DISTANCE
100 MILES
ELEVATION
1590M
LOCATION
CHESTER
PLACES
300
CUT-OFF TIME
32 HOURS
ENTRY FEE
£189
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CHESTER ULTRA 100

Check out Chester Ultra 50 Miles
Saturday 13th April 2024

The Remarkable 100 Mile Chester Ultra: Well marked & taking in some of the best trails in the region along the Sandstone Trail, the Marches Way (beside the River Dee), Helsby Hill, Frodsham, Beeston Castle, Delamere Forest and the Bridgewater Canal, with 1590m of Ascent and 10 Checkpoints en route.

Earn YOUR 100 Mile Belt Buckle!  Live Online GPS Tracking via GB Race Tracker makes it easy for family and friends to follow progress and runners are supported by the excellent GB Ultras team throughout the Race.  Support crews are welcome throughout and pacers from half-way.  2024 ITRA points & UTMB mountain performance index points!

Held under UKA permit via Trail Running Association

Ready for the challenge?

Secure your Chester Ultra 100 place now for only £189.

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Course Records

Mens PB – Charlie Sharpe (GBR) 18 Hours 4 Minutes (2018)

Ladies PB – Lucy Davies (GBR) 21 Hours 22 Minutes (2019)

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Gold, Silver or Bronze?

Top 100 finishers earn a Gold ‘Chester Ultra 100’ Buckle, 100-200 finishers earn a Silver 100 Mile Buckle and 201+ finishers earn the Bronze 100 Mile Buckle. There are additional prizes for the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female finishers!

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Click Below To Watch The Live Online Tracking

All The Chester Ultra 100 Information

We want you to have the most amazing time at the Chester Ultra 100! All the information you need to participate in this event is below.

Start & Finish Venue

Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Athletics Track, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LB.

Friday 12th April 2024 At Start Venue

5.00pm – 9.00pm Registration & Bib Number Collection

Saturday 13th April 2024 At Start Venue

4:30am – 5:45am GB Race Tracker & Bib Collection.
6.00am Race Start – Mass Start

At least 20 years old + at the time of the race.

In good health.

Must have run at least a marathon distance race prior to the event.

This can be for an event not yet taken place but that will be completed prior to the Chester Ultra 100 start.

PARKING

There is ample parking at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, please respect decisions of Car Park stewards who will be helping people park within the grounds. Please also consider car sharing with friends for the event.

 

TRANSPORT

We would strongly advise participants to make transport arrangements prior to Race Day and ask runners to rest prior to making any long journey due to exhaustion and the increased risk of an incident.

Local taxi companies:  King Kabs Ellesmere Port on 0151 355 1122 or Chester on 01244 343434 and Chester Taxi Service on 01244 421024.

Local train station: Ellesmere Port Train Station, Europa Way, CH65 4AR. 

Book via https://www.thetrainline.com/stations/chester with regular trains all over the UK.

Please note: a taxi from Ellesmere Port Train Station to the Sports Village (approx 2.2 miles) takes around 7 minutes.

ACCOMMODATION

There are a number of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in the area. Book early to avoid disappointment.

https://www.booking.com/

 

CAR SHARING

In 2023 we are using a car sharing website developed to save you money, and reduce the carbon footprint of the event, please see if anyone else is making a similar journey to the event or see if you can provide a lift.

Car Share link – https://liftshare.com/uk  

Mandatory kit to be carried during the race. Without which a participant can be disqualified. Random kit checks during the Race will take place.

Mandatory Kit

Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex – Min 10,000mm
Base layer long sleeved (Separate from Start Kit in a dry bag).
Water bottle or bladder – min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Survival/thermal bag or Bivi bag,
Headtorch – Min 75 Lumens,
Whistle,
Backup Light source – Min 25 Lumens (Not your phone),
GPS Tracker (property of GB Race Tracker – given at Race Registration).

A Dropbag is permitted at CP6 (50 Miles) & CP9 (85 Miles) Frodsham Community Centre.

Recommended Kit

Electrolytes – S-Caps

Please be aware GB Ultras Races Now Cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup CLICK HERE to visit the shop.

