Administrative Changes and Changes to Route
This section is f (subject to availability)
Maps and descriptions
Printed summaries of the changes will be available for collection on the day at Registration (after SIcard collection), subject to availability.
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There may be more changes; check here again nearer the day
Location identifications are common for these 3 navigation modes: A is stage 1, B Stage 2 etc, followed by a number to show which point (e.g. A1, A2, A4 - not necessarily consecutive but always increasing)
HS2: The RR route crosses the HS2 route on stages 3 and 7, on Rights of Way. Eventually, crossings should be provided. However, during construction there may be some diversions - TBC and probably not before 2025. We will be monitoring the situation. Late changes may have to be imposed.
Stage 2: Airport Road to Catcliffe: The slip road from the Airport Road to Parkway is being widened. The footpath should not be affected. Cross from the hotel access to the hedge, go through it and go left to follow the path adjacent to the hedge to the steps.
Catcliffe to Treeton: Again, the route is minimally affected, the surrounds have changed. From the (new) traffic lights, follow the signed footpath parallel to the river. Current earthworks mean you may be diverted to the (lower) fisherman's path, and back to the main path at the power line. You can get on to the fisherman's path directly, from the end of the wall to the left of the grassy area at the start of the signed path.
Changes for 2020
A start at 4 am is available for walkers who expect to take between 16 and 20 hours. Walkers who expect to finish in 16 hours but may take 17 hours should still start at 6 am.
Strip map showing
change (2019 and 2018 changes
#$ Checkpoint 7 has been moved from Old Denaby to
In the approach to Hooton Roberts, on the lane just before the start of the tarmac, CP7 is in the barn on your left. This is the first building on your way into Hooton Roberts, with welcoming lights along the front. Parking is restricted; vehicles should park at the main cross-roads, in the road widening. On the day, longer term parking (e.g. for relay runners who want to park, run and run back) will be specified. Stage 7 is shortened and Stage 8 lengthened by 2.1 km.
This change makes the stage lengths more equal. Now, for a valid Mixed relay teams with 3 ladies, if one runs the shortest stage (6), a lady must run Stage 1 or 3. (A team with 4 to 7 ladies is automatically a valid Mixed team).
The new checkpoint is in the barn on the left as you approach Hooton Roberts
Now at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club.
#$@ There is a change of event centre -
Now at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club.
#$@ Stage 1: At Thorpe Hesley, after joining road and turning L (A18), at cross roads (A19) continue straight across (instead of turning R). Follow estate road to a T junction. Turn L, and you are back on route. At the bottom of the hill, turn R and L at footpath. This simplifies the route, as we previously had to find an obscure path at a road bend.
$ Admin: Strip map converted to PowerPoint, and extensively revised in the
process. See navigation page
This strip map will be available (in colour) as hard copies on the day printed on waterproof paper - you don't need a map bag! (50 copies, subject to availability).
#$@ Stage 2. Leaving the first checkpoint, the old route followed an old railway
line, then took a path that droped to a stream and climbed steps to a road.
Unfortunately this path has been blocked by a new landowner. There are two
1. The route will be modified permanently. From the checkpoint, follow the fence down, bear left and go under the bridge under the old railway to the road. Follow the pavement to the right of the road (take care, keep to the footpath) for 500 m. Cross the road and take the gated track bearing left and uphill.
2. We plan to put in a Right of Way claim for our original route. If I was on a social walk, I would prefer to use the original route than to walk a path to the side of a busy road. If there was a problem with the road route, we would like to have the option of reverting to the original route, as described by Ralph Rowbotham almost 40 years ago, which gives us precedence for a ROW claim. If you are a regular participant, especially if you took part 20 years or more ago,
GPS files: Waypoint B1 has moved slightly. Waypoints B2 and B2A are no longer on the route. A new waypoint, B2N has been defined. This is to avoid confusion, in case you have an old version of the files on your device.
