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Chester Ultra

29-Feb-2020 Chester, UK (England)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 400 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £79 GBP

From the Race Organiser of the 200 Mile, #RaceAcrossScotland Ultra Great Britain!

2020 Marks the Return of the Incredible Chester Ultra 50 Mile Race for its 4th Edition. The Race is hosted by the GB Ultras team with live online GPS tracking & 6 Checkpoints supporting runners spanning some of the very best & most beautiful natural trails in the region. This well-marked ultra-marathon combines trails along the River Dee, North Cheshire Way & the Sandstone Trail taking in the Old Dee Bridge, Chester Racecourse, Helsby Hill, Frodsham & Delamere Forest and is a UTMB Qualifying Race!

Wonderful support! Great Trails!  

There's also free of charge training runs covering the route section by section in the weeks leading upto Race day and access to the GB Ultras Community and GB Ultras Running Club (the UK's 1st Dedicated Ultrarunning Club).

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Wayne Drinkwater

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Wareing

08:04 13-03-19

2019 Chester Ultra. Free recces. Great and caring RD. Wonderful support crew/volunteers. Lovely scenic course. Great tracking system. This is a must do event for first timers. Me and my son loved it

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Chefyego

08:44 12-03-19

Chester Ultra March 2nd 2019

Last year i ran my 1st Trail Marathon 28.2 miles
This year was my 1st Ultra and i thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my run even though i got as far as 34.4 miles check point 5 for a DNF and it was awesome
We arrive to the Waverton Village Hall for kit inspection numbers and live trackers so friends and family can see where we are. You can feel the nervousness and anticipation in the air. It livier as the start time approachs. The Pros and amatures mingle and banter stars and the nerves calm and i just drink it all in
I was nervous hardly slept and have been waiting for this day for nearly a year and it didnt dissapoint
The route was beautiful all kinds of terrain starting flat and slightly soggy to the river and follow it along to the 1st CP. Water for your packs plenty of snacks cola lemonade and cheerful banter who else would shout whats your number ok get out of my sight so of with a chuckle i go. More beautiful scenery its a lovely morning the suns out people canoeing for pleasure or team training people fishing and fellow runners passing and dog walker all says good luck and enjoy
We get onto a concrete (not a fan) path pass the Hollyoaks bridge for photoshoot we all wave and smile why not were having fun. Next was a small CP just at the racetrack. One man by himself some snacks cola water fruit juice bubble machine and music. With his camera and cheerfulness and awesome chicken and sage stuffing sandwich im away
Next CP2 water stop at tje canal on Tower Road. Quick refill a smile and a wave and along the towpath. I have done this bit during a recce in January so i know whats coming. I love this route calm quiet and lovely the tow path is a mix of dirt mud gravel we pass the Parkrunners and wave and smile and cheer them on. We all started here i bet so cheer them on you never know they might be here one day. Ok suprise kit inspection do you have your map and compass yes i show it then on i go. If you havent you get sent home its in the rules kids. Im not a fan of this bit the mud yes the styles NO feels like climbing a mountain each one. Through a cuople of villages names i forget but all beatiful and chered on by some locals and cyclists. CP3 in a village hall pee tea snacks stretch what a lovely bunch honest they couldnt do enough for you they are awesome and the TEA omg went down a treat. Quick water fill some cold pizza and a way i go smiling and laughing. More mud now i know this part the HILLs start here. Muddy slight inclines to the top of a hill that over looks the Mersey villages and Hillsby and Frodsham mile 28 and CP4. A refill positive vibes and awayi have know idea whats coming next. OMG more hills up up up flat up down up Climb to the top to a war memorial and wow what a beautiful sight . Now its all down from here i guess next CP is 7.5 miles and im still lovin it. Toes are feeling tight legs are good over feilds pass some cows horses sheep over hills and dales (you have a truely beautiful back yard here folks)
This next part im not a fan tbh someone shout its only a mile to the next point it felt like 3 and its through a lane to Delamare Forest its nice but it seemed to run forever its killing my patience this bit. I nearly cry when CP5 appears mile 34.4. Insit have some refill of cola sweets cold pizza and crisps. I stretch my toes but they cry back in anger. I rest a little and think deeply i can do this next bit. Its 6 miles ish no hills down to cp6 and then home straight. A couple of fellow runners decide for their own health as they have pains in their legs and feet from a previous runs or are doing another next week. My fear is i get going and my feet give in. So i do a DNF but im proud of how far ive come. I hand my tracker in and smile saying Thank You for this oppertunity but i will be back next year to finish what i started
I get a lift back to the start line and see Wayne and thank him for a truelly unforgetable experience. No medal no tshirt but a cuppa and a hotdog. Hey i earned this ok
There is pleanty of recces before this race starts. Put this on your list folks im coming back to complete the last 15 miles
Thank you to Wayne all the Marshalls everybody i met on route locals runners animals. It was amazing and you allmade it so

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ultra_coops

11:06 11-03-19

Cracking race with a variety of terrain and mental challenges. There is a strong community feel to the GB Ultra events which translates into the aid stations where the support from the volunteers is fantastic.

