Chester Ultra® 50 Mile
2021 Marks the Return of the Incredible Chester Ultra 50 Mile Race for its 5th Edition. The Race is hosted by the GB Ultras team with live online GPS tracking from GB Race Tracker & 6 Checkpoints supporting runners along some of the very best & most beautiful natural trails in the region with 849m of Ascent.
This well-marked ultra-marathon links trails along the River Dee, North Cheshire Way & the Sandstone Trail taking in the Old Dee Bridge, Chester Racecourse, Helsby Hill and leading to Frodsham & Delamere Forest. The event is also a UTMB Qualifying Race!
Saturday 27th February 2021
Mens PB – Jonathan Palmer (GBR) 6 Hours 33 Minutes (2019)
Ladies PB – Sally Ford (GBR) 7 Hours 42 Minutes (2019)
Watch the Race Live with GB Race Tracker
You can now watch the entire race unfold live thanks to the live tracking we use for this event
In the lead up to the Race, GB Ultras Running Club organise Free of Charge training runs covering the entire route section by section to help build confidence and prepare runners for the upcoming 50 Mile Race.
Top 100 finishers earn a Gold ‘Chester Ultra’ Medal, 101-200 finishers earn a Silver ‘Chester Ultra’ Medal and 201+ finishers earn the Bronze ‘Chester Ultra’ Medal. The 2021 Chester Ultra 50 Mile is part of the 2021 GB Ultras 50 Mile GRAND SLAM!
Chester Ultra® 50
Ready for the challenge?2021 ENTRIES OPEN!
Full Race details
START VENUE: Waverton Village Hall, Common Lane, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7QT.
At Start Venue
Friday 26th February 2020
5.30pm – 9.00pm Registration and Kit Checks.
Saturday 27th February 2020
4.00am – 5.30am Registration and Kit Checks.
5.30am – 6.00am Race Briefing.
6am Race Start.
In Association with GB Ultras Running Club, the U.K’s 1st Dedicated Ultra-Running Club, all entrants are invited to join the Team on training runs covering the 2021 Chester Ultra 50 & 100 Mile route prior to Race day. You can attend as many as you like, one day or both days with the aim of learning the route and increasing confidence should any markings go astray come Race day. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Race. As always, these are free of charge.
Date TBC – Chester Ultra Recce 1:
Car Sharing Required. Cover mile 28 to 50 miles of the route on the Sandstone Trail from Frodsham to Waverton, the Finish Venue for the Race.
Start point for the Recce: Meeting point Costa Coffee (14 Church St, Frodsham WA6 6QL). Finish point: Waverton Village Hall (CH3 7QT).
Date TBC – Chester Ultra Recce 2:
Cover the first 28 miles of the route leaving Waverton and heading to Chester via the Marches trail alongside the River Dee. Car Sharing Required.
Start point for the Recce: Waverton Village Hall (CH3 7QT). Finish point: Costa Coffee (14 Church St, Frodsham WA6 6QL)
Date TBC – Chester Ultra Recce 3:
Car Sharing Required. Cover 28 to 50 miles of the route on the Sandstone Trail from Frodsham to Waverton, the Finish Venue for the Race.
Start point for the Recce: Meeting point Costa Coffee (14 Church St, Frodsham WA6 6QL). Finish point: Waverton Village Hall (CH3 7QT).
The training runs are free of charge to attend, we simply ask that runners confirm their attendance by joining the GB Ultras Community Forum so that closer to the time we can help make arrangements. The idea would be to have some of the runners cars dropped off at the end point of the day’s run, arrange pick up of said runners from this point and bring them to the Start point. At the end of the day’s running, those with the car’s waiting at the finish point, drop runners back to their cars at the day’s Start point. We find this a sensible approach, promoting car sharing, organisation, avoiding charging for mini-bus hire, and also reducing the impact on the environment.
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. There will be no minimum attendance limit as i feel that if we can help just one runner prior to Race day then its been a success.
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.
Additional Support Crew Access Points you might find helpful, nearby to where runners cross.
7.5 Miles – as Checkpoint 1.
11 Miles – Little Roodie Car Park, Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 1SL. Pay & Display. Runners pass the car park after crossing the Old Dee Bridge and before running past Chester Racecourse.
22 Miles – as Checkpoint 3.
24.5 Miles – The White Lion, Manley Road, Frodsham, WA6 9DD. Runners pass close by along the North Cheshire Way (a short walk away).
32.5 Miles – Runners pass Manley Village School, Frodsham, WA6 9DU along the Sandstone Trail.
35 Miles – as Checkpoint 5.
37 Miles – Gresty’s Waste Car Park, Chester Road, Delamere, Tarporley, CW6 0SP – Very busy road crossing for runners here.
43 Miles – as Checkpoint 6.
44 Miles – Shady Oak Restaurant, Bate’s Mill Lane, Tarporley, CW6 9UE – Runners pass along the canal.
Please note: Due to parking limitations, No Support Crew Access is permitted at Checkpoint 2 (Towers Road) nor at Checkpoint 4 (Frodsham), its now ‘Event Team’ only.
