Entry and conditions
Before entering everyone must read and accept the conditions of entry — this
is primarily to keep the risks down for all of us, both organisers and
Conditions of entry
- The walk is open to anyone aged 14 or over who is fit and has sufficient
- Dogs may be allowed onto the coaches transporting
participants to the start (email us for clarification), but they will not be allowed into the Community
Centre. As far as we are aware there should be no problem taking dogs on the
route, but responsibility for this lies with the owner. Dog owners must
follow the Country Code and any local signing relating to dogs.
entry fee is £20. For any cancellations made online up to 2 months
before the date of the event the entry fee will be returned less a
deduction as defined on the Fabian4 website (we think the deduction
works out at £3.60). No entry fees can be returned after this date, but
if you still cancel on the Fabian4 system that may give someone else
the opportunity to take part.
can be transferred to someone else at no charge, by amending your
online entry. This can only be done before the closing date for entries.
- The walk must be completed within 12 hours 30 minutes, and all walkers must
have finished by 9:00pm (start time will be 8:30am or thereabouts).
- Walkers must be in good health and have no medical condition that may
cause undue concern or inconvenience to others.
- Walkers must have sufficient knowledge, experience, equipment and
navigational skills to take part in a long distance walk in all conditions.
Walkers under 18 who will be accompanied by an adult are not required to fulfil
this condition, but must have the appropriate equipment.
- An adult walker may supervise no more than two walkers under 18.
- Every walker under 18 must complete and post us a parental consent form, which must be received by the closing date for entries.
- Walkers must have completed a walk or run of at least 20 miles within the
past six months.
- A list of checkpoint closing times will be provided at registration, and
each walker must register with the marshals at each checkpoint. Any walker
arriving at a checkpoint after its closing time, or deemed by the marshals
not likely to make the closing time of the next checkpoint must retire
- Additional route information and instructions may be provided at
registration, related to missing signs, temporary diversions etc, and these
must be followed by all walkers.
- All walkers must carry:
a. OS 1:25000 or 1:50000 maps covering the entire route. These could be (i) OS
Explorer Maps 257 and 267, (ii) OS Landranger map 117, or (iii) Tony Bowerman’s
book 'Walking Cheshire’s Sandstone Trail', which incorporates photo-reduced
extracts of the OS Explorer maps.
b. An up-to-date definition of the route of the Sandstone Trail. This could be (i)
up-to-date OS Explorer Maps 257 and 267, which have the route marked on them,
(ii) the Cheshire West and Chester walkers’ guide, or (iii) Tony Bowerman’s
guidebook (see above). You must ensure you have an up-to-date version of the
route definition that includes the start in Whitchurch and the new finish in the
centre of Frodsham.
c. A compass
d. Emergency food
e. A water resistant jacket
f. Suitable clothing for the weather conditions expected (and a bit extra in
case the forecast is wrong).
- All walkers are also advised to carry:
a. A fully waterproof jacket
b. Basic first aid kit, particularly for treating blisters
c. Sunscreen if sunny weather is expected
d. Mobile phone
- All walkers must respect farm property and honour the Country Code. The
way-marked Sandstone Trail route must be followed at all times as far as the
B5152 (Red Lane) in Frodsham just before the finish, and shortcuts are
forbidden, including cutting field corners. This latter point is particularly
important in the fields between Wood Lane (GR535649) and checkpoint 4 by Rock
Farm, Willington (GR537662).
- Cross all roads with care, respecting other road users. Take particular
care when crossing the A534 at Gallantry Bank (GR5145380), the A51 at Rode
Street (GR542633), the A54 at Gresty’s Waste (GR540687) and the B5152 in
Frodsham (GR521776). The A54 in particular is a very fast and very busy
- Walkers who have to retire must only do so at official checkpoints.
Transport to the finish will be provided. All entrants who retire MUST report to
event officials at the finish desk.
the organisers’ discretion trophies may be awarded. You won’t be
eligible for a trophy in an age-related category if you didn’t provide
your correct date of birth on the entry form. Nobody will be awarded
more than one trophy.
- All the above entry conditions apply to runners as well as walkers, and all
runners must be over 18. In addition, runners are asked to respect the
non-competitive approach of the event. In particular:
a. Please be nice to the marshals at the checkpoints. Give them a smile if you
can manage one and deposit all used cups and other litter in the binbags
b. Wait for gaps in traffic before crossing roads.
c. Cheer everyone who finishes after you as they come in.
- Anyone found to be in breach of the entry conditions may be asked to
retire from the event immediately, and may not be permitted to enter again
in future years.
- Entrants’ details will be kept temporarily on computer for the purpose of
the walk. Email addresses may be used to communicate information about the
event, and about the following year’s event (but not for any other purpose).
Entrants’ names, home towns and finishing times may be published on the event
website. By entering the event you are agreeing to this.
- The organisers reserve the right to incorporate additional rules as they
think necessary, and in all cases their decisions will be final.
- The organisers can accept no responsibility for injury, damage or loss,
Now you've read all that, you can go ahead and enter. The website for online entries is here: http://www.fabian4.co.uk/default.aspx?EventID=1620.
In addition, all walkers under 18 on the day of the event must complete a parental consent form: print it out and return it by post to the address on the form.