On your marks for 57th Chevy Chase

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Runners and walkers are set to converge on Glendale in Northumberland this weekend for the 57th staging of the Chevy Chase.

The event, which is being held on Saturday, July 6, is a 20-mile journey through some of the finest upland scenery in Northumberland giving competitors the opportunity to channel their energies into a rewarding and demanding personal challenge.

Entrants will need to be prepared for all weathers. Their route will take them deep into the heart of the “land of the far horizon”; they will summit both Cheviot (2676 feet / 815m) and Hedgehope (2348 feet / 714m).

They will have the unrestrained freedom of the hills, the route is unmarked and they may choose their 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 entrants must be able to navigate by map and compass.

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

Each competitor should be prepared to carry:

•Full windproof whole-body cover.

•Other body cover appropriate for weather conditions.

•Whistle.

•Map and compass suitable for navigating the course.

•Sufficient 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.

Anyone who wishes to retire from the event must contact the officials.

The event centre and finish is close to the Wooler Youth Hostel at Cheviot Street.

At the hostel competitors will be able to register, collect their race number and electronic dibber before having their kit checked.

Registration for the walk is at 8-8.45am with competitors setting off at 9.30am.

Runners can register between 9-10am and they set off at 10.30am.

The time allowed for walker is eight hours, whilst for runners it is six hours.

On finishing competitors will receive a print out of their split times at each checkpoint and total time for the course.

Flushed with success they can relax and enjoy the delicious refreshments 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 and walkers achieving in various categories as well as many spot prizes.