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route, travel and direct links to entries for the Round Rotherham.
2021 Entry (with links to SiEntries)
Start List 2021 (in due course)
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Recent changes (to route and administration)
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Trail and Fell Running Section
The 38th Rowbotham's Round Rotherham
International Trail Event
from our New Event Centre: MWBC, viz
the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club
(about 2km along the old event centre, DVC Sports)
Please be aware: Covid-19
restrictions may affect organisation of the event including support that can
be provided and possible exclusion of some individuals based on location (Covid-tier
restrictions) and experience. Start format may be changed, and the relay may
not be possible.
Starts: Slower Walkers 4 am (aim 16 to 20 hours, see FAQs)
Walkers and Joggers 6 am (aim 12 to 16/17 hours)
Runners 7 am (expecting to finish within 12 hours, see FAQs)
Relay 8 am
held under TRA rules, a National Association of UK Athletics
Historical record now updated with 2018 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
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!
2018 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 8 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
The RRR is expected to be a qualifying event for next year's LDWA 100-mile event. The 4 am start now provides a 20 hour time limit as required for 50 mile LDWA events.
The RRR is often used as a training event for the Marathon de Sables
It is also an event in the Runfurther 2019 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 2019
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The Round Rotherham has long been a qualifier for the LDWA 100 event. However, the previous time limit of 16/17 hours was considered too tight. A new start of 4 am is offered for slower walkers who expect to take between 16 and 20 hours, with the first checkpoint's opening times adjusted to accommodate a 16 hour schedule. See Changes for details and FAQs for explanation.
Checkpoint 7 has been moved from Old Denaby to Hooton Roberts, 2.4 km earlier
. See Changes for more details. Maps, etc, will be updated in due course.
The 38th running of the event will take place on Saturday 9th October 2021
The event is normally held on the second or third Saturday in October
Don't forget your torch (6am starters, and those finishing after 6:30 pm)
A start at 4 am is available for walkers who expect to take between 16 and 20 hours - good night light clearly essential
Sunrise 07:23 Sunset 18:19
Dawn Twilight: 06:48 Dusk twilight: 18:54
(for comparison: for 13 Dec, date of 2008 event, SR: 08:07 Dawn 07:26 , SS 15:51 Dusk 16:32)
Go to theTravel, Accommodation, and Navigation page for practical information:
Getting to the Event Centre: the Manvers Waterfront Boat Club
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 (Provisionally revised for 2020)
length, km Climb (GPS), m The event, held under TRA UK:athletics rules, takes place at low altitude (below 150 m, 500') but autumn, potentially under wintery conditions. Competitors should be aware of the danger of hypothermia, and are advised to carry or wear a waterproof top (cagoule, etc) and adequate clothing. Walkers will require torches until about 07:30, and again from 16:00. All competitors take part at their own risk and must report to the Finish, or retire by handing in their number at an official check point. Competitors must register on the day, with travel information (car registration, companions, etc), and give their number at each check point. The Organiser reserves the right to alter the course in the light of conditions on the day. The Organiser and Rotherham Harriers and Athletics Club cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury arising from participation in this event. 1
Start to Grange
15.6 308 2
Grange to Treeton
10.1 170 3
Treeton to Harthill
11.9 196 4
Harthill to Woodsetts
9.2 123 5
Woodsetts to Firbeck
9.0 86 6
Firbeck to Maltby
6.3 108 7
Maltby to Hooton Roberts
9.1 130 8
Hooton Roberts to Finish
The Emergency Phone Number on the day is 07860 250878
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.
You will find event reports on the FaceBook page, old results pages and 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. Sadly, he died in September 2010 of a medical condition whilst out cycling with friends on a Saturday afternoon.
Underfoot conditions vary from stage to stage
Stage 1 (15.6 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 (10.1 km) is mostly firm, but up and down. Tracks and road.
Much of Stage 3 (11.9 km) is made-up of cycleable paths and tracks,
gradually climbing. 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 (9.2 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 (9.0 km) is muddy to start, but from Langold Park gets firmer. Even the fields are reasonably firm except at Wallingwells.
For Stage 6 (6.3 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 (9.1 km) starts along roads through Maltby, reaching tracks and 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. The checkpoint is at the edge of Hooton Roberts (This was a major change for 2007 - with plenty of lovely mud).
Stage 8 (9.3 km) Follow road from checkpoint through Hooton Roberts, then gently uphill on a road that deteriorates to a muddy track, but down a firm field to Old Denaby (old CP). Road through the village first, a footbridge over the railway leading to a towpath, then path, road and cycle track finishing with a long road section (cycle track) . Used to be tricky, but has been subjected to council interference replacing muddy paths with cycleable routes.
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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Checkpoint 1 (Grange) in 2005, later appearing at Old Denaby, when the event was in December
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