Sandstone Way South

Rothbury to Hexham.

Sandstone Way South.

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Race Information.

The Sandstone Way South Ultra offers runners an opportunity to run 50 miles on a way marked trail between Rothbury and Hexham. The Sandstone Way South Ultra is the shortest of the three races based on the Sandstone Way. However, runners of the full route claimed that this section between Rothbury and Hexham was the kick in the tail of this challenging run. The initial steep climb out of Rothbury leads to the splendid woodland trails. There are many undulations to complete on this way marked trail which finishes on the banks of the River Tyne in Hexham. The Sandstone Way South course also provides 2 UTMB points.

2(4) UTMB Race Points.

UTMB Qualifying Race
Race Vital Statistics
Cut Off
Entry Limit
Sandstone Way South

Course Records

Male Gwynn Stokes 2016 08:31:08
MV40 Gwynn Stokes 2016 08:31:08
MV50 James McKenzie 2016 10:24:31
Female Hazel Marchant 2016 10:41:49
FV40 Hazel Marchant 2016 10:41:49
FV50 Marie Godson 2016 12:21:36

Race Information

Race Entrants

List of people in the race

Race Schedule

Information about Race Day

Mandatory Kit

Mandatory kit to be carried at all times.

Race Rules

What you can and can't do in a race.

Race Travel/Accommodation

How to get to the race and where to stay.

Terms and Conditions

Information on payments, refunds and waivers.

Race Results/Photographs

Free race photographs and results.

Trails, Paths & Roads

Race Location:

Northumberland National Park, North East England

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General Information


The race opens for entries on 25th November 2016. There will be 100 places available for the race.

The entry fee is £65, and includes a gpx tracker.

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GPS Navigation

If you are worried about getting lost on this fully way marked course, or struggle to navigate in the dark. Then you can also a hire GPS navigation device as part of your race entry. Or hire one via our online shop.

Qualification Requirement

All entrants must have completed a race of at least marathon distance within the time limits for that race. The race should have been completed within the last 3 years. If you have not run a race of least marathon distance, but will be running one before this race takes place, then you can enter in advance.

Course Video.

Cut Offs

The race must be completed within 14.5 hours. There are additional cut off times for the checkpoints. Please see the Checkpoints page for further information.

Start/Finish Area

Start Finish

Race registration will be at Tomlinson's bunkhouse in Rothbury.

Tomlinson's Bunkhouse

Bridge Street,



NE65 7SF

Map for Tomlinson's Bunkhouse

The race finishes at Hexham Rowing Club.

Hexham Rowing Club

Tyne Green,



NE46 2HF. (for Sat Nav)

Map for Hexham Rowing Club

Route & Course Markings

The route follows the Sandstone Way markings and does not deviate from the official route. A guide to the markings used can be downloaded via the link below.

Sandstone Way Runners South Route Guide

Sandstone Way Route Guide

A full course route and supporting gpx files can be found below. It is also part of the mandatory kit requirement to carry the official route map, or supporting OS maps.


All entrants get their race t-shirt, if they enter at least two weeks before the race. All finishers get a race medal.

The are also prizes for the categories shown below.

Senior 40-49 50-59 60 plus
Top 3 Males and Females Top Male and Female Top Male and Female Top Male and Female

Aid stations/Check points

There will be 6 fully stocked check points. Check points will have as a minimum: water, coke, chocolate, bananas, jelly babies, nuts, fruit, crisps and savoury snacks. There will be food and hot drinks at the finish.

A full list of checkpoints can be found here.

Crew & Pacers

Runners are allowed a support crew and pacers. Pacers are not allowed to carry any of the mandatory kit for the runner they are pacing.


All of the check points have basic first aid facilities. If you suffer an injury or accident that warrants direct medical attention and you are not able to get to an aid station, then please phone one of the race directors(07734309500 or 07984307900). If you have no phone contact, ask any runners or members of the public that pass you to relay the message.

If you are injured but able to walk, please make your way to the nearest check point. If you suffer a severe injury, encounter someone in serious difficulty or are in any doubt at all please call 999 for emergency ambulance services.

Nearest local hospital

Hexham General Hospital, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QJ. 0344 811 8111

Mandatory Kit

  1. Whistle
  2. Head torch(with spare batteries)
  3. Survival bag
  4. Compass
  5. Official Sandstone Way Map or equivalent paper based maps
  6. Hat and gloves
  7. Waterproof jacket
  8. Waterproof trousers
  9. Minimum of 500ml water
  10. Emergency food/sport bar
  11. Mobile phone number of the race directors +447734309500 (Tim) +447984307900 (Garry)
  12. Fully charged phone
  13. Wear high visibility clothing
  14. Flashing LED lights for night running

Course Map