for the A race and 2 hour 30 race for the B race.

The event consists of two alternative races run concurrently, both following sections of the Sandstone Trail Path.

  • The A Race (Starting at 10.00am) is 27.5km (17.1 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 (10.6 miles) with 288m of climb starting from Beeston and is better suited for those wishing to try their hand at trail running.

Both races finish in Delamere Forest where the Prizes are presented.

These races are run under FRA rules.

Both races have a timed-out road crossing at the A51. Because of the heavy traffic on this road, and to avoid the hazard that has been caused by a very small minority of competitors ignoring marshals' instructions in the past, there will be a time-out of 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.

If you want to find out a little more about the history of the Sandstone Trail Race then take a look at the Race History page.

The actual route the Sandstone Trail Race follows is detailed on the Race Route page. The route is quite easy to follow and is often waymarked by the distictive yellow, circular Sandstone Trail markers on posts, styles and gates.

Potential race winners, however, 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

The race has established a number of impressive records over the years it has been held. These records offer a worthy challenge for anyone aiming to better them.

Entry Options - Age 16 & over on Sun 01 Oct 2017
Entries closed
Race A - 17.1miles
Race B - 10.6 miles
Refund Policy

You can transfer your place to another runner at no extra cost, however we do not offer deferrals. You can cancel your entry for a 50% discount up until Sunday 24th September. Transfers to another runner are available until Wednesday 27th September. You are unable to transfer from one race to another unless there is a place available and the waiting list has been exhausted.   

Sun 01 Oct 2017
Contact Info
Mike Harrington
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