Stage 3: 2017, Race Day only: The British Schools Score Orienteering Championships will be held in Rother Valley Park, starting at 11 am on our race day. This should not be a problem, but you may encounter signage, taping, marshals, competitors, etc on your way through the park. In particular, children milling around the start, near the adventure playground. Please respect competitors in Rother Valley Park on race day; keep following the route on the path on the floodbank to the left of the river and then along the access road (just as you would, I expect, respect all members of the public anywhere on the route...).
Temporary change: The railway bridge between waypoints B8 and B9 is closed at
present but should reopen by 4th September. Current progress -
old bridge has been stripped down, but is still in place (27 Aug).
On the strip map, it is at the top of strip 9 ONLY FOR 2017
#$@ Stage 1, View: Thorpe Hesley to Scholes - easier navigation and better underfoot
From A21, follow path between fences and bear R, keeping on tarmac path to steps
LDWA members: There is an issue as to whether the
Round Rotherham (and other non-LDWA events) should be listed in Strider.
There are trophies, so the RR is seen as a competition, against the ethos of
LDWA Challenge Events. Should trail events that are adapted to
accommodate walkers, with (e.g.) time limit to allow at least steady walkers
complete and adequate feed stations. If you have some sympathy with the RR
Admin: Electronic tagging using the SiEntries sytem will be employed
Stage 2: Alongside River Don from B9 to B10, the path closed earlier in the year has been reopened.
Navigation to Event Centre: The post code S63 7EW is
correct, but is not correctly mapped, even by the Post Office! Best to use S63
7ER (52 Golden Smithies Lane) and navigate from there.
Update on route: For those who have come back from recce runs lacerated, I have
been assured by Rotherham and Nottinghamshire that their overgrown paths after
Hilltop on Stage 2 (B6 to B7) and access path to Langold Park on Stage 5 (E11 to
E12) respectively will be cleared by contractors before race day. On Stage 2,
after the Aston Hotel, cross the field and be sure to cross the stile and take
the path on the left, parallel to Parkway, to the right of the fence (B18 to
B19). Otherwise you will end up in a boulder field
No significant route changes have been identified this year, so last year's maps and route descriptions can be used, although there are minor textual amendments. If you still need to download navigation aids, they are available at http://tinyurl.com/RRRnav
Stage 8 Old Denaby railway crossing (H2):
Stage 8 (H11): The temporary blockage reported earlier in Swinton has been removed
Check here for further changes
Route: Summary of changes on one page (strip map and written)
A revised version of the GPS (.gpx version) route file has been uploaded with shorter waypoint names, better for audible notification.
#$@ Checkpoint 1 is being
moved from the west end of the track through Grange Park to the pavilion in the
adjacent fenced-off area with football pitches. This will slightly extend Stage 1,
but no additional climb. Stage 2 will miss the gentle uphill and short steep downhill
away from the checkpoint - now downhill quite steeply and along an old railway
line. The changes have
Revised Description for Stage 1
A29: Turn R towards Golf Course, ½L after 40 m down bank, across CarPk to RD, L on RD, R on path before security gates
A30 (new waypoint): follow path between fence and hedge, bear
CP1: Continue to follow fence below CarPk, L at boulders, ½R to track above bridge, R on track
B01: Follow track 290 m to sculpture at path Xing. ½L down path
The route in pictures: Checkpoint 1
Follow 'improved' 'old' route, not 'alternative' route used for the last few years:
At Hilltop, cross road and take the path between fences to the left of the new buildings. Follow path to pylon at bottom of hill and fork left through gap in hedge and follow path between hedge and pylon to road.
#$@ Stage 8: Simplification, thanks to RMBC
path-making and information passed on at the Clifton Park parkrun!
After canal, bear R up tarmac path in centre of playing field to RD. Cross RD to (new) illuminated cycle track. Follow it to Dearne Valley College. (joins up with cycle path previously used)
Maps and the route description will show this number.
Route changes 2012
Stage 2: Hilltop-Meadowbank Road
Anticipated change / reverting to old route
However as of 10 Oct the route was a sea of nettles and brambles. Maybe it has proved too daunting for RMBC staff to clear. Use the diversion used for the last few years unless alternative instructions are given on the day.
