Helsby Running Club

Sandstone trail challenge

2021 event

There will be no decision on whether to run our event until at least mid January 2021. If we go ahead, the provisional date is Sat 22 May and entries are likely to open 1 Feb, via the Nifty event portal as before.

In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and enjoying the trails if you’re still able. We hope to give you an update as soon as we have something more definite. Check back here and on our social media channels. Thanks for your patience.

Happy trails,
Dave, Lesley and all at Helsby RC.

Coronavirus update – May 2020

Your safety and welfare is our greatest concern so we’re keeping a close eye on guidance for small events like ours. Cheshire West and Chester Council are currently recommending all events taking place in west Cheshire between 17 March and the 31 May no longer take place. England Athletics guidance covers the period to the end of April. The Sandstone Trail Challenge is currently not impacted by this recommendation however, the Council plan to review this recommendation in May which could result in this period being extended. We will of course also apply our own common sense. We haven’t made a final decision but are planning for best case currently. We’ll let you know as soon as there’s something more definite. We’ve started a Facebook page to share updates – https://www.facebook.com/groups/sandstonetrail/. If there’s anything else you need, drop us a line on sandstonetrailchallenge@hotmail.com

If the worst happens, the trails will still be there to enjoy for happier times in the future. Best regards and happy running/walking whatever happens.

Stay safe,
Dave and Lesley

2020 event

The 2020 event will take place on 6 June and entries will again open 1 February, via Nifty Entries this time. Hope to see you there!

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Sandstone Trail Challenge 2019

And another cracker it was too. Our race directors report for 2019 is here.

And thanks from us all to Dave and Leslie for making it happen! Thanks also to all for coming and making it happen, turning up to run and walk and for the countless small and not so small acts behind the scenes needed to get the show on the road. THANKS!

Results for 2019 here. Lots of pics here on our Flickr site. Please help yourself to any image downloads and if you’re feeling particularly pleased bung a couple of quid to your favourite charity. Halton Haven can always use a hand for one. Another brilliant event!

In 2011 Helsby Running Club revived the Sandstone Trail Challenge, previously organised by the Fire Service in Frodsham until 2006. A good time was had by all. Each year since then we’ve built upon our experience running the event and always seem to get good feedback from our (sometimes exhausted) participants. We’re planning to keep it that way!

The event follows 33 miles of the waymarked Sandstone Trail from beginning to end, apart from a minor variation at the end to finish at the Community Centre in Frodsham. The Sandstone Trail follows a sandstone ridge through the Cheshire plain, with some of the best walking in the county. This is an LDWA-style challenge walk that also supports runners. Note that it is not a race. It is open to everyone aged 14 or over fit and experienced enough to do it. Runners must be over 18

Contact us (David and Lesley Feakes) with any queries: sandstonetrailchallenge@hotmail.com