All checkpoint’s (except CP1 – Water Only) will provide water, refreshments, like cola and juice, and snacks (including vegan snacks). Pasta and soup will also be served at Peckforton Village Hall, Frodsham Community Centre, Preston Brook Village Hall and Sandy Lane Community Centre and hot drinks will also be available at all Indoor Checkpoints.

START – Ellesmere Port Sports Village (EPSV) Athletics Track, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LB.

CHECKPOINT 1 – 8 Miles
Tower Rd/Raymond St, Chester, CH1 4EL.  SJ 40065 66580.
Cut Off at CP1: 8:33 AM Sat

CHECKPOINT 2 – 14 Miles
Eccleston Ferry Parking, Approx CH4 9HP, Chester. SJ 41510 62165.
Cut Off at CP2: 10.28 AM Sat

CHECKPOINT 3 – 20 Miles
Waverton Village Hall, Common Lane, Waverton, CH3 7QT.
Cut Off at CP3: 1 PM Sat.

CHECKPOINT 4 – 30 Miles
Peckforton & Beeston Village Hall, CW6 9TW, SJ53035 55318
Cut Off at CP4: 3.36 PM Sat.

CHECKPOINT 5 – 42 Miles
Delamere Forest Barnsbridge Car-park, Ashton Road, Approx. WA6 6NB. SJ 54172 71588.
Cut Off at CP5: 7:45 PM Sat.

CHECKPOINT 6 – 50 Miles
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN. SJ 52172 77924.
Cut Off at CP6: 9:40 PM SAT.

CHECKPOINT 7 – 57 Miles
Preston Brook Village Hall, Sandy Lane, Preston Brook, WA7 3AW. SJ 56583 80583.
Cut Off at CP7: tbc

CHECKPOINT 8 – 64 Miles
Sandy Lane Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Stockton Heath, Warrington, WA4 2AY. SJ61620 85897.
Cut Off at CP8: 01:18 AM SUNDAY.

CHECKPOINT 9 – 71 Miles
Spike Island, Visitors Car Park, West Bank, Widnes, Halton, approx. postcode WA8 0QR. SJ 51369 84205.
Cut Off at CP9: 05:18  AM SUNDAY.

CHECKPOINT 10 – 75 Miles
Preston Brook Village Hall, Sandy Lane, Preston Brook, WA7 3AW. SJ 56583 80583.
Cut Off at CP10: tbc

CHECKPOINT 11 – 85 Miles
Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN. SJ 52172 77924.
Cut Off at CP11: 09:30AM SUNDAY.

CHECKPOINT 12 – 89 Miles
**New location for the 2024 event**
NO SUPPORT CREW ACCESS
Alvanley Village Hall, Church Way, Alvanley, Frodsham WA6 9BZ
Cut Off at CP12: TBC SUNDAY.  

FINISH – 102 Miles
Ellesmere Port Sports Village (EPSV) Athletics Track, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LB.
Cut Off at 14:00 PM Sunday.

There is a 32 hour cut off time for the event.

Cut-Off times per Checkpoint – These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course and they are implemented by the Event Organisers, GB Ultras, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.

A Dropbag is permitted at CP6 (50 Miles)CP9 (87 Miles) Frodsham Community Centre.

ONE DROPBAG IS SUFFICIENT as the CP6 & CP9 are at the same location.

Dropbag Size – Max 40cm x 35cm x 40cm (L x W x H) – Small/Medium Pack Up to 30 Litre

If you see a runner experiencing difficulties during the Chester Ultra 100 please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner should have RACE HQ mobile numbers stored in their phone (shared in the Race Instructions email in the weeks prior to the event).

It is the role of the entrant to be self-sufficient. Should an incident occur, our team will endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty as quickly as possible, with Event staff stationed in hard to reach locations. Phones must be used only in an emergency to conserve battery power should the need arise.

Participants who lose time helping another fallen participant, can claim this time back, subject to RD discretion and under the proviso of completing within RD agreed conditions. Please note any extended time will be ‘within’ the cut-offs of the event, due to event staffing, medical cover and venue hire.

