Updated for 2019
Also: public transport
It should be possible to have floor space in the Event Centre on the Friday night, £5 paid in advance if possible or on the Friday night/Saturday morning. If you want to sleep at the event centre, book it in your online entry (or by email to RoundRothEntries, if you change your mind and want to stay). I understand the Event Centre will be available from 5 pm, but you may be able to get refreshment at the MWBC cafe. Otherwise, the nearest warm place to wait may be the cafe at Tesco, south from the roundabout towards Rotherham to the second large roundabout and right. Otherwise, in local pubs. You may want to park at (or at least recce) the Event Centre first.
Please aim to get to the Event Centre before 9:00 pm - we've got an early start on Saturday. You will have to wake people after 10:00! A separate space will be provided for 4 am starters.
Overnight parking of motorhomes is possible, but reconnoitre the arrangements for 4 am starters if that's when you will start.
Prices of other establishments may be from previous years. See our Facebook page for offers on accommodation (e.g. unwanted hotel rooms)
In most cases, you could get a better rate from a web search with Expedia, hotels.com, trivago, etc, but you may need to talk to the hotel direct if you want an early breakfast!
One of the nearest hotels to the event centre is the Holiday Inn Express at Manvers, on the A633 Manvers Way, claimed to be the best hotel locally (information from Dearne Valley College). The RRR route runs behind the hotel , approx 1 km from the Event Centre. If you quote Round Rotherham you may get a discounted rate; tel no is 01709 760666. Single or double/twin bed & breakfast for the race weekend including breakfast for the Friday and Saturday nights . (From the website, it seemed we oldies could get further discount for a room for 2 + breakfast )
Nearby is the Barnsley (Dearne Valley) Premier Inn, Meadowgate, Dearne Valley, Wombwell, S73 0UN (0333 777 3679), 3 km from the event centre, at the Wath roundabout. It is close to the Rotherham to Barnsley bus route. They have double and twin rooms. Breakfast is available at Brewers Fayre adjoining Premier Inn at any time. Although 3 km from the start, the EC is along the A6195 towards Doncaster to the first roundabout, right on the A633 road towards Mexborough to the fourth roundabout, then left towards Bolton to a second roundabout, left after 250 m to MWBC. Directions to hotel: On the roundabout at the junction of the A633 (Barnsley to Mexborough road) and the A6195 (from M1 junction 36 near Doncaster).
Sandygate Hotel, Sandygate, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham 01709 877827 - a favourite amongst RRRers
Single and Double rooms available - with early breakfast before the race. Approx 2 km from Event Centre and the start. From hotel, go north along Dearneway downhill to roundabout, straight ahead to next large roundabout, then left after 250 m (signed to golf club).
Towards Mexborough is the 3-star Best Western Plus Pastures Hotel
Pastures Road, Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 0JJ Tel: 03330 034269, about 4 miles from event centre. Alternative link: Best Western and search for Mexborough
Local councils have web sites with some information about accommodation - contact the Tourist Information Centres through these sites for more information
Barnsley: they provide an extensive list. Those near the Event Centre include: (Hotels) Forte Travelodge, Keel Inn, Churchills, Drop (Guest Ho's) April Cot., Clifton Ho, Old Coach Ho (Inn/PH's) Hoyle Mill.
Rockingham Arms, 8 Main Street, Wentworth, Rotherham 01226 742075
Connor McPeak Singles and doubles. No breakfast. 3 miles from start.
Doncaster: I eventually found a list - follow 'Visit Doncaster' links to 'where to stay' (or T for tourist). You should also be able to contact the TIC to help check which hotels in their extensive database are near Manvers!
Rotherham: List gives some hotels and guest houses, none close to Event Centre.
The Travel Inn 'motel' (Brecks) per room, Regis Hotel, Fernlea Hotel, and Netherleigh Guest House (Moorgate area, S. of central Rotherham around SK 433923)
The Yellow Pages also lists (under Guest Houses) the Kenbet Transport House, Station Road (probably not averse to early risers!) and Corona Hotel, 163 College Road (both near the old station, west of bypass), The Kingfisher and The Mount.
Also: Welcome Break (Motel) at Woodall Service Station on M1 (N of Junction 31).
Contact 0800 731 4466 or 0114 248 6434
TRANSPORT to event:
General: You can look up public transport using the Yorkshire Traveline.
Select Plan Your Journey (advanced option rather than quick version), enter your start location, e.g. London Kings Cross, and destination Manvers, Station Road or Waterfront Golf Club (or your hotel). Confirm locations.