No other changes are anticipated for 2012, but
care is required on Stage 8, from the Mexborough station
For 2011, the emergency telephone number will be 07860 250878
Maps and the route description should now show this number.
Check here for further route changes
Stage 2: THIS CHANGE RELATES TO DISPUTED A
RIGHT OF WAY.
At Hilltop, cross road and take the path between fences to the left of the new buildings. Follow path to pylon at bottom of hill. Continue on path past pylon until it turns right (about 10 metres), drop down steep bank to road, cross and take grass path across field to lower road. Turn left and follow road.
The public enquiry endorsed the ROW, but with a caveat that could be appealed - outcome awaited.
#$ The village hall used for the Firbeck checkpoint for the last few years has closed; the checkpoint will now be in the hall on the opposite (left) of the track as you approach Firbeck. Recce runs and team stage lengths are not affected.
Consequently, Stage 6 is reduced in length, Stage 7 lengthened by 1.2 km. This means that Stage 6 will be the third longest stage in the event.
For 2 person relay teams, the odd stage runner now gets the 3 longest stages, 1, 3 and 7 (total 49.8 km, c.f. 31.2)
#$ Crossing fields from Micklebring to Firsby Hall Farm, trees on either side of a track have been ploughed up, making a large, open field, requiring care in navigation. Revised instructions from field bridge (change in italics):
Take defined FP across field to gap in hedge (aim for white “Heron Way” disk on brow of hill) on bearing of 268°, cross railway cutting on bridge. Cross stile to left of gate after bridge. Bear half right (302° - turn through 30°) and cross field to gap in hedge, to left of high point of ridge; do not drop into valley on left. Cross track (R then L). Cross field, to L end of hedge at opening. Don’t go through opening but take track to L of hedge. Follow track above reservoir (on left) bear L on path to L of fenced area to hamlet. Turn R. You are now on the old route at Firsby Hall Farm.
Stage length summary
Route changes 2010:
$# Stage 2: THIS CHANGE RELATES TO DISPUTED A RIGHT OF WAY. Monitor this page to check for updates; ROW is still disputed.
After Hilltop, take the path between fences to the left of the new buildings. Follow path
to pylon at bottom of hill. From here, there are two alternatives, depending
on how the ROW issue is resolved. If you are planning a recce run...
Follow Wood Lane through to roundabout on access road for (former) airport, turn left to follow road to next roundabout at bus shelter (Aston Hotel on left). Turn L at roundabout, then take ROW on right, opposite third lamppost on this road. Follow direction of arrow on path to stile close to main road. Cross stile, turn left and follow path between fences to steps leading to path under bridge.
$# Catcliffe to Treeton - As in 2009 and following effective completion of the landscaping work, we will use the 'old' route parallel to river: R at main RD, (short cut in front of houses), then L on FP over earthbank at RD junction. Follow cycle path along right bank of the river, cross the large grey-green bridge, initially right and then go straight up to cross FB over RWY.
Lindrick Golf Course - A subway has been constructed under the A57, and a permissive path goes through it.
After climbing up from the stream crossing at the boundary of the golf course, fork right along a track past a shed (following yellow posts). Fork left obeying Permissive Path sign, then left to tunnel. On leaving tunnel, turn left as signed, passing to right of green to next sign (partially hidden by trees) going behind line of bushes. Follow edge of vegetation to path at corner. The next path crosses a fairway, emerging opposite the lane leading to Woodsetts.
Swinton to Finish: The route to the Finish shown on the maps and described in the written description is that to be used in any recce runs. It is anticipated that on the day a route will be taped from the 'illuminated cycle path' to the Finish Line back of the sports centre.
Changes in 2009
Organisational Changes 2009
Change of date - to be brought forward 2 months. Most people should be able to finish in daylight - and certainly there will be less dark, and less plough.