GB Race Tracker provide the Live Online GPS Tracking for the event with updates on participant positions approximately every 2 minutes (subject to signal). On the front of each tracker is an SOS button which when pressed immediately alerts the Race Director & Race HQ that urgent help is required who can then act accordingly.

In the event of a Medical Emergency please call 999 and then inform Race HQ.

In an Emergency where there is a risk to life or limb, please follow these instructions:

  1. Please use your foil blanket/thermal bag and use any warm clothing that you are carrying.
  2. Trigger the SOS button on your tracker by holding the button on the front of the tracker down gently for 3 seconds
  3. In an Emergency call 999 and ask for an Ambulance
  4. Call Race HQ and inform the team of the Emergency – we may have a medical team close by.

Please note Support Crew restrictions at:

Checkpoint 1 – Towers Road (parking restrictions) and Checkpoint 10 – Alvanley Village Hall (No support crews permitted).

At other Village Hall locations, no more than two Support Crew members supporting an individual runner are permitted in a Village Hall at any one time.  These must not impede the Event team nor other runners.  

Support crews must not take the food nor drink from the Village Hall except for their runner unless given permission to do so.

Support Crews must ‘respect’ Event Staff and are not permitted into the kitchen area unless given permission to do so by the Checkpoint Manager.

Failure to do so will result in the Support crew being asked to leave the Venue and possible time implications or disqualification of the runner.

Further access points due to be released…

Pacers Welcome from Frodsham Community Hall.  Only one Pacer at anyone time and the pacer must not carry any of the runners mandatory kit and must be on foot.

Chester Ultra 100 Admission Waiver

Each ultra runner agrees and understands the full nature of an Ultra-Marathon. That an Ultra-Marathon involves running throughout the day and well into the night at times with limited rest over challenging terrain with inherent risks of changing weather conditions. Each ultra runner understands that it is their responsibility to adequately train for the event, and monitor their own health throughout and are ultimately responsible for their own safety. Criteria ensures that a runners safety depends on their own skills and abilities and these have been gained from other events placing them in good stead to take on the mental and physical challenges of Chester Ultra.

Each ultra runner understands these are there responsibilities not those of GB Ultras.

Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before placing an entry on our site. By submitting your entry form, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (“the Terms”), and by submitting, you declare that you hereby, for yourself, your heirs and executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, declare that:-

