Chester Ultra® 50 Mile

2024 Marks the Return of the Incredible Chester Ultra 50 Mile Race for its 8th 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 North Cheshire Way and the Sandstone Trail taking in Helsby Hill, Delamere Forest & Frodsham.  The event also has ITRA/UTMB Points assigned!



Course Records

Mens PB – Jonathan Palmer (GBR) 6 Hours 33 Minutes (2019)

Ladies PB – Sally Ford (GBR) 7 Hours 42 Minutes (2019)


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In the lead up to the Race, GB Ultras Running Club organise training runs covering the entire route section by section to help build confidence and prepare runners for the upcoming 50 Mile Race.  There may well be a small charge for attending these optional organised recces due to Event team availability and costs incurred.

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 2024 Chester Ultra 50 Mile is part of the 2024 GB Ultras 50 Mile GRAND SLAM!

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Full Race details

START & FINISH VENUE: Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Athletics Track, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LB.

At Start Venue

Friday 1st March 2024

5.30pm - 9.00pm Registration & Bib Number Collection

Saturday 2nd March 2024

4:15am - 5:45am GB Race Tracker & Bib Collection.
6.00am Race Start - Mass Start

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In Association with GB Ultras Running Club, all entrants are invited to join the Team on training runs covering the 2024 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.  There will be a small charge for attending the training runs to help cover costs of run leaders attending.

Date TBC – Chester Ultra® Recce 1: 

Section covered & distance:  Starting from Waverton (Checkpoint 3 on the 50 mile) and taking runners to Frodsham (Checkpoint 6) covering 21 miles of the route.

Start Time:  08:00 - Start/meeting point:  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.

Date TBC – Chester Ultra® Recce 2:

Section covered & distance:  Covering 16 miles from Frodsham to Ellesmere Port Sports Village, the Finish Venue for the Race.

Start Time:  08:00 - Start/meeting point: 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.

Date TBC - Chester Ultra® 100 Recce 3:

Section covered & distance: Covering Miles 57 to 77 miles and 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 - Start time: 08:00 - Start/meeting point/Finish: TBC Preston Brook Village Hall (Sandy Ln, Preston Brook, Runcorn WA7 3AW)

Car Sharing: Not Required.

Recces Priced at £19.99 for 1 day or £34.99 for both days on recce 1 weekend and £19.99 for the recce 3.

  • 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.

Additional Support Crew Access Points you might find helpful, nearby to where runners cross.

8 Miles - Please do not park at CP2 as there is no parking available.  Please use local Pay & Display parking at Saddlery Way Car Park, 5 Saddlery Way, Chester, CH1 4LZ a short walk away.

12.9 Miles - Checkpoint 3 - Waverton Village Hall or beside the canal on Eggbridge Lane.

19 Miles - Shady Oak Restaurant, Bate's Mill Lane, Tarporley, CW6 9UE - Runners pass along the canal.

28 Miles - Checkpoint 5 - Delamere Forest.

38 Miles - The White Lion, Manley Road, Frodsham, WA6 9DD. Runners pass close by along the North Cheshire Way (a short walk away).

Please note - Due to parking limitations and local community concerns: No Support Crews at Checkpoint 1 (Croughton), Checkpoint 6 (Frodsham) nor Checkpoint 7 (Dunham on the Hill).  

Please also do not park directly at Checkpoint 2. 

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