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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 event that until 2006 was organised by the Fire Service in Frodsham. 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


In 2018 we had 208 starters, and 193 finishers. Jez Brown finished first in 4 hours 28 minutes, and Clive Frankham was 193rd in 12 hours 1 minute. Everyone else finished in between! There was actually a tussle all the way at the front, with Lawrence Eccles and Tom Booth giving Jez a good run for his money. Leah Leonard was first woman to finish for the second year running, and was 10 minutes faster this year.  Many jaffa cakes and pies were eaten. 2018 results are here or find them via the 'Records and past years' tab. You can find Ben's report on how the day went here, and you can find the rest of the photos Andy Smith and Mark Longstaff took during the day here.

Jez Brown, first man in 2018, crossing the finishing field, photo by Andy Smith

Leah Leonard, first woman (again) in 2018, coming off the hill at Bickerton.  Photo by Andy Smith

Finally, thanks to all our volunteers and helpers - it goes without saying we could do it without them!