1. I hereby agree to comply with the Conditions of Entry and all event rules and regulations as set down by GB Ultras Ltd (“the Event Organisers”) a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09397186. These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course which may be implemented by the Event Organisers, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.
2. I agree that the decision of the Race Referee will be final in all circumstances and no discussion will be entered into.
3. I agree to conduct myself in a sporting, professional and cautious manner during my participation in the event and understand that I may be disqualified if I do not do so.
4. I understand participation in this Event is physically strenuous and demanding and am fully aware of the nature of the event and all associated medical and physical risks involved. I further certify that I am physically capable of competing in this Event and I will only compete if I am fit enough to do so.
5. I will be immediately disqualified from the Event if I am found to have intentionally shortened the route to the race, and found to be deliberately littering the course.
6. If I have any medical condition(s), including allergies, which the Event Organisers or Event medical advisors might need to be aware of, I have provided details of this on my entry form, and will also provide written details of this on the rear of my pin-on numbers prior to my participation in the Event. I agree to display my number at all times during the Event.
7. I acknowledge that my pin-on number is personal to me and it is non-transferable under any circumstances.
8. I understand and agree that I participate in this Event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that I must conduct myself in a manner that is safe for myself and all others throughout the duration of this Event.
9. I agree to retire immediately from the event if ordered to do so by the Event Organisers, any government official or member of the emergency services.
10. I accept full liability for any medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participating in the Event
11. I accept that the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event are not liable for any injury or illness or resultant death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in the Event, whether prior to, during or subsequent to the Event. I enter the race entirely at my own risk. I renounce any rights and claims for damages that I may have against the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event together with their officers, directors, shareholders, successors and assigns, (collectively, “Releasees”) and release them from all liability to the Participant and his/her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors for loss(es), damage(s) and claims therefor on account of injury to Participant or his/her property or the resultant death of Participant, whether caused by the active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with Participants involvement in the Event (“Losses”), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.
12. Whilst the Event Organisers take every care with the staging of the Event, I accept that I must make all reasonable precautions for the safeguarding of my person and of my property during my participation in this Event. I further acknowledge that personal accident and personal items insurance is my responsibility.
13. I understand that at registration, I must produce photographic identification.
14. I am aware that when running, the function of the marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide if the movement is safe.
15. I accept that, in relation to my participation in this Event, I am required to obey instructions from marshals and relevant signage before, during and after the Event.
16. The Event Organisers introduce cut off times for completion of sections of the course as they see fit. These will be made clear prior to the race. Competitors may be instructed to withdraw from the Event in accordance with the imposed cut off times.
17. I accept that the Event Organisers reserve the right to amend the event format or cancel the Event due to health and safety reasons, including storm, rain, inclement weather, winds or any other act of god conditions. I accept that my Entry fee shall be non-refundable in this circumstance as costs have already been incurred.
18. I accept that the Event Organisers will do their utmost to provide me with a finish time following my completion of the Event, however they will not be held responsible for any computer result anomalies.
19. I will be 20 years old or over on the day of the Event (Rule T3 (141) S5 UKA Trail Running).
20. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
21. I understand that confirmed entry to this event is dependent on a fully and accurately completed online Entry Form; and receipt of payment to cover my Entry fee at least 10 working days (2 weeks) in advance of the event. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled then my entry will not be valid nor accepted, and I will not be eligible to take part in the Event.
22. Through my completion and submission of the online Entry Form, I am committing to paying for my Event entry via the means as instructed on the GB Ultras Ltd website.
23. I irrevocably consent to my appearance in any media format, in relation to the publicity of this Event, and in future publicity and advertising of GB Ultras Ltd; provided that such use does not imply my direct endorsement of any official sponsor or suppliers of the Event.
24. All decisions and rulings by the Event Organisers, its employees and its agents are considered final.
25. The Event Organisers reserve the right to vary these conditions by giving notice to in writing in any official event material or correspondence prior to the Event.
26. A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
27. We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under the Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event).
A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation) the following: strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; the acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government; and pandemic or epidemic.

28. You agree that we may publish your Personal Information as part of the results of the Event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, licences or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times, occupation and age category. You consent that your details maybe passed onto GB Race Tracker Ltd and Race Tracker AS to ensure the smooth and accurate running of the Tracking software. Your details may also be passed onto 3rd parties via Live tracking so that your family and friends and the general public can follow every entrants position during the Race.

29. Should a GPS Tracker be damaged, lost or stolen then the entrant agrees to cover the cost of the tracker which is £150 + VAT per GPS tracker.

30. Upon withdrawal or completion of the Race, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser. If a GPS tracker is not returned to a dedicated Race Marshal at Race HQ then the runner will be charged £150 + VAT.

31.  I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.

32.  I agree to abide by the UKA and English Athletics Code of Conduct.

Withdrawal Prior to the Chester Ultra 100 Race

Due to the nature of the event HIRING venues throughout the region and committing to tracking costs, medical contracts, permit fees and suppliers; costs are incurred as soon as a participant signs up, therefore NO refunds are possible in this event. However, GB Ultras understand injuries do occur so would URGE ALL RUNNERS to take out DOGTAG PERSONAL MEDICAL COVER or BMC Personal Cover to help claim back the entry fee (due to injury) and thus following the insurance companies refund process. ADMIN FEE link > https://www.gbultras.com/product/admin-fee-gbultras/

Please be aware that the Insurance Company determines whether the nature of your injury will necessitate a refund. Any deferrals to the 2025 Race must be done 8 weeks prior to the event, however, transfers are possible up until 3 weeks before the Race day providing qualifying criteria is met. Participants are only allowed to defer for 1 year (unless due to pregnancy – please see GB Ultras Pregnancy Deferral Policy below) and CANNOT transfer between events.

