Rotherham Harriers and Athletics Club

Trail Running Section

Rowbotham's Round Rotherham
through the South Yorkshire Forest
(The area designated as The South Yorkshire Forest is mainly rural land rather than a vast area of woodland)

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Administrative Changes and Changes to Route

This section is for returnees who are familiar with what happened in previous years.
The maps and descriptions issued at registration on the day are up-to-date for this year.

There may be more changes; check here again nearer the day

Changes marked # have been incorporated into written description, $ into Wainwright map, @ into GPS files
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) 

Changes for 2017

$ Admin: Strip map converted to PowerPoint, and extensively revised in the process. See navigation page

Changes for 2016

#$@ 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 on left (New A22) to Health Centre parking. Go left of Well Pharmacy on path cut through gorse. At top of hill (New A23), turn left, follow ridge path on left of fields to Scholes (A24). Strip map and written description have been updated; GPS files have been updated.

 

Changes in 2015

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 being listed in Strider, please read this document.  Feedback welcome at rrr@NOThmarston.co.uk (remove the NOT)

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.

Changes in 2014

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.   If you approach from the large Manvers roundabout, continue but go straight on (2nd exit) at the second (smaller) roundabout.  If you approach through traffic lights, EITHER continue down Golden Smithies Lane to the first roundabout and turn sharp right (3rd exit) OR park on car park (one without barriers) on right after 'destination', No 52, and walk through college grounds to the sports hall.

Route:

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, severely overgrown with brambles, etc!

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): The level crossing has been closed (due to kids playing Chicken with trains).  You have to cross the line by the footbridge - take care on the steep concrete steps!

Stage 8 (H11): The temporary blockage reported earlier in Swinton has been removed

 

Changes in 2013

Check here for further changes

Admin:

For 2013, the emergency telephone number will be 07860 250878

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 been incorporated into the map, description and (most) GPS files

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
L to park RD and fenced area. ChkPt on R at gates at fence corner.

Revised Description for Stage 2
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

Pictorial version:
The route in pictures: Checkpoint 1

#$@ Stage 2:  RIGHT OF WAY RESOLVED (as of 2 May 2013). 
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. 
Cross road, go through gap to right of gate (by Footpath sign) and bear left along track. After 70 m, take path down steps to right and through cleared path in thickets to lower road.  Turn L and follow road to bus shelters.   See the route change in pictures

#$@  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)

Changes in 2012

Administration

For 2012, the emergency telephone number will be 07860 250878 (as for 2011, not as previously stated)
Maps and the route description will show this number.

Route changes 2012

Stage 2: Hilltop-Meadowbank Road

Anticipated change / reverting to old route

The council have advised that the legal issues related to the ROW at Meadowhall Road between Grange Park and Tinsley have been resolved.  They are planning to undertake site work to make the path available by the start of October.  The following directions are inevitably vague, as the work is in progress and cannot be tested; it will be updated when the route is available.  Until Public Footpath signs are installed, you are advised to follow the 2008-2011 route for recce runs.

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.

From Hilltop, cross road and take the path between fences to the left of the new buildings.  Follow path to pylon at bottom of hill.  IF the path is open, L at the pylon over a stile, and down to the road.  Cross road and take track as signed by a Public Footpath sign.  Fork right off the track at the second gateway (should be signed down an obvious path - if you reach a building you have gone too far).  This path will come out on the lower road; turn left and follow to the bus shelters. 

No other changes are anticipated for 2012, but care is required on Stage 8, from the Mexborough station underpass, following the River Don to the industrial estate at Swinton.  There is reported to be an open manhole and fly-tipped rubbish obstructing the path - take care!  The Rotherham council have been advised, and hopefully they will do something about it.....

Changes in 2011

Administration
For 2011, the emergency telephone number will be 07860 250878
Maps and the route description should now show this number.

Route changes 2011

Check here for further route changes

Stage 2: THIS CHANGE RELATES TO DISPUTED A RIGHT OF WAY. 
#$  Until ROW is confirmed follow alternative route:
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.

Stage 5/6
#$  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.

Stage 6/7
#$  The Maltby checkpoint is being relocated at the village hall, on the right after passing through the churchyard. 
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)

Stage 7
#$  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:  Summary

$#  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...   Cross stile by pylon, drop to RD, cross to track.  If there are signs indicating a public footpath (finger post or round plastic arrow sign), follow signed route past steel gates 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 there is no indication of a public footpath, go right for 20 metres and take grass path across field to lower RD.  In either case, turn left and follow road to hidden path on right, behind bus shelter. 

S# Stage 2: Brinsworth to Catcliffe  This route in now definitively defined, following various landscaping and development works.
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.  
See the route in pictures 2

$#   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.  

See the route in pictures 2

Stage 4

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. 

See the route in pictures 4a

Stage 8

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:  Summary

4 route changes are already under consideration - to be confirmed.  
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 road.
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.

If bridge is not open (and recce runs, after looking at the above): 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 Note: the path closure notice at road corner in Treeton refers to the old route, not this alternative.  See the route in pictures 2

$# 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. 
See the route in pictures 2

$# 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.  See the route in pictures 3a

$# 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

Changes in 2008:  Summary

Three starts: 6:00 for walkers and slower runners, 7:00 for fast runners,  8:00 for relay teams.

Stage 2. From Hilltop. SA on fenced path at L of new houses. SA and slightly R alongside fence to pylon at bottom of hill.    ---  Issue still open for 2010, see above

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

Changes in 2007: Summary

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.

Stage 1
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.

Stage 2 
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

Stage 5

(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.

Stage 6
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

Stage 7
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 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 becomes track. Follow to L at end in field to gate, go down field to OLD DENABY checkpoint (7) at RD  Grid Reference SK 479988 (TBC) 

Wainwright 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

Changes in 2006 that still apply:  Summary
(Italics are new)
New Event Centre:  the Manvers Sports Centre at the Dearne Valley College  
(Brampton Leisure Centre is being closed).  
This will affect at least Stages 1 and 8 - further details below

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 
Significant change.  
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).

Stage 2
 ( Brinsworth to Catcliffe):
Site work on Europa Way obstructs route past  the airport landing lights

   This section is shown in pictures 

Stage 3
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

Changes in 2005:

§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)

Changes in 2004:

Stage 2:
Within Grange Park, there are now even more fences.  Follow park r
oad 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.

Stage 2:
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..

Update for 2003

Update for 2002

    Changes 2002:

Update for 2001

     Changes 2001:

 

Last update 26 February, 2017 by Henry Marston

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