The Sandstone Trail Race was previously organised by Deeside Orienteering Club and was held annually in mid-autumn for forty years from 1977-2016. We became involved for the 2017 race, made a few tweaks which were well received and we are now in for the long-haul.
The event consists of two alternative races run concurrently, both following sections of the Sandstone Trail Path.
Both races finish in Delamere Forest where the Prizes are presented.
Due to the time of year and responsibility to our marshals the A race has a cut off time of 3 hours 30 mins and the B race has a cut off time of 2 hours 30. All runners will be informed at the A51 timed out crossing if they have already fallen behind schedule (having arrived after 12.15pm at the latest). If runners are still behind schedule at the feed station at Willington they will be withdrawn from the race and will be offered a lift to the finish area/car park.
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 is a time-out of a maximum of 90 seconds. All competitors must cross the chip-timing mats both before and after the road crossing; and must then cross the road strictly under the marshals' instructions. 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 final results which each competitor receives as they finish. Any competitor not observing this time out will be disqualified 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 and more detailed information 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 at Organsdale Farm as this is private ground and only open to us on race day thanks to the generosity of the farmers.