Any deferrals to the 2025 Race must be done 8 weeks prior to the event at a cost of £12 due to costs incurred.

Pregnancy Deferral

  1. Women who have entered a GB Ultras event and are, or become, pregnant prior to race day can defer entry for up to two years.
  2. Women who fall pregnant again during the deferral period may request another deferral for up to an additional two years.
  3. Partners are also able to defer for one year if the birth is imminent.
  4. To defer please email events@gbultras.com with the medical certificate/medical confirmation of the pregnancy/birth.
  5. All other rules and requirements for race entry will apply.


Transfer of your place on the Chester Ultra 100 to another runner

Transfers are possible up until 3 weeks before the Race day providing qualifying criteria is met (marathon experience) at a cost of £12.  Participants allowing another person to run under their name and bib no will be in breach of English Athletics code of conduct and will be disqualified.  The organiser must be informed of any change.

If you are looking to transfer the place please do let us know the following details of the replacement runner:
 
Full name
Date of Birth
Full address and postcode
Mobile
Email address
Running Club (if any)
UKA membership number (if any)
Next of kin name
Next of kin number

Withdrawal During the Race

Unless medically unable, you should only be withdrawing from the Race at a Checkpoint Only. It is not our responsibility to pick up a runner short of a Checkpoint. Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal or the Race Director of your withdrawal. This will ensure all participants who are registered and pull out of the race are accounted for, allowing for the accurate and safe running of the event. If a participant withdraws at a Checkpoint they must hand over their RACE NUMBER AND GPS TRACKER to Race Staff to signal their retirement. A sweeper after the cut off time will take retired participants to the Finish Venue, there may well be a wait to be picked up and there may well be other Checkpoints called at along the way. Although, ultimately decisions to continue are in the hands of the runner, GB Ultras reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.

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The Chester Ultra 100 Route

Chester Ultra 100 is a great mix of trails in the region, knitting together the Shropshire Canal, the Marches Way (River Dee), the beautiful Sandstone Trail, the Bridgewater Canal, the Trans-Pennine Trail and the North Cheshire Way.  The route is also well marked to help give participants great confidence during the event.

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Training Runs

All ‘entrants’ are invited to join the Team on training runs covering key sections of the Chester Ultra 100 route prior to Race day. You can attend as many as you like, one day or both days of any given training weekend with the aim of learning the route and increasing confidence come Race day. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Race.  Training runs will have a small charge of £19.99 for 1 day or £34.99 for both days for attendance. Included is –

  • Fully guided recce run
  • Mandatory kit advice
  • Exclusive group messenger chat for recce and race prep
  • Limited edition buff
  • Meet the team
  • Gain trail experience and knowledge

Pace wise we’ll be going at a nice gentle pace ensuring all runners stay as a group with brief stops approximately every couple of miles.
Generally our training runs have high attendance and for safety reasons we’ll be imposing a limit depending on feedback. 

Please take into account weather conditions closer to the time. We recommend runners refer to the Mandatory kit section and carry sufficient food/water for the duration of each of the runs.

Section covered & distance

Waverton to Frodsham – 21 miles

Starting point

08:00am Waverton Village Hall (Common Lane, Waverton, CH3 7QT)

Finish point

Costa Coffee (14 Church St, Frodsham WA6 6QL) … Car sharing: Please opt into the WhatsApp messenger group to secure arrangements.

Section covered & distance

Frodsham to Ellesmere Port Sports Village (Finish Venue for the Race) – 16 Miles

Starting point

8:00am  – Frodsham Costa Coffee (14 Church St, Frodsham WA6 6QL).

Finish point

Ellesmere Port Sport Village (Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LB). Car sharing: Please opt into the WhatsApp messenger group to secure arrangements.

Section covered & distance

57 to 77 miles. The loop on the second half of the race taking runners from Preston Brook to Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn prior to a finish at Preston Brook.

Starting point

8:00am Preston Brook Village Hall (Sandy Ln, Preston Brook, Runcorn WA7 3AW)

Finish point

Preston Brook Village Hall (Sandy Ln, Preston Brook, Runcorn WA7 3AW).

No car sharing required.

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