Your quick source of information, maps, low-down on
route, travel and direct links to entries for the Round Rotherham.
on their victories in the 2016 RRR
2017 Entry (links to SiEntries)
Expanded 2016 Results in progressive preparation.
(In case of problem, SiEntries Results Page, lists all events)
Start List (copy)
Follow the route on your SmartPhone, GPS, SatNav, etc
Recent changes (to route and administration) Check the 2017 change (Stage 2)
Entry list 2014, as adapted for archive (to be added)
Expanded 2013 Results now reasonably complete
Historical record now updated with 2016 results
Expanded 2012 Results as available
Expanded 2011 Results NOW with graphical and tabular splits for individual and relay (data for similar graphs for 2012 is awaited), plus links to blog reports on the event
Trail and Fell Running Section
The 2017 Rowbotham's Round Rotherham
International Trail Event
the Dearne Valley College Sport Centre
(note: NOT the Dearne Valley Leisure Centre, Mexborough)
Starts: Walkers and Joggers 6 am
Runners 7 am (expecting to finish within 12 hours)
Relay 8 am
held under TRA rules, a National association of UK Athletics
Entry information to be added
in the New Year
Travel and Accommodation
Navigation / route finding for participants and supporters
Supporter's route round checkpoints, with postcodes for SatNav users!
Use of Sat Nav for the route - beta version now available!
GPS data updated for 2016, valid for 2017 at present
2016 entries are now open for individuals and the relay - there is no race limit and there are no refunds, so don't worry about getting an entry in early (closes 1 Oct) - now via SiEntries. For info visit RRR entry with links to SiEntries and your historical record (number of completions)
FAQs - answers to common questions raised about the event
View the route on Google Earth, with the 2007 route
|Getting to the Event Centre|
The strip map
Changes to route
NEW pictures of route
The Round Rotherham has been a qualifying event
for the Ultra-Trail
du Mont-Blanc® or click logo
Completion (as a runner) earns 1 point for
any of the long distance races promoted by the North Face organisation.
Total points required:
WARNING: UTMB keep changing their qualifying race qualifying rules. My understanding is that it is NOT currently a qualifying race. Checks are in hand....
Preliminary Start List
(with home town, to help you make joint travel arrangements)
Expanded 2009 Results (splits awaiting data, in preparation)RRR Results 2005
and is used as a training event for the Marathon de Sables
It is also an event in the Runfurther 2016 race series
|RRR Results 2004||
|RRR Results 2003|
|RRR Results 2002|
|RRR Results 2001||
Rotherham now has a parkrun, at Clifton Park, unfortunately clashing with this event one day a year - plenty of other opportunities!
(Older results can be provided)
Historical record from 1983 updated to 2016
Your quick source of information, maps, low-down on route, travel and direct links to entries for the Round Rotherham.
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The 35th running of the event will take place on Saturday 14th October 2017
The event is normally held on the third Saturday in October (2nd this year)
Don't forget your torch (6am starters, and those finishing after 6:30 pm)
Sunrise 07:35 Sunset 18:06
Dawn Twilight - day - dusk twilight: 07:00 to 18:41
(for comparison: for 13 Dec, date of 2008 event, Dawn 07:26 SR: 08:07, SS 15:51 Dusk 16:32)
Go to theTravel, Accommodation, and Navigation page for practical information:
Getting to the event
Where to stay
Finding your way round the course (strip map / written description)
Route changes for this year (and changes over the last few years for those who have missed recent events)
Route between checkpoints for supporters (by car)
Recipe for confusion
Rowbotham's Round Rotherham is, for the most part, waymarked as is also the Rotherham Ring Route developed by the local Ramblers Group, but also based on the route devised by Ralph Rowbotham. The two routes coincide over much of the distance, but there are significant differences, notably near the middle checkpoint (we need to get to the Woodsetts check-point to give you refreshments) and near the start/finish, and where there has been major re-development. The Wainwright map indicates where the Ring markers may lead you astray by showing an open arrow with the legend 'Rotherham Ring'.
The event route on your SmartPhone or Tablet
Screenshots on an HTC Android phone using the MyTrails app
As you approach each marker, the phone can be set to warn you so that you can check where to go next.
FAQs - answers to common questions raised about the event
Forum Discussion: You can comment on our Facebook page
Low-down on the route, stage by stage overview (corresponding to the relay - individuals enjoy the full experience)
An alternative description, in poetry, as reported for an earlier RRR by stalwart Barry Harrison, submitted in 2011 in tribute to Ralph Rowbotham, who sadly died in 2010.
For interest, you may like to read Ralph's original description of the route. I have scanned my original copy and have tried to present it like the original, using a typewriter font with one or two typos. It makes an interesting read, if you know the route. The major landscape changes are associated with the elimination of the collieries, Manvers (extending from the Event Centre to the RSPB site at Old Moor), Cortonwood (now a retail park) and Brookhouse (now Rother Valley Country Park) plus the landscaping for the short-lived Sheffield airport and the site of Orgreave coking plant (approaching Treeton). The distance of 43 miles is I think the sum of the stage distances quoted in the text (I made it 42), but 2 miles from Meadowbank Road to Catcliffe, 5 miles from Woodhouse Mill (Fence) to Harthill! Note the reference to the canal towpath being precarious at places - path condition is generally much improved, much less mud! Our original 'event' in 1983 was estimated to be 48 miles.
