It is with much regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s SSTC event due to the Coronavirus and it’s wide spread impact. The local councils have also advised us to postpone or cancel this event.
We are pleased to inform you that next year’s event will take place on Saturday 22nd May and entries will open on the 1st February 2021.
You may have a refund (less admin fees) or donate all or part of your refund to our chosen charities.
The charities chosen are The Trussell Trust Foodbanks and Mind.
You will receive an email on Saturday 28th March, if you have not received this and wish to claim a refund please contact us before Saturday 4th April.
We hope to see you next year and many thanks for your continued support.
David and Lesley Feakess
Start: Jubilee Park, Whitchurch, Shropshire, GR537415
End: Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, GR522779
Officially the Sandstone Trail is 34 miles long, but we make it just under 33 miles. There’s about 1,268 metres (4,160 feet) of climbing.
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 ‘Walking Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail’. The route is also marked on recent editions of OS Explorer maps 257 and 267.
£25, including coach travel from Frodsham to the start in Whitchurch and drinks and hot food at the end. The pie and cake alone will probably be worth more than the entry fee at the end of your event! The race has featured in a list of ‘Best Value Ultras in the UK’. Note that you must enter in advance - there will be no entries on the day.
Entries will be limited to a maximum of 250, with a maximum of 125 of these being runners. We reserve half the places for walkers. Runner places always go very quickly and so we recommend that you enter early to secure a place.
Registration will be from 06:30 to 07:00 at Frodsham Community Centre. At 07:15 sharp coaches will leave Frodsham to take everyone to the start in Whitchurch. The coaches will drop everyone off at Tesco in Whitchurch from where it is a few minutes’ walk to the start. The event starts at 08:30 or thereabouts, depending on when everyone gets there. You then have to get back to Frodsham by 18:30, ie within the 10 hour time limit. We will be able to transport small bags back to Frodsham from the start, eg for runners who don’t want to change into their running shoes until the last moment. We can’t do this with big kitbags or sacks though, and we can’t carry valuables. Please label bags clearly with your name.
There will be five intermediate checkpoints, each of which will be manned by volunteer marshals. They will all provide drinks, snack food and also sympathy where necessary. Checkpoint locations are expected to be:
Any changes to these arrangements will be given out at registration on the day.
Frodsham Community Centre
The community centre’s postcode is WA6 7QN for satnav. Full details of how to get there are on their website. Fluin Lane is the B5439, turn off the A56 a short distance east of the centre of Frodsham and the centre is signposted a short distance on the right. There should be enough car parking space in the grounds, so please don’t park in the street outside unless directed by marshals. If you can, please share lifts to the start. Registration will be inside the community centre in the Main Hall, and those without cars can leave bags in the hall, although this will be at your own risk: no valuables please. There are plenty of toilets at the centre so please make the most of them to reduce delay on arrival in Whitchurch.
When you eventually arrive back at Frodsham check in at the finish desk, and you should then be able to collapse in a chair while we print your certificate. Hot drinks, and a simple meal will be available as soon as you are up to facing them. We haven’t finalised what will be provided, but it will be along the lines of pie and peas followed by cakes. And as much tea as you can drink.