By train from Sheffield, Leeds or Doncaster to Swinton, S. Yorks (not Swinton, Manchester!) or Mexborough
From Swinton, take 220 bus (see below)
From Mexborough, take X20 (daytime)
or 220 bus- see below
From Rotherham, Doncaster or Barnsley, as appropriate:
X20 Barnsley to Doncaster and vice versa. Alight at Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just before roundabout at junction signed to Bolton. From Barnsley, the stop is just after a blue pedestrian bridge over the road, or from Rotherham just after the fire station on the left
The 22a (anticlockwise) and 22c (clockwise) Rotherham to Manvers buses go round a loop at the Manvers end. The relevant roundabout is at the apex of the loop, so it makes no real difference which you get. 22a, alight at Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just after the fire station on the left. 22c alight at Station Rd/Manvers Way stop in Wath, between 2nd and 3rd roundabouts (or if you miss the stop, alight after bus turns right, opposite fire station).
22x Barnsley to Rotherham follows a similar route in this section; from Barnsley same as the 22a, from Rotherham same as the 22c
By train and bus: From Bolton-upon-Dearne (not to be confused with Lancastrian namesake), take 226 bus in direction of Thurnscoe, alight at Station Rd/Manvers Way, after crossing river and passing traffic light-controlled crossing, before roundabout. Entrance to Waterfront Golf Club, go straight ahead to MWBC is on the right (in direction of travel)
From Swinton (not to be confused with Lancastrian namesake),
take 220 bus in direction of Wath/Cortonwood; alight at Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just after the fire station on the left.Take Bolton road from roundabout just ahead. After 250 m, turn left at gate to Waterfront Golf Club, go straight ahead to MWBC. WARNING: I've just had notiification that the 220 won't call at Swinton, but the traveline won't let me check times after the end of August
Note: the Mexborough bus station is a 10 minute walk from the railway station, but bus stop is closer to Swinton satation, not actually at Swinton Interchange. So, if you arrive by train, alight at Swinton.
220 Doncaster- Mexborough - Swinton - Manvers - Wath - Wombwell-Cortonwood Buses from Station St, Swinton (turn right as you exit station, stop is just L at main road) to Manvers Way/Station Rd stop, just after the fire station on the left. Departs 10 minutes past the hour from 20:10, more frequent earlier (for 2019: 17:04, 17:33, 18:02, 18:25, 18:51).
Note: the station you need is Swinton, South Yorkshire (code SWN) and NOT Swinton, Manchester (code SNN) - could cause problems if you are buying your ticket in Liverpool or Manchester!
For Overnight Friday sleeping
If you are planning to sleep at the Event Centre, select arrival time (preferably arriving 19:00 to 21:00 - very latest 22:00 on Friday).
Bus connections from train: The 220 Doncaster-Wath bus runs every hour in the evening, xx:08 from Mexborough, xx:11 at Swinton arriving a further 10 minutes later at Manvers Way/Station Road. Last bus is at 23:12, but PLEASE don't leave it that late! Doors will probably be locked for the night!
Buses other than the 22a/c and 220 probably stop too early on Friday.
On the day travel
From Rotherham centre, the first bus is the 05:30 route 22A from the Interchange (bus station) arriving at Manvers Way/Station Road at 05:52 - gets you to MWBC in time to see the 6:00 starters departing! Or book a taxi, e.g. 01709 555555.
By train on the day: rechecked for 2019
There are trains from Sheffield via Rotherham to Swinton at 05:15, 05:24, 05:48 and 06:07 (23 min travel time), and from Doncaster at 06:00 (arr 06:21).
From Swinton Interchange, catch the 220 bus (to Wath), but first bus is at 07:15, not very helpful. From Bolton-upon-Dearne at 06:21.
Swinton (S. Yorks) and Mexborough have neither a taxi rank nor a cab office. Advance taxi booking is essential. Consider using the following local taxi operators:
Swinton 01709 588885
Gemini 01709 581944
Gemini 01709 581944
Service Travel 01709 584600
Ivanhoe Cabs 01709 589999
For the day or for sleepers:
Bus and train options are as listed for 2019; see SYPTE journey planner (same as Yorkshire Traveline). Set Waterfront Golf Club as destination. This site only lets you check times for about a month, so you are advised to check times close to the day
If links to timetables don't work, enter timetable number in the Timetable Finder on the main page
Contact me (Henry Marston) for more suggestions - we have some additional lists. Also, some are known to have parked up with a camper van at or near the event centre.
Quick Link: http://tinyurl.com/rrr-acc
Last update 24 January 2020 by Henry Marston