About the Warrington Way – not just another ultramarathon!
The Warrington Way is a 40 mile circular walking/running route in Cheshire, circumnavigating the town of Warrington. It starts and finishes in the village of Lymm to the east of Warrington, and goes anticlockwise around the town. Most of the Way is off-road, on footpaths, field crossings, farm tracks, canal towpaths and the like but there are some sections on road and some major road crossings to be aware of. Much of the route is in the lovely Cheshire countryside but the Way also takes in the area’s industrial and transport heritage – including crossing the Bridgewater Canal, the Manchester Ship Canal, the St Helens Canal, and the River Mersey; the West Coast mainline and Liverpool to Manchester mainline railways; and the M6, M62, and M56 motorways!
Like many running clubs, Lymm Runners has a growing number of members who have moved into ultrarunning in recent years. We originated the Warrington Way as an unashamed homage to the great Round Rotherham 50 – one of England’s longest standing ultramarathons, which has been going since 1983. Having run the Round Rotherham 50 several times we wanted to have something like that here in the north west, to cater for the fast growing ultramarathoning community and to help encourage runners who have done a marathon to take the next step…!
Kieran Walshe first planned the route and ran it solo (well, with his dog Pepper) a few times in 2013 and 2014 to work out any snags and develop the route description and maps. He then organised a number of informal recces of the route in 2014 with other Lymm Runners club members, and then was race director for the inaugural running of the event on 7th November 2015. That race – with 100 solo runners and 20 relay teams – filled up very quickly, and was a fantastic event, with great feedback and support from volunteers, marshals, spectators and runners. That race – with 100 solo runners and 20 relay teams – filled up very quickly, and was a fantastic event, with great feedback and support from volunteers, marshals, spectators and runners. In 2016, the race expanded to take 200 entries in total – 160 solos, 20 relays and 20 pairs (each person doing 20 miles), and was the final race in the Runfurther ultra championship.
The Warrington Way race is run under Trail Running Association (TRA) rules – permit applied for.