2014: The second level crossing (Stage 7, Old Denaby) has been closed, and you will need to cross the line by bridge after 76 km. Take extreme care on this bridge with steep concrete steps. Not ideal for avoiding falls, but use handrail, especially on descent.
The event is held under TRA rules
Following discussions with the TRA in connection with our race permit, we have been asked to emphasise that there are two level crossings on the route. You are responsible for your own safety, and you should only cross if you consider it to be safe to do so.
You will, of course, understand that under TRA rules anyone disobeying any instructions from a marshal or any other official risks disqualification, as does anyone deliberately taking an unauthorised route (AKA short-cut, or in some cases a longer ‘easier’ route) or running under someone else’s name, for example (unforgivable as EOD is available.
Participants are also expected to obey The Countryside Code, which is dedicated to helping members of the public respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Follow the links below for more information to the five constituent sections.
Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs
Leave gates and property as you find them
Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
Keep dogs under close control
Consider other people
Changes are detailed on the Changes page, updated maps, etc on the Navigation Page Stage lengths (Revised for 2017)
Start to Grange
Grange to Treeton
Treeton to Harthill
Harthill to Woodsetts
Woodsetts to Firbeck
Firbeck to Maltby
Maltby to Old Denaby
Old Denaby to Finish
The Emergency Phone Number is
Link to older Route Changes and General Navigation
For background information, see our FAQs. You may
find relevant information in the forums where this event is discussed
(please let me know if you are aware of others):
For background information, see our FAQs. You may find relevant information in the forums where this event is discussed (please let me know if you are aware of others):
See the FRA website forums, the RRR being listed under Long Distance Challenges, freely available.
There is also a forum on the Runners World website, which also has training tips, although some pages are only available to those who subscribe (with real money). For the forum, find the RRR event (Dec 2008, Ultra distance, North region). Apparently there is more information on the forum for the High Peak 40 (a past event, Sept 2008), but not easy to find relevant entries. Or just search for Rotherham in the forum search bar.
Have you seen the event reports from Portobello, Dumfries, Colm McCoy, Sarah's Blogg?
You will find others if you search for Round Rotherham on the web (Google, etc)
Read the plaudits from previous satisfied customers published on Page 3 of the November 2004 RHAC newsletter. In theatrical tradition for critics' comments on advertising posters, the next sentence starting "However, " has been removed from some of them (but the comment may have been acted on).
Low-down on the route, stage by stage (corresponding to the relay - individuals enjoy the full experience)
The route was devised by the then RHAC club secretary Ralph Rowbotham during the steel strike in 1980. It is with great sadness that I have to report that Ralph passed away earlier this week (September 2010). He never regained consciousness after suffering a severe heart attack whilst out cycling with friends on Saturday afternoon.
Underfoot conditions vary from stage to stage
Stage 1 (17.0 km) has hard-surfaced paths, road and canal
towpath, unfortunately made good so that there is little risk of sliding
into the canal, to a yard and then somewhat muddy (briefly) through a wood.
Track, road (minor) path through a village, then we have found a muddy
ridge. Then firm.
Stage 2 (10.5 km) is mostly firm (the main excitement is when leaving Grange Park). Tracks and road.
Much of Stage 3 (12.3 km)is made-up of cycleable paths and tracks. Towards
the end there are a couple of field crossings - muddy or firm, depending on
what ploughing the farmer's done.
The first 60% of Stage 4 (9.5 km) is a series of field crossings, then easy (hard surfaced tracks and road) apart from the hill (climb of 25 m, but runnable by some).
Stage 5 (9.2 km) is muddy to start, but from Langold Park gets firmer. Even the fields are reasonably firm except at Wallingwells.
For Stage 6 (7.6 km), the initial route follows field side tracks - can be sloppy. Firm past Roche Abbey, the valley path that follows may be sloppy on the surface but firm beneath.
Stage 7 (9.9 km) starts with a field-side track that can be wet. Short firm section of road, through village, then 3 km of reasonably well-defined field paths to a track through a hamlet. The field path after and the path through the wood can be wet, the latter being downhill so let yourself go - or take it with care, especially after dark. After the road crossing its gently uphill on a road that deteriorates to a muddy track, but down a firm field to the checkpoint. (This was a major change for 2007 - with plenty of lovely mud).
Stage 8 (5.0 km) used to be tricky, but has been subjected to council interference replacing muddy paths with cycleable routes. A lit cycle track replaces a path slipping into the mire. Mud is at worst only a few millimetres deep. Path, towpath, track and road.
Unfortunately, neither of the other Northern Triangle Series events, the Doncaster Doddle and the Darlington Dash, have taken place since 2003, and therefore the series is effectively void, with just one remaining event. Beyond our control at Rotherham, I'm afraid.
This page is constantly being
updated for the Round Rotherham!
Links have not all been checked so apologies if some fail (let me, Henry Marston, know if you have a problem).
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Any person taking part under the wrong name will be disqualified. You have every opportunity to enter correctly on the day
Any person found to be trespassing on a railway or motorway will be disqualified
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(get to event, get round route + possible accommodation)
Checkpoint 1 (Grange) in 2005, later appearing at Old Denaby, when the event was in December
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