25 Aug

Bitter News For Underground Salt Runners

The Winsford Rock Salt Mines

The 120 runners looking to compete at a 10k race at the Winsford Rock Salt Mine faced disappointment after news that the event has been cancelled. Thought to be a world’s first, the route was set to utilise some of the 160 miles of underground tunnels on 3 September.

Compass Minerals, the company that owns Winsford Salt Mine, cited operational reasons were behind their decision. A spokesperson commented: “Compass Minerals, which owns Winsford Salt Mine, has decided to postpone the Underground Salt Run, in Winsford, on September 3. The charity event was due to take place on September 3 to raise money towards developing a community athletics track facility for Mid Cheshire.”

While no definitive plans were made for re-scheduling the race, it seems the possibility has been left open: “Due to the nature of the event, only a small number of runners had been allocated places as part of an early allocation and all other applicants details will be held on file and contacted if the opportunity arises in the future.”

Entries were capped at just 120 and prospective runners were requested to raise a minimum of £250, with £500 - £1000 the aspirational guide. The mine, which is closed to the public, boasts broad, motorway-sized caverns, ideal for what may well have been one of the most unique races in the UK.