At least 18 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 2021 Chester Ultra start.
Each checkpoint will provide water, along with other refreshments and snacks. We’ll also have a Medic or a 1st aider available.
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.
CHECKPOINT 1 – 7.5 Miles
Checkpoint – Eccleston Ferry Parking, Approx CH4 9HP, Chester. SJ 41510 62165.
Cut Off at CP1: 8.40 AM Sat
CHECKPOINT 2 – 12.5 Miles
Checkpoint – Tower Rd/Raymond St, Chester, CH1 4EL. SJ 40065 66580.
Cut Off at CP2: 10.00 AM Sat
CHECKPOINT 3 – 22.3 Miles
Checkpoint – Dunham Village Hall, WA6 0NJ. SJ47132 72560.
Cut Off at CP3: 13.08 PM Sat
CHECKPOINT 4 – 28.6 Miles.
Checkpoint – Frodsham, Near Middle Walk, WA6 6BW. SJ 51915 77108.
Cut Off at CP4: 15:10 PM Sat.
CHECKPOINT 5 – 35.3 Miles.
Checkpoint – Barnsbridge Car-park, Delamere Forest, Ashton Road, WA6 6US. SJ 54172 71588.
Cut Off at CP5: 17.17 PM Sat.
CHECKPOINT 6 – 43 Miles.
Checkpoint – Sandstone Trail, Crib Lane, Tarporley, CW6 9DQ. SJ54053 61380.
Cut Off at CP6: 19:45 PM Sat.
FINISH – 50 Miles.
Finish at the Waverton Village Hall, Common Lane, Chester, CH3 7QT. SJ45470 64048.
Cut Off at 23:00 PM Sat.
There is a 17 hour cut off time for the event.
NO SUPPORT CREW ACCESS
Due to parking limitations, Support Crews are NOT permitted at Checkpoint 2 (Towers Road) nor at Checkpoint 4 (Frodsham), its now staff only.
Mandatory kit to be carried during the race. Without which a participant can be disqualified. Random kit checks during the Race will take place.
Waterproof coat with sealed seams, i.e. Goretex – Min 10,000mm,
Hardcopy Map Ordnance Survey OS117,
Base plate compass,
Long Sleeved Base layer (separate from start kit in a dry bag in case of emergency),
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone (with Race HQ numbers) in waterproof covering/bag,
Headtorch (Minimum 75 Lumens),
Secondary Headtorch (not mobile phone),
Electrolytes – S-Caps,
As the Start and Finish are the Same Venue there is no provision for looking after Dropbags, please keep these safe in your vehicle or with a supporter.
Please be aware GB Ultras Races Cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup CLICK HERE to visit the shop.
There is limited parking at the Village Hall, please respect decisions of Car Park stewards who will be helping people park within the grounds, however there is only room for approx 90 vehicles on site. Further parking is available in the area. Please do not block access to driveways. Please also consider car sharing with friends for the event.
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 on 01244 343434 and Chester Taxi Service on 01244 421024.
Local train station: Chester Train Station, City Road, Chester, CH1 3NS.
Book via https://www.thetrainline.com/stations/chester with regular trains all over the UK.
Please note: a taxi from Chester Train Station to Waverton (approx 4 miles) takes around 15 minutes.
There are a number of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in the area. Book early to avoid disappointment.
In 2021 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
Ultra-Marathon 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 18 years old or over on the day of the Event.
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. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy. 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. 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.
Although largely a trail event, due to the nature of the event, there are inevitably some road crossings where it will be necessary to slow and possibly stop. No roads are closed en route. Particular attention should be given at these points.
As always, if you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner should have the Race Organiser’s mobile number. Our team will always endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty but due to inaccessibility of the Trail this can take time.
The trail runs close by to Water Courses like the River Dee and Shropshire Canal – care should be taken at these areas, particularly given the time of the year of the event.
Conditions might well be muddy and icy, be careful and mindful, of uneven and slippery terrain, falling branches, some overgrowth, stiles to negotiate and close to the stiles, barbed wire. There might also be some danger presented by steep drops, close to cliff edges at Helsby & Frodsham Hill (runners aren’t beside the cliff). Watch your footing. Also be mindful and respectful of other users of the trail, giving priority to others.
Before the race:
Due to the nature of the event, costs are incurred as soon as a participant signs up, no refunds are possible in this event.
Participants are only allowed to defer for 1 year and cannot transfer between events.
During the race:
Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal at one of the Checkpoint’s or Race HQ. 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 & GPS Tracker to the Event team to signal their retirement. Marshals’ will inform the race organiser and each of the remaining Checkpoints can update their manual lists.
A sweeper after the cut off time will endeavour to take retired participants to the Finish Venue. Effectively those pulling out of the Race may well have to wait until the Checkpoint closes before they are transported back to the Finish. Given the size of the Start line, we would recommend having your own Support Crew in case withdrawal during the event is needed or please expect a delay in the transportation time back to the Start/Finish venue or be prepared to arrange your own to save time waiting on the arrangements.
GB Ultras also reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.
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