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 Cheshire countryside but the Way 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.
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 RR50 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. Since then Lymm Runners club members have run the Warrington Way on three recce runs in 2014 and will be doing another in June 2015, before the first formal running of the Warrington Way race on 7th November 2015.
The Warrington Way race is run under Trail Running Association (TRA) rules – permit number 172-15.