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Scenic Course

The course is one that we’re really proud of, as it’s full of great scenery and some historic landmarks you will get to see and one, which we hope you’ll feel a great sense of achievement in completing when you cross that line.

Entry Inclusives 

You’ll receive an event t-shirt, medal & goody bag when you’ve finished our run.   Chip timing will be provided by our friends at  ‘whatsmytime’ and you will be able to take home a printout of your result on the day.  Full race results will be available shortly after the final runner has crossed the line.

Charity

Why not consider using run Winsford to help raise much-needed funds to support our chosen charities this year.  You don’t have too but if you’re running anyway then why not?  If you’ve got a specific charity challenge in mind the we’d also love to hear about it and help out wherever we can.

Event Overview

Run Winsford began in 2011 with the idea of creating a multi terrain event aimed at all levels of runner. Including many different elements, a truly unique route was created where you can experience both road and trail running through some truly spectacular sites.

Salt Mines

Our Event Village is located at the UK’s Largest Rock Salt Mine and this is where the race will both Start and Finish.  Winsford Rock Salt Mine (or Meadow Bank Mine as it was originally known) officially opened in 1844 with the sinking of 1 and 2 Shaft.  Buckets were used to lower men and materials and for elevating the excavated rock.  Despite having mined out some one million tonnes of rock salt, the Winsford Mine was shut down in 1892.

In 1928 the last mine in Northwich flooded, resulting in the re-opening of the Winsford Mine. The Mine re-opened with technology on its side and to a new era and rapid expansion of the mine began in the 1950’s due to the use of rock salt to de-ice the country’s expanding road network system.  It has since grown steadily and today, the Mine at Winsford now stretches 5km east to west and 3 km north to south.

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Whitegate Way

After leaving the Salt Mines, you’ll head out along Whitegate Way, the disused railway line which was principally used for freight to and from the numerous salt works in the Winsford area. By the 1970s it had been turned into a footpath and bridle way. A few kilometers of scenic undulating trails will then be taken in through fields and woodland before hitting the residential roads through the picturesque village of Whitegate.

This is the steepest part of the route and you’ll need to dig deep to push on through the village but once you’ve navigated your way past the residential houses, you’ll be on your way down towards Vale Royal Abbey.

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Vale Royal Abbey

Vale Royal Abbey was founded in 1270 by Edward I for monks of the austere Cistercian order. Much of the abbey, including the church, was demolished but some of the cloister buildings were incorporated into a mansion by Thomas Holcroft, an important government official, during the 1540s.

Over subsequent centuries this house was considerably altered and extended by successive generations. The building remains habitable and contains surviving rooms from the medieval abbey, including the refectory and kitchen. The foundations of the church and cloister have also been excavated. It is a scheduled ancient monument and a Grade II listed building. This will be your halfway point and the location of the Water Stop.

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Vale Royal Locks & Weaver Way

After leaving Vale Royal Abbey, you’ll be back on the trails through a small wooded area and across Vale Royal Locks. Once you’ve crossed the lock bridges, you’ll be running a fantastic stretch along the banks of the River Weaver recently resurfaced and known as the Weaver Way, which in total stretches some 40 miles.

Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way, possibly blue and orange King Fishers which launch themselves upon unsuspecting fish from high overhanging trees. You’re likely to see fishermen along the riverside enjoying the autumnal surroundings.  Along this 2km stretch the Salt Union tower will be visible in the distance and although it may seem it’s never getting closer, you’ll be nearing the finish.

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THE ROUTE

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2016 Entries Now Closed

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Standard Entry £20


Includes:

∗ Event Tee ∗ Finishers Medal
∗ Goody Bag ∗ Water at 5km & Finish ∗ Chip Timing

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UKA Discounted Entry £18


Includes:

∗ Event Tee ∗ Finishers Medal
∗ Goody Bag ∗ Water at 5km & Finish ∗ Chip Timing

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When does Run Winsford take place?

Sunday 9th October 2016.  Race starts at 10:00am.

Where does Run Winsford take place?

Our Race HQ is based at the Salt Mines, Bradford Road, Winsford, Cheshire. CW7 2PE.

Please take a look at our race route above (MapMyRun or Endomondo)

How much does it cost?

The price structure is indicated  on our website including our early bird discounted entry cost – so be quick!

How difficult will it be?

Run Winsford is designed with seasoned runners and novices alike, in mind so you shouldn’t find the terrain too difficult to navigate.  It then just boils down to how much you want to push yourself.

What shoes should I wear?

Naturally you should wear running shoes that fit but the choice of whether a standard running shoe or a trail type shoe should be worn is a personal decision to be made but there are no mountains to tackle and mud would only be likely after heavy rainfall.

Is there a secure baggage area?

We will be looking to have a storage area for baggage to be left in but we can’t guarantee it will be constantly guarded so it is recommended that you don’t leave anything too valuable in your bags on the day.  Try and turn up ready to run.

What if I can’t make it or am unwell?

In line with our terms and conditions we won’t be able to offer you a refund but if you are able to give us plenty of notice we will see what we can do.

When will I receive my race number and chip?

Race numbers and chips for timing will be given to runners on race day at registration. We will also remind you of this in the competitor race notes that will be made available at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

I don’t think I will be able to run it all so will I be able to walk the route?

We want as many people as possible to have a go at running the 10km route but if you would rather walk it and run when you can along the route there are no objections but but let us know in advance.  Keep in mind that you’ll have a maximum of two hours to complete the course

What happens if I haven’t received my race email?

You should receive an automated email upon succesfully entering.  You’ll then receive an at least 2 weeks prior to the event as well as updates along the way.  If you don’t receive an email then please check that the email address you provided is correct and contact us as soon as possible if any problems occur.

How difficult will it be?

Run Winsford is designed with seasoned runners and novices alike, in mind so you shouldn’t find the terrain too difficult to navigate.  It then just boils down to how much you want to push yourself.

T&Cs

Terms & Conditions of Entry

Raceday Instructions

Everything you need to know if you’re running.  If we’ve missed something, get in touch via our contact page.

Volunteers

 

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “Hey, I’d love to get involved in a local multi terrain race, if only such an opportunity would present itself?” then wonder no more.  We’re always on the look out for good people, such as yourself, to get involved and there are many ways you can help us out.  We’re look to return the favour wherever possible whether it’s to a charitable organisation or an individual.  People who’ve previously helped out have commented on what a great day they’d had.  We’ll obviously show our appreciation on the day itself and provide full instructions, refreshments and even a goody bag.

IMPORTANT: Once you’ve submitted your details you’ll receive an email to confirm that you want to be added to this list, which you’ll need to click to confirm.  This is called double opt-in and stops any unwanted email submissions or nasty robots going on our list.
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