Route changes 2009:
4 route changes are already under consideration - to
Changes marked # have been incorporated into written description, $ into Wainwright map
$# Stage 2: THIS CHANGE RELATES TO DISPUTED A RIGHT OF WAY. You will be advised on the day which route to take.
After Hilltop, take the path between fences to the left of the new buildings. Follow path to pylon at bottom of hill. From here, there are two alternatives (to be confirmed on the day - it is expected that we will be taking the alternative fall-back route).
Original: Cross stile by
pylon, drop to RD, cross to track, past steel gates if they are open for 30 m, R down
small path to R of wooden gateposts, cross rough land/stile to RD. If
you see new house at end of track, you have gone too far. If gates are
closed, go right for 20 metres and take grass path across field to lower
Fall-back: Continue on path past pylon until it turns right (about 10
metres), drop down steep bank to road, cross and take grass path across
field to lower road. Turn left and follow road.
In each case, follow road to hidden path on right, opposite first road in from the left and near bus shelters.
$# Stage 2: Catcliffe to Treeton - A second change relates to a bridge that has been closed but a better bridge should be reopened. RMBC hope that this will be available for 2009. You will be advised which route to take on the day
If landscaping is finished, we will return to the old route parallel to river: R at main RD, (short cut in front of houses), then L on FP over earthbank at RD junction. Follow cycle path along right bank of the river, cross the large grey-green bridge, initially right and then go straight up to cross FB over RWY. This is likely to become available just before the event, and so can't be reconnoitred fully.
$# Amended description:
Treeton checkpoint/feedstation: moved to cricket pavilion, 100 m straight up Washfield Lane from footbridge over railway. Checkpoint at gate to cricket grounds, feedstation at pavilion.
$# Stage 3: From
checkpoint, go out of gate, turn R, take field path along top boundary of cricket ground (footpath and TPT signs). Keep straight on until path starts to go downhill, then
go Right through stone squeeze (obstruction to stop motor cycles) / under a
telephone wire to footpath (half right) leading to bend in track, opposite concrete bridge
leading to lakeside path
$# Stage 4: change of Right of Way after level crossing at Turnerwood
Cross RWY, turn R, follow path on L bank of ditch towards farm complex. Go round back of farm (to L) and at track turn L uphill along track towards woods. See the route in pictures 4
$# Stage 8: From Swinton. Follow canal towpath under bridge, then Right up field to road, cross to stile, follow path half right across field to a line of bushes. Go to the right of the bushes, then sharp left behind them to a gap leading to a path and stile; join cycle track. Follow this to DVC. (replaces route along Hatherley Rd). See the route in pictures 8
Three starts: 6:00 for walkers and slower runners, 7:00 for fast runners, 8:00 for relay teams.
Stage 2: Minor adjustment following local redevelopment: Approaching Tinsley, after crossing canal take new FP through stile to L and then R to RD - cross where safe, turn R
We are using the 2006 Event Centre, Dearne Valley College Sports
There will be three starts: 6:00 for walkers, 7:00 for runners, 8:00 for relay teams.
Grange Park Checkpoint is (probably) to be moved from the access road to the track between the Golf Driving Range and the fenced-off football pitches, i.e. about 500 m further on. Confirmed.
From Hilltop. SA on fenced path at L of CP (behind houses). SA and slightly R alongside fence to pylon at bottom of hill. Cross stile by pylon, drop to RD, cross to track, through steel gates, for 20 m, R down small path to R of wooden gateposts, cross rough land/stile to RD. If you see new house at end of track, you have gone too far.