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ianrunr

08:58 10-03-19

Sometimes running isn’t all Sunshine and Unicorns

I wasn’t sure whether to write this or not, I was concerned it would damage more than my ego.But I think as a few friends have said over on Facebook it is good to see that not every run is a good one and as long as we take something away from the experience,then is it really a bad one?

The weekend started well enough,I had a bit of a stomach bug at work Friday but put it down to one of those things. I drove over to Chester,completed registration and kit check and was raring to go.





After checking into our hotel my Wife and I had a lovely carvery next door (I stayed away from any green veg in case of GI distress,the irony!) and I was fast asleep by 10.30.

Waking at 4 am race morning ,I felt a little off but as i’m not a morning person anyway I dismissed it and drove the short distance to the start.

After collecting my GPS tracker and a ten min delay,we was off at 6.10 AM into the lovely darkness of Waverton.

Now I love this race,and the course.The first twenty miles are flat and fast and the second half is beautiful trail running along the sandstone trail.

I felt good from the off,my foot felt ok,my calf felt like it was working again (I have had a right calf that thinks it works for Royal mail,it only been working half a day!).

As reading this blog im sure you are aware ,like the army an ultrarunner marches on its stomach and the trick is to start getting a little in from almost the start. I use mainly gels while I run and after about 45 mins I decided to take my first.It hit my stomach and almost immediately exited back in the same direction. This was odd as I always use the same SiS gels and ive used them from racing 10k all the way up to Lakeland 50 last year.

I tried a bit of water that had an electrolyte tablet in and almost the same again,straight back out. Now I was starting to panic,at last years race I burnt through over 7000 calories,and you simply cannot run 50 miles if you can’t get fluids in.





At CP 1 I replaced my fluids with just plain water hoping if I could get something in then I could keep moving. Unfortunately for me that wasn’t the case. I was already starting to sweat quite badly and at 8am and cool i knew I simply couldn’t continue the way i was going.

I then did something I have never done before in countless races,on road trail and fell. I phoned my wife and told her I was done.

She didn’t believe me. I like most men am a pig-headed git,I don’t often know what is good for me and continue in races even when i know i shouldn’t. I once fell in a 10k, walked almost back to the start sulking,to then pin my number back on and limp round the course ,just so I didn’t get that dreaded DNF on my record.

I’m a few years older now and while I may not be that wiser,I thought about how much of a hypocrite I would be as in my position of a coach if any of my athletes was in the same position I would go bloody mad if they tried to continue.

So I swallowed my ego (and a few man tears) and contacted the RD to let him know my intention to withdraw.

My wife tried her best to get me to try just a couple more miles,she is great at getting the best out of me and the only person I ever really listen to.

I told her,somewhat deflated that I just wanted to go home.

Problem was the bloody car was at the start and I was 4 miles away!

We stopped at our hotel to check out (and my umpteenth toilet stop) and then strolled back to race HQ.

I handed my tracker back,thanked the team for the concern and that was that. My Chester adventure was over.

So now i’m sat here on Sat evening when I should be celebrating with a beer and some rubbish fast food,sporting my new t-shirt and medal. But instead im sat wondering what exactly went wrong.

I would like to thank everyone for the lovely comments on social media,the text messages and the ever present support of the wife who has to deal with my tantrums like a petulant child.

Not every run is a good one and that’s ok.

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Kilshaw40

08:53 09-03-19

Chester 50 mile ultra 2019 was a great event for everyone involved. This is my second season with GBUltra and can’t recommend them enough. This year has an extra bonus with the gb tracker being used at the Chester 50 for the first time. Friends and family found it easy to use and felt much more part of the event because of this. The course is a good mixed terrain that is ideal for those new to running this distance. Through some beautiful country side, great views from Helsby Hill and the opportunity to run through the race course. Checkpoints are well spaced and more than well stocked with friendly, helpful volunteers always ready with words of encouragement. I’ll be back next year.

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Pineapple

04:25 08-03-19

My first Ultra with GB Ultras. They had come highly recommended by my coach, and met my expectations above and beyond. Organisation was second to none, at the same time welcoming, friendly and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble and no question too silly. From the recces beforehand, to the the well marked route as well as brilliant marshals, well stocked food stations, tail runners and the wonderful welcome at the end, I felt supported throughout the whole event. Others have left detailed description of the route, so I won't waste space here, but suffice to say that varied terrain and outlook kept me well entertained. Certainly want to be part of GB Ultras in the future.

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MattDonoso

12:58 08-03-19

Err, I think the other reviews pretty much said it all. Sign up for a great day out!

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Joe

06:42 08-03-19

An amazing route and event, All the Checkpoints are filled will encouragement from the volunteers, Great value for your race fee, free finishers massive medal and t-shirt free food and drink on the checkpoints, free photos which a faultless, free online tracking so family and friends can see how you are getting on. Can not recommend GB Ultras races enough, once you have done one you will want to do them all.

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KV

08:09 07-03-19

2019. Another fantastic event by GB Ultras. Despite being fatigued from running another ultra just 7 days earlier, the brilliant race atmosphere and support given by the race officials made this race one of the most enjoyable I have ever done. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this race for both its friendliness, organisation and the beautiful course.

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KC80

05:11 07-03-19

Chester Ultra 2019 was an amazing race... So well organised with wonderful volunteers, well stocked check point stations and incredible support throughout. A great opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery of Cheshire.

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