Your quick source of information, maps, low-down on route, travel and direct links to entries for the Round Rotherham.

Congratulations to

Kevin Hoult

and 

Karen Nash

on their victories in the 2013 RRR

Quick links:

2014 entries are now open for individual- there is no race limit so don't worry about getting an entry in early.  Relay entries will be available later

RRR entry with  a link to your historical record (number of completions) and  quick links to the on-line entry (preferred) and postal entry forms - now available

Entry list 2014, as adapted for archive (to be added)

Expanded 2014 Results to be added

Entry list 2013, as adapted for archive (large file-to update) 

Initial Results (2013)
This links takes you from this website to the RHAC website.

Expanded 2013 Results now added

Maps and route description

Follow the route on your SmartPhone, GPS, SatNav, etc

Recent changes (to route and administration)

  Our Facebook page

Older Entry Lists

Historical record now updated with 2013 results

Initial Results (2012)
This links takes you from this website to the RHAC website.  (No responsibility is accepted for the content of external sites)

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

 

Rotherham Harriers and Athletics Club
Trail and Fell Running Section

Secretary:  Sharon Burton

proudly presents



 

The 2014  Rowbotham's Round Rotherham International Trail Event
of 80 km, 50 miles
an undulating route with, overall, 800 m of climb through the South Yorkshire Forest
(The area designated as The South Yorkshire Forest is mainly rural land rather than a vast area of woodland)

on
Saturday, 18th October, 2014
from  

the Dearne Valley College Sport Centre

(note: NOT the Dearne Valley Leisure Centre,  Mexborough)

Starts: Walkers 6 am

Runners 7 am

Relay 8 am

held under TRA rules, a National association of UK Athletics

    

 

 

Henry's home page   
My RHAC page

Travel and Accommodation

Navigation / route finding for participants and supporters

Preliminary 2014 course changes.  2013 versions of map and written description available

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 2013

FAQs - answers to common questions raised about the event

Forum Discussion

View the route on Google Earth, with the 2007 route

Getting to the Event Centre

The strip map
written description, etc
(updated for 2013)

Changes to route  
NEW  pictures of route

The Round Rotherham is a qualifying event  for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® or click logo
 first in 2008 and again in 2013 

Completion (as a runner) earns 1 point for any of the long distance races promoted by the North Face organisation.  Total points required:
7 in up to 3 races for Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®
2 for Courmayeur Champex Chamonix
2 for TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)

Preliminary Start List
(with home town, to help you make joint travel arrangements)

Follow us on our Facebook page

Initial Results (2010)
This links takes you from this website to the RHAC website.  Team and relay results at bottom of page.  (No responsiblility is accepted for the content of external sites )

Expanded 2010 Results (preliminary versions with splits analysis now available in graphical format)
Rotherham Advertiser report, testimonials, etc added AND an epic poem

Expanded 2009 Results (splits awaiting data, in preparation)

RRR Results 2008

RRR Results 2007

RRR Results 2006

RRR Results 2005

The RRR is a qualifying event for the LDWA 100-mile event (or LDWA and follow links to library, hints for organisers, restrictions on entrants)

and is used as a training event for the Marathon de Sables

 

RRR Results 2004

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RRR Results 2003  
RRR Results 2002

Trail links

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 2013
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 32nd running of the event will take place on

Saturday 18th October 2014

The event is normally held on the third Saturday in October

Don't forget your torch (6am starters, and those finishing after 6:30 pm)

Sunrise 07:33  Sunset 18:07

Dawn Twilight - day - dusk twilight: 07:00 to 18:42

(for comparison: for 13 Dec, date of 2008 event, Dawn 07:26 SR: 08:07, SS 15:51 Dusk 16:32)

Go to the Travel, 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.

RRR route overlaid on  OpenStreetMap

    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 this year 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!

If you see a photographer, smile please; he or she may be from Armada Photography.  Look for the results on their web page

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 (short-cut, or in some cases a longer ‘easier’ route) or running under someone else’s name, for example.

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 on the Navigation Page

Stage lengths (Revised for 2013) 

1

Start to Grange

17.5
2

Grange to Treeton

10.2
3

Treeton to Harthill

12.0
4

Harthill to Woodsetts

9.4
5

Woodsetts to Firbeck

9.1
6

Firbeck to Maltby

6.4
7

Maltby to Old Denaby

11.3
8

Old Denaby to Finish

5.1

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):

 

Facebook page

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.

 

RHAC and associated logos

Northern Triangle Series

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.

Use back to return to this page if there is no link to RRR page

The event is now held on the third Saturday in October

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).

 On line entry and postal entry forms are / will be provided through this link 

Links: Information about other distance events

Featured in the Trionium Magazine,
 

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

Click here for Pre-entries

Forms for registering changes of detail at the event (or entries on the day)

Change of Individual  details        Relay registration (inc. team members)

Navigation Page
(get to event, get round route  + possible accommodation)

 Results

Checkpoint 1 (Grange) in 2005, later appearing at Old Denaby, when the event was in December

 

 

Last update 18 August, 2014   by
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