Near Sheffield Airport - Turn R down Wood Lane (road works, no road sign). L at end, at new roundabout ('The Car People' on L, airport on R), follow RD to roundabout after bus shelter. L on site RD, follow line of landing lights to field/site corner adjacent to main RD, down steps and follow fence below main RD and R after bridge. Then L at end of fence on path across rough land, fork R twice, emerge onto open land then L alongside hedge to FP to L of wooden fence in front of houses. Follow FP, cross RD, FP between fences. Follow RD to Catcliffe. L at main RD, R at mini roundabout, follow RD to L bend, past track (to Wilf Jay's), R at FP sign, through gate up bank, follow path to fence, turn L. Follow fence, R at corner, then L to cross FB over RWY to TREETON checkpoint
(from FP along edge of housing estate – Carlton-in-Lindrick) to RD. Turn L, 200 m, turn acute R on FP. Warning – this FP is reported to be overgrown and flooded at the corner. Instead, continue along the road for 15 m, turn right back on yourself and regain FP when possible.
On the approach to Maltby Church, a footbridge was closed for repair (as of July) for 6 months. This has now been repaired - no change needed
A significant change is being introduced for Stage 7 (Maltby to Old Denaby) for safety, to avoid a long run on a dangerous road, AS BELOW:
From MALTBY checkpoint (6) LOCATION
TO BE CONFIRMED
along RD, SA at crossroads to track. L in front of gate, follow wall round,
first down 50 m, turn R, 100 m, ½R up walled track. Follow track 1.5 km to RD
Continue along RD, SA at crossroads to track. L in front of gate, follow wall round, first down 50 m, turn R, 100 m, ½R up walled track. Follow track 1.5 km to RD at farm.
Change from here: Turn R follow RD 200 m then L to Micklebring. Follow RD through village to 4-way junction. Turn ½R, (L of small village green) to FP (signed) after barn after last house on L. Follow path on L of field to stile at L corner (below M18 motorway). Take path alongside fence (below M18) over 3 stiles to surfaced track. Turn R, under motorway, then L on track parallel to M18. After 100 m, R at stile, indistinct path (field edge) to FB (planks) over stream and R round end of hedge. Defined FP across field to gap in hedge, cross railway cutting on bridge. Cross stile to left of gate after bridge. Follow track to L of fence (small trees on left), to end of fence. Cross track. Cross small field, to L end of hedge at opening. Don’t go through opening but take track to L of hedge to left of opening, to R of a field. Follow track above reservoir (on left) and L of fenced area to hamlet. Turn R at track (beware of stone blocks blocking end of track)
You are now on the old route at Firsby Hall Farm. Follow track between buildings first L and then R down over stream. Turn L on signed FP across field (uphill) to escarpment, ½ R to woods, immediately turn L down FP (½ L, following L edge of wood). Becomes track, then lane. At main RD (Hooton Roberts) go SA down lane, ½ R. Lane
map of changes 2007 changes still apply (you may need to right click, Save Target As... and open the
Acrobat - .pdf - file),
printable summary of changes and Route in Pictures (stage 7) updated
5 Dec 2006: GPS files have been updated to include route changes
Organisational changes for 2006:
(a) Brampton Leisure Centre is closing, and we have negotiated a new venue, the DVC Sports Centre at the Dearne Valley College, which was passed 3 km from the finish in previous years. It is signed from the Manvers roundabout (SE 454008) on the A6023, 8 km north of Rotherham. Grid Ref SE 455003. Directions in Final Details and our web site. Optional basic Friday Night accommodation (£4 pp, bring sleeping bag – see Final Details). This route is shown in pictures
(b) there will be one start for runners
Route Changes 2006
Stage 1: Start to Grange
Leave Event Centre, follow College
road to roundabout, cross it to Manvers roundabout. Take 3rd exit Barnsley
A6023 (to right of MANVERS sign) on FP/cycle track. Pass 4 roundabouts.
Continue on FP to fork. Bear L, then R, up slope to Blue Bridge.
Cross BR, L, then fork R across grass to lakeside path. At end of lake,
bear L (do not cross bridge) to path junction. L along main (level)
hard-surfaced FP, signed TPT. Keep on this hard-surfaced FP, under
bridges, and follow it right across a BR to a RD. Cross RD, under metal
arch, after 200 m bear L, signed Elsecar, on narrow path, cross RD (under
another arch). Surfaced path, parallel to dual carriageway, to access RD to
Retail Park. Cross Rd, R of Morrisons, down slope, following surfaced
path, bear R after clear area, eventually joining canal towpath. Next
landmark: Elsecar This section is shown in
pictures There is also a printable
description with map (for best results, Save target as... and then
print with Adobe Acrobat).
