Chevy Chase

The 64th Chevy Chase will take place on SATURDAY 3RD July 2021. Entries will open 6PM mONDAY 15TH March 2021.

Entries are online through sientries.co.uk. Here is the link:

https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=7118

Due to the event being postponed last year, we already have 200 places from deferrals. The remaining 100 entries open on Monday and the first 100 will look like they are on a waiting list (this is to save taking payment for now, in case the race has to be cancelled), but these are CONFIRMED places. Further entries will truly be on a waiting list and the race will be filled from there if people drop out. You will be contacted when payment is due.

Please see our Facebook page for up to date changes regarding Covid restrictions. These will also be emailed to competitors the week before.

Here is the link for the Chevy Chase results 2019:

http://live.sportident.co.uk/home/multistage/stage/results.html?multistageid=e03d7224-ed0a-4259-bd10-86bc58db43f6

The Challenge for 64 years!

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 (i.e. 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 navigating the course (GPS is not acceptable).
  • Emergency food and drink.
  • For this year….a face covering!

There will be random kit checks at the start and 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.

Parking

As usual, there will be some parking for 4×4 vehicles just up the hill from the hostel in the field on the right hand side of the road.

The main car park will be signed from entering Wooler, along the A697 the opposite Farm to Freeze, turn off heading for Chatton (B6348, Weetwood Road), over the iron bridge and look for the car park signage.  It’s on the right, just past the last house. This is a 5-10 minute walk from the start – go up Church Street, cross over by the Co-op and walk up Cheviot Street to the YHA as usual.

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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.

Registration times:                                   8.30am – 10am

Start time:                                                10.30am

Time allowed:                                           6 hours

The RUN is for ALL 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.

Checkpoint Times 2021

Chevy Chase (6 hour race cut off)

Checkpoints: Grid Reference:Expected arrival times:         Cut off times:
1. Broadstruther 942 24811.0011.30 
2. Cheviot knee933 22211.20 12.05 
3. Cheviot summit909 20511.45 12.55 
4. Hedgehope summit944 19812.20 13.55 
5.  Langlee Crags967 22012.4014.40 
6.  Brand’s Corner982 23812.5015.10 
7.  Hell Path957 25713.10 16.00 
Carey Burn Bridge (unofficial checkpoint)976 24913.00 15.45 

Retirement Points:

1.  HAWSEN BURN BRIDGE:  954 226 (accessible from various checkpoints)

2. *CAREY BURN BRIDGE:  976 249

*If competitors arrive at this point after 15.45 pm they must retire and report to the finish. 

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 Park Search and Rescue Team. There will be communication between checkpoints to monitor competitors’ 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

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. This year, you will be encouraged to collect your goody bag plus drinks and chips from our sponsors Particularly Good Potatoes as soon as possible then leave the hostel grounds to prevent crowding.

The top of the 4×4 field is available for picnics, with social distancing. Please make sure all litter is disposed of into the bins provided. As this is a sheep field, a blanket is advisable to sit on – a disposable foil blanket would be ideal!

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This year there is no access to the hostel except to use the toilet.

All competitors completing the course will receive a memento. There is an extensive prize list for runners achieving in various categories.

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

Enquiries to: chevychaserace@hotmail.co.uk

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

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