Chevy Chase

The Challenge for 61 years!

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The Chevy Chase Race is a 20-mile journey through some of the finest upland scenery in Northumberland giving runners the opportunity to channel their energies into a rewarding and demanding personal challenge.

You will need to be fit and sure footed, determined, and prepared for all weathers. Your route will take you deep into the heart of the “land of the far horizon”; you will summit both Cheviot 2676 feet / 815m and Hedgehope 2348 feet / 714m.

You will have the unrestrained freedom of the hills, the route is unmarked and you may choose your own path as long as the manned checkpoints are visited in the correct order. Only a short section is on road; the rest of your route follows tracks, footpaths, sheep paths and crosses rough fell.

Although taking place in mid summer the sun is never certain to shine and low cloud is a distinct possibility therefore you must be able to navigate by map and compass.

Click here to view the chevy map

Equipment

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All Competitors should arrive at the event prepared to carry all of the following “Best Practice” Equipment.

FRA safety standards will apply. For further information go to www.fellrunner.org.uk

Each competitor should be prepared to carry:

  • Full waterproof whole-body cover. (ie covering the torso from head to ankles).
  • Other body cover appropriate for weather conditions, including as minimum, hat and gloves, but also a fleece.
  • Whistle.
  • Map, preferably waterproof of the race route and surrounding area.
  • Compass suitable for navagating the course (GPS is not acceptable).
  • Emergency food and drink.

There will be kit checks for all entrants prior to the start and for selected individuals at the finish. Maps, compasses and whistles will be available to purchase at registration if required. Those not having required equipment will not be able to start the race.

Start & Finish

4871476628_1efc4bc053_o.jpgThe event centre and finish is at the WOOLER YOUTH HOSTEL, Cheviot Street, NE71 6LW. The start is 5 minutes from here. Please park where directed, this may be a 10 minute walk from the hostel. At the hostel you will be able to register, collect your race number and electronic dibber before having your kit checked.

RUN:

Registration times:                                   8.30am

Start times:                                                 10.30am

Time allowed:                                            6 hours

The RUN is for ALL runners including those who wish to walk/run the event. Please note there is no longer a walkers only category – the course must be completed in 6hrs. Slower participants maybe timed out at checkpoints.

Click here for: Cut of times for Chevy Chase 2017

Retirement

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If you start the race but need to drop out for any reason you MUST inform the organiser either by calling in at your closest checkpoint, a retirement point or at the finish. If asked to retire by a marshal please comply as it is for your own safety.

The Chevy Chase is supported by the Northumberland National Parks Search and Rescue Team. There will be communication between checkpoints to monitor competitor’s progress. Our marshals are experienced volunteers who enjoying cheering you on and offering encouragement. They will advise you if they feel you should not continue, please accept this advice with grace and do not abuse them.

Retirement points are:

Hawsen Burn Bridge GR. 954226 and Carey Burn Bridge GR. 976249.

On Finishing

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You will receive a print out of your split times at each checkpoint and total time for the course. Flushed with success you can relax and enjoy the delicious refreshments – butties, tea/coffee & cake, provided in the common room. Showers, toilets and changing facilities are available. All competitors completing the course will receive a t-shirt. There is an extensive prize list for runners achieving in various categories as well as many spot prizes.

Please respect our beautiful hills, leave no litter, cause no damage and enjoy!!

Enquiries to: chevychaserace@hotmail.co.uk

For a printable version of this page please click here: Chevy Chase Info Sheet 2017

Please click here to get to the The Chevy Chase Facebook page

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