Leave Event Centre, follow College road to roundabout, cross it to Manvers roundabout. Take 3rd exit Barnsley A6023 (to right of MANVERS sign) on FP/cycle track. Pass 4 roundabouts. Continue on FP to fork. Bear L, then R, up slope to Blue Bridge. Cross BR, L, then fork R across grass to lakeside path. At end of lake, bear L (do not cross bridge) to path junction. L along main (level) hard-surfaced FP, signed TPT. Keep on this hard-surfaced FP, under bridges, and follow it right across a BR to a RD. Cross RD, under metal arch, after 200 m bear L, signed Elsecar, on narrow path, cross RD (under another arch). Surfaced path, parallel to dual carriageway, to access RD to Retail Park. Cross Rd, R of Morrisons, down slope, following surfaced path, bear R after clear area, eventually joining canal towpath. Next landmark: Elsecar This section is shown in pictures There is also a printable description with map (for best results, Save target as... and then print with Adobe Acrobat).
( Brinsworth to Catcliffe):
Site work on Europa Way obstructs route past the airport landing lights.
This section is shown in pictures
In Rother Valley Park. Do not turn right off park access road as in previous years. Instead, follow park access RD to main RD. Cross RD, turn R (downhill). L along tarmac track just before stream (bridge). Follow track to canal, merge to towpath, uphill (Norwood). Follow canal bank.
Stage 8: Old Denaby to Finish
From Swinton, follow illuminated cycle path to Dearne Valley College and where path emerges to college grounds (and road) turn L up and to the Sports Centre to finish. This section is shown in pictures
§Stage 2 ( Brinsworth to Catcliffe):
We have reverted to the original route, modified by landscaping, but at least at present open, without last year's obstructing fences : go down Wood Lane to Europa Way, turn left on pavement and continue to the roundabout just after the airport landing lights. Turn L along the road and then along the line of the lights. Continue to the field/site corner. Down slope and then steps, under main road. R after 40 m, 50 m then 150°L (very sharp) on path/track, on FP cross first RD, FP (between fences) then follow RD to Catcliffe. R at main RD, (short cut in front of houses), then L on signed path at RD junction.
§Stage 7 (Ravenfield Common)
Turn Right after barn on slight Road bend after 40 sign. Follow path ½ Left over stiles across 3 fields. Note: the power line that used to be followed has been removed. The line of the path can be followed - with care - to the stiles at each fence. Bare ½ Right after the third stile, cross plank bridge to stile at corner of field leading to track.
(Stage 8 changes obsolete)
§ indicates changes incorporated into map and description (later on this page)
Within Grange Park, there are now even more fences. Follow park road for 100 m, turn L and follow to road bend and gates in security fence. Turn right following path/surfaced path between fences and hedge, (New bit) Keep going in same general direction, down, across park road and up following fence round football pitches, Left at corner. At end of low wooden pole fence, turn Right along edge of rough ground to SMALL path. You are now back on route.
The field with the landing lights of Sheffield Airport is now fenced off (Stage 2, Brinsworth to Catcliffe). Unless the path is re-opened, follow airport access road to roundabout, under bridge (following signs for Catcliffe), past Morrisons and 2 roundabouts, continue to left turn on road towards Catcliffe - go straight ahead in line with Left kerb of Poplar Way over earthbank signed as a footpath
Details will be confirmed on the day.
Thanks to Les Hill and Ian Wallis for bringing some of these changes to our attention..
Grange Park (map strip 3) - Revised again: see 2004
Meadow Hall Road A6109
(map strip 4)
New security fencing around warehouses and alongside the railways can hide the path (on approach to river path)
09 April, 2021
Last update 09 April, 